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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
October 23, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Leslie Fagan

Contract Academic Staff; Voice

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"....on March 7, (Ms. Fagan) gave a marvelous interpretation of Poulenc's Gloria with the ORATORIO SOCIETY OF NEW YORK under the direction of KENT TRITLE. Fagan managed the trickiest aspects of this high-lying part with stunning precision and musicality; for me, it was one of the most memorable performances of the entire season." (Opera News, April 2011)

For a fifth consecutive season, Ms. Fagan returns to Carnegie Hall this time for two performances of Handel’s Messiah.  Last season, of her Carnegie appearances Opera News acclaimed her Poulenc’s Gloria as “one of the most memorable performances of the season” and of her Israel in Egypt lauded “Soprano Leslie Fagan sang effortlessly, with clear shimmering tone”

Having performed under the batons of such noted conductors as Hans Graf, Sir David Willcocks, Jukke Pekke Saraste, Kent Tritle, Heinz Ferlisch, Elmer Isler and Daniel Lipton, Ms. Fagan has delighted audiences and critics alike at Royal Albert Hall, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Bordeaux Opera House, Roy Thomson Hall and Massey Hall.

Highlights of Ms. Fagan's past engagements include: a solo concert of music of Stravinsky and Debussy with the Bordeaux Aquitaine Symphonie Nationale, France; Bach's Weinachts Oratorium in Stuttgart, Germany; Handel's Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England;  Tafelmusik Orchestra and Choir in Toronto, Ontario; an engagement as guest soloist at the International Choral Festival in Gouda, Netherlands. In the spring of 2009, Leslie premiered 5 Mendelssohn Lieder at Steinway Hall in New York with the Clarion Music Society. The previous season marked Ms. Fagan’s official Carnegie Hall debut and her Lincoln Center debut.  She was invited by both the Oratorio Society of New York under the direction of Kent Tritle and Music Sacra under the baton of Richard Westenburg to sing their performances of Handel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall in December.   Leslie made her Lincoln Center Debut in May singing Carmina Burana with Musica Sacra and the world premier of Alessandro Cadario’s Cantata for Revival.

Ms. Fagan has been fortunate enough to share the stage with many great artists including Victor Borge, Lois Marshall and Maureen Forrester.
On the opera stage, Ms. Fagan has sung the title role in Donizetti's Linda di Chamounix; Pamina in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte; Sophie in Massenet's Werther; Musetta in Verdi's La Boheme and Nanetta in Verdi's Falstaff. At the Aldeburgh Festival in England Ms. Fagan performed the roles of Tytania in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream and Zerlina in Mozart's Don Giovanni.

Ms. Fagan can be heard frequently on CBC radio and has appeared on CBC television and both BBC radio and television. Leslie Fagan's recordings include her debut solo album "le miroir de mon amour" and "A Song for all Seasons" with The Toronto Children's Chorus.