Donna Breitzer, lyric mezzo-soprano, is a new artist with Opera Manhattan Repertory Theatre, and will be heard in the upcoming concert performance of Così fan Tutte. She was recently praised by the New York Times for offering “solid work” and by Opera News for singing “strongly and with character” in her role as Assunta in The Saint of Bleecker Street at Dicapo Opera Theater. As a Dicapo Resident Artist since 2010, she performed in La Bohème and Giannini’s Beauty and the Beast, and will sing the title role in La Cenerentola in a Dicapo Opera For Kids production in the spring of 2012. This past summer she joined Bel Canto at Caramoor as an Apprentice Artist, performing in HMS Pinafore and Rossini’s Guillaume Tell and in song recitals at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts.
Recent performance highlights include La Zelatrice in Suor Angelica with dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, Flora in La Traviata at the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, and Brahms’ Liebeslieder Walzer with the Calvary Concert Series. She made her New York City recital debut in 2009 in a song program featuring music by gay composers at Merkin Hall; other NYC performances include solo appearances with Big Apple Baroque and the Zamir Chorale.
In 2007 Ms. Breitzer performed the music of Pavel Haas and Erwin Schulhoff in recital in Jerusalem, followed by encore performances in various venues around Israel. She has performed with American Lyric Theater, Opera Providence, American Repertory Theater and the Jerusalem English Speaking Theater, and is a past member of the Handel and Haydn Society’s Educational Outreach Quartet.
In addition to performing, Ms. Breitzer is the Executive Director of Five Boroughs Music Festival, a new concert series presenting music of various genres in all corners of New York City, and maintains a private voice studio. Originally from Saratoga, CA, she earned a BMus/BA in Voice Performance and English from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Music degree in Voice from the New England Conservatory of Music.