In the 2007-08 season Leah Partridge makes her Metropolitan Opera debut singing the First Niece in a new production of Britten’s Peter Grimes. Ms. Partridge returns to Detroit to sing Roxane in the world premiere of David DiChiera’s Cyrano with Michigan Opera Theatre and appears in concert with the Macon Symphony Orchestra in a program featuring Barber's Knoxville Summer of 1915 and a selection of operatic arias. She also sings Mahler's Symphony No. 4 with the Augusta Symphony Orchestra. After celebrated performances of Amina in Bellini’s La Sonnambula in the 2006-07 season, Ms. Partridge returns to Florida Grand Opera as Cleopatra in Guilio Cesare.
Leah Partridge made her debut at the Atlanta Opera as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia in the 2006-07 season. She also sang Leila in "es pecheurs de perles with Madison Opera and Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Michigan Opera Theatre. Ms. Partridge has established herself as a leading artist with Florida Grand Opera with acclaimed performances of Violetta in the company’s new production of La Traviata in 2003-04, directed by Renata Scotto, Gilda in Rigoletto, and the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor. The Miami Herald praised her performance of Lucia as “a singular triumph” and the Sun-Sentinel wrote that, “The charismatic singer has undeniable star quality… [her] precise high notes and subtle acting wedded pyrotechnics with dramatic truth in a way few artists can accomplish.”
Ms. Partridge sang the role of the Contessa di Folleville in the Chicago Opera Theatre’s production of Rossini’s I Viaggio a Reims. She returned to the company as Leonore in Charles Dibdin’s The Padlock and as Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail. Other recent engagements have included Cunégonde in Candide at Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova, Lucia at Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires, and Susanna in concert performances of Le nozze di Figaro with the Atlanta Symphony, conducted by Robert Spano.
As a concert soloist, Ms. Partridge has sung Handel’s Messiah with the Cleveland Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, and Atlanta Symphony. She returned to Atlanta for a performance entitled Bernstein’s Broadway, featuring some of Leonard Bernstein’s greatest stage music with the Atlanta Symphony under Robert Spano. She also appeared as guest soloist in Atlanta Opera’s spring gala. In addition to an extensive oratorio repertoire, she has also been heard in concerts performances of arias with orchestras including the North German Philharmonic, South London Philharmonic Orchestra, Gibraltar Philharmonic and Opera Omaha.
A native of Georgia, Ms. Partridge earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Mercer University and her Master of Music degree from Indiana University, where she received the prestigious Wilfred C. Bain opera fellowship. She won first place in the vocal competitions of Palm Beach Opera and Opera Birmingham.
"Her slender figure elegantly costumed, the shining soprano Leah Partridge made it through the killer role of Constanze with clarity, accuracy and poise."
- Opera Magazine