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Kathryn Leemhuis

Mezzo-soprano Kathryn Leemhuis’s recent 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 last appeared with Music of the Baroque in October 2012.

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 is the first place winner of the 2013 New York Lyric Opera Vocal Competition, the 2013 Opera at Florham Vocal Competition, the 2012 Bel Canto Competition, and the 2012 Heida Hermanns Competition. She is the second place winner of the 2013 Opera Birmingham Vocal Competition, the 2013 Florida Grand Opera Competition, the 2011 Gerda Lissner Foundation Vocal Competition, and the 2010 Fort Worth McCammon Competition. 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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