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Mezzo-soprano

Peabody Southwell’s current season engagements include her Carnegie Hall debut in Steven Stucky and Jeremy Denk’s The Classical Style led by Robert Spano, a debut performing Handel’s Messiah with Seattle Symphony, and appearances with Los Angeles Opera as Flora in La Traviata and in John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles. She also recently completed filming for the new feature film The Disappointments Room. This summer, she returns to the Ojai Music Festival as a featured artist in three varying programs. Ms. Southwell will create the title role in Frau Schindler, a new opera by Thomas Morse and Ken Cazan, to premiere in Germany in 2016. She also performs in upcoming premieres of works by David Lang (with Beth Morrison Projects) and Nathaniel Stookey. Highlights of last season included her debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic narrating Philip Glass’s The Civil warS, a tour with the New World Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas, performances as the Third Lady in The Magic Flute for Los Angeles Opera, and the title role in Handel’s Agrippina for Opera Omaha. She is a founding member of the Los Angeles-based production collective Chromatic. A Los Angeles native, she trained at NYC's Herbert Berghof Studios, and her work as a voiceover actor can be heard on PBS. She made her San Francisco Symphony debut in the 2013 production of Peer Gynt.

(May 2015)