Whether sparking the stage aflame with her fiery and sensual Carmen or dissolving an audience into laughter with her dry and witty Orlofsky, mezzo-soprano Cheryse McLeod brings a striking vocal and physical presence to the stage. Of her debut as Carmen with Asheville Lyric Opera and South Carolina Opera, Martha A. Fawbush of the Asheville Citizen-Times commended McLeod's voice for filling the hall with "stunning vocal power" and for moving "effortlessly from laughing flirtation to...Carmen's fiery emotional reactions." For her role as Hansel in Hansel and Gretel with Connecticut Opera, David Shengold of Opera News Online praised Ms. McLeod for her "rich lyric-mezzo sound" and "endearing characterizations". Ms. McLeod's operatic repertoire embraces a wide range of roles including Carmen (Carmen), Hansel (Hansel and Gretel), Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), The Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), and The Secretary (The Consul). Upcoming engagements for Ms. McLeod include The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors with Opera Carolina (2006), Hansel in Hansel and Gretel with Greensboro Opera (2007), and Coretta Scott King in The Promise with Greensboro Opera (2008).
On the concert stage, Ms. McLeod has appeared as the Mezzo-Soprano Soloist in The Messiah with the Greensboro Oratorio Society and as a soloist with The Opera Company of North Carolina in their popular Evening of Carolina Voices concert. She also performs in concert with her duo group Eleganza (www.EleganzaMusic.net). During the 2005-2006 season, Eleganza performed/lectured on the NC A&T State University Lyceum Series and the Concord University Guest Artist Concert Series. Upcoming engagements for Eleganza during the 2006-2007 season include guest artist appearances on the Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church Concert Series (2006) and the Johnson C. Smith State University Lyceum Series (2007).
Ms. McLeod, a native of Greensboro, NC, earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance from Carnegie Mellon University, her Master of Music in Vocal Performance from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and her Professional Artist Certificate from the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Her website may be viewed at www.CheryseMcLeod.com.
Opera Carolina Performances:
Amahl & the Night Visitors (2006–2007)