Leah Edwards captivates audiences as an actress, singer, dancer and pianist. Equally gifted and experienced in each of these crafts, Ms. Edwards has forged a unique career path establishing herself as a performer of complexity and depth.

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Ms. Edwards’ 2017-2018 season was an exciting year of debuts, beginning with her appearance with the Charleston Symphony for their annual gala and culminating in performances of Cinderella in Sondheim’s Into The Woods with Charlottesville Opera.  She starred in the musical revue, Hollywood: The Golden Age, where she was able to bring her tap back to the stage.  Ms. Edwards also appeared in recital at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, where she both sang vocal chamber music and played the three Gershwin Preludes for Piano. 


Ms. Edwards made her Broadway debut in 2011 as a member of the company of Terrence McNally’s Master Class and has since reprised the role of Sharon at Gulfshore Playhouse and The Phoenecia International Festival of the Voice. Off-Broadway, she joined the casts of eight shows with the Encores! series at New York City Center, debuted The Countess of Storyville at Playwright’s Horizons, sang in the Wall to Wall series at Symphony Space and performed in the Emmy-nominated production of Carousel with the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall (available on PBS’ Live from Lincoln Center).  Regionally, favorite roles include: Rosemary Pilkington in How to Succeed…, Carrie Pipperidge in Carousel, Amalia Balash in She Loves Me, Laurey in Oklahoma, Cosette in Les Misérables and Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd

 

As a classical vocalist, Ms. Edwards performs primarily as a concert artist. Her credits include appearances with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, New York City Ballet Orchestra, Encores! Orchestra, the Shaar Hashomayim Anniversary Orchestra and the Utah Festival Opera Orchestra.  As a New York recitalist, she has been presented at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and The Rose Theatre at Lincoln Center.  Ms. Edwards is also sought after for her experience with new music, which has resulted in world premiere recordings for the Opera America Songbook and a demo recording of a new opera, The Invisible Child.

 

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.  Recently, she was presented by the George London Foundation in collaborative recital with her husband, tenor Dimitri Pittas, with the New York Classical Review hailing her as “play[ing] beautifully, bringing luminous sound out of her rolling chords.” 

 

Early in her career, Ms. Edwards had the honor of dancing alongside tap icon Harold Nicholas in a tribute to Shirley Temple and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson.   She also performed seasonally as a company member of the Richmond Ballet.

 

Other unique opportunities that have marked her career include Ms. Edwards’ rendition of the U.S. National Anthem at The Pentagon and at baseball stadiums across the country, being a musical guest on A Prairie Home Companion and her appearances on both The Price is Right and The Newlywed Game.  She has been a contributing writer for BroadwayWorld.com and a print model for Boba, Inc. and Vartali Salon. 

 

When at home in Charleston, South Carolina, Leah and Dimitri revel in sunshine, palm trees and playing on the beach with their beautiful son, Stellan, and Australian Shepherd, Rosey.

© Leah Edwards 2018