SONGS OF LOVE
Life is a song – love is the music! Join us for Songs of Love, a Valentine’s Eve performance that celebrates music of the heart, featuring soprano Leah Edwards and tenor Dimitri Pittas.
Sunday, February 13, 2022 at 3 PM
Asbury United Methodist Church | 87 West Street, Annapolis, MD
The Annapolis Opera is committed to providing our patrons, staff, and performers the safest environment possible. To create a comfortable and safe space for all to enjoy performances, the Opera will require all patrons attending performances to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of full vaccination at the entry of all Opera events. This may be provided as a picture of your vaccination card on your cell phone or by showing your card at the check in desk prior to entry. Because the Opera is requiring a 100% vaccination policy for events and performances, all staff and performers are also required to meet these standards. Directional signs will assist patrons to locate the entry points for check in.
In addition, and in compliance with each venue’s COVID-19 policy, audience members are required to wear masks in all indoor spaces, regardless of their vaccination status.
Please note that if you do not have proof of vaccination, you will not be allowed to attend.
Leah Edwards, soprano
Having been hailed as an “eloquent, versatile soprano” with an “entrancingly beautiful voice,” Leah Edwards has forged a unique career path, captivating audiences as an actress, singer, dancer and pianist. Ms. Edwards made her Broadway debut in 2011 as a member of the company of Terrence McNally’s Master Class and, Off-Broadway, regularly joins the company of the Encores! series at New York City Center. Ms. Edwards can be seen in the Emmy-nominated production of Carousel with the New York Philharmonic, has appeared as a musical guest on A Prairie Home Companion, and recorded the most recent cast album of George and Ira Gershwin’s Lady, Be Good. Ms. Edwards has been presented in concert at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, with the New York City Ballet Orchestra and nationally with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, Las Cruces Symphony and the Utah Festival Opera Orchestra. Ms. Edwards is also sought after for her experience with new music, which has resulted in world premiere recordings for the Opera America Songbook. An award-winning pianist, Ms. Edwards appeared as a guest artist at The Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, enjoyed the honor of performing as the musical ambassador to the Chinese Consulate, and her presentation of Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto was a featured segment on National Public Radio. In 2019, Ms. Edwards founded Holy City Arts & Lyric Opera (HALO) in Charleston, South Carolina with her husband, Dimitri Pittas, where she serves as General Director.
Dimitri Pittas, tenor
Dimitri Pittas has appeared on leading opera stages throughout North America and Europe, including the Bavarian State Opera, the Vienna State Opera, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the Canadian Opera Company. He is a graduate of The Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and has been heard on the Met stage as Rodolfo in La bohème, Macduff in Macbeth, Nemorino in L’elisir d’Amore, Cassio in Otello, Alfred in Die Fledermaus and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte. His repertoire includes performances as the title role of Don Carlo, Riccardo in Un ballo in maschera, Alfredo in La traviata, Tebaldo in I Capuletti e i Montecchi, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Oronte in Verdi’s rarity, I Lombardi, the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto and Michele in the world premiere of La Ciociara (Two Women) by Marco Tutino with San Francisco Opera, directed by Francesca Zambello. For his debut with The Canadian Opera Company as the Duke, the Toronto Star said, “Dimitri Pittas comes off the best as The Duke of Mantua, with a flexible voice that can express real love and shallow desire with equal conviction.”
In 2019, Dimitri founded Holy City Arts & Lyric Opera in Charleston, South Carolina with his wife, Leah Edwards, and currently serves as its Artistic Director. This season, he can also be seen as Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca with Utah Opera.