Leah Manning, originally from the United States of America, is a lyric coloratura soprano currently living in Vienna, Austria. She has most recently been engaged to sing the Soprano Solo in Nono's Intolleranza at the Salzburg Festival 2021. This April, she will reprise the role of Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto with Oper in der Krypta in Vienna, Austria.
Leah has performed internationally, with engagements in South Africa, Germany, Italy, and the USA. In 2020, she sang the role of Hanna Glawari in Lehár’s Die Lustige Witwe in Vienna. She was also engaged by Brooklyn Theatre in Pretoria, South Africa to perform the role of Pamina in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte in January 2020, as well as the role of Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto in July 2019. Leah has also had the pleasure of singing the title role in Alma Deutscher’s Cinderella, alongside musicians of the Vienna Philharmonic. In Vienna, Austria, she has sung numerous roles with Oper in der Krypta, including Adina in Donizetti's L'elisir d’amore, Musetta in Puccini's La Bohème, Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro.
Leah has performed frequently throughout Germany as well; she appeared as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro at Theater Arnstadt, Clorinda in Rossini’s La Cenerentola at Theater Rudolstadt, the Taumännchen in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel with Junge Oper Schloss Weikersheim, as well as several other roles (see CV for complete list of roles).
Leah completed her studies at the University of Virginia in the United States of America, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music as well as Economics, and a minor in Astronomy. She also received her Diploma for her studies in Operetta at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna in 2020. She currently studies with Sylvia Greenberg.
Leah performs frequently in concert, with a wide range of repertoire that includes works from oratorios, opera, operetta, and modern music. In December 2020 she performed a program of works by female composers from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries (recorded as an online concert due to COVID-19). In Spring of 2021, she performed and contributed to the creative production of an interdisciplinary presentation of songs by modern composer Robert Lillinger and pieces by Richard Strauss. This concert can also be found online HERE.