Director of CU Opera
Leigh Holman is an established stage director in the fields of Opera and Musical Theatre. As Director of the Opera Colorado Ensemble Artists, she has directed two touring productions per season, concerts and other presentations to promote Opera Colorado and the young artists that are contracted into the program. Holman was previously Chair of the Voice and Opera Studies Area at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She has directed and performed for such companies and opera institutions as Portland Opera, Nashville Opera, National Opera, Wildwood Opera, Opera Theatre of Fort Collins, University of Colorado, University of Arkansas, Eastman Opera Theatre and others. Some of her productions directing and assistant directing include Il barbiere di Siviglia, Hansel and Gretel, Madama Butterfly, La Boheme, La Traviata, Falstaff, The Merry Widow, Die Fledermaus, Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, The Tender Land, Amahl and the Night Visitors, La Cenerentola, The Sound of Music, Trial by Jury, Iolanthe, The Island of Tulipatan, La Curandera, Noye’s Fludde, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Side by Side by Sondheim, Red, Hot and Cole and many operatic and musical theatre scenes programs spanning from the Baroque period to Contemporary American works.
Holman has been a frequent opera lecturer including presentations of the pre-curtain lectures at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and Opera 101 presentations on KVOD. She holds a graduate Opera Performance degree from the Eastman School of Music and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Colorado Boulder. She received her Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Southern California. In addition to directing over 30 professional and academic operatic and musical theatre productions, she served as assistant director for Ron Daniels (Associate Director of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in London) in his critically acclaimed production of Madama Butterfly at Opera Colorado and with James Robinson in the 2007 Opera Colorado production of La Traviata. In 2009, Holman directed a new Peter Dean Beck production of La Traviata, directed Don Giovanni, both in Macky Auditorium and mounted a new production of Rorem’s Our Town. In the 2010-2011 Season, she staged Carousel, Susannah and The Bernstein Mass. In summer 2010 she served as founder, Artistic Director and Stage Director of CU NOW premiering new operatic works by Robert Aldridge, Herschel Garfein, Dan Kellogg and J. Michael Martinez. The CU NOW season returns with excerpts from Kirke Mechem’s Pride and Prejudice and Garfein’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead: The Opera. Upcoming Projects include director of la cambiale di matrimonio at the Piccolo Festival Friuli Venezia Giulia in Italy and the 2011-2012 CU Opera Season.