Richmond-born soprano Leah Edwards, having been described as "the epitome of elegance and eloquence" with an "entrancingly beautiful voice", has enjoyed an eclectic range of performing experiences encompassing both musical theatre and opera.
Upon receiving her Master's Degree from The Juilliard School, Leah began her career as an apprentice artist at The Santa Fe Opera, performing standard operatic repertoire, but quickly found a niche in the new music scene in New York. In addition to the privilege of being able to work with composers of our time, these opportunities have allowed Leah to originate leading roles, participate in world-premiere recordings and make her Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center debuts. An active recitalist, Leah has performed numerous art song and orchestral concerts across the United States and Canada. She has appeared as a guest vocalist for productions with the New York Philharmonic and New York City Ballet and has been seen in concert with The Richard Tucker Foundation and American Modern Ensemble. Leah has also performed with Gotham Chamber Opera and Aspen Opera Theatre.
Seduced by her love of musical theatre, Leah has joined the casts of several shows with the Encores!
series at New York City Center. Regionally, she has performed Amalia Balash in She Loves Me
, The Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd
and has appeared as the guest soloist for a multimedia celebration entitled Music of Cinema and Stage
. She frequently participates in readings of musicals-in-process and performs with Sing for Hope
, a non-profit organization that strives to make the arts accessible to all. In the summer of 2011, Leah made her Broadway debut as a member of the company of Terrence McNally's Master Class
and, in the 2012-13 season, reprised her role as Sharon at Gulfshore Playhouse and at The Phoenecia International Festival of the Voice.
Other opportunities that have presented themselves during Leah's career have included her rendition of The National Anthem at The Pentagon, her radio sound bite of a political spoof entitled "Don't cry for me North Korea" and her appearances on both The Price is Right
and The Newlywed Game
. She can be seen in Carousel
with the New York Philharmonic on PBS' Live from Lincoln Center
and her recordings from the Opera America Songbook
can be purchased on iTunes
Leah received her Bachelor of Music from The Eastman School of Music where she had originally planned on becoming a concert pianist–until she found her voice. (www.leahedwards.net