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Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306
In both an
international and national career of opera, oratorio and recitals, Mr. Levitt
has sung over 40 leading tenor roles in more than 1,500 performances, including
the New York City Opera National Company, where he was heard as Rodolfo in
Puccini’s La Bohème. Other roles include Hoffmann, Belmonte, Tamino and
Pinkerton, in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, which he has performed with
Opera Illinois and the Opernair Festspiel in Vienna, Austria.
He created the role of
Kaufmann in the American premiere of Jakob Lenz by Wolfgang Rihm; Mr.
Broucek in the opera of the same name, and Stewa in Jenufa by Janacek.
With conductor and
composer Lukas Foss, he sang the American premiere of Gian Carlo Menotti’s
one-act opera The Egg, along with the world premiere of John Eaton’s
opera, The Cry of Clytemnestra.
Mr. Levitt has sung
with the Indianapolis Opera Company, and was heard in Robert Ward’s The
Crucible with the Toledo Opera, and as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor
with Opera Illinois. He was also guest tenor soloist with The Champaign-Urbana
Symphony in Penderecki’s Credo. Also on this continent, he has sung
Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra and the
title character in Berlioz’ La damnation de Faust with the Eastern
Connecticut Symphony Orchestra.
Other solo engagements
have included the Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden,
and Theater im Revier, Gelsenkirchen. Roles he performed include Nemorino in L’elisir
d’amore, Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Graf Zedlau in Wienerblut
and The Italian Singer in Capriccio. Equally at home in light opera, Mr.
Levitt has performed the works of Strauss, Lehàr and Kalman in many of the
historic opera houses in Austria, Germany and Switzerland.
His vocal education
includes bachelor and master’s degrees from the Indiana University School of
Music. He also received the prestigious Performer’s Certificate, for
“Outstanding Musical Performance in Voice”.
Mr.Levitt has sung
with many famous conductors and coaches such as Bryan Balkwill, Tibor Kozma,
Fiora Contino, Lukas Foss, Mignon Dunn, Kurt Adler, Donald Neuen, John Wustman,
Günter Neuhold, Wolfgang Vacano and Ks. Sena Jurinac.
As the Director of the
BSU Opera Theatre, his productions include Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte and The Impresario; Puccini’s Madama
Butterfly, Händel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto, Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz and Purcell’s Dido and
Aeneas. In 2009 he founded the Pocket
Opera, an offshoot of the main opera program, dedicated to performing
one-act and chamber operas in English and without charge to the public. Productions
have included: Gian Carlo Menotti’s The
Medium and Puccini’s Suor Angelica.
As a freelance stage
director, Mr. Levitt has staged productions with Opera Illinois, Mississippi
Opera and Western Plains Opera.
expanding his career as a recitalist, Mr. Levitt has appeared at Steinway Hall,
Brooklyn College, SMU, Oberlin College, Interlochen and other venues across the
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