Linda Edwards is highly regarded as one of the most versatile leading ladies performing today, being equally well-received on classical theatre, oratorio, musical theatre, opera, recital, and symphony stages. An award-winning singer and actress, she is known for her ease in assuming different characters on short notice, and is in demand not only for her 3+octave singing range and dramatic portrayals, but for her abilities as a winning comedienne as well.
Linda made her international debut with Leonard Bernstein, John Mauceri, and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra as Cunegonde in CANDIDE, and recently toured Europe as Carlotta in PHANTOM. Classically trained in the Bel Canto tradition, her opera repertoire includes leading roles in DON PASQUALE, THE MAGIC FLUTE, THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, and FALSTAFF. She has sung under the baton of conductors Sergiu Comissiona, Laszlo Heltay, Helmut Rilling, and Keith Lockhart, appearing as soloist with symphonies from Dallas to Indianapolis. She performed as soprano soloist for the premiere of the new Lara Haggard edition of Mendelssohn’s ELIJAH with the Dallas Symphony, and as soloist for the Beethoven NINTH SYMPHONY.
Surprised to be cast in the role initially, Linda has received rave reviews for her portrayal of Aldonza in MAN OF LA MANCHA, which she has performed over 300 times all over the US, opposite such notables as Ed Ames, David Holliday, George Lee Andrews, and the legendary John Raitt. Her first performance of Aldonza came on the heels of the world premiere production of the musical, MANDY LOU, in which she played the title role of a southern belle in 1860 Charleston. Adding to a list of leading ladies in over thirty musicals, including CAMELOT, GUYS AND DOLLS, THE KING AND I, and KISS ME, KATE, Linda toured with Florence Henderson in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, and played in A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM with comedian Avery Schreiber. Her versatile stage experience includes Mrs. Potts in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, The Fairy Godmother, in CINDERELLA, numerous productions of PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES, the title role in ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE, and many theater roles, including Mme. Arcati in BLITHE SPIRIT, Truvy in STEEL MAGNOLIAS, Veta in HARVEY, and Miss Fancy in SLY FOX.
Regionally, she has played Actors Theatre of Louisville, Barter Theatre, VA Stage, La Mirada (CA) Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, the Apollo in Chicago, St. Louis MUNY, Atlanta Theatre Under the Stars, Casa Manana, and was soloist for the Aspen Music Festival. She has received stellar notices for her portrayal of Florence Foster Jenkins in SOUVENIR on the West Coast, and most recently completed a year long run as Mrs. Shubert in SHEAR MADNESS. She has become a favorite of southeastern audiences, returning for most of the past twenty years to Flat Rock Playhouse, the State Theatre of North Carolina.
Growing up in a musical family, and long a proponent of the music of the 1930s and 1940s, she has studied with some of the masters of this genre, and regularly performs in recital the works of George Gershwin, Johnny Mercer, Cole Porter, Rodgers, Hammerstein, and Hart. She holds a Bachelor of Music, cum laude, from Stetson University and a Master of Music Degree with Honors from Indiana University. She has taught ballroom dancing to teenagers, performance technique to aspiring opera singers, and international protocol to business executives, but her favorite collaboration is with husband Jette, with whom she produced the 'miracle baby', Coleman David, in 1997.