Russian-born soprano Nika Leoni is a classical singer, producer and educator with performance credits both in Europe and the United States. She appeared on opera stages in the Czech Republic, Germany and Austria; and performed concerts at Carnegie Hall, Munich Philharmonie, Berlin Philharmonie, Wałbrzych Filharmonia Sudecka (Poland), One World Symphony (New York); as well as recorded with Prague Stern Orchestra in the Czech Republic.
Ms. Leoni has been characterized by her colleagues as "an extraordinary performer demonstrating exquisite voice and truly expressive musicality," and her artistry has been praised by critics and music professionals for “an exquisite skill in expressing the gamut of human emotions.” Her performances, marked with a “charming and inviting stage presence” as well as “a beautiful sense of poetry and elegance,” have been enthusiastically received by American and European audiences, and she delivers equally impressive performances of opera roles, orchestral and chamber concerts, and art song programs.
Ms. Leoni was a Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in San Francisco and has received First Prizes and Awards from the East Bay Opera League Competition, the NATS Opera Competition, Contemporary American Art Song Competition and Santa Clara Art Song Festival. She has worked and studied with a number of accomplished artists, including singers Galina Vishnevskaya, Elly Ameling, Maria Spaccagna, Anna Skibinsky; conductors Daniel Beckwith, Georg Tintner, Josef Wallnig, John Axelrod; composers Lorenzo Martinez Palomo, Albert Markov, George Oakley; and directors and coaches Yelena Kurdina, Rudolph Jansen, Nico Castel, Marc Verzatt and Daniel Helfgot.
Ms. Leoni's unique concert programs of Russian Romantic Songs have been praised by the audiences in the U.S. as well as in Germany, Italy, Austria and the United Kingdom, and her first CD of Russian Romances and Traditional Songs titled Dark Eyes was released on Larion Records™ in 2009.
Ms. Leoni has played an active role as teacher and educator for over ten years, teaching voice, lyric diction and languages. She is the founder, producer and Artistic Director of an international performance company, Classical Presentations, for which she also writes and co-directs various educational productions about the classical music and opera genres.