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CN Lester

Voice Type:

Mezzo-Soprano

Nationality:

British

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English

Opera

Nerone
L'incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi)
Hampstead Garden Opera
2017
Dido
Dido and Aeneas (Purcell)
Ursula's Arrow, St John's Waterloo
2014
Romeo
I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Bellini)
Opera Undone
2014
Sorceress
Dido and Aeneas (Purcell)
Opera Alumnus
2014

Contemporary Opera

Sgt Patrick
Returns (James Cave)
Left Bank Leeds
2017
Psyche
Psyche (Alex Groves)
Tete a Tete Festival
2015
Ariel
They Heavily Vanish (Timothy Thornton)
Tete a Tete Festival
2015
Sgt Patrick
Returns (James Cave)
Rough for Opera, Cockpit Theatre
2015
Mezzo Soloist
Psyche, Locus (Alex Groves)
CLF Arts Cafe
2015
Mezzo Soloist
Locus (Alex Groves)
National Theatre
2014
Psyche
Psyche (Alex Groves)
Tete a Tete Festival
2014
Mezzo Soloist
Stupid Cupid (Sarah Dacey)
Tete a Tete Festival
2014
Ariel
They Heavily Vanish (Timothy Thornton)
Opera UpClose Flourish Showcase
2014

Oratorio/Concerts

Mezzo Soloist
Selected works (Barbara Strozzi)
United Nations, Bloomsbury Theatre
2017
Mezzo Soloist
Selected works (Barbara Strozzi & Claudio Monteverdi)
University of Huddersfield, HIP Festival
2016
Solo performance
Selected arias (Barbara Strozzi)
Brighton Early Music Festival
2015
Mezzo Soloist
Sacred works (Barbara Strozzi)
Waldbrook Music Trust
2015
Solo performance
Selected art song (Britten, Ireland, Vaughan Williams, Ives)
Neighbourhood Concerts
2015
Mezzo Soloist
Secular music of Barbara Strozzi (Strozzi)
Ursula's Arrow, St Peter's Vauxhall
2014
Mezzo Soloist
A Celebration of Barbara Strozzi (Strozzi)
Ursula's Arrow, Lumen URC
2014
Mezzo Soloist
Das Buch der hängenden Gärten (Schoenberg)
Schotts Music
2013

Various/Mixed

Solo performance
New commissioned vocal works (CN Lester)
Barbican Theatre
2017
Solo performance
Newly commissioned vocal works (CN Lester)
Barbican Theatre
2016

Other

Mezzo-soprano ensemble
Timeless Tour (Goldie/Heritage Orchestra)
Festival Hall & Bristol Amphitheatre
2015
Mezzo-soprano ensemble
Timeless - new arrangement (Goldie/Heritage Orchestra)
Meltdown Festival, Festival Hall
2014

Covered Covered & Performed Scenes Premiere of New Work Concert

CN Lester classical

CN Lester psyche

CN Lester Romeo

CN Lester Romeo 2

CN Lester Romeo 3

Psyche performance

“…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

Doctor of Philosophy, Performance and Performance Practice
University of Huddersfield, MuGI
2015–2018
MMus, Performance and Related Studies
Goldsmiths, University of London
2008–2009

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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