Ms. Kim Leeds
Kim Leeds, Mezzo-soprano, is a native of the Chicago area. Noted for her “rich timbre and flexible voice”, Ms. Leeds has appeared as a soloist in numerous concert performances, most recently in Bach’s B Minor Mass with the American Bach Soloists Academy, Zelenka’s Missa Omnium Sanctorum with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Choir, Handel’s Israel in Egypt with Cantata Singers and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Music at Marsh Chapel. Some of her most recent operatic roles include playing the Owl in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen at the Boston Conservatory, the title role in Gabriella Snyder’s The Rough Faced Girl, with Snyder Productions, and The Wife in the world premiere of Ronnie Reshef’s Requiem for the Living at Mannes the New School for Music.
In addition to multiple contemporary performances, Ms. Leeds performs a wealth of early and baroque music. In 2010 she performed a set of staged french cantatas with Musica Nuova and attended the Amhearst Early Music Festival with the ensemble as artist-in-residence. She was also a core member of Cappella Clausura from 2009-2012 and performed as Misericordia/Amor Celestis on their highly lauded performance of Hildegard von Bingen’s Ordo Virtutum. Ms. Leeds recently covered the role of Apollo in the North American premiere of Handel’s Parnasso in Festa with the American Bach Soloists Academy. As a choral artist, she has toured Italy and Germany with the Junges Stuttgart Bach Ensemble under the direction of Hans-Christoph Rademann, performed with both the Berwick Chorus and Berwick Chorale at the Oregon Bach Festival, and toured Eastern Germany under the direction of Helmut Rilling at the Weimar Bach Academy. Ms. Leeds received her Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance from the Boston Conservatory in 2014.