A native of Philadelphia, Leah Hawkins recently completed the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera. In the 2019-20 season she appeared at the Met as the Strawberry Woman in Porgy and Bess and Masha in The Queen of Spades, joined the Colorado Symphony for Verdi Requiem and was scheduled to make her Bayerische Staatsoper debut. In the 2018-19 season she made her Met debut as an Alms Collector in Suor Angelica, the High Priestess in Aida, and appeared on the 2019 Summer Recital Series. She is an alumna of the Cafritz Young Artist Program at Washington National Opera where she appeared as Ma Zegner in the world premiere of Proving Up by Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek, and the Celestial Voice in Don Carlo. In the 2016-17 season she appeared at WNO as the I-Will-Sell-My-Children-Mom in the premiere of Mohammed Fairouz’s The Dictator’s Wife and, to great acclaim, as Cousin Blanche/Sadie Griffith in Champion, Terence Blanchard’s “opera in jazz.”
- The Washington Post, The Dictator's Wife: Washington National Opera
The #MeToo movement has been a cultural reckoning across industries, from Hollywood to restaurants — but one of the oldest that's been affected is classical music. And now, centuries-old works from Carmen to Don Giovanni are being challenged for misogynistic plots and themes.
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