Leslie Mauldin has performed dynamically and to critical acclaim in many venues, from touring Israel as soprano soloist with the Israeli Philharmonic to a one woman show in Spain, where she attended conservatory.  Her work comprises many diverse leading opera and oratorio roles for various companies around the US and abroad, and has garnered rave reviews, some of which appear toward the end of this page.

However, Leslie’s career has recently taken her in an unexpected direction and she is focusing on an exciting new project! Avenue B is the name of her newly formed group that debuted in St. Louis as part of the 2014 celebration of that city’s 250’th birthday, and then moved on to bookings in Milwaukee, Salt Lake City, and various concert series and events in Idaho. She is joined in Avenue B by Jed Moss, formerly of Air Supply (piano/baritone), and her brother John Mauldin (Bass Guitar, percussion, Tenor). Avenue B released their debut album - Roots: Back to Passion - in April of 2017, and is now back to the concert stage, most recently for the Clearwater Community Concert Series. The group has garnered rave reviews, and each audience has come to their feet at the end of the show! Avenue B comes with a surprise to Leslie Mauldin’s operatic fans, since Leslie has written many original songs for the group that include a revival of her acoustic guitar playing - an instrument that she has played since childhood, (“Dad, thanks for teaching me!”) but had mostly put aside once her opera and stage performance and direction career began. Surprisingly, it was opera that led her back to those roots.  During a production of Verdi’s opera Falstaff wherein she played the guitar live onstage in her character depiction of  “Alice Ford”, Leslie was reminded of her love for that instrument, picked it up again, and followed the “yellow brick road” to become part of  Avenue B!  

If this has you intrigued - or morbidly interested:’) - please follow the link to visit Avenue B’s website, or go to avenueb-music.com for more information.

And now, back to the business of lesliemauldin.com -

Some of the roles Ms. Mauldin has performed include the title role in “Tosca,”  “Violetta” (La Traviata), “Musetta” (La Boheme), “Micaela” (Carmen), “Micaela” (Le Tragedie de Carmen), “Hanna Glavari” (The Merry Widow), “Donna Anna” (Don Giovanni), “Alice Ford” (Falstaff), “Clorinda” (La Cenerentola), “Pamina” and “First Lady” (Magic Flute).  Her concert/oratorio work as a soprano soloist comprises over a dozen varied works including Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream performed at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, with Claire Bloom narrating, and soprano soloist in Mozart’s Missa Brevis in C with the Israeli Philharmonic.  Ms. Mauldin’s versatile performance repertoire also includes numerous musical and theatre roles including the role of Lilli Vanessi “Kate” (Kiss Me Kate), Sharon Graham  (Master Class), Kathie (The Student Prince), Eurydice (Orpheus in the Underworld), Louise (The Sound of Music), Sarah Brown (Guys and Dolls), and a partially staged version of the role of Nellie Forbush (South Pacific.) 

Stage and/or musical direction credits include Suor Angelica, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, La Boheme, The Mikado, Opera Idaho sings Christmas, and Opera Under the Stars and most recently an outreach production of Elixir of Love that was performed 30 times, and reached over 12,000 students! Choreography credits include The Mikado and The Pirates of Penzance .   A native of Los Angeles, Ms. Mauldin has also worked in film and television, and is a member in good standing of Screen Actor’s Guild. 

A dedicated advocate for arts and education, Ms. Mauldin serves on the Meridian, Idaho Arts Commission.  She also shortens operas for educational outreach performance, and her growing library contains Don Giovanni, The Merry Widow, The Magic Flute, The Mikado, and La Boheme, all of which have been performed live onstage. 

Ms. Mauldin has recently written “Holiday Trilogy”, a three part theatrical holiday celebration that includes an original short musical for the Halloween Season entitled “Merry Halloween”, Thanksgiving choral programming, and a Holiday Special in the old tv style (think Bing Crosby and Perry Como) with the last 2 installments (Thanksgiving and Christmas shows) featuring Carlotta Dickens, a character from the original musical “Merry Halloween” as emcee. This Holiday Trilogy will be performed live onstage during the 2018 holiday season!

…and now, as earlier promised, here are some reviews

“Mauldin looks smashing and sings beautifully, and her suicide leap from the parapet of Castel San Angelo was breathtaking.” Spokesman Review, “Tosca”

“Ms. Mauldin’s clear soprano and striking physical presence made her seem somehow 4-dimensional to those in the audience; her voice stirred up all manner of feelings – including a nostalgia that hit us right in the solar plexus”                                         The Idaho Statesman

 “Mauldin combines the vocal tenderness and verve of Verdi’s consumptive courtesan and a youthful beauty with an experienced actress’s ability to make the audience feel Violetta’s great range of emotions…Mauldin sang beautifully!”   Spokane Opera, Violetta, “La Traviata”

 “...performed the title role with stunning clarity of voice, and brought fun-loving insouciance to the character.”                     L.A. Times, “The Merry Widow”




 

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