Canadian mezzo-soprano Brynne McLeod began her studies at the University of Toronto with Jean McPhail. After completing a Master of Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama), she remained in Glasgow, where she supplemented her singing work with a “real” job in arts administration. She eventually left this job to pursue a full-time singing career, and joined the Flanders Opera Studio in Ghent, Belgium. Brynne is now working as a freelance singer in Cologne, Germany. “Diva on a Dare” is about the “dare” she has taken in choosing this path, and the many changes and challenges she meets along the way.
Brynne has appeared as a soloist with several choirs throughout the United Kingdom and Germany, and her range of oratorio repertoire includes Vivaldi’s Gloria, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solonelle. In the course of her studies she has participated in masterclasses with Sherrill Milnes, Daniel Taylor, Thomas Allen, and Ann Murray.
As a Britten-Pears Young Artist, she performed Bach’s Johannespassion alongside Mark Padmore at Snape Maltings. She also participated in masterclasses with the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart, where she worked with Hedwig Fassbender and performed the alto solo in Bach’s Cantata 109 under the baton of Helmuth Rilling.
On the opera stage, Brynne has performed a variety of roles in baroque, classical, and contemporary repertoire. Most recently, she performed the roles of Junon in Charpentier’s Actéon, and Romy Schneider in the world premiere of Joris Blanckaert’s new opera, Elle est moi und töte mich.
A skilled ensemble singer, Brynne has performed with groups such as the Festival Ensemble Stuttgart, Cappella Nova, the Red Note Ensemble, and the Choir Academy at the SchleswigHolstein Music Festival. Brynne is currently a member of the Gächinger Kantorei of the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart.
When she is not singing, Brynne likes to spend time with her boyfriend in Sweden, or with her family in Canada. She also enjoys reading, doing yoga, running, eating chocolate, and making inexcusably terrible puns.
Visit her blog @ http://www.divaonadare.blogspot.com/.
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