Woman of the Year Award 2000
Lesley Garrett, the diva from Doncaster, is the UK’s most popular soprano, regularly appearing in both opera and in concert. She has won both critical acclaim and the affection of many fans and music lovers.
As a recording artist, Lesley Garrett has eight solo CDs to her credit and Soprano in Red received the Gramophone Award for ‘Best-selling Classical Artist of the Year’. Lesley’s successful BBC2 television series continued featuring a diverse range of guest artists and previous television appearances have included the first series of ‘Lesley Garrett…Tonight’, as well as ‘Jobs for the Girls’, ‘Viva la Diva’, ‘The Lily Savage Show’ and ‘Christmas Morning’.
She grew up in an industrial area near Doncaster. Her father was a signal master who educated himself sufficiently to become headmaster at an infants’ school. There was no record player in the house but one of her grandfathers was a classical pianist, the other toured the working men’s clubs with his band.
Lesley studied for six years at the Royal Academy of Music in London, of which she is now a Fellow and completed her education at the National Opera Studio and continues to work with her singing teacher, Joy Mammen.
Lesley made her debut with the Royal Opera as Valencienne in Lehar’s ‘The Merry Widow’ and she continues to work regularly with English National Opera, ENO, and will be returning to the Collaseum in the Spring of 2001 for a revival of her acclaimed Rosina in Rossini’s ‘Barber of Seville’. She is a member of the Board of Directors and a Trustee of the National Foundation for Youth Music established by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.