Jessica Leschnikoff is a British Soprano, educated at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. A scholarship student, she was the recipient of a generous bursary for study fees from the Boris Karloff Charitable Foundation, the Guildhall School Trust, and the Mario Lanza Foundation.
Jessica has a wide recital repertoire, including composers of French, German, Russian, Swedish, Hebrew, and of course Italian origin (see repertoire page for more information).
She studies vocal technique with Raymond Connell, and coaching with Adam Johnson. As a dramatic soprano, future roles will include Donna Anna (Don Giovanni – Mozart), Magdalena (Andre Chenier – Giordano), Mimi (La Boheme – Puccini), Leonora (Il Trovatore – Verdi), Elvira (Ernani – Verdi), Norma (Norma – Verdi), and Isolde (Tristan Und Isolde – Wagner).
Recent engagements include Mozart Requiem, Brahms Requiem, Bruckner F Minor Mass and Wagner’s Wesendoncklieder with Battle Choral Society.
“Soprano Jessica Leschnikoff will perform Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder, a song cycle composed while Wagner was working onTristan and Isolde. The cycle is a setting of poems by Mathilde Wesendonck, the wife of one of his patrons.
It is sometimes claimed that Wagner and Mathilde had a love affair and that the mutual infatuation contributed both to the intensity of Mathilde’s poems and to Wagner’s conception of Tristan and Isolde.
Jessica Leschnikoff has been highly praised by our audiences and we are delighted to have her with us again to sing this intensely moving work. She has recorded several CDs including the Wesendonck Leider.”