Associate Professor of Voice
D.M.A. - University of Iowa
Office: 181 Russell Hall
Phone: (319) 273-2360
Leslie Morgan, soprano, is internationally acclaimed for her performances of Verdi, Puccini, and Wagner works. She appeared as Sieglinde in Die Walküre with Opera Pacific and with Arizona Opera: first in the single opera, then in the complete Ring cycles in Flagstaff. This was hailed as an "excellently sung, passionate Sieglinde" by Opern Welt and "vocally ravishing" by Opera News. She is in demand for the Verdi Requiem with many appearances to her credit, including one at the Meyerson Symphony Hall in Dallas in the Highlander Concert Series. Last season she reprised the Verdi with Austin Symphony Orchestra and in April 2001, with the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra.
International concerts include the Janácek Philharmonic in the Czech Republic performing Leonore's aria from Fidelio and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 and a duo concert with Simon Estes, chorus and the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Philharmonic, performing scenes from the third act of Die Walküre (Brunnhilde). Earlier the duo sang Wagner excerpts with the Des Moines Symphony.
Ms. Morgan's orchestral engagements include numerous performances of concert versions of operas and opera arias. She is highly regarded for her portrayal of Turandot, which she sang with Rochester Philharmonic, Bravo! Colorado, tacoma Symphony, and Chattanooga Orchestra. The latter drew acclaim: "Her incredible Verdian soprano reigned supreme, her powerful voice clearly in control." Staged performances of the Ice Princess include Arizona Opera, with the critic saying she "displayed the requisite imposing vocal power and a sense of dramatic subtlety which allowed her character's underlying, repressed vulnerability to touch the audience during even her most imperious moments." Ms. morgan returned to Chattanooga Opera and Orchestra for a duo Wagner concert with international tenor, Gary Lakes. Ms. Morgan has also appeared with the symphonies of Fort Worth, Cedar Rapids, Corpus Christi (TX), National Repertory Orchestra, and orchestras in Illinois, California, Texas, Ohio, Iowa, and Alabama. Among recent concerts are Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 (Jacksonville Symphony, Austin Symphony) and Bruckner's Te Deum. Other repertoire includes Britten's War Requiem and Barber's Andromache's Farewell.
Her Leonore in Fidelio with the Cleveland Opera drew the highest praise: "she sang beautifully, meeting all of Beethoven's demands with apparent ease, and was able to make the role her own...with her own dramatic ardor and intensity". Performances of semi-staged and concert versions of Fidelio include the Cedar Rapids Symphony, Dartmouth Symphony, and most recently with the Rochester Philharmonic.
Ms. Morgan, highly regarded for her many portrayals of Tosca, brought this role to the Florentine Opera with the renowned baritone Sherrill Milnes singing Scarpia. "Opera" said of this performance: "The colour and weight of her voice are ideal for Tosca, and she paced herself well, capping the phrase 'lo quella lama gli piantai nel cor; - the ultimate test of a young Tosca - with a thrilling high C." Other appearances of Tosca include the operas of Cleveland ("passionate performance...electrified the stage"), Arizona Opera ("electrifying" and "simply breath-taking"), Central City, Baton Rouge Opera, Chattanooga Opera, and Dubuque Symphony Orchestra (concert). Operatic engagements also include the title role in Aida (Arizona), Fidelio (Opera/Columbus), and Senta in Der fliegende Holländer (Cleveland Opera).
Ms. Morgan is a winner of prestigious competitions including the Salzburg Singer of the Year Competition and the Metropolitan Opera Auditions (regional finalist). She has recorded two albums on the TR record label and has appeared in recital singing pieces written for her by such composers as Seymour Barab and Paul Creston.