Emerging Artist Profile:
Leah Balding



Young Artist Program - Singer
Voice Type: Soprano
Province/Territory: Alberta
City: Camrose

Role(s) in this year's festival:

Suzy: City Workers in Love

2nd Spirit: The Arctic Flute


How are you preparing for NUOVA’s program?

  • I am spending a lot of time in the practice room with my yoga mat to prepare me for NUOVA's intense rehearsing schedule. University is a pretty good training ground! I'm also contemplating the most efficient snack/meal strategy.

What attracts you to NUOVA’s programs?

  • Why this year? I saw Opera Nuova's production of La Bohème and I'm really excited to be a part of a local program for young artists. My neighbour has been telling me to audition for NUOVA ever since she heard me rehearsing for my audition at the University of Alberta, but I kept telling her I wasn't ready. I finally felt ready this year. She is one of my biggest fans!

o   Mentors/Inspirations: Irene Apanovitch, Elizabeth Turnbull, Michele Capalbo

o   Experience/Roles: Zinnia in L’étoiles

o   Dream Roles: Amina in La Sonnambula, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro


Artist Bio     

Leah Balding began pursuing an undergraduate degree in music after she started singing with Accord Ensemble four years ago, a community chamber choir in Edmonton. Leah is in her third year of studies with Elizabeth Turnbull at the University of Alberta, is a member of The Madrigal Singers, and played the part of Zinnia in L’étoiles this year. She is looking forward to being a part of Opera NUOVA this summer.