LEANDRA RAMM

by Sherif Awad

LEANDRA RAMM

I grew up in New York City, USA with my parents, brother and sister. I always sang and was surrounded by the arts. I started training for classical voice/opera when I was fourteen years-old. I sang among other children and represented their choir in the solo division of an international competition. I was so excited when I won first place! It really inspired me to take voice lessons and study opera seriously. I also played the flute and piano while studying acting which trained me for a life in the arts. 

-My role models in opera were Renee Fleming, Susan Graham, and Cecilia Bartoli in addition to singers from the previous generations such as Maria Callas, Luciano Pavarotti and Marilyn Horne. I also looked up to pop singers such as Whitney Houston, dancers like Isadora Duncan, and actors like Julia Roberts. 

-I was very studious and I remember many hours in the practice room during my teenage years; I was completely committed to figuring out how to sing in a good bel canto vocal technique. I took private voice lessons every week and went to a Saturday day program at the Manhattan School of Music preparatory division. I also went to a performing arts High School, where I had music and acting class in addition to academics.  

Leandra Ramm

-I sing professionally in opera and theatre companies and it is very satisfying to perform for audiences and see them moved by the music. I also am currently on many albums and I love hearing from fans around the world that they heard me sing and it healed them or brightened their day. That's the best satisfaction for me.  

-My goal is a gender equal world. On International Women's Day 2020, my colleagues and I posted on social media the importance of gender equality for today and the future. I think there is still a lot of work to be done in this area, but as more people speak up about the importance of gender equality, the more we are headed in the right direction.  

-The USA is filled with the arts and I and feel Iucky to live in California which has a lot of entertainment. There is live entertainment in most cities in this country and also many movies are filmed here in California.  

-When I am offered a project, I consider if I can bring truth and life into the role. I consider if the role resonates with me and if I feel passionate about the project. I usually know right away! I either have an instinctive feeling that it is the right fit, or an instinctive feeling that it's not quite right. Once I accept a role or project, I learn the music, study the language that I am singing in and study the character. I practice at home before I join the cast in rehearsals. Then, once in rehearsals, it's a very focused time period of several weeks. That time includes: music rehearsals, staging rehearsals, costume and wig fittings, tech and dress rehearsals, and then the performances!

-I am a wife and mother of three young kids. I balance my private life by making sure I have a good work/life balance. I have uninterrupted practice time for two hours every day. My husband takes the kids out and it's just me at the piano. I also look at the calendar ahead and make sure my schedule allows me to be home with my family enough and if not, I adjust the schedule. When I am offered a role, I make sure that the rehearsal and performance time will fit with my family life. Planning ahead really helps! 

-I also will be adding many videos to my social media accounts during this pandemic so please follow me on Instagram @LeandraRamm and Facebook @LeandraRammMusic and YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/leandraramm

-Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, many of my upcoming live performances have been cancelled. However, I am on a new album that has just been released and you can listen to it anywhere in the world! "Lucinda y las Flores de la Nochebuena" is on Albany Records and I play mama in this beautiful cast recording by the San Francisco Opera Guild. This is a multicultural Children's opera in Spanish and English by Evan Mack and Joshua McGuire that tells the story of Lucinda and her journey to believe in herself at Christmas time. You can grab a physical copy here:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B084Z3WWFS?pf_rd_r=3AF8GXKR4NYDE7KGHNZT&pf_rd_p=ab873d20-a0ca-439b-ac45-cd78f07a84d8 

https://www.albanyrecords.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=AR&Product_Code=TROY1811&Category_Code=a-NR 

Digital Download:

https://open.spotify.com/album/7wjUMKXdiGPQ4cLjeyIqeD