Soprano. Aida in Aida and Elisabeth of Valois in Don Carlo.
Leah was born in Adrian, Michigan and studied vocal performance at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. She made her WNO debut as Madame Lidoine in 2015’s Dialogues of the Carmelites.
She returns to WNO in the 2017-2018 season to take on not one but TWO Verdi classics! She made her role debut as Aida in the fall of 2016 with San Francisco Opera opposite Brian Jagde, and her role debut as Elisabeth of Valois in Opera Philadelphia’s 2015 production of Don Carlo, where she sang alongside Eric Owens. Of her performance in Aida, the San Francisco Chronicle raved her singing “emerged with ease and purity…and she could deliver the most crystalline thread of sound with equal mastery.” Philly’s Broad Street Review said Leah “was impressive as Elisabeth with fine-spun Verdian phrasing, haunting pianissimi, and a perfectly-placed high C at the finale.”
Concept designer for Aida.
Born Marquis Lewis in Los Angeles, RETNA drew inspiration for his name from a Wu Tang Clan lyric.
Deriving his style from the influences of illuminated manuscripts and other text-based art forms, RETNA has become an established contemporary street and studio artist.
Tidbit! RETNA has developed a unique constructed script with roots in calligraphy, hieroglyphics, Hebrew, and Native American typographies that is consistently seen throughout much of his work.
Tenor. Radamès in Aida.
Carl was born in Arlington, Virginia and attended Shenandoah Conservatory of Music.
He made his debut as Samson to rave reviews in Washington National Opera’s 2004 production of Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Delilah. Additionally, he has previously sung Radamès with the National Symphony Orchestra at Wolf Trap’s 2015 concert performance of Aida.
Fun Fact! Carl has worn a huge variety of different hats throughout his career, including but not limited to that of a big rig trucker, bounty hunter, singing waiter, and jewelry designer!
Tenor. Radamès in Aida.
Yonghoon was born in South Korea, and studied at Seoul National University and the Mannes College of Music.
This will be his first time with the Washington National Opera, as well as his first time playing the role of Radamès.
Notable moment: In his first professional appearance as Carmen’s Don José with the Opera Company of Middlebury’s debut production, Yonghoon pulled a banana in lieu of a prop knife due to low funds…to a great audience reception!
Soprano. Aida in Aida.
Tamara was born in Arizona and brought up in the Chicago area. She attended the University of Cincinnati – College Conservatory of Music.
A veteran artist with Washington National Opera, Tamara has previously performed in WNO productions of Un Ballo in Maschera as well as Falstaff. The role of Aida will also be a familiar one; she has taken on the beloved role at both the Metropolitan Opera and Opera Australia.
Fun fact! Tamara runs a YouTube channel called Exit Stage Left, in which she gives advice for budding artists and vlogs about her various experiences as a professional opera singer.