Leah Partridge is an international opera singer who teaches in Atlanta, Georgia in her private studio at The Voice Studio Atlanta. Leah maintains an active singing career and gives masterclasses and lessons at Universities around Europe and the Unites States. She has been on faculty at Georgia Universities and is sought after for her expertise in getting students ready for big auditions by working with their physical, psycological, and singing needs. Trained by Virginia Zeani at Indiana University and having worked beside some of the industries greatest singers, Leah is passionate in helping others secure their best professional sound.
Soprano Leah Partridge has received consistent praise worldwide for her intelligent and compelling interpretations of opera's most beloved heroines. Opera Magazine praised her for her "clarity, accuracy, and poise," and the Detroit Free Press has hailed her for her "lovely presence and shining voice." Since making her debut in 2003 as Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, Ms. Partridge has had a career full of remarkable milestones. She has performed over 40 leading roles in her short career. Her Metropolitan Opera debut came in 2008 as the First Niece in Peter Grimes followed by several return engagements. She has performed in some of the world's greatest opera houses such as; Deutche Oper Berlin, Vlaamse Oper Antwerp Belgium, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, Palau de les Artes Valencia Spain, Opera Philadelphia, Maggio Musicale Florence Italy, Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova Italy, Washington National Opera, Seattle Opera, The Atlanta Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Opera Omaha, and Dresden Semper Oper, among many others. She has been seen in concert with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Boston Baroque Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, and San Diego Symphony.
In the 2016-17 season Ms. Partridge will be in performance with the new and contemporary opera company, Onsite Opera in New York City with performances of Dominick Argento's acclaimed one woman tour de force Miss Havisham's Wedding Night. Onsite Opera seeks innovative and intimate performance venues and modern productions to present around Manhattan and is forging the way for a new operatic experience. Ms. Partridge will make her stage debut of Puccini's beloved Mimi in La Bohème with Opera Omaha and return for their Opera Outdoors concert series. She will make her company debut as Diana with The Minnesota Opera in the Da Ponte opera L'arbore di Diana, a rare Mozart like comedy by composer Martín y Soler in January 2017. Ms. Partridge will also make her debut in Palermo, Sicily in September 2017 reprising the role of Helena in Paul Curran's production of Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Ms. Partridge has served as Assistant Professor of Voice at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta and recently created The Voice Studio Atlanta for private vocal instruction. Ms. Partridge is a 1997 graduate of Mercer University and a 2001 graduate of Indiana University where she received the prestigious Wilfred. C. Bain Opera Fellowship. She won first place in the vocal competitions of Palm Beach and Opera Birmingham and in 2004 was a National Semi-Finalist in the Metropolitan National Opera Competition. More information about Ms. Partridge's schedule, recordings, previous performances, and teaching studio availability can be found at www.leahpartridge.com Detailed commentary on all of these events can be followed on her Facebook Fan page and Twitter @leahoperabird.
Teaching singing is a joy. There's nothing greater than helping a student find their voice and confidence. My strengths are fine-tuning each voice and teaching to the needs of each student. I am a certified Yoga instructor and really enjoy helping my students find their full-body support to help ease tension in the singing voice.
Leah is patient and extremely kind. She challenges me and gives me constructive feedback, which is what I need. She is very talented and I feel much more confident now than when we first met. Leah listens to your needs and does everything she can to adjust to your schedule.
Leah is truly one of the best teachers I have ever worked with....and I've worked with many. Her teaching style is graceful and encouraging and positive, and she makes you feel you can certainly accomplish your goals. Her technique is solid and pedogogically very sound. She knows what she's talking about. She is able to articulate exactly what she wants you do and help you do it with ease. I enjoy her lessons very much! Sophia Priolo, Soprano www.sophiapriolo.com
When I made the decision to start singing again, after a seven-year hiatus, a singer friend put me in touch with Leah. Leah was very easy to communicate with and we scheduled an initial lesson almost immediately. I was very apprehensive before the first lesson -- I hadn't sung since college (I got my BM in voice in 2010), college was largely a negative experience for me, and I was concerned that starting lessons again would bring up a lot of negative emotions for me. Those concerns went out the window within half an hour of meeting Leah and working with her. She's incredibly warm and has a way of making me feel at ease, even when I would ordinarily be nervous. Leah is very supportive, and very positive, but not at the expense of honest, critical assessment that is the foundation of improvement. She will tell me when I do something well, and help me fix something when it's not as good as it could be. I've found her teaching style to be very adaptive and tailored to my voice's particular quirks and foibles (and probably my own personal quirks as well), rather than a "one-size-fits-all" approach that I've seen with teachers in the past. I've had teachers who sing beautifully, but who can't explain what they're doing, or how to do it any way other than the way they know; Leah is not one of those teachers. She sings beautifully, absolutely, but she gives you a lot of different ways to think about things and to approach technique so that you can find what works for you. Overall, I can't recommend Leah highly enough. She's certainly gone above and beyond for me -- for example, she stayed late to work with me when I was 45 minutes to a lesson once because of insane traffic -- and I feel very fortunate to be learning from her. With her help, I've rediscovered a love of music that I thought was long-dead, and I'm growing every day because of it, both musically and personally. If you're looking for a teacher in the Atlanta area, Leah is the real deal.
I came to Leah in early February and I knew within the first ten minutes of my lesson that she would be the best thing to happen to my voice and my artistry. I learned early on that she has a very organic and almost spiritual way of teaching; she is passionate, straight forward, compassionate, and very realistic. It has been such a privilege to be under her instruction, I would recommend her to anyone a million times over and over again.
I schedule the first lesson and use it as an interview. I want to make sure the student likes my teaching and to make sure the student is in the right area of vocal study. There is no committment before the first lesson. After the first lesson we discuss whether it feels like a good fit, if so, we begin our work. I request the student have at least two lessons per month in order to see progress and build our relationship and work. In order to schedule the first lesson, I will need to know your background, place of work, school of study, or former teachers for reference purposes.
I studied voice at Indiana University and Mercer University. I have been singing professionally for 19 years and still maintain an active performing schedule. I have contacts with professionals in the classical music industry and stay up to date on auditions for regional and young artists programs. I am also a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Lessons are $450 for a series of 6 lessons. Lesson packages expire 8 weeks after first lesson. Buying a series gives you a spot on the calendar and one free masterclass or seminar per 6 week series when masterclasses are offered. Individual lessons are $85 and are booked at each lesson and are limited in space. You are not required to hire a pianist for each lesson.
I began my first teaching experience on faculty at Kennesaw State University in 2013.
I work with classical musicians as well as broadway students. I have a background in country music but approach all of my singing with a classical and healthy technique.
When hiringin a teacher make sure you know what you are wanting to achieve. Do you want to master a certain technique? Do you want to build your registers? Do you want to sing through repertoire in order to plan for an audition? Do you want your teacher to just listen to you and give tips or do you really want to build your voice and make it stronger?