​“His high notes fill the house effortlessly and excitingly!

   ...other than Pavarotti on his best nights

            I can’t think of a tenor I’d rather hear in the part.”
                                                                                                    Will Crutchfield, The New York Times

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Singer/Voice Teacher/Vocal Coach/Stage Director ​

Richard Leech


              TenorRICHARD LEECH


The Met • La Scala • Covent Garden • Vienna • Paris • Berlin Rome • Florence • Madrid • Barcelona • LA • Chicago • San Francisco • Washington • Cincinnati • San Diego •

Pittsburgh • Carnegie Hall and The Hollywood Bowl are just some of the world stages on which American tenor Richard Leech has made his home. In a performance career spanning more than four decades, he mastered dozens of the lyric roles of the French, Italian, and German repertoire, performing and recording with many of the world’s greatest singers and conductors.  

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George Mason University   

  Associate Professor of Applied Voice and Opera

            Stage Director of Mason Opera Theater     


Richard Leech is pleased to announce that in the fall of 2023 he joins the faculty of George Mason University's Reva and Sid Dewberry School of Music in Fairfax, VA as Associate Professor of Applied Voice and Opera and Stage Director of Mason Opera Theater.

As a frequent presenter of master classes, a long-standing member Opera America's Performer Development Network, and the 2001 recipient of The Voice Foundation's Voice Education, Research and Awareness (VERA) Award, young artist training and education have always been an integral part of Richard Leech's career.  He is excited at the opportunites provided by his appointment with GMU provides.

The University of Michigan and Rutgers University

Between 2013 and 2019 he had the pleasure of serving on the voice faculties of The University of Michigan's School of Music, Theatre & Dance, Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts, and Rutgers Opera Institute.

​Detroit Opera

From 2015 to 2021, as Director of Resident Artist Programs for Michigan Opera Theatre (now Detroit Opera) he created and headed the company's new resident artist program Michigan Opera Theatre Studio. In his leadership role with the company also oversaw MOT's Education and Community Programs allowMr. Leech to utilize all aspects and experience of his broad career in the curation of MOTs community engagement and the development of some of opera's most exciting emerging artists.​  

​Richard Leech Studio and Master Classes
​For Information on Mr. Leech's availability for master classes or private study please submit a request on the Contact page.


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