Leela Subramaniam

Leela S.

New York, NY

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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am a professional opera singer and principal soprano at the Metropolitan Opera. I have dedicated my entire life to music and singing, and I truly understand all the twists and turns seeking a professional life as a classical singer involves. I am, at the same time, a firm believer than anyone can be taught how to sing if they are not tone deaf (and only less than 5 percent of our population is). Singing is physiologically proven to improve your health and well being, and I believe a lot of what is involved in singing has to do with the student's mindset and confidence. I am an extremely passionate, patient, and compassionate person, and I don't teach to make a living, I teach because I truly love learning from my students and imparting what I've learned with others. I love to share the gift of music!
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Leela delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

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I am a principal artist at the Metropolitan Opera and have sung all over Germany, including the Bavarian State Opera, as a professional soprano. I graduated with my Masters and Professional Studies certificate from the Manhattan School of Music, and my BA from University of California- Los Angeles in classical voice.

I believe in healthy singing that starts with proper breath control and connection to the body. I also believe that technique should not be completely separate from musicality and the emotional connection to the music. I provide my students with the tools to warm up the voice in a way that allows the freedom of the voice to come out, while then using that freedom to creatively express whatever he/she wants with his/her voice. Students end up feeling a sense of release when singing in a way that I find healthy and not pushed. I get so much joy out of the joy that my students feel when singing.

I also believe that singing has a much deeper psychological aspect to it, more so than other instruments, because the instrument is within you. As a teacher, I am extremely patient, compassionate, good-humored and like to really get to know my students because I think it helps bring out their expression and their voice.

Looking forward to hearing your voice in a lesson!

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Principal Artist
Sep 2017 - Present
Metropolitan Opera

Opera Studio
Sep 2015 - Jul 2016
Bavarian State Opera, Munich


Masters, Classical Voice
Sep 2012 - May 2014
Manhattan School of Music


Limited Proficiency
Professional Proficiency
Professional Proficiency
Professional Proficiency


Professional Studies
May 2015
Manhattan School of Music

Classical Voice

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