Kristen Leich, is an American Mezzo Soprano, who resides with her family outside of Melbourne, Australia. Her exquisite singing and stunning stage presence have won her rave reviews for her most recent performances of Der Komponist (Ariadne Auf Naxos) and Angelina (La Cenerentola). L'Atelier du Chanteur called her performance of Il Satirino "Delicious" and Peter Bilsing of Musenblätter writes "Kristen Leich, is a preference for the future, she has not only the necessary radiant emanation and vocal strength for larger, but is a truly marvelous actress." Her fearless dramatic approach partnered with a vibrantly warm mezzo voice, have been grounds for her surging success in both Europe and The United States.
Mrs.Leich, began her vocal training under the direction of Robert Crowder with The Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale and had acquired two international titles for her ensemble work, before the age of 14. Mrs. Leich completed her preparatory studies at The Colorado Springs Conservatory and received her B.M. from Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She later attended the Academy of Vocal arts as the recipient of the American Business Fellowship and Giardiniera Fellowship. As a Gerdine Young Artist with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Mrs. Leich was awarded the Barbara Stanley Richman Memorial Award. As a Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Mrs.Leich was awarded the Violette G. McCarthy Study Award.
Mrs. Leich made her New York City Opera debut in the roll of Dorabella in Cosí fan tutte under the direction of Julius Rudel, and later appeared in performances of Hansel and Gretel and Madama Butterfly. Mrs. Leich recorded the role of Benjamin Younger, in Benjamin available on Zimbel Records. She appeared as Monica in The Medium under the direction of Tom Wilson with the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs. As a soloist with Deutsche Oper am Rhein she was heard in many roles to include Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, Sesto in Giulio Cesare, Meli/Max in the world premiere of Gorgio Battistelli's The Fashion, Feraspe in Giocasta, The Fox in The Cunning little Vixen, Wellgunde in Götterdämmerung, Fyodor in Boris Godunov, and Lesní ínky in Rusalka.
Ms. Leich made her Swiss debut with le Grand Théâtre de Genève in performances of Richard Wagner's Parsifal and as La Natura and Il Satirino in Francesco Cavalli's La Calisto before joining Bourbon Baroque as Ruggiero in Händel's Alcina.
Mrs. Leich presently performs with the Prometheus Ensemble. Her Australian appearances include Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana, Angelina in La Cenerentola , Der Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos (CitiOpera) and Marcellina in Opera Australia's Regional tour of the Marriage of Figaro. This coming June she will rejoin the touring cast of Opera Australia's touring production of Madama Butterfly.