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Leah Wietig

Leah Head shot 2015

With broad vocal and acting skills ranging from musicals to opera, Leah (Schneider) Wietig has quickly gained a reputation as a gifted and versatile performer throughout the Western New York cultural community and beyond. Ms. Wietig made her solo debut in 2007 singing with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in Hansel and Gretel and has returned to the BPO as a guest soloist for various engagements including the concert; Poulenc to Puccini conducted by Doreen Rao and excerpts from the opera, Faust at Shea’s Performing Arts Center. She often joins the BPO as a soloist for their Holiday season. In the summer of 2011, Ms. Wietig performed with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra singing Bach’s Magnificat paired with Bernstein’s Mass. She performs on a regular basis with the BPO as a soloist/narrator for their education outreach program including performances of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and has remained their featured educational performing artist for the past seven seasons. Ms. Wietig has also joined conductor Matthew Kraemer in performances with both the Erie Chamber Orchestra and the Butler County Symphony Orchestra.

A graduate of the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, Ms. Wietig performed regularly with the Crane Opera Ensemble. While at Crane she was chosen to sing in master classes led by such guest artists as operatic baritone, Nathan Gunn and vocal coach, Warren Jones. Ms. Wietig, more recently, has worked with Lydia Brown, vocal coach at The Metropolitan Opera.

In Buffalo, Ms. Wietig has performed with O’Connell and Company, Alleyway Theater, in the world premiere of the original musical, Italian Serenade and Opera Sacra in their production of Suor Angelica. Along with performing she has competed in various singing competitions including the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions and Rochester’s Classical Idol. Ms. Wietig grew up singing and touring with the Western New York Children’s Chorus, now Buffalo Niagara Youth Chorus, under the direction of John Fleischman.

Along with performing regularly she teaches private voice lessons at her studio, Main Stage Studios, with locations in East Aurora and Buffalo. She also owns and operates a production company called, New Buffalo Productions with her husband Christopher Wietig. NBP produced Jason Robert Brown’s musical, The Last Five Years and brought Mr. Brown to Buffalo to conduct a youth master class. They have also brought performing artist, Judy Kuhn to Buffalo through their production company. Ms. Wietig has taught for Camp Broadway, The Academy of Theatre Arts, Arts in Education Institute, Nardin Academy and most recently Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart. She is also the director of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions in Buffalo and Toronto.


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