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Leah Hawkins

Soprano Leah Hawkins is a graduate of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at The Metropolitan Opera, 2021 winner of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Women in Classical Music Career Advancement Award, a 2022 Richard Tucker Career Grant recipient, and the Met’s 2024 Beverly Sills Artist Award recipient.

Hawkins begins the 2023/24 season as the Soprano Soloist in Verdi’s Requiem at The Metropolitan Opera conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Other season highlights include a role debut in Anthony Davis’ X, The Life and Times of Malcolm X (Louise/Betty) with The Metropolitan Opera and Seattle Opera. In the spring, she will make her role and house debut at Dutch National Opera in a new production of Il tabarro (Giorgetta) directed by Barrie Kosky and conducted by Lorenzo Viotti. On the concert stage she performs the Dvořák Requiem with American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Future engagements include debuts with La Monnaie, The Dallas Opera, and San Francisco Symphony along with returns to The Metropolitan Opera and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Last season, she made her role and house debut at Pittsburgh Opera in Rusalka (Foreign Princess). Other season engagements included debuts with The Santa Fe Opera and Opera Memphis for Tosca (title role), Arizona Opera for Ariadne auf Naxos (title role), and her return to The Metropolitan Opera for La Bohème (Musetta). On the concert stage, she made her debut at the inaugural Sag Harbor Song Festival and presented a recital at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theatre.

Past engagements include her debut at the Opéra national de Paris in 7 Deaths of Maria Callas (Desdemona) before returning to the roster of The Metropolitan Opera for Fire Shut Up in My Bones and Porgy & Bess (Strawberry Woman). She made her Des Moines Metro Opera debut in Porgy & Bess (Serena).

In the 2020/21 Season, Hawkins debuted at the Bayerische Staatsoper in 7 Deaths of Maria Callas (Desdemona). Additional 2020/21 engagements included debuts with Portland Opera for Journeys to Justice, Tulsa Opera for Greenwood Overcomes, Song of America: Celebration of Black Music with the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, and a SummerStage recital in Central Park with The Metropolitan Opera.

While in the Lindemann Program at The Metropolitan Opera she was seen in Porgy & Bess (Strawberry Woman), Pique Dame (Masha), Suor Angelica (Alms Collector), and Aida (High Priestess). She made her Colorado Symphony debut in the Verdi Requiem and gave a recital at the Park Avenue Armory. Leah is an alumna of the Cafritz Young Artists of Washington National Opera, where she appeared in the World Premiere of Mazzoli’s Proving Up (Mrs. Johannes “Ma” Zegner), Don Carlo (Celestial Voice), Fairouz’s The Dictator’s Wife, Blanchard’s Champion (Cousin Blanche/Sadie Griffith), and Glass’ Appomattox (Mrs. Dorsey/Amelia Boynton).

On the concert stage she has appeared with Yale Philharmonia in Mahler Symphony No. 2, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Porgy and Bess (Serena) with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and in A Space Odyssey with The Philadelphia Orchestra. She appeared with The Apollo Orchestra in Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in A Celebration of Black History where she performed Knoxville: Summer of 1915, and The National Symphony Orchestra in Songfest by Leonard Bernstein. Hawkins received her Master of Music in Voice from Yale University and Bachelor of Arts in Music from Morgan State University.


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