Performance Biography

CARA LIANNE MCLEOD is a Canadian soprano praised for her "enviable clarity of tone" (Opera Canada). Recognized as a vibrant and generous artist both on and off
stage, she has been inspiring audiences with her distinct voice and compelling honesty in operas, recitals, and programs around the world.

Ms. McLeod made her operatic debut in COSĪ FAN TUTTE and most recently performed Annina in LA TRAVIATA with Edmonton Opera. She made her company debut with Edmonton Opera in the role of High Priestess in AIDA and subsequently sang Berta in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, and then as a cover, went on to successfully perform the role of Donna Elvira in DON GIOVANNI. Other credits include Nedda in PAGLIACCI, Contessa in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO and Micaëla in CARMEN with Mercury Opera, Calgary Concert Opera Company, Vancouver Island Opera, and Operafestival di Roma. She has frequently appeared as a guest artist with Opera NUOVA since appearing as the Dew Fairy and Sandman in HANSEL AND GRETEL.

In recital and concert, Ms. McLeod has appeared as a featured soloist with Vancouver Island Opera, Red Deer Symphony, and Calgary Concert Opera Company, as well as Mercury Opera "A Night at the Opera." With respect to her appearance with the Ed- monton Youth Orchestra at the Verdi Festival Gala Concert at the Winspear Centre, Edmonton Journal’s Mark Morris noted that "The highlights were soprano Cara McLeod’s touching performance of Violetta’s aria 'Addio del passato...'" As the soprano soloist for the Alberta Symphony Orchestra (ASO), Ms. McLeod toured throughout Alberta, under the direction of Emilio De Mercato. She subsequently appeared with Maestro De Mercato in Symphony Paradiso: The Movie Music of Ennio Morricone and Nino Rota. She recently made her Edmonton Symphony Orchestra debut with conduc- tor Lee Holdridge, performing in Rocky Mountain High - An Evening of John Denver. She was honoured to perform the National Anthem at the Alberta Legislature for Canada’s 150th birthday, returned in 2018, and appeared in her third year as a guest soloist there with the ASO during Celebrate the Season 2017.

Ms. McLeod is also a sought-after private voice teacher, adjudicator and clinician. Upcoming engagements include a recital with Sir N. Antonio Peruch, classical accordionist and returning again to the Alberta Legislature to sing the National Anthem for the Opening Day/Speech from the Throne.




La Traviata by Verdi at Edmonton Opera, Directed by Alain Gauthier and Conducted by Judith Yan

Donna Elvira

Don Giovanni by Mozart at Edmonton Opera, Directed by Oriol Thomas and Conducted by Christopher Larkin


Il Barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini at Edmonton Opera, Directed by Allison Grant and Conducted by Robert Dean

High Priestess

Aida by Verdi at Edmonton Opera, Directed by Dejan Miladnović and Conducted by Richard Buckley


Carmen by Bizet at Calgary Concert Opera Company, Directed by Barbara King

Carmen by Bizet at Vancouver Island Opera, Directed by Tatiana Vasilieva and Conducted by Gerald van Wyck


Le Nozze di Figaro by Mozart at Operafestival di Roma, Directed by Dr. Peter Atherton and Conducted by Francesco Carotenuto


Pagliacci by Leoncavallo at Mercury Opera, Directed by Darcia Parada and Conducted by Mark Hyscko

Sandman & Dew Fairy

Hänsel and Gretel by Humperdinck at Opera NUOVA, Directed by Kim Mattice Wanat and Conducted by Ruggero Barbieri


Cosi fan Tutte (in concert) by Mozart at The Opera Project, Directed by Heidi Klassen and Conducted by Ruggero Barbieri


Featured Soloist

Mozart Vespers, Vocal Alchemy & Chronos Vocal Ensemble,  Conducted by Jordan Van Biert

Rocky Mountain High: An Evening of John Denver Edmonton Symphony Orchestra,  Conducted by Lee Holdridge

National Anthem for Canada Day 150, Alberta Legislature

Opera al Fresco for Edmonton Opera, University of Alberta Botanic Garden

Symphony of Hope: Benefit Concert for Fort McMurray for Alberta Symphony Orchestra, Accompanied & Conducted by Emilio De Mercato

Symphony Paradiso: The Movie Music of Ennio Morricone & Nino RotaArtistically Directed and Conducted by Emilio De Mercato

Premiere Tour of Alberta for Alberta Symphony Orchestra, Accompanied & Conducted by Emilio De Mercato

A Night at the Opera Gala for Mercury Opera, Directed by Darcia Parada and Conducted by Boris Derow

La Dolce Vita – A Taste of ItalySuncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts

Ft. McMurray Music Teachers’ Association Concert, Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts

Viva Verdi Gala Concert for Edmonton Opera / Edmonton Youth Orchestra, Conducted by Michael Massey

Let the Music Move You, Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts

Valentine’s Gala, Edmonton Opera

Guest Artist

Glenn Gould Piano Festival

Opera NUOVA Cabaret, Directed by Kim Mattice Wanat

Debut Gala Concert, Calgary Concert Opera Company, Directed by Barbara King

Oceanside Recital Series, Vancouver Island Opera

Music for Life: Cancer Society Fundraiser, Red Deer Symphony Orchestra, Conducted by Claude Lapalme



In addition to her performing, Cara McLeod has been teaching voice to students of all ages for over 15 years. She cares deeply for her students and focuses on their individual needs, encouraging them to reach their full potential, whether in private lessons or workshop settings.  Ms. McLeod has also vocal coached and artistic directed numerous projects, including the small vocal ensemble at Keyano College and the Alberta Heritage Music Project, bringing seniors and students together in a music-memory collaboration and performance.  

Cara is a sought-after adjudicator and clinician who finds a strong sense of gratification in working with singers of all ages, and providing them with feedback on their singing journey. In 2010, she conducted three workshops for choristers in the Elk Island Choirs, wherein Leesila Dawkins, the Junior Honour Choir Director stated, “Cara is energetic and organized. She has a warm, powerful lyric voice, as well as a beautiful interpretive dramatic and musical sense.  I feel she is a singer and workshop leader of wonderful potential.”  In 2018, she was a mentor for the Artist In Residency program with the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, and as a result of that work, was inspired to create workshops “Reveal your Voice: Exploring Expression & Creativity through Singing” to empower participants to uncover their true potential.

Ms. McLeod is also a past committee member of the Friends of Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts, and past Board member and Chair of Alberta Music Education Foundation, a registered charity that provides funding and innovative ideas for music education throughout Alberta, which she still supports as a member and volunteer.


Private Voice Instruction, 2003 – Present

Musical Theatre Instructor, Keyano College Conservatory, 2010-2011 

Voice Instructor, Keyano College of Visual & Performing Arts, 2009-2010 

Small Ensemble Director, Keyano College of Visual & Performing Arts, 2009-2010

Vocal Coach/Clinician

Vocal Coach, Grease, Keyano Theatre, 2008

Introduction to Opera Workshops Elk Island Honour Choirs, 2010

Vocal Training Mentor Artist in Residence program, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, July 2018

Reveal Your Voice Weekend Singing Workshop for Beginners, July 2019


Oilsands Rotary Music Festival, Voice, 2019

Medicine Hat Rotary Music Festival, Voice, 2016

High River Music Festival, Voice, 2012 

Lacombe Music Festival, Voice, 2012 

Medicine Hat Rotary Music Festival, Junior Voice, 2011

Sherwood Park Music Festival, Senior Voice, 2009


Artistic Director

Alberta Heritage Music Project, Connecting Seniors and Students, Rotary House & Golden Years Society

La Dolce Vita – A Taste of ItalySuncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts

Let the Music Move YouSuncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts




Canadian Actors’ Equity Association

Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators’ Association

National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)