Artists website: www.leahcrowne.com
American dramatic soprano Leah Crowne is known for her powerful voice with a “metallic edge and rich color” (Classima Blog, Beziers, France), “house-shaking power,” (The Rutland Herald, Middlebury, Vermont), and “impressive stage presence” (The Coloradan, Ft. Collins, Colorado). She delivers “fine artistry with legato, Italianate vocalism and musical precision” (Maestro Emmanuel Plasson), as well as a “good mix
of strength and vulnerability in her characterizations” (Director Doug Anderson).
Leah’s operatic engagements span across the United States as well as Europe and include Puccini’s Turandot (Opera Bergen, Norway; Opera Company of Middlebury, Vermont; Opera Ft. Collins, Colorado; Opera Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, The Mediterranean Opera Studio; Caltagirone, Italy), Fidelio (Susquehanna Symphony, Maryland; New York Opera Forum, NYC), Kundry in Wagner’s Parsifal (The Metropolitan Opera Guild), Salome (Opera Fort Collins, Colorado); Tosca (Sarasota Opera, Florida); Elisabetta in Verdi’s Don Carlos (Sarasota Opera, Florida); Ariadne in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos (Hub Opera Ensemble, Maryland; Bay Area Opera Theater, San Francisco), Chrysothemis in Strauss' Elektra (New York Opera Forum), Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni (Hub Opera Ensemble, Maryland; Towson University, Maryland).
Her concert and oratorio work has included Requiem (Brahms, Duruflé, Mozart, Verdi); Messiah (Handel); Symphony no.9 and Choral Fantasy (Beethoven); Petite Messe Solennelle and Stabat Mater (Rossini), and Coronation Mass (Mozart). Her recital work has included cycles and individual songs by Samuel Barber, Alban Berg, Richard Strauss, and Richard Wagner, among others. She has performed as a soloist with The New Dominion Chorale in Washington DC, Choirs of America at Carnegie Hall, The Baltimore Basilica, and The National Basilica in Washington DC.
Leah is the recipient of The Max Kade Fellowship in Middlebury, Vermont; The Wagner Society of New York Scholarship Prize; The Evelyn Lear and Thomas Stewart Emerging Artist Scholarship; The Dolora Zajick Institute for Young Dramatic Voices Professional Scholarship; The Ryan Center at The Lyric Opera of Chicago Stars of Tomorrow Finalists concert, Opera New Jersey Fellowship, and Sarasota Opera Young Artist Fellowship.
A lover of vocal technique and teaching, Leah Crowne maintains an active studio of young professional singers from the Washington DC, Philadelphia and New York regions. She founded Opera Susquehanna, a summer opera training program for emerging professional and advanced avocational opera singers. She is based in the Harrisburg, PA area where she lives with her husband and their two daughters.
"Schenck-Crowne revealed herself as a dramatic soprano with a large and intense voice ranging from beautiful to feirce. With her voice and instincts, the role is hers."
-The Rutland Herald 2015"