Leah Kaye Serr, an alumnus of the UT School of Music, and Linda Brimer, a current graduate student, will compete in the Metropolitan Opera Mid-South Region competition that is being held this Saturday (January 26) in Memphis. The pair were two of the three winners of the district auditions held in Knoxville earlier in the month, and are among the 13 Mid-South regional singers vying for a place in the semi-finals and finals that will be held in New York City at the Metropolitan Opera House in the first week of March.
Serr, a mezzo-soprano, received an undergraduate degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, followed by a Masters of Music from the UT School of Music. While at UT, she studied with Lorraine DiSimone and sang a number of roles with UT Opera Theatre including Emma Jones in Street Scene, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible, and Zita in Gianni Schicchi. Since UT, Serr has participated in several young artist programs including Sarasota Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, and Central City Opera where she performed the role of Annina in La Traviata and covered the role of Dorothée in Cendrillon. For Knoxville Opera, Serr has sung Giovanna in Rigoletto and Kate in The Pirates of Penzance.
Brimer, a soprano, is currently a second-year graduate student in the UT School of Music where she studies with Marjorie Bennett Stephens. She received an undergraduate degree from East Tennessee State University. With UT Opera Theatre, she has sung the title role in Suor Angelica, Countess Almaviva in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, and, most recently, Mimi in La Boheme.