Dr. Leanne Clement is a graduate of The School of Music at Louisiana State University, where she received her Doctorate of Musical Arts as well as her Master of Music degrees in vocal performance. Prior to moving to Louisiana, Leanne received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. As a mezzo-soprano, Leanne’s roles include Azucena in Verdi’s Il Trovatore, Florence Pike in Britten’s Albert Herring, both with Opera North, the Third Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflote, with Opera in the Ozarks and Opéra Louisiane, the title role in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia with LSU Opera, The Old Prioress in Dialogues of the Carmelites, also with LSU Opera and the Mother in Hansel and Gretel with Opéra Louisiane. Recently she performed the role of Erda in Opéra Louisiane’s reduction of Wagner’s Ring Cycle and will be seen in 2017 with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra as the alto soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah and again as a soloist for Opéra Louisiane’s 10th anniversary gala. Leanne began working part-time for Opéra Louisiane in the fall of 2008 and later became the Director of Development and Administration in January of 2009. She has served as General Director of Opéra Louisiane since 2011.
Conductor and pianist Michael Borowitz has served as Music Director for Opéra Louisiane since the 2012-13 season. Borowitz is also Music Director of LSU Opera. For nine years he was Artistic Director of Nevada Opera, and for five seasons he was Music Director for Ohio Light Opera. Borowitz has been a guest conductor for Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Delaware, Baltimore Concert Opera, Pensacola Opera, AVA Ballet, Eastman School of Music, Opera Idaho, Opera Southwest, Rimrock Opera, Opera Columbus, The Reno Philharmonic and the LSU Symphony Orchestra, as well as assistant conductor with The Metropolitan Opera, Indianapolis Opera and Cleveland Opera. His current recordings (all on the Albany label) include Offenbach’s Bluebeard, Kern’s The Cabaret Girl, Herbert’s Mlle. Modiste (also released on DVD by Operetta Archives), and Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore and Patience.
Ms. Byrnes comes from Michigan Opera Theatre where she was Program Coordinator of Education and Community Programs under renowned tenor Richard Leech. Prior to working with Michigan Opera Theatre, Ms. Byrnes received her Master of Music in Voice from the University of Michigan. She received her undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University majoring in Voice Performance with a minor in Political Science.
Ms. Byrnes worked with Teach for America from 2012-2014 in Cincinnati, OH where she taught preschool in a Head Start program. Ms. Byrnes maintains an active career as an opera singer. Most recently she performed with the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice as Clarina in La cambiale di matrimonio. Ms. Byrnes is married to baritone Jeff Byrnes, who is also a graduate of the LSU voice program.