Fri. 26/Aug/16Puccini's Turandot
Leslie makes his Singapore Lyric Opera mainstage debut as Emperor Altoum in Puccini's Turandot at the Esplanade Theatre from 26 to 30 August 2016.
Sat. 12/Dec/15John Rutter's The Reluctant Dragon
Leslie sings the role of the Dragon in John Rutter's "The Reluctant Dragon" with the Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra at the Esplanade Concert Hall on Sunday Dec 13 at 5pm.
Tue. 07/Apr/15Straits Times article on A Knife in the Dark
A photo of me during rehearsals for the show is in this article.
Sun. 24/Aug/14Voce di meche Review of The Fairy Queen
"Tenor Leslie Tay exhibited fine dynamic control."
Sat. 23/Aug/14Seen and Heard International Review of The Fairy Queen
"“Well-done," “excellent," “captivating," “seductive," “clever," “charming": yes, it was all these. But there was something special that this performance had ... it was authentic ... it carried with it what I see as the spirit of Henry Purcell ... I was captivated from beginning to end, caught up in the group’s unflagging energy and enthusiasm ... to put together a troupe of such multi-talented performers is a credit to the dell’Arte Opera Ensemble team and Christopher Caines ... There was some exceptional singing here, voices that should be heard and appreciated by a wider audience. There was an energy that is rarely present in other performances"
Thu. 14/Aug/14Parterre Review of The Fairy Queen
"an ambitious and satisfying production ... the actors were really fine—comfortably and confidently speaking the text with admirable clarity and delineating their roles (most played at least two parts) with verve ... That the group of ten singers had been well prepared to sing Purcell was always apparent ... The English diction throughout was really admirable making the lack of surtitles a non-issue"
Wed. 13/Aug/14Wall Street Journal Review of The Fairy Queen
"the singing and dancing band of 11 fairies brought a new, beguiling dimension to the very familiar play. Rather than arresting the action, they deepened it, creating the mystery, fun and menace of a night in the woods ... the whole tribe created a vibrant, exuberant chorus"
Tue. 12/Aug/14Arts Journal Review of The Fairy Queen
"this raucous, outrageous, giddy, and mostly delightful downtown production ... Each of the very gifted singers—including Raymond Storms, Julian Whitley, Leslie Tay, Noelle McMurtry, and Elizabeth Westerman—has at least one aria to deliver ...artful, brave, and highly entertaining production"
Mon. 11/Aug/14New York Times Review of The Fairy Queen
"a hugely ambitious and delightful production ... it's all terrific fun once you are swept into the spirit, and that doesn't take long"
Sun. 10/Aug/14Broadwayworld Review of The Fairy Queen
"a light-hearted yet ambitious production that enchants ... What makes the piece really click is the expertly played and sung music ... As a full ensemble, the entire acting and singing casts really deliver strong and interesting performances"
Sat. 09/Aug/14Taminophile Review of The Fairy Queen
" ... a delight ... The vocal ensemble was composed of eleven accomplished and very flexible young singers. Both as an ensemble and as individuals, these young people showed vocal finesse and great humor and commitment ... a perfectly charming performance"
Thu. 01/May/14Riverdale Press Article on Bronx Opera's La Traviata
The article contains a great photograph of me in rehearsal as Gastone with the men of the Matador chorus!
Sun. 27/Oct/13Sino TV USA interview
Guest soloist for The Long Island Consort, conducted by Conrad Chu.
Mon. 14/Oct/13New York Times Review of A (micro) history of world economics, danced
I was in the choir of this experimental theater piece at La MaMa
Mon. 29/Apr/13Boston Globe Review of BLO's The Flying Dutchman
"Yet it was notably the choral singing that brought many of the evening’s highlights, especially the Act III sailors’ chorus, deftly staged and full of visceral energy."
Sat. 27/Apr/13Boston Classical Review on BLO's The Flying Dutchman
Overall positive review especially regarding the singing! The chorus singing is described as a "veritable force of nature"!
Sat. 27/Apr/13Boston Musical Intelligencer Review of BLO's The Flying Dutchman
A review that really gets the psychological concept behind the BLO's production
Sat. 20/Apr/13Boston Globe Article on Boston Lyric Opera's The Flying Dutchman
My first AGMA gig and my first performance with the BLO in Wagner's original 1841 version of the opera.
Mon. 21/Jan/13New York Times Review of Bronx Opera's La Gazza Ladra
A positive review commending the Bronx Opera for presenting all their productions in English
Fri. 26/Oct/12Boston Globe Review of BSO's Ravel and Stravinsky double bill
You can see me sitting in the chorus right smack in the middle of the photo in this review!
Sat. 28/Jul/12Boston Globe Review of BOC's Orpheus in the Underworld
Yup, the men did the can-can in the production! I wonder if I can audition to be a Rockette now ...
Fri. 29/Jun/12Boston Globe Review of OperaHub's A Midsummer Night's Dream
My first a cappella opera! And a huge picture of me in the review in my somewhat topless costume!
Tue. 26/Jun/12Boston Globe Pick-of-the-Day (OperaHub's A Midsummer Night's Dream)
A somewhat topless publicity picture of me in the Boston Globe
Thu. 08/Mar/12New York Times Review of BSO's Missa Solemnis at Carnegie Hall
John Oliver steps in at the last minute for Kurt Masur and gets a glowing review for his Carnegie Hall debut at 72! And you can see my head above Christine Brewer in the photo!