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Matthew Leese, baritone

Matthew Leese is known as a versatile baritone, conductor, director, and teacher. He has founded three critically acclaimed ensembles, including the professional ensemble Gravitación. His extensive performing experience in the USA, New Zealand, Canada, Asia, and Europe includes numerous recital and oratorio credits, as well as lead roles in La Calisto, Dido and Aeneas, l’Euridice, Venus and Adonis, and Cephale et Procris. As a director, Matthew has led productions of L'incoronazione di Poppea, The Fairy Queen, The Magic Flute, Venus and Adonis, Dido and Aeneas, and Mozart’s Impresario, and is known for his expertise in period stage movement. Matthew holds the MM in Early Music from Indiana University, a GPDip in Historical Performance from the Longy School of Music and a MusBHons from the University of Otago in New Zealand. He serves on the Voice, Choral and Opera faculty at Millikin University, is Co-Artistic Director of the New Brunswick Early Music Festival, and is pursuing a Doctorate in Choral Conducting at the University of Illinois.