BIO

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Leslie Sandefur’s soprano voice has been hailed by critics as “a radiant, deeply expressive instrument that is precisely focused and well- knit throughout.” Ms. Sandefur most recently performed, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” on television as part of Salute to Red White and Blue, on ABC 10-Sacramento. A local favorite, she frequently performs recitals at Sacramento’s Crocker Art Museum and Westminster Music at Noon Concert Series promoting local arts education and the works of African American classical composers.


On the concert stage Ms. Sandefur was soloist in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera in 2019. She looks forward to singing the same piece with the Sacramento Youth Symphony in 2021. Other recent performances include, Dream Variations, with the Sacramento Youth Symphony in which she performed arias, musical theatre and spirituals. For the City of Elk Grove, she was a soloist in “Lullaby of Broadway,” and “For the Love of Music” and the Strauss Festival. In Modesto, she recently sang the role of Gincy in Towsend Opera’s world premiere of Tawawa House by Zenobia Powell Perry and was a featured recitalist with the company.


A native of the Sacramento area, Ms. Sandefur has sung with numerous opera companies and festivals including Opera San Jose, Nevada Opera, the Stern Grove Festival, Carlsen Center of Kansas City, Berkeley Opera, Opera San Jose, Cinnabar Opera, Pocket Opera, Lyric Theatre of San Jose, Bear Valley Music Festival, Golden Gate Opera, and the Lamplighters of San Francisco. Notable roles include Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Fiordiligi (Cosi fan Tutte), Mistress Ford (Merry Wives of Windsor), Mimí (La Bohème), Magda (La Rondine) and the title roles in Massenet’s Cendrillon, and Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha. She also sang with the San Francisco Opera Chorus.


Ms. Sandefur won the Leontyne Price National Vocal Competition at age 20, and made her Carnegie Hall debut, shortly after. She is the winner of many competitions including the Pacific Musical Society Vocal Award for which she received a full scholarship to Centro Studi Italiani, in Urbania, Italy. During her stay, she was a guest soloist in Sant' Angelo and toured the countryside singing, opera scenes and arias. She has studied Opera at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Nevada and Masters of Music degree from CSU Sacramento. She proudly maintains a vocal studio of many accomplished vocalists that have been featured on The Voice, America’s Got Talent, Showtime at the Apollo, and performed with orchestra’s at Carnegie Hall and Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Leslie Sandefur’s soprano voice has been hailed by critics as “a radiant, deeply expressive instrument that is precisely focused and well- knit throughout.” Ms. Sandefur most recently performed, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” on television as part of Salute to Red White and Blue, on ABC 10-Sacramento. A local favorite, she frequently performs recitals at Sacramento’s Crocker Art Museum and Westminster Music at Noon Concert Series promoting local arts education and the works of African American classical composers.


On the concert stage Ms. Sandefur was soloist in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera in 2019. She looks forward to singing the same piece with the Sacramento Youth Symphony in 2021. Other recent performances include, Dream Variations, with the Sacramento Youth Symphony in which she performed arias, musical theatre and spirituals. For the City of Elk Grove, she was a soloist in “Lullaby of Broadway,” and “For the Love of Music” and the Strauss Festival. In Modesto, she recently sang the role of Gincy in Towsend Opera’s world premiere of Tawawa House by Zenobia Powell Perry and was a featured recitalist with the company.


A native of the Sacramento area, Ms. Sandefur has sung with numerous opera companies and festivals including Opera San Jose, Nevada Opera, the Stern Grove Festival, Carlsen Center of Kansas City, Berkeley Opera, Opera San Jose, Cinnabar Opera, Pocket Opera, Lyric Theatre of San Jose, Bear Valley Music Festival, Golden Gate Opera, and the Lamplighters of San Francisco. Notable roles include Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Fiordiligi (Cosi fan Tutte), Mistress Ford (Merry Wives of Windsor), Mimí (La Bohème), Magda (La Rondine) and the title roles in Massenet’s Cendrillon, and Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha. She also sang with the San Francisco Opera Chorus.


Ms. Sandefur won the Leontyne Price National Vocal Competition at age 20, and made her Carnegie Hall debut, shortly after. She is the winner of many competitions including the Pacific Musical Society Vocal Award for which she received a full scholarship to Centro Studi Italiani, in Urbania, Italy. During her stay, she was a guest soloist in Sant' Angelo and toured the countryside singing, opera scenes and arias. She has studied Opera at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Nevada and Masters of Music degree from CSU Sacramento. She proudly maintains a vocal studio of many accomplished vocalists that have been featured on The Voice, America’s Got Talent, Showtime at the Apollo, and performed with orchestra’s at Carnegie Hall and Walt Disney Concert Hall.