Following years of competing at eisteddfodau in West- Wales as a child, Leah-Marian Jones graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music. Scholarships from Peter Stuyvesant, the Joseph Strong Frazer Trust, and the John Spendan Lewis Foundation enabled Leah to attend the postgraduate opera course at the National Opera Studio, London. Awards from the Welsh Arts Council and Countess of Munster funded her studies with Norman Bailey. Leah currently studies with Ian Baar.
She was a Company Principal at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for eight years, where her roles have included Tisbe Cenerentola which was televised for BBC 2, Varvara Katya Kabanova, Dorabella Cosi fan tutte, Karolka Jenufa, and Maddalena Rigoletto, among countless others.
Other operatic appearances include her American debut as Junon Plat�e In Berkeley, San Francisco, and appearances with English National Opera, at the Chatelet, Paris conducted by Jeffrey Tate, Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera, and Chelsea Opera.
Her television appearances and recordings have included hosting two television series for S4C, appearing as a soloist in the Bryn Terfel series for S4C, Diva, Diva, Diva with Lesley Garrett for BBC2, and a recording of Britten’s Paul Bunyan for Chandos.
Concert engagements include a Gala Concert with Luciano Pavarotti at the Royal Albert Hall, London, soloist in a Verdi Prom in the 2001 BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, London which was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 at Birmingham Symphony Hall.
Recent engagements include soloist in a televised performance of Karl Jenkins’ Mass for Peace – The Armed Man, conducted by the composer in celebration of his 60th birthday. Forthcoming plans include Rossweisse Valkyrie and Hippolyta A Midsummer Night’s Dream for ENO, and title role Carmen for Raymond Gubbay Productions.
- Y NEFOEDD
- MY HERO
- O REST IN THE LORD
- DIM OND IESU (O FY IESU BENDIGEDIG)
- BLESS THIS HOUSE
- CRAIG YR OESOEDD
- GWEDDI PECHADUR