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Barbara LeMay

Mezzo-Soprano

 

Barbara LeMay

 

Barbara LeMay, an audience charmer par excellence with a
fresh, youthful aura, is one of opera’s most promising young
mezzo-sopranos.

Last year Ms. LeMay sang the role of Zweite Dame in Die
Zauberflöte
with Opera Company of Brooklyn. In the 2010/11
season, she performed Suzuki in Madama Butterfly at St.
Petersburg Opera in Florida and Aurelia in Oscar Straus’ The
Chocolate Soldier
with Liederkranz Opera Theatre. In 2010
Barbara LeMay recorded an album containing American
composer Sarah Mattox’s enchanting song cycle In the Garden.
The album also features Ms. LeMay singing garden-themed art
songs by Brahms, Strauss, Schumann, Wolf, Respighi,
Chaminade, and Fauré.

In recent seasons she sang Gertrude in Hänsel und Gretel with
Paul Mesner Puppets and the Kansas City Chamber
Orchestra. Other important performances include creating the
role of the Nurse with Glimmerglass Opera in Strawberry
Fields
by Michael Torke, a one act opera from the triptych,
Central Park, broadcast on PBS and receiving an Emmy
Award nomination. In Italy, Ms. LeMay sang Camilla in
Donizetti’s Il Giovedì Grasso with Opera Theatre of Lucca.

Barbara LeMay’s principal roles include Prince Orlofsky in Die
Fledermaus
, Lucretia in The Rape of Lucretia, Hänsel in
Hänsel und Gretel, Charlotte in Werther, Nicklausse in Les
Contes d’Hoffmann
, Siebel in Faust, Zita in Gianni Schicchi
and Dame Quickly in Falstaff. She has performed with New
York City Opera, Pine Mountain Music Festival, Yale Opera
Theater, Glimmerglass Opera, Amarillo Opera, Kansas City
Chamber Orchestra, Elgin OPERA, Norwalk Symphony
Orchestra, and Opera Company of Brooklyn.

Barbara LeMay’s concert repertoire includes Mendelssohn’s
Elijah, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Beatus
Vir
, Händel’s Messiah, Pergolesi’s Salve Regina and the
Requiems of Stravinsky and Duruflé. In 2008 Ms. LeMay sang
in Beethoven’s Mass in C with the Kansas City Chamber
Orchestra.

Ms. LeMay is a graduate of Yale University’s Master of Music
and Artists Diploma and Glimmerglass Young Artist
programs. She is a recipient of an award from the Connecticut
District Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, and
has also received recognition from the Annamaria Saritelli-
DiPanni Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship and Mu Phi Epsilon
organizations.

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