Meet NYCA singer Izaak Lea (VIC)

Tell us about your musical background... I grew up with music around me with my sister who was a singer. This interest in music led me to choose the trumpet as it is the coolest brass instrument out there. After VCE, I wanted to expand my musical horizons and started down the singing track and I haven’t looked back since. I am now studying a Bachelor of Music Performance as a singer at Monash University. I am beginning to delve into light opera after performing as Luiz from Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Gondoliers in April 2016.  

Why are you coming back to NYCA? I had such a fantastic experience last year with the choir so I was chomping at the bit to audition and try to get in this year to sing with this amazing group of talented singers.

What is your favourite NYCA memory? Basking in the sound of 26 singers in 2015 singing Britten's A boy was Born, and the emotiveness that such talented singers can convey through the text and their voices.

What makes NYCA different? The quality of all the members is top notch. The season is superbly run, with such talented musical directors. For me, it is living on site and being with the group for 10 days straight is awesome for group cohesion. We do everything together and it has an awesome vibe. I cannot rate this experience more highly! 

What’s coming up for you next? Singing the tenor solo role in the ‘Street Requiem’ by Jonathon Welch AM in August with the Voices of Casey choir. 

Izaak performs with the National Youth Choir of Australia in our 21st Anniversary Season under international director David Hill (UK).

Flagship Concert: July 9, 7.30pm. Deakin Edge, Federation Square with special guests The Australian Boys Choir.