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American performer Peabody Southwell has been recognized for her “stylistic mastery and ripe, sensual sound” (Opera Magazine UK) in an unconventionally versatile range of mediums and styles as an actor and singer. Current season engagements include her Carnegie Hall debut with Steven Stucky and Jeremy Denk’s The Classical Style led by Robert Spano, a return to San Francisco Symphony in Pulcinella conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, a debut performing Handel’s Messiah with Seattle Symphony and appearances with Los Angeles Opera as Flora in La Traviata and in the new production of The Ghosts of Versailles, both conducted by James Conlon. She also recently completed filming for a role within the new feature The Disappointments Room produced by Relativity Media. In the coming summer, Peabody returns to the Ojai Music Festival as a featured artist in three varying programs that include works by Boulez and Ginastera.
Recent season highlights include debuts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic narrating Philip Glass’ The Civil warS, a tour with the New World Symphony and Tilson Thomas in Chicago and Miami, performances as the Third Lady in Barrie Kosky’s production of Die Zauberflöte for LA Opera, an acclaimed role debut as the title role in James Darrah‘s production of Handel’s Agrippina for Opera Omaha, the title role in La Tragèdie de Carmen for Des Moines Metro Opera, Juno and Ino in Semele for Seattle’s Pacific Musicworks with James Darrah and Stephen Stubbs, Omar in John Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer for Long Beach Opera, a multi-media recital and accompanying short film featuring Schoenberg’s Das Buch der hängenden Gärten with Mark Robson at Boston Court, the world premiere of Kamran Ince’s The Ghosts of Crosstown for Opera Memphis and the world premiere of Stucky and Denk’s The Classical Style for The Ojai Festival in California with subsequent performances at Ojai North in Berkeley.
A Los Angeles native, Peabody made her LA Opera debut in the world premiere of Holdridge’s Dulce Rosa conducted by Plácido Domingo. She has appeared as Anna in Kurt Weill’s Die sieben Todsünden for Central City Opera, The Woman in Green in San Francisco Symphony’s genre-bending Peer Gynt and The Rape of Lucretia with James Conlon as part of the Britten 100/LA festival. Immediately after completing her Master’s degree from UCLA in 2009 she made her professional debut with Long Beach Opera as the Fox in The Cunning Little Vixen. She has since performed more than ten principal roles with LBO including the title role in Piazzola’s María de Buenos Aires, which she reprised as her debut with Chicago Opera Theater. Committed to new contemporary music, she is currently creating the title role in Frau Schindler, a new opera by Thomas Morse and Ken Cazan, to premiere in Germany in 2016. With repertoire stretching from early music to modern, she also has upcoming premieres for composers David Lang with Beth Morrison Projects and Nathaniel Stookey. She was a two-time Los Angeles district winner and regional finalist in the Metropolitan National Council Auditions, a winner of the Kent Atwater Concerto Competition, a Lotte Lenya Competition finalist and was recently named Musical America’s New Artist of the Month for May 2014. She’s one of the founding members of the new LA-based production collective Chromatic, where she collaborates across multiple mediums as a singer, actor, writer and designer. She trained at NYC’s Herbert Berghof Studios, and her work as a voiceover actor can be heard on PBS.
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