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Kathryn LaBouff

Yelena Kurdina

Kathryn LaBouff has coached and prepared more than 300 opera productions in English. She has prepared the US premieres of Tobias Picker’s An American Tragedy and John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby for the Metropolitan Opera; Nicholas Maw’s Sophie’s Choice and Scott Wheeler’s Democracy for Washington National Opera; Mark Adamo’s Little Women, Carlisle Floyd’s Cold Sassy Tree, and Andre Previn’s Brief Encounter for Houston Grand Opera; Mark Adamo’s Lysistrata for Houston Grand Opera and New York City Opera; Central Park and Blue for The Glimmerglass Festival; Jonathan Dove’s Flight for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; Lowell Liebermann’s Miss Lonely Hearts for the Juilliard Centennial Celebration; and Thomas Pasatieri’s The Hotel Casa Blanca at the Merola Program of San Francisco Opera. Recent productions include Candide, Sweeney Todd, The Crucible, Porgy and Bess, Oklahoma, The Cunning Little Vixen, Showboat, The Ghosts of Versailles, Silent Night and Blue for the Glimmerglass Festival; and Die Fledermaus, Candide, Doctor Atomic, and Ariadne auf Naxos for Santa Fe Opera.


She is on faculty at The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, and Dolora Zajick’s Institute for Young Dramatic Voices.


Her book, Singing and Communicating in English: A Singer’s Guide to English Diction, was published by Oxford University Press in 2007 is used by conservatories and music schools internationally. She was the English Diction contributor to Diction Coach - G. Schirmer Opera Anthology published by Hal Leonard, 2008.