Kim Leeds, mezzo-soprano, is a native of the Chicago area. She has appeared as a soloist in Cantata Singers’ performances of Handel’s Israel in Egypt, Bach’s B minor Mass with the American Bach Soloists Academy, Zelenka’s Missa Omnium Sanctorum with Tafelmusik, and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Music at Marsh Chapel. Some of her recent operatic roles include the role of the Owl in Janácek’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 the Mannes School of Music.
With Musica Nova, Ms. Leeds has performed a set of staged French cantatas, and she was Artist-in-Residence with the Amherst Early Music Festival. From 2009 to 2012, she was a core member of Cappella Clausura, and she performed as Misericordia/Amor Celestis in its 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 an ensemble member, she has toured Italy and Germany with the Junges Stuttgart Bach Ensemble and Hans-Christoph Rademann, has performed with both the Berwick Chorus and Berwick Chorale at the Oregon Bach Festival, and has toured Eastern Germany under the direction of Helmut Rilling. Ms. Leeds received her MM in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance from the Boston Conservatory in 2014.