Vocally and dramatically impressive

The Washington Post



A native of Philadelphia, soprano Leah Hawkins begins the 2021-22 season as Desdemona in 7 DEATHS OF MARIA CALLAS at Opéra national de Paris, and returns to the Metropolitan Opera for Fire Shut Up In My Bones and Porgy and Bess. Later this season she will appear in concert with Violinist Daniel Hope and the New Century Chamber Orchestra, debut at Minnesota Opera and Des Moines Metro Opera, and have a title role debut as Adriana Lecouvreur. She began the 2020-21 season in 7 DEATHS at Bayerische Staatsoper, with later debuts at Portland Opera, Tulsa Opera, and the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. A recent alumna of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera, she has appeared at the Met to great acclaim as the Strawberry Woman in Porgy and Bess, Masha in The Queen of Spades, High Priestess in Aida and an Alms Collector in Suor Angelica.

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September 27 - October 23, 2021
Metropolitan Opera
New York, NY

Fire Shut Up in My Bones

Terence Blanchard / Libretto by Kasi Lemmons

Billie (cover)

The Met's first performance of an opera by a Black composer.

October 31 - December 12, 2021
Metropolitan Opera
New York, NY

Porgy and Bess

George Gershwin

Strawberry Woman / Serena (cover)

December 31, 2021
Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra
Easton, MD

A Toast to the New Year


Julien Benichou, conductor



Poulenc: Les chemins de l'amour

Katelan Trần Terrell, piano

From the Grand Tier of the Metropolitan Opera



Leah Hawkins impressed mightily with her plush tone and impeccable phrasing...

– The Baltimore Sun

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