Lea Shaw is an award-winning mezzo-soprano from the Rocky Mountains of Denver, Colorado. She is studying for her Masters of Opera at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, having received both her Bachelor of Music (1st class honours) and Masters of Music studying with Helen Lawson.
She is a grateful recipient of the Maurice Taylor Opera Scholarship, a Sybil Tutton Award from Help Musicians UK, and a grant from the Dewar Arts Awards to enable her studies.
She has performed diverse repertoire worldwide with conductors such as Marin Alsop, John Butt, and Sir Andrew Davies, and created works in close collaboration with James MacMillan. Throughout her time at the Alexander Gibson Opera School she has performed the roles of Bianca (The Rape of Lucretia), Polly Peachum (Die Dreigroschenoper), Mère Jéanne (Les Dialogues des Carmélites), and this year was due to perform the roles of Sesto (Giulio Cesare), Minskwoman (Flight), and, forthcoming, L’Enfant (L’Enfant et les Sortilèges). She is also working in close collaboration with living composers to create new works.