Denise Leigh - Soprano

Denise, monochrome image Denise Leigh is the winner of channel 4's Operatunity: a nationwide search to find an amateur singer who could be trained intensively, terrified, have cameras stuck in their face, and survive long enough to sing the role of Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto at the home of ENO, the London Coliseum.

Since her operatic debut in 2003 Denise has gone on to sing all over the world, appearing in opera and oratorio throughout Europe, and visiting Dubai with her husband/accompanist Stefan Andrusyschyn, to raise money for Foresight, a charity funding ground breaking rsearch into sight loss. She has recorded two best selling albums on the EMI Classics label, and continues to appear regularly on TV and radio as a studio guest and general full time chatter.

In 2008 she was invited to take part in the Samsung Marriage of Excellence concert in Beijing, which was part of the Olympic celebrations, and filmed for broadcast all over the world.

Denise and Stefan were thrilled to be appearing in the 2010 Cultural diversity awards hosted by Gok Wan, and broadcast by Channel 4 from The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, at the end of November that year.

She also made her annual appearance at the Battle Proms concert series in 2011 and 2012.

Denise was honoured to have performed as headline talent in the London 2012 Paralympic opening ceremony.

She continues to work throughout Europe as a soloist with choral societies, and giving recitals, performing in some of the world's most beautiful music, including new commissions and old favourites.

She enjoys a close working relationship with Tribal Chamber Choir, based in Galway, with whom she has visited Poland, Italy and Dublin, as well as singing in as soloist with them in their home town.

Denise has recently taken up the post of Trustee for the Music of Life Foundation, a charity which helps disabled children and young adults into professional musical engagements, whether it is as a soloist, member of the chorus, or ensemble.

©2012 Denise Leigh