About

Both graduates of the San Francisco Conservatory and Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, coloratura soprano Lena Leson and guitarist John Charles Britton have formalized their longtime collaboration in the Leson-Britton Duo. They have been performing together for over five years, and their repertoire spans standard works, new arrangements and original compositions.

Lena Leson graduated with her Masters degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in spring 2010, where she studied with Pamela Fry and coached with Mai-Linh Pham. She graduated with honors and was awarded the Graduate Prize in Music History. She graduated with honors from Peabody in 2008 where studied with Steven Rainbolt and coached with Robert Muckenfuss. She has participated in master classes with Sheri Greenawald, Patricia Craig, David Okerlund, Steven Blier and Kathy Cathcart. Lena has found success in the operatic arena with her “brilliant coloratura”, singing roles including "Belinda" in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, "the Dew Fairy" in Humperdink’s Hansel and Gretel, "Euridice" in Milhaud’s Les Malheurs d'Orphée and "Barbarina" in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. In addition, she is preparing the roles of "Olympia" in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, "Mireille" in Gounod’s Mireille and "Blonde" in Die Entführung aus dem Serail. Lena is also a passionate performer of art song, and her upbringing in a Spanish-speaking household encouraged her study of repertoire for voice and guitar.

John Charles Britton graduated with his Masters from the San Francisco Conservatory this spring, and will continue his studies with world-renowned guitarist Sergio Assad as a candidate for the Professional Studies Diploma. He graduated from Peabody Conservatory in 2009 and was a student of Julian Gray. He has performed in master classes with Odair Assad, Adam Holtzman, Nigel North, Pepe Romero, Eduardo Fernandez, Pascal Valois, Antón García Abril, William Kanengiser and Anna Vidovic. In addition to John’s guitar studies, he is a gifted arranger and has a bright future as a composer. He recently completed transcriptions of Grandados’ Tonadillas and Rodrigo's Cuatro Madrigales Amatorios for voice and guitar, a project that has been the source of much excitement among his teachers and peers, as well as a collection of compositions and arrangements by Les Six composers for solo guitar. His first Masters recital in the spring of 2011 featured only works for voice and guitar, and his second, in the spring of 2012, featured all French works for the guitar.