B i o g r a p h y
Leonel Pinheiro was born in Braga, Portugal.
Recent/current roles include Cavaradossi in Tosca with Regents Opera at the Wimbledon International Music Festival, and Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana at Coliseu Micaelense in Azores.
Leonel completed his Degree in Music Teaching (Singing) at University of Aveiro under the tuition of António Salgado and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Concert Singing at Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama with Peter Alexander Wilson, where he took Masterclasses with such names as Malcolm Martineau.
Leonel graduated with distinction from the Opera Course at Guildhall School of Music & Drama where he studied with Susan McCulloch. His full scholarship were kindly supported by the Worshipful Company of Saddlers, the Roseberry Scholarship, the Blanch Gertrude Lynch Memorial Scholarship and the Music Students' Hostel Trust.
Through his Guildhall Artist Fellowship, Leonel was a guest teacher of singing at City University of London and a Learning Repertoire Coach at Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
Enagements include: Don José Carmen (Mid Wales Opera, Deloite Ignite Festival at the Royal Opera House), Macduff, cover Macbeth (Scottish Opera), Cavaradossi Tosca (Charles Court Opera/Musique Cordiale Festival in Provence), Lucio Otello (Buxton Festival Opera), Alfredo La Traviata (European Chamber Opera/Bangkok Grand Opera, Bermuda Festival/Regents Opera), Gherardo Gianni Schicchi (Opera Holland Park Christine Colllins Young Artists), Luigi Il Tabarro, Samson Samson et Dalila (Grimeborn Opera Festival).
Leonel has been a regular at the Wexford Festival Opera, there he has sung Kozak Maria, Showman A Village Romeo and Juliet Achille di Rosalba/Felice Il Cappello di Paglia di Firenze, Gastone La Traviata.
Oratorio highlights include: Royal Festival Hall debut as the tenor soloist in Mozart's Requiem alongside the English Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonia Chorus, Handel's Messiah, José Maria Vitier's Misa Cubana, Orff's Carmina Burana, Charpentier's Te Deum and Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle.