Spring 2019 Concert Soloists

Ellen Leslie, soprano

Ellen Leslie, soprano, BCCO June 2019 concertTwo-time winner of the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions in the San Francisco District (2018 and 2016), Ellen Leslie is quickly becoming a sought-after singer both in the United States and abroad. Critics have lauded her performances as “elegant” (San Mateo Daily Journal), “absolutely beautiful” (Opus Colorado), “bright, clear” (Berkeley Daily Planet), and “radiant ... with a lovely trilling soprano” (San Jose Mercury News), and she has received praise for her “sweet, strong tone and earnest demeanor” (San Francisco Classical Voice). 
Ellen recently finished a residency with Opera Saratoga, singing roles in The Consul, The Merry Widow, Vinkensport, and Rocking Horse Winner. She made her German debut in 2016 as Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) in Köln and Rosane (La verità in cimento) in Leipzig. Recent Bay Area engagements include Jane Bennet in the world premiere of Kirke Mechem’s new opera Pride and Prejudice; Adina (The Elixir of Love) with both Pocket Opera and San Francisco Opera Guild; Micaëla (Carmen) and Lady Billows (Albert Herring) at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music; Damigella/Amore (L’incoronazione di Poppea) with the SFCM Baroque Ensemble; the title role in Patience with Lamplighters Music Theatre; and the workshops for Santa Fe Opera’s The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs. Ellen will reprise her acclaimed Josephine in Lamplighters’ HMS Pinafore this August.
Born in San Francisco, Ellen was raised on an Irwin 37 sailboat in Sausalito and completed a four-year circumnavigation with her family. She holds degrees in voice and French from the University of Denver, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and the Hochschule für Musik Leipzig. She lives in San Francisco and studies with Sheri Greenawald.
For more information, please visit www.ellenlesliesoprano.com.

Andrew Pardini, baritone

Andrew Pardini, baritone, BCCO June 2019 concert

Extolled by the Baltimore Sun for his “robust work” and by DC Metro Theater Arts for “a heart-stopping, high voltage bass-baritone voice,” Andrew Thomas Pardini continues to win audiences with his vibrant tone and thrilling character portrayals. Andrew is thrilled to be making his company and European debuts with BCCO.

He recently made his company debut as Schaunard in La bohème at The Festival of the Atlantic; company and role debuts as Tobias Mill in La cambiale di matrimonio, and as Third Nobleman and Telramund (cover) in Lohengrin, at Opera Southwest; and his role debut as Schaunard at Salt Marsh Opera. This past summer, Andrew made his company debut as Father in Hänsel und Gretel at Bar Harbor Music Festival Opera Theatre, and his role debut as Emperor Overall in The Emperor of Atlantis at The In Series. During the 2017–18 season, Andrew made role debuts as Marco in Gianni Schicchi and Buoso’s Ghost at OperaDelaware; company and role debuts as Zurga in Les pêcheurs de perles at Winter Opera Saint Louis; and company and role debuts as Albert in Werther at Baltimore Concert Opera and OperaDelaware, in addition to appearing as Bass soloist in Messiah at Bach In Baltimore and as Baritone soloist in Ein deutsches Requiem at Crescent Choral Society. Upcoming engagements during the 2019–20 season include role debuts as Silvio in Pagliacci at Salt Marsh Opera, as well as Monterone in Rigoletto and Edmund Bertram in Mansfield Park at Opera Modesto.

A native of Modesto, California, Andrew is based in the New York metropolitan area. For more information, please visit www.andrewthomaspardini.com.