Lesley Garrett - Birmingham Rep

Lesley Garrett

Yorkshire born Lesley Garrett is famed as the nation's most loved soprano. A Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music, Lesley made her professional debut in 1980 and from 1984 was Principal Soprano with the English National Opera. As well as an extensive operatic career, Lesley Garrett has released 14 solo studio albums and was awarded a CBE in 2002 for Services to Music. She has performed in major concert halls and opera houses worldwide.

Theatre credits include: My Fair Lady (Hollywood Bowl); The Sound Of Music (London Palladium) and Carousel (Savoy Theatre).

A popular broadcaster and media personality, Lesley has had her own BBC TV series Lesley Garrett Tonight and came third in the first series of Strictly Come Dancing. She has also appeared regularly on ITV's Loose Women and had her own show on Classic FM.

Other TV appearances include: Celebrity Masterchef, Who Do You Think You Are and Songs Of Praise (BBC).

She will shortly be performing across the UK with Patrick Barlow's play The Messiah and releasing a CD on Decca, Golden Girls, collaborating with Bonnie Langford and Maria Friedman. This autumn also sees her performing the role of Emcee in Welsh National Opera's new piece, Rhondda Rips It Up! which was premiered to great success earlier this year. Next year she plays Catherine Eddowes in the world premiere of English National Opera's new production, Jack The Ripper: The Women Of Whitechapel, as well as undertaking a nationwide tour of the new CD.

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