Lesley Anne Sammons


Lesley Anne studied Piano and Flute at Trinity College of Music, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and The National Opera Studio.

Lesley Anne joined the music staff at Scottish Opera, working with Sir Alexander Gibson (Madama Butterfly, Il barbiere di Siviglia and Tosca). Il Teatro Massimo di Palermo offered her a contract in Sicily. After one season she was invited back for a further two years enabling her to fully engage in Italian life and culture.

An international career has taken Lesley Anne to Amsterdam (De Nederlandse Oper, repetiteur/The Bible Pieces, Salome, Les Troyens, L’elisir d’amore, I Puritani; Assistant Conductor/Norma, Don Carlos); France (L’Opera Du Rhin, Opera Studio, Strasbourg Coach); Spain (Festival Del Azahar, repetiteur/L’Italiana in Algeri); and Ireland (Opera Ireland, repetiteur/L’elisir d’amore).

In the UK Lesley Anne worked as repetiteur and coach for Glyndebourne Festival & Touring Opera, ENO, ETO, Opera North, ROH, Grange Park Opera, Opera Holland Park, Longborough Festival Opera, and ROH2. Lesley Anne has conducted Opera Holland Park with the RPO (Madama Butterfly, Il barbiere di Siviglia).

She is also an Associate Lecturer at Chichester University, teaching, coaching and nurturing young people in Classical Singing, Piano Accompaniment and Musical Theatre.

Lesley Anne has been Musical Director of Barefoot Opera since 2006 and has arranged many operas for The Barefoot Band (piano, double bass, accordion and clarinet) including Dido and Aeneas, Fairy Queen, L’elisir d’amoreLa bohème and Carmen.

Previously for Longborough: La Calisto (2019), The Magic Flute (2012)