Manager: William G. Guerri
Management Territory: Worldwide
"In the role of Liu, Leah Crocetto dominated with her vocal powers . . . her voice truly shined. In her first aria “Signore Ascolta,” where Liu begs Calaf not to take on Turandot’s three riddles, Crocetto sang with a beautiful mezza voce caressing the lines. There was a tenderness to her singing but during the final “Pieta,” Crocetto crescendoed to a mezzo forte and this was the moment that Liu’s desperate cry was heard. In the second act when Liu is being tortured, Crocetto used all of her vocal power as she refused to say Calaf’s name. Here her voice gave a weight that showed Liu’s suffering and it rang with so much despair and fear." Francisco Salazar, Latin Post
"Leah Crocetto, who sang Semiramide, is one of those discoveries that Thierry Fouquet, director of Bordeaux Opera, has made in recent years. She was brilliant and well-suited to the part: a lyric-spinto soprano, powerful, easy and valiant at the top, with good agilities and an attractive timbre. She is headed for an important career. Few sopranos can now be compared with her in the character of Semiramide." José M. Irurzun, Seen and Heard International
“The gifted young American soprano Leah Crocetto, making her company debut in this formidable bel canto role, took the turbulence in stride, throwing back her head as if defying the elements to ruin her extended scena. And she scored a triumph… This is a voice of size, beauty and agility, and her singing, including the heroine's touching prayer, accompanied by female chorus, honored the ornate splendor of Rossini's vocal writing.” Josh von Rhein, Chicago Tribune
“Some New York opera lovers may remember Ms. Crocetto as one of the standout winners at the 2010 Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions concert at the Met. The promise of her performance that day was fulfilled for me with this moving Anna…Ms. Crocetto has an agile coloratura technique and a feeling for the Italianate style. And she won your heart during Anna’s reflective scenes and arias, sung with warmth, full penetrating sound and tenderness, especially the final aria, when Anna remembers her beloved mother.” Anthony Tommasini, New York Times
Recognized as a rising star in the next generation of singers, Leah Crocetto represented the United States at the 2011 Cardiff BBC Singer of the World Competition where she was a finalist in the Song Competition. She is a 2010 Grand Finals Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and was the First Place Winner, People’s Choice and the Spanish Prize Winner of the 2009 José Iturbi International Music Competition, and winner of the Bel Canto Foundation competition. A former Adler fellow at San Francisco Opera, Ms. Crocetto has appeared frequently with . . . the company, most recently at the start of the current season in the title role of Luisa Miller.
Ms. Crocetto continues to make spectacular debuts in 2016-2017, opening the season in the title role of Aïda with the San Francisco Opera, and making her role debut as Eleonora in the U.S. debut of Donizetti’s L’assedio di Calais with the Glimmerglass Festival. On the concert stage, she will perform Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at Alice Tully Hall and sing a solo recital in her hometown of Adrian, Michigan.
Last season, Ms. Crocetto made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Liù in Turandot. She also made her role debut as the titular character in Rossini’s seldom-performed Semiramide with Opera National de Bordeaux. Additional highlights of the season included Anna in Maometto II with the Canadian Opera Company, Luisa Miller in San Francisco, and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Santa Fe Opera. She made her New York City recital debut at Pace University with pianist Martin Katz, and performed a solo recital under the auspices of Washington National Opera with pianist Mark Markham at the John F. Kennedy Center.
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