Lauded by Opera Magazine UK for her “stylistic mastery and ripe, sensual sound” versatile American mezzo-soprano and actress Peabody Southwell makes her Carnegie Hall debut this season with Steven Stucky and Jeremy Denk’s The Classical Style led by Robert Spano, returns to San Francisco Symphony in Pulcinella conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, performs Handel’s Messiah with Seattle Symphony and appears with LA Opera as Flora in La Traviata and in the new production of The Ghosts of Versailles, both conducted by James Conlon.
Recent season highlights include debuts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (Glass’ The Civil warS), a tour with Tilson Thomas and New World Symphony, as well as appearances as the title role in Agrippina (Opera Omaha), Omar in The Death of Klinghoffer (Long Beach Opera), Juno/Ino in Semele (Seattle’s Pacific Musicworks) and the title role in La Tragèdie de Carmen (Des Moines Metro Opera). Additional recent productions include her LA Opera debut conducted by Plácido Domingo in Dulce Rosa, the title role in María de Buenos Aires (Chicago Opera Theater), Die sieben Todsünden (Central City Opera), Barrie Kosky’s Die Zauberflöte (LA Opera), Peer Gynt (San Francisco Symphony) and The Rape of Lucretia with James Conlon at Colburn. She is currently also creating the title role in Emilie Schindler 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 and Nathaniel Stookey.