Rising Stars: An interview with Leah Crocetto

Wm: What were your first memories of music and of opera?

LC: I was born in South Carolina, and in my baby years we moved to Connecticut, where my family is from, and then on to Michigan. My early memories of music and opera go together. I remember listening to Luciano Pavarotti singing Nessun Dorma from Puccini’s “Turandot” as a little girl, and the Three Tenors album with Plácido Domingo, José Carreras and Pavarotti. I used to listen to that to go to sleep at night.

The first recording ever made of my voice was when I was three years old, singing Lydia the Tattoeed Lady from the Marx Brothers movie At the Circus. (I wish I still had it.)

I got into opera very naturally. I grew up in a big Italian family where opera was just a normal part of life. It was a genre of music we listened to, like jazz, or rock and roll. I even used to sing myself to sleep.

Wm: What was your first live operatic performance?

LC: In fifth grade I saw Bizet’s “Carmen”  in Adrian, Michigan at the Opera!Lenawee, at the historic Croswell Opera House. I heard the soprano Liping Zhang as Micaela. My voice already had had a natural vibrato, so when I heard Ms Zhang  perform with a vibrato that seemed similar to mine, I was inspired! Then the next season I saw Puccini’s “Tosca” at the Opera!Lenawee and I was over the moon and just KNEW.

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