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“…sheer beauty of the music emanating from astonishing mezzo-soprano CN Lester …the painful purity and fierceness of CN’s voice was almost alienating in its smooth intensity.” - Marylebone Journal
“…their duets were the highlight of the night, wrapping their voices around each other and the music with a perfect balance. Lester nailed the surly impulsive passion of the young Romeo.” - Gscene
“Astonishing vocals.” – DIVA
“CN Lester has an amazing talent with a voice that has extraordinary tone and range.” – Future Radio
“CN Lester is Dido, performing the Queen’s lament with such intensity that the audience is stunned into total silence. “ – Fringe Opera
“CN’s charismatic performance captured the drama of these pieces perfectly. The vocal talent was unquestionable.” – Gay Times
“Mezzo soprano CN Lester as Romeo had a stunning, velvety voice that revelled in Bellini’s sweeping melodies.” – Fringe Opera
CN is a mezzo-soprano specializing in early and contemporary works, and high voiced male operatic roles.
Their work with Tete a Tete festival in 2014, the one-on-one experimental show "Psyche", was The Independent's Pick of the Festival. Engagements with composers Alex Groves and Timothy Thornton, OperaUndone, Silent Opera, Co-Opera, ENO Mini Operas, Poeticall Musicke, En Travesti Ensemble, Cambridge Early Music and Opera Holland Park Opera outreach. Their original work and research on travesti roles has been showcased on Classic FM, and their work with Silent Opera on Radio 4’s Front Row.
With soprano Sarah Dacey they perform as Ursula’s Arrow – promoting the works of women composers, particularly Barbara Strozzi.
Lester is a doctoral student of vocal performance at MuGI, University of Huddersfield. They were awarded their BMus from King’s College London and their MMus from Goldsmiths, and study with Alison Wells.
In addition to their work as a classical singer, Lester composes/performs as an alternative singer-songwriter: The Barbican, Tate Modern, BFI, Southbank Centre.
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