Director's Bio:

An overview of the vision

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Leah Crowne

Leah Crowne 

Leah Crowne is "revolutionizing the vocal studio as a collective experience, facilitating artists in an all around way! It is wonderful to watch a Leader really love what they do while inspiring others to do the same!" (Nadine Benjamin, international operatic soprano and high performance coach.)

 

The Vision:

Crowne founded this company with the emerging opera singer in mind: this means different things depending on where artists are in their journey. Some artists are breaking out on to the world stage after decades of study, while others will be trying out their first opera roles. Many of these singers have been studying voice with Leah all year, and are now ready to accumulate their work by discovering an opera role.  Crowne often sings along side these fabulous artists, teaching them that a vocal instructor is also a colleague. We evolve together. 

Benefitting the Community: 

Leah seeks out partnerships with neighboring non-profits and schools. Through benefit concerts, informative lectures, performances and workshops, the residents of South Central Pennsylvania get to experience opera at a world class level. Opera broadens horizons and instills transferable skills to children and adults. 

Leah's Performance Bio 

Crowne's voice is one 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 Anthony Pilavachi).  

Crowne'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, Pennsylvania; 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), 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, NYC, The Baltimore Basilica, and The National Basilica in Washington DC.

She 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 is based in the Harrisburg, PA area where she lives with her husband, their two children.