Meet the Region Finalists: Leela Subramaniam

Leela Subramaniam

Soprano Age 26

Region Finals Repertoire

Parto, m'affretto------Lucio Silla------Mozart
M'hai resa infelice------Deidamia------Handel
Comme autrefois------Les Pêcheurs de Perles ------Bizet
No Word from Tom...I go to him------The Rake's Progress------Stravinsky                                      Care compagne...Come per me sereno...Sovra il sen------La Sonnambula------Bellini

Opera Idols: Tell us a little bit more about yourself.
Leela Subramaniam: I'm from Los Angeles, California, and attended UCLA for my undergraduate studies where I double majored in Art History and Music. I did my Masters and Professional Studies certificate at the Manhattan School of Music.

OI: When did you know you wanted to be an opera singer?
LS: I always instinctually knew that I wanted be a singer. It was after my first recital at UCLA
that I realized that opera was what I wanted to pursue as a career.

OI: Do you remember the first opera you saw?
LS: The first opera I saw was The Marriage of Figaro. I remember thinking that opera as an art form was crazy and wonderful, and I was in awe of Mozart.

OI: How will you be preparing for the Regionals?
LS: I will be coaching, practicing everyday, seeing my teacher, and immersing myself in my
repertoire before the Regionals.

OI: What did you learn from your experience at the Districts?
LS: I realized how important it is to trust your instincts and savor the joy of singing.

OI: What advice can you give future applicants?
LS: Sing what you love and be relentless in honing your technique and artistic style. Look at obstacles as blessings which will strengthen and enrich your craft.

OI: What roles have you performed? Any dream roles you would like to sing or opera houses you would like to perform at?
LS: While at Manhattan School of Music I sang the titles roles in Massenet's Thaïs and Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, as well as Angelica in Haydn's Orlando Paladino this year. Earlier this year I also had my Carnegie Hall debut performing Niece 1 in Peter Grimes with the St. Louis Symphony, and performed in the world premiere of Kamala Sankaram's Thumbprint with the Prototype Festival/Beth Morrison Projects. This past summer I was Giannetta in a fabulous production of The Elixir of Love at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis.
My dream roles are Violetta in La Traviata, the Donizetti queens, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare, Leïla in Les Pêcheurs de Perles, any of the Massenet heroines, and Donna Anna from Don Giovanni. Of course the Metropolitan Opera has been a dream opera house for me to perform in, as are all the major houses of the world, including the Weiner Staatsoper, La Scala, and Opéra National de Paris.

OI: What do you enjoy most about participating in the National Council Auditions?
LS: It gives me the chance to perform and get valuable feedback. I also love meeting and hearing new singers.

OI: Do you have a favorite opera or composer?
LS: I'm passionate about Bel Canto, Mozart, Handel, and Britten. And while it's hard to narrow it down, Eugene Onegin, La Traviata, Le Nozze di Figaro, and Pelléas et Mélisande have always been operas that I love.

OI: Do you have any upcoming performances?
I'm in the process of developing a few projects, one of which will be a recital in the

OI: What kind of music do you listen to when you want to relax?
LS: Classical music, Fado, and Flamenco. Lately I've been listening to Marin Marais' Pièces de Viole de Cinq Livres played by Jordi Savall.