LESLIE DALA

Conductor

Neil Weisensel & Shane Koyczan

Stickboy

Vancouver Opera

Mozart

The Magic Flute

Vancouver Opera

BIOGRAPHY

Conductor Leslie Dala enjoys a multi-faceted career spanning the genres of opera, symphonic music, choral and contemporary works. On the podium, he is known for his passionate, dynamic and charismatic approach to music making. Named one of the “Top Ten Artistic Leaders” by the Vancouver Sun, Dala’s national profile has grown steadily with guest conducting appearances with Pacific Opera Victoria, Edmonton Opera, Saskatoon Opera, Thirteen Strings Chamber Ensemble, the COSI Festival in Sulmona, Italy, Vancouver’s Goh Ballet, and University of Toronto Opera.

 

Equally at home with symphonic music, opera and contemporary music, Leslie is a Guest Conductor in 2016/17 with Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra and Kamloops Symphony Orchestra, and returns to Prince George Symphony where he held the position of Music Director and Conductor from 2003 to 2011, as a piano soloist in Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major.

 

As Associate Conductor and Chorus Master of the Vancouver Opera and is the Program Director of the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program, Leslie Dala has worked on more than seventy Vancouver Opera main stage productions, leading the World Premiere of Stickboy by Neil Weisensel and Shane Koyczan,  Madama Butterfly, The Magic Flute, La Boheme, Rigoletto  and West Side Story. In 2013/14, Britten’s centenary, Leslie conducted Albert Herring for Pacific Opera Victoria, Vancouver Opera, and at University of Toronto’s Opera.

 

In his position of Music Director of the Vancouver Bach Choir and the Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra. Leslie has led performances in a wide range  of orchestral and choral repertoire, including Elijah, Messiah, John Adams’ El Niño, and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. Dala is a frequent guest conductor with the UBC Opera Ensemble, leading recent productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Florentine Straw Hat, Carmen, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, and Hansel and Gretel. Maestro Dala leads the popular "Merry Evening of Opera" concerts presented each August by the Bard on the Beach Festival.

 

An avid performer of contemporary music, Leslie conducted the North American premiere of Philippe Boesmans’ opera Julie for Canadian Stage. And as a frequent guest conductor with Soundstreams Canada, Leslie toured contemporary music to Beijing, China and Taipei, Taiwan. He conducted George Crumb’s haunting Ancient Voices of Children with soprano Adrianne Pieczonka in “Beyond the Aria” and in 2016 celebrated “Steve Reich at 80” at Massey Hall.

 

Guest conducting engagements for Maestro Dala in the current season include The Nutcracker with Vancouver Opera Orchestra for Goh Ballet, and La Cecchina (Piccinni) with Glenn Gould School Opera.

Conducting Madama Butterfly with Vancouver Opera ­–

"The orchestra, under Leslie Dala, supports all this by finding the full range of Puccini's dynamics, from whispering strings to the pounding horns of doom."

Janet Smith, The Georgia Straight

 

SELECTED RESUME

Vancouver Bach Choir | Music Director

Vancouver Opera | Associate Conductor

Vancouver Academy of Music |

Music Director

SELECTED ENGAGEMENTS

Vancouver Opera | Stickboy, The Magic Flute,

La Bohème, Rigoletto, West Side Story

Pacific Opera Victoria | Albert Herring

Goh Ballet | The Nutcracker

PRESS KIT

HEADSHOTS

DOCUMENTS

Updated Sep 2016

 

 

CONDUCTING
ENGAGEMENTS

Leslie Dala, Conductor

ARTIST CONNECTIONS

REPERTOIRE

Opera

Nixon in China

Postcards from Morocco*

Duke Bluebeard’s Castle

Fidelio

I Puritani

Norma

Wozzeck

Béatrice et Bénédict

Candide

West Side Story

Carmen

Albert Herring

Pelléas et Mélisande

l’Elisir d’Amore

La Fille du Régiment

Lucia di Lamermoor

Lillian Alling

Susannah

Alceste

Faust

Romeo et Juliette

Das Wachsfigurenkabinett

Venus and Adonis

Savitri

Hansel und Gretel

Jenufa

Vec Makropoulos

Pagliacci

Cavalleria Rusticana

Werther

Cosi Fan Tutte

Don Giovanni

La Clemenza di Tito

Le Nozze di Figaro

Die Zauberflöte

Les Contes d'Hoffmann

Shelter

La Cecchina

Les Dialogues des Carmelites

La Boheme

La Fanciulla del West

Madame Butterfly

Suor Angelica

Tosca

Turandot

L’Enfant et les Sortilèges

Il Barbiere di Siviglia

L’Italianna in Algeri

Il Capello di Paglia di Firenze

Sweeney Todd

Life is a Dream (world premiere)

Die Fledermaus

Ariadne auf Naxos

Elektra

Der Rosenkavalier

Salome

The Rake’s Progress

HMS Pinafore

The Mikado

Pirates of Penzance

Tea

Eugene Onegin

Aida

Don Carlo

Un Ballo in Maschera

Falstaff

Macbeth

Rigoletto

La Traviata

Il Trovatore

Der Fliegende Holländer

Der Freischütz

Die Dreigroschenoper

Stickboy

John Adams

Argento

Bartok

Beethoven

Bellini

Bellini

Berg

Berlioz

Bernstein

Bernstein

Bizet

Britten

Debussy

Donizetti

Donizetti

Donizetti

Estacio

Floyd

Gluck

Gounod

Gounod

Hartmann

Henze

Holst

Humperdinck

Janáček

Janáček

Leoncavallo

Mascagni

Massenet

Mozart

Mozart

Mozart

Mozart

Mozart

Offenbach

Palmer, Juliet

Piccinni

Poulenc

Puccini

Puccini

Puccini

Puccini

Puccini

Puccini

Puccini

Ravel

Rossini

Rota, Nino

Sondheim

Lewis Spratlan

Strauss, J

Strauss, R

Strauss, R

Strauss, R

Strauss, R

Stravinsky

Sullivan

Sullivan

Sullivan

Tan Dun

Tchaikovsky

Verdi

Verdi

Verdi

Verdi

Verdi

Verdi

Verdi

Verdi

Wagner

Weber

Weill

Weisensel, Neil

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VIDEO

Orff

O Fortuna from Carmina Burana

VAM Symphony Orchestra & Vancouver Bach Choir

Bernstein

Overture to West Side Story

Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra

Bernstein

West Side Story

Vancouver Opera

Puccini

La Boheme

Vancouver Opera

Dorothy Chang

Small and Curious Places

Soundstreams

Orchestral

Sinfonietta

Brandenburg Concerto #3

Keyboard Concerto in d (also as piano soloist)

Orchestral Suite no. 2

Knoxville Summer of 1915

The Miraculous Mandarin (Suite)

Piano Concerto #3

Romanian Folk Dances

Choral Fantasy

Coriolan Overture

Piano Concertos #3,4,5 (also piano soloist in #3, #5)

Symphonies #1,3,5,6,7,8,9

Folksongs

O King

Overture to Candide

Overture to Prince Igor

Double Concerto for Violin and Cello

German Requiem

Hungarian Dances #1,5

Piano Concerto no 2

Symphonies #1,2

Tragic Overture

Variations on a Theme of Haydn

Simple Symphony

Passacaglia (world premiere)

Concerto for guitar and chamber orchestra

Espana

Piano Concerto no. 2

One Song Universalis (world premiere)

Appalachian Spring

Clarinet Concerto

Variations on a Quiet Song

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (accompaniment to silent film)

The Phantom of the Opera (accompaniment to silent film)

Cello Concerto

Legends #1,4

Serenade for Winds

Symphonies #7,8,9

Cello Concerto

Introduction and Allegro

Romanian Rhapsody

Bootlegger’s Tarantella

Solaris

Airs d’Espagne

Requiem

Jubilee Overture

Rhapsody in Blue

I Send Only Angels*

A l’Aventure

Frankenstein

Piano Concerto no. 1 (world premiere)

The Messiah

Water Music, Suite no. 1

Cello Concertos in C, D

The Creation

Piano Concerto in D (also as soloist)

Symphony no. 104

Der Schwanendreher

Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber

The Planets

The Polar Express

Peacock Variations

Songs Without Voices

Hamlet

Hungarian Rhapsody #2

Les Preludes

Piano Concerto no. 1

Via Crucis

Symphony of Saints (world premiere)

Variations (world premiere)

Kindertotenlieder

Symphony no. 5

Hebrides Overture

A Midsummernight’s Dream (complete incidental music)

Piano Concerto no. 1

Violin Concerto

Kaleidoscope

La Creation du Monde

Carnival Overture

Memorial to Martin Luther King

Aeromancy

Clarinet Concerto

Ch’Io Mi Scordi di Te (also as piano soloist)

Masses: Coronation, Trinitatis

Overtures to La Clemenza di Tito; Cosi Fan Tutte; Don Giovanni;

Le Nozze di Figaro; Die Zauberflote

Mass in C minor, Requiem

Piano Concertos no. 19, 27

Sinfonia Concertante

Symphonies: #29, 35, 38, 39, 40, 41

A Night on Bald Mountain

Pictures at an Exhibition

Carmina Burana

Catulli Carmina

Babar the Elephant

Concerto for Two Pianos

Peter and the Wolf

Piano Concerto no. 1

Romeo and Juliet Suite no. 2

Symphony no. 5

Violin Concerto no. 2

Suites 1 & 2 from the Fairy Queene

Piano Concerto no. 3

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Vocalise

Cantus Arcticus

Bolero

Pavane pour une enfante defunte

Piano Concerto no. 2

Le Tombeau de Couperin

You Are Variations (Canadian premiere)

Daniel Variations

Scheherazade

Petite Messe Solennelle

Carnival of the Animals

Cello Concerto no. 1

In Memoriam Alberto Guerrero

Aurora Borealis

Pierrot Lunaire

Mass no. 4

Rosamunde Overture

Symphony no. 5

Cello Concerto

Symphonies no. 1, 4

Scarlattiana

Cello Concerto no. 1

Symphony no. 5

Symphony no. 9

Finlandia

Karelia Suite

Symphony no. 2

Ma Vlast

The Death of Enkidu

The Merman of Orford

Picasso Suite

Blue Danube Waltz

Emperor Waltzes

Overture to Die Fledermaus

Thunder and Lightning Polka

Duet Concertino for Clarinet and Bassoon

Horn Concerto no. 1

Serenade for Winds

Firebird Suite (1919)

L’Histoire de Soldat

Nutcracker Ballet

Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture

Serenade for Strings

Symphony no. 5

Variations on a Rococo Theme

Masquerade

The Phantom of the Opera (silent movie accompaniment)

Fantasy on a Theme of Thomas Tallis

Serenade to Music

Six Studies on English Folk Songs

Octandre

Overture to La Forza del Destino

The Four Seasons

Gloria

Overture to Tannhauser

Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg

Siegfried Idyll

Wesendonck Lieder

Overture to Der Freischutz

Suite from the Threepenny Opera

Archer

Bach

Bach

Bach

Barber

Bartok

Bartok

Bartok

Beethoven

Beethoven

Beethoven

Beethoven

Berio

Berio

Bernstein

Borodin

Brahms

Brahms

Brahms

Brahms

Brahms

Brahms

Brahms

Britten

Buczynski

Catstelnuovo Tedesco

Chabrier

Chopin

Cole, Simon

Copland

Copland

Coulthard

Downing, Andrew

Downing, Andrew

Dvorak

Dvorak

Dvorak

Dvorak

Elgar

Elgar

Enescu

Estacio

Estacio

Evangelista

Faure

Forsyth

Gershwin

Godard, Marcus

Gougeon

Gruber

Habibi, Iman

Handel

Handel

Haydn

Haydn

Haydn

Haydn

Hindemith

Hindemith

Holst

Kapilow, Robert

Kodaly

Knussen

Liszt

Liszt

Liszt

Liszt

Liszt

Lucas, Gordon

Lucas, Gordon

Mahler

Mahler

Mendelssohn

Mendelssohn

Mendelssohn

Mendelssohn

Mercure

Milhaud

Morawetz

Morawetz

Morlock, Jocelyn

Mozart

Mozart

Mozart

Mozart

Mozart

Mozart

Mozart

Mozart

Mozart

Mussorgsky

Mussorgsky

Orff

Orff

Poulenc

Poulenc

Prokofiev

Prokofiev

Prokofiev

Prokofiev

Prokofiev

Prokofiev

Purcell

Rachmaninoff

Rachmaninoff

Rautavaara

Ravel

Ravel

Ravel

Ravel

Reich

Reich

Rimsky Korsakov

Rossini

Saint Saens

Saint Saens

Schafer

Schipiczky

Schönberg

Schubert

Schubert

Schubert

Schumann

Schumann

Sharman

Shostakovich

Shostakovich

Shostakovich

Sibelius

Sibelius

Sibelius

Smetana

Somers

Somers

Somers

Strauss, J.

Strauss, J.

Strauss, J.

Strauss, J.

Strauss, R.

Strauss, R.

Strauss, R.

Stravinsky

Stravinsky

Tchaikovsky

Tchaikovsky

Tchaikovsky

Tchaikovsky

Tchaikovsky

Top, Edward

Thibaudeau

Vaughan Williams

Vaughan Williams

Vaughan Williams

Varese

Vaughan Williams

Verdi

Vivaldi

Wagner

Wagner

Wagner

Wagner

Weber

Weill

Oratorio

Choral Fantasy

Symphony no. 9

Damnation of Faust

German Requiem

Nanie, Schicksalslied

Requiem

Miserere

The Creation

The Messiah

Via Crucis

Elijah

Coronation Mass

Mass in C minor

Missa Trinitatis

Requiem

Carmina Burana

Catulli Carmina

Messa di Gloria

Vespers

Petite Messe Solennelle

Mass no. 4 in B flat

Les Noces

Requiem

Gloria

Beethoven

Beethoven

Berlioz

Brahms

Brahms

Faure

Gorecki

Haydn

Handel

Liszt

Mendelssohn

Mozart

Mozart

Mozart

Mozart

Orff

Orff

Puccini

Rachmaninoff

Rossini

Schubert

Stravinsky

Verdi

Vivaldi

REVIEWS

Tehillim/Steve Reich at 80 with Soundstreams Canada ­–

"Conductor Leslie Dala held the ensemble together well, for a crisp performance."

 Colin Eatock, MusicalToronto.org

 

Madama Butterfly with Vancouver Opera ­–

"The orchestra, under Leslie Dala, supports all this by finding the full range of Puccini's dynamics, from whispering strings to the pounding horns of doom."

 Janet Smith, The Georgia Straight

 

"Conductor Leslie Dala gets a fine sound out of the VO orchestra, which played with the range of delicacy, sweep, and even brutality that Puccini demands."

 David Gordon Duke, Vancouver Sun

 

Albert Herring, Pacific Opera Victoria ­–

"What POV did with this immensely clever piece of comic fluff was outstanding from top to bottom: from the singers, who were uniformly well cast, through the staging, which was wonderfully over the top, to the 13 musicians in the pit, who followed conductor Leslie Dala's clear, precise direction to produce sparkling and defined instrumental detail throughout."

Robin J. Miller, Opera Canada

 

"Conductor Leslie Dala (in his POV debut) expertly led the 13-person orchestra through Britten’s picky and plucky score – creating a space for the music itself to really shine even in a sea of exaggerated characters, big voices and attention-grabbing set design."

Melanie Tromp Hoover, CW Magazine

 

"Under the baton of Leslie Dala, Vancouver Opera’s associate conductor and chorus master, making his POV debut, Britten’s colourful and witty and fussily detailed score is brought vividly to life by the cream of the Victoria Symphony."

Kevin Bazzana, Victoria Times Colonist

 

 

La Bohème, Vancouver Opera ­–

"It was an intimate and gentle Boheme, without huge voices, grandiose scenes or gut-wrenching climaxes, and conductor Leslie Dala underpinned it all with appropriately tender, voluptuous sounds from the orchestra.”

Robert Jordan, Opera Canada

 

"Conductor Leslie Dala mines the score’s emotional heart"

Louise Phillips, Georgia Strait

 

"Dala proved himself to be a sensitive accompanist and collaborator throughout"

Nonpiudifiori

 

"The orchestra under the guidance of Leslie Dala too is wonderfully modulated against the action on the stage, conveying sprightly, shimmering tones during the playful scenes – especially in the children’s chorus with Parpignol during Act 2 – and displaying a proper amount of restraint and equipoise for the final death scene."

Arman Kazemi, Vancouver Weekly

 

West Side Story, Vancouver Opera ­–

"Leslie Dala drew superb eloquent and focused playing from the orchestra, pacing the score intelligently."

Bernard Jacobson, Seen and Heard International - MusicWeb.uk.net

 

Damnation of Faust, Vancouver Bach Choir –

"The importance of the conductor as commanding general can't be overstated: Dala performed with courage and theatrical panache, ending his inaugural year in triumph— and with an implicit promise of further excitement to come."

 

Programming Damnation as the Vancouver Bach Choir's season finale demands to be read as a clear statement of intent for new VBC conductor Leslie Dala. And good for him. Saturday's mammoth production at the Orpheum was a red-letter event.

 

According to the Vancouver Bach Choir's new conductor Leslie Dala, "Berlioz' Le damnation de Faust isn't a concert: it's an event!" He's absolutely right.

 

...there are musical reasons aplenty to have put Damnation near the top of Dala's wish list as something just right for the Bach Choir: A splendid end to his first season...

 

Rarely has the road to hell been described in music so powerful– and so very appealing."

David Gordon Duke, Vancouver Sun

 

"...a wonderful rendition Saturday night at the Orpheum by the Vancouver Bach Choir, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and a set of splendid soloists with conductor Leslie Dala. The performance of this epic work drew cheers that were long and loud and deserved."

 

"...the three soloists –  tenor Paul Groves as Faust, bass-baritone John Relyea as Mephistopheles, and Allyson McHardy as Marguerite – were nothing less than sensational. Bass-baritone Giles Tomkins in the minor role of Brander was impressive as well."

Lloyd Dykk, The Georgia Straight

 

Rigoletto, Vancouver Opera –

"...it was a pleasure to hear so much orchestral detail, finely realized under Leslie Dala’s baton..."

Bernard Jacobson, Seen and Heard International - MusicWeb.uk.net

 

"Under the assured baton of Leslie Dala, the VO orchestra and chorus produce a fine and consistent Verdi sound, with plenty of passion and lots of drama."

David Gordon Duke, Vancouver Sun