Kathryn Leemhuis most recently performed with Dallas Opera as Javotte in Massenet’s Manon, with Cincinnati Opera as Inez in Verdi’s Il Trovatore, with Annapolis Opera as Suzuki in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, and with Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra as the Mother in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors. She returned to DuPage Opera as Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte and the Tanglewood Music Festival as Paquette in Bernstein’s Candide with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, both following a triumphant run as Dorabella with Fort Worth Opera. Just prior to this, she returned to Opera Theatre St. Louis as Dorabella in Così fan tutte and Zerlina in Don Giovanni.
Leemhuis has appeared as Carrie in Ash Lawn Opera’s production of Rodger & Hammerstein’s Carousel, Florence Pike in Britten’s Albert Herring with Florentine Opera, Suzuki in DuPage Opera’s production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Amaltea in Rossini’s Mosè in Egitto with Chicago Opera Theater, and Paquette in Bernstein’s Candide with both the esteemed Ravinia Festival and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. In concert, Leemhuis has performed with the Boise Philharmonic in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, with Gloriæ Dei Cantores in Mozart’s Requiem, with Chicago’s Music of the Baroque in both Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis and Mass in the Time of War, and with the Apollo Chorus of Chicago in Handel’s Messiah. She has also performed multiple times as the mezzo soloist with the Richmond Symphony, including in Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été and Roméo et Juliette.
In her early years as an artist, Leemhuis performed multiple roles in the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center. She was also a young artist with Opera Theatre St. Louis’s Gerdine Young Artist Program; the Carmel Bach Festival; Ravinia’s Steans Institute; and the Tanglewood Music Center, where she performed Dorabella under the baton of Maestro James Levine. As a competitor in numerous vocal competitions, Leemhuis has won prizes from Shreveport Opera, New York Lyric Opera, the National Opera Association, Opera Birmingham, Florida Grand Opera, the Gerda Lissner Foundation, the Fort Worth McCammon Foundation, the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, the Sullivan Foundation, the George London Foundation, the Giulio Gari Foundation, and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
Leemhuis holds degrees from Oberlin College, Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. In addition to her performing career, she is an Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance.