Originally from Buffalo, New York, Soprano Leah Naomi Crowne has enjoyed a versatile career in opera, recital, sacred music and education. She is acclaimed as having "excellent control of her instrument with the vocal power to sing the large repertoire of Verdi and Wagner" (Maestro Matthias Kuntzch) while "spinning out the high pianisimi needed for the repertoire of Mozart, Handel and Britten" (tenor Gran Wilson).
Her most recent engagement was the Countess in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro in San Francisco under the baton of the esteemed Matthias Kuntzsch (former principal conductor at the Nationaltheater Mannheim, the State Opera Hamburg, and the Nationaltheater München). Over the past two years she also performed Fiordiligi in Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte, the title role in Ariadne auf Naxos by Strauss, Donna Anna in Mozart's Don Giovanni and Flavia in the American premier of Handel's Silla.
Her work in sacred music has also been significant. She has been a soloist in Beethoven's Choral Fantasy, Bach's Magnificat, Handel's Messiah, Haydn's Saint Nicholas Mass, and selections from Rossini's Stabat Mater. Ms. Crowne has been a section leader and soloist at the Baltimore Basilica, Saint Mary of the Mills Church in Laurel, Maryland, Saint Mark's on the Hill Episcopal Church and Douglas Memorial Church in Baltimore, Maryland.
Ms. Crowne is also an avid recitalist, taking particular interest in composers who lived and wrote during the baroque period, the late romantic era and during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. She has performed programs which have featured works by baroque opera composers such as George Friedrich Handel, Henry Purcell, and Andre Campra as well as the lesser known baroque Spanish composers of sacred music Sebastián Durón, Antonio Literes, and José de Torres. Additionally she has performed songs by Joseph Marx, Richard Strauss, Benjamin Britten, Samuel Barber, Oliver Messiaen, and Jake Heggie.
Ms. Crowne has taught for the past seven years and has been fortunate enough to have seen her students succeed at various levels. Many of them have participated in competitive music programs such as the Interlochen Advanced Vocal Program, North Carolina School of the Arts, and the All-Eastern Choral Festival in Pittsburg, PA. Others have decided go on professionally to musical theater companies in Los Angeles, New York, and Hollywood.
Ms. Crowne has studied with artists and coaches such as Vivica Genaux, Delores Ziegler, Sylvia Anderson, Gran Wilson, Paul Sperry, and the late Charles Rieker. She is married and lives in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Leah Naomi Schenck-Crowne
B.A., University of Maryland Baltimore County
M.M., Towson University