USA: Leah Crocetto

Soprano - born 1980

BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Song Prize finalist

Leah Crocetto is from Adrian, Michigan and is a third year Adler Fellow with San Francisco Opera. She was a 2010 Grand Finals Winner of the Metropolitan National Council Auditions; 1st Place Winner, People's Choice and Spanish Prize winner at the José Iturbi International Music Competition and winner of a Sara Tucker Career Grant.

This season includes her European debut as Leonora Il trovatore with Opéra National de Bordeaux and as soloist in Mahler's Second Symphony at the Grand Teton Festival, conducted by Donald Runnicles.

At San Francisco Opera last season she covered Leonora Il trovatore and Desdemona Otello and this season includes the High Priestess Aida and Opera in the Park with Nicola Luisotti. She sang her first performance of the Verdi Requiem in her debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel and will perform it again with Columbus Symphony and Albany Symphony.

Leah has an engagement at the Hollywood Bowl singing Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Rafael Frübeck de Burgos.

Future plans include Liù Turandot at San Francisco Opera, Desdemona Otello at Frankfurt Opera and the Poulenc Gloria with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

In her spare time, Leah enjoys karaoke, travelling, wine tasting and making mp3 player playlists.

BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Song Prize Final repertoire

  • Pace non trovo (Tre sonnetti di Petrarca S270 No 1) - Liszt
  • Chanson d'avril - Bizet
  • Die Nacht (Op 10 No 3) - R Strauss
  • Cäcilie (Op 27 No 2) - R Strauss
  • The man I love - Gershwin

BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2011: concert four repertoire

  • Che il bel sogno di Doretta (La rondine) - Puccini
  • Sombre forêt (Guillaume Tell) - Rossini
  • Hear ye, Israel (Elijah) - Mendelssohn
  • Timor di me? ... D'amor sull' ali rosee (Il trovatore) - Verdi

BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Song Prize 2011: recital four repertoire

  • Vocalise (Op 34 No 14) - Rakhmaninov
  • Zdes' khorosho (Op 21 No 7) - Rakhmaninov
  • Loneliness (fragment from A Musset) (Op 21 No 6) - Rakhmaninov
  • Sure on this shining night (Op 13 No 3) - Barber
  • Nocturne (Op 13 No 4) - Barber
  • Del cabello más sutil - Obradors
  • Chiquitita la novia - Obradors

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