A winner of the 2010 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, soprano Leah Crocetto made her San Francisco Opera debut as Sister Dolcina (Suor Angelica) in our 2009 production of Puccini’s Il Trittico and appeared in 2009’s Aida and Cyrano de Bergerac and sang the role of Liù (Turandot) in 2011. A former Adler Fellow and Merola Opera Program alumna, Crocetto has worked with Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony on the Verdi Requiem and was the soprano soloist in the work with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She also made her European debut this past season as Leonora (Il Trovatore) in Bordeaux. The soprano’s numerous awards include First Place, People’s Choice, and the Spanish Prize in the 2009 José Iturbi International Music Competition in Los Angeles; a 2009 San Francisco Foundation Artist’s Grant; a 2008 Shoshana Foundation Award; a Sara Tucker Award; and first prize in the Bel Canto Foundation Competition. She also represented the United States earlier this year in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition, where she was a finalist in the Song competition. Recent and upcoming engagements include concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic; the Female Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia) with Houston Grand Opera; Anna (Maometto II) with the Santa Fe Opera; Desdemona (Otello) in Venice and Frankfurt; the title role of Luisa Miller in Tel Aviv; and Leonora in Verona.