A native of Philadelphia, soprano Leah Hawkins will make her Met debut in the 2018-19 season singing the roles of the Alms Collector in Suor Angelica and the High Priestess in Aida. She recently completed the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program at Washington National Opera where she sang the roles of Voce dal cielo in Don Carlo, Cousin Blanche/Sadie Griffith in Champion, and Mrs. Dorsey/Amelia Boynton in the premiere of the revised version of Philip Glass’s Appomattox, among others.
On the concert stage Ms. Hawkins has appeared with Yale Philharmonia in Mahler Symphony No. 2, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven Symphony No. 9, the National Symphony Orchestra in Songfest by Leonard Bernstein, the Philadelphia Orchestra in A Space Odyssey, and as Serena in Porgy and Bess with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
She is the 2018 recipient of The Richard F. Gold Career Grant from Washington National Opera and was awarded a 2016 Career Development Grant from The Sullivan Foundation. She has received awards from The Young Patronesses of the Opera/Florida Grand Opera Competition, the Chautauqua Opera Guild, Yale School of Music, George London Foundation, Marcello Giordani Foundation, and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
Ms. Hawkins received her Master of Music in Voice from Yale University and Bachelor of Arts in Music from Morgan State University.