Leah Crocetto

Leah Crocetto

Vocalists — Soprano

"Leah Crocetto’s Desdemona is thrillingly assertive, both dramatically and vocally. This is a woman who won’t be silenced, who returns to plead her case no matter how many times her husband denies her. Crocetto’s vocal force re-negotiates the opera’s power dynamics. For once we’re not reading against the text, but setting Otello against his musical equal. Crocetto’s Willow Song is the mature, dramatic allegory of a woman who goes knowingly to her death, not the artful musings of a woman-child, while the Ave Maria (sung, in a final twist of the knife, to a Virgin used as a dartboard in the previous scene) is a model of simplicity and elegance." —Alexandra Coghlan, Arts Desk

"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

“After her phenomenal appearance in Stern Grove on Sunday afternoon with the San Francisco Opera, Crocetto has revealed herself as a major operatic star… a flood of gorgeous, well-supported sound shaped into majestic and seemingly effortless phrases…Those qualities were most ravishingly apparent in a long and dramatic scene from the end of Rossini's "Maometto II" (the vehicle for Crocetto's much-lauded Santa Fe Opera debut earlier this summer).” —Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle

“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 . . .

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