Praised by Opera News as a “gleaming, pitch perfect soprano” and the Wall Street Journal as “piercingly lovely,” for her portrayal of the title role in Thaïs, soprano Leela Subramaniam is turning heads on her rapid ascent to opera stardom. After winning the prestigious Opera Foundation Björn Eklund Scholarship, Ms. Subramaniam was invited to join the Bayerische Staatsoper Opera Studio for the 2015-2016 season, where she will appear as Miss Wadsworth in Albert Herring, Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro, Coutness Ceprano in Rigoletto, Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, Die Füngzehnjahrige in Lulu, and Dew Fairy in Hänsel und Gretel.
Ms. Subramaniam made her Carnegie Hall debut performing as a Neice in Peter Grimes with the St. Louis Symphony (which was named one of the top 10 performances of the year by The New York Times), was featured on PBS in a concert in St. Louis featuring excerpts of Ricky Ian Gordon’s world premiére Twenty-Seven, and debúted Annu in the world premiere of Kamala Sankaram’s Thumbprint with the Prototype Festival/Beth Morrison Projects. Ms. Subramaniam attended the Chautauqua Institution Voice Program where she was seen as Leïla in Les pêcheurs de perles and Sœur Constance in Dialogues des Carmélites; and was a Gerdine Young Artist for two years at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis where her assignments included Giannetta in L’elisir d’amore, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, and Sadie in Terrence Blanchard’s Champion.
Previous credits include the title role in Massenet’s Thaïs and Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Manhattan School of Music and Nero in Händel’s Agrippina at UCLA, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. Ms. Subramaniam recently graduated from the Manhattan School of Music with a Master of Music degree and Professional Studies certificate, where she was a student of Marlena Malas.
She is 1st place winner in the Joan Taub Ades Competition, a recipient of the Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshanna Foundation, a 2015 New York District winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a scholarship recipient at the Manhattan School of Music, and a recipient of the Björn Eklund Scholarship from the Opera Foundation.