Leilani recently graduated with a Distinction from the Royal College of Music, where she studied with Sally Burgess as a Draper's Company Scholar supported by a Draper's Company Scholarship. Previously, she completed a Postgraduate Diploma at the RCM and passed with Distinction. In 2015, she graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Music from Royal Holloway College where she was a choral scholar for three years and was awarded the Dame Felicity Lott Bursary. In competitions, she has received First Prize in The Courtney Kenny Award English Song Competition (2016) and was commended for her “appealingly rich sound” and “well chosen and heart-wrenching” programme of English Song. She was described as “highly musical and intelligent” when awarded a Commendation in the RCM Lieder Competition (2017), adjudicated by tenor Nicky Spence, and was 'Highly Commended' in The Mozart Singing Competition (2018), adjudicated by Audrey Hyland and Barbara Dix. An accomplished performer of Lieder, Leilani was involved in a project which explored the forgotten music of German composer Robert Kahn, and has since performed his music at The Liberal Jewish Synagogue as part of the lecture series ‘Love of Lieder’, the German Embassy in London and The Akademie der Künste in Berlin. She was also a Leeds Lieder Young Artist 2019 and performed in live streamed masterclasses lead by Angelika Kirchschlager and Malcolm Martineau.
Leilani's solo operatic roles include Dew Fairy (Hansel and Gretel) with Westminster Opera, Nora (Riders to the Sea) with Midsummer Opera, Hansel (Hansel and Gretel) with Diva Opera and Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) with Opera Alegria. In RCM Opera Scenes she has performed the roles of Dorinda (Orlando), Susanna (Figaro), Mary Crawford (Mansfield Park), Laola (L'étoile), Pinocchio (The Adventures of Pinocchio), Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia) and Hélène (Une éducation manquée). Leilani sings regularly with Opera Holland Park Chorus and most recently performed a silent acting role as the title character 'L'arlesiana' in Cilea L'arlesiana (directed by Oliver Platt and conducted by Dane Lam) in 2019.
Leilani’s solo oratorio performances include Buxtedhude Membra Jesu Nostri, Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem and Fauré Requiem, Handel Dixit Dominus, Duruflé Requiem, Tarik O’Regan Triptych, Bach St John Passion, Schubert Magnificat, Haydn Missa Sancti Nicolai, Bach Magnificat, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle, Vivaldi Gloria, Handel Messiah and Mozart Coronation Mass. Also a keen performer of lighter music, cabaret and jazz, Leilani regularly performs programmes of music by Cole Porter, Jerome Kern and George Gershwin at private venues with jazz pianist Neal Thornton.
Leilani has been generously supported by the Arthur Souster Charitable Trust and The Aspinwall Educational Trust.
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