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Kathryn Leemhuis
MEZZO-SOPRANO

Mezzo-soprano Kathryn Leemhuis’s recent and upcoming engagements include the role of Dorabella in a new production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Handel’s Messiah with the Apollo Chorus, Florence Pike in Britten’s Albert Herring with Florentine Opera, soloist in Berlioz’s Les Nuits d'été and Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, and Suzuki in DuPage Opera’s production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. She makes her Music of the Baroque debut in the October 2012 performances of Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass.

Other career highlights include her role and company debut as Amaltea in Rossini’s Mosè in Egitto with Chicago Opera Theater, Paquette in Bernstein’s Candide at Ravinia and with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, Zita in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi with DuPage Opera, Zerlina with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Giovanna in Verdi’s Ernani, Glasa and Varvara in Janáček's Kát'a Kabanová, and Rosina in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia. As a member of Lyric Opera’s Ryan Opera Center, she performed the roles of Javotte in Massenet’s Manon and Kunstgewerblerin in Berg’s Lulu, and covered the roles of Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly and Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2006 as a soloist in the Marilyn Horne Foundation's annual festival, “The Song Continues.”

Kathryn Leemhuis received a bachelor’s in vocal performance at Oberlin College and her master of music degree from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.

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