Heath Lees is Emeritus Professor of Music at Auckland University and divides his year equally between New Zealand and France. Heath has presented many arts programs on television, including the music series Opus and the weekly arts show Kaleidoscope. For Radio New Zealand’s Concert network, he has chalked up literally hundreds of individual programs. In 1994, Heath founded the Wagner Society of New Zealand.
Lees has lectured on musical subjects in general, and Wagner in particular, in the UK, France, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand and North America. As a writer, he has published many articles on different musical influences in literary works by Samuel Beckett and James Joyce. As a composer, he has a number of choral and instrumental pieces published by Roberton (UK) and Allan’s Music (Australia). His most recent book, Mallarmé and Wagner: Music and Poetic Language, deals with Wagner’s influence on the French poet Mallarmé (Ashgate UK).