Bass Leslie John Flanagan
Australian baritone Leslie John Flanagan has performed throughout Australia, Europe, and
the USA, including performances at the Sydney Opera House, in London at ENO’s
Coliseum, the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, the Royal Albert Hall and Wigmore
Hall, and the Janacek Theatre in Brno and at the Edinburgh Festival. Recent operatic
performances include Mitrovsky in the première of “Twice Upon a Birthday” for The
Metropolitan Opera Guild and Guglielmo (“Cosi fan tutte”) with Southern Plains Opera.
Dr. Flanagan earned a bachelor’s degree in music from the Queensland Conservatorium in
Brisbane, Australia, and a master’s degree in opera performance from the Royal Scottish
Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Music) in Glasgow,
Scotland. Upon completion of his master’s studies, he became an inaugural member of
English National Opera’s prestigious Jerwood Young Singer’s Programme in London. He
received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma and accepted
the position of Vocal Arts Coordinator and Director of Opera and Musical Theater at Mid
America Christian University.
Roles with English National Opera, included Rossini’s “Figaro,” Guglielmo “Cosi fan tutte,”
Schaunard “La Boheme,” Morales “Carmen,” Barney in the world première of Mark Anthony Turnage’s “The Silver Tassie” alongside Gerald Finley, Donner Das Rheingold, and Ned
Keene Peter Grimes. Other credits included Guglielmo in “Paris,” Escamillo “Carmen” for the
Longbourough Festival Opera, Silvio “Pagliacci” for Haddo House Opera, the title role in “Don
Giovanni” (Edinburgh Festival), Smirnov “The Bear,” and Demetrius “A Midsummer Night’s
Dream,” Papageno “The Magic Flute” in Australia and Le Dancaïre “Carmen” with the Fort
Dr. Flanagan is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Australian
Singing Competition’s RSAMD Award, the Sir Alexander Gibson Memorial Scholarship, the
Texaco Opera Prize, the Shreveport Singer of the Year Competition Delbert Chumley
Award, and the Benton-Schmidt Competition; he was a Semi-Finalist in the Kathleen
Ferrier Awards, Quarter-Finalist in the Montreal International Singing Competition and the
audience prize winner and first runner-up in the Birmingham Opera Competition.
Dr. Flanagan’s concert engagements include Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” with the Canterbury
Choral Society and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Carmina “Burana” with Sir David
Willcocks at the Royal Albert Hall, London, Mahler’s “Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen” with
the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra, Britten’s “War Requiem” at the Bratislava and Brno
International Music Festivals, a concert performance of Prokofiev’s “War and Peace” at the
BBC Proms, and a recital of German Lieder with pianist Wolfram Rieger at London’s
Wigmore Hall. He has worked with many opera and classical musics’ leading conductors,
accompanists, and directors, including Sir Charles Mackerras, Edward Gardner, Paul
Daniel OBE, David Parry OBE, Graham Johnson, Sir Jonathan Miller, Keith Warner,
Deborah Warner, David Freeman, and Spanish director Calixto Bieto.
Dr. Flanagan’s professional recording credits include the First Apprentice on Chandos’
recording of “Wozzeck,” Barney in ENO’S live recording of “The Silver Tassie,” also available
on DVD from the BBC, Bach’s “St. John Passion” with the BBC, and on Roger Webster’s
“Travels with my Trumpet” with English soprano Janis Kelly.