Mary Dunleavy makes her OSJ debut in the 2017-18 season, appearing as the Stepmother in the North American premiere of Alma Deutscher’s Cinderella. During an international career that has brought her to many of the world’s most important opera houses, Ms. Dunleavy has affirmed her position as one of America’s leading singing actresses. Recently, the soprano made her critically acclaimed UK debut as Christine in Richard Strauss’s Intermezzo with Garsington Opera, which The Times of London praised as “a graceful and subtle performance that any Straussian should relish.” This season, she appears at the Metropolitan Opera as Meni inThomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel (also covering the role of Lucia), returning later in the season to cover performances of Musetta in Puccini’s La bohème. She appears with Opera Omaha, singing her first career performance of Alice Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff, a role which also serves as her return to Garsington Opera during the summer of 2018.
Last season saw Ms. Dunleavy return to the Metropolitan Opera for productions of La bohème and Mozart’s Don Giovanni, make her company debut with Opera Omaha as Musetta, and she created the role of Milicent Jordan in the world premiere of Bolcom’s Dinner at Eight with Minnesota Opera. She also made her return to her alma matter for a recital with Kelly Kuo at the University of Texas at Austin, and concluded the season in a return to Portland Opera for her role debut as Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte.
Her gallery of operatic heroines is led by her signature role, Violetta in Verdi’s La traviata, seen thus far in over 60 performances at the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu, Glimmerglass Opera, New York City Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, the Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest, and others. Additional career highlights include Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Met, San Francisco Opera, Hamburgische Staatsoper, Teatro Municipal de Santiago, and Opera Pacific; the Infanta in Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg with Los Angeles Opera, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, and the Spoleto Festival USA; Konstanze in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Cincinnati May Festival, San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera, NYCO, Opera Philadelphia, and Boston Lyric Opera; Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte and Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with Opera Philadelphia; Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Michigan Opera Theatre; Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with the Met, Boston Lyric Opera, and Portland Opera; Giunia in Mozart’s Lucio Silla at De Nederlandse Opera. Her Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte, a role which she retired in 2002 after 84 performances, was heard at the Met, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco, Washington, Houston Grand Opera, Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Amsterdam, Aix-en-Provence, Montréal and NYCO.
Ms. Dunleavy’s orchestral appearances have included: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Atlanta Symphony, (available on Telarc, Donald Runnicles conducting), the Teatro Municipal de Santiago, the St. Louis Symphony, the Austin Symphony Orchestra and others; Mozart concert arias with the St. Louis Symphony under the late Hans Vonk and Handel’s Messiah under David Robertson; Britten’s Spring Symphony with the San Francisco Symphony under Robert Spano; Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Charles Dutoit; Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the New York Choral Society, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under JoAnn Falletta; at the Lanaudière Festival singing a selection of arias with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal under Jacques Lacombe broadcast on the CBC, and then later a concert of duets with Jennifer Larmore and Les Violins du Roy; and with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Leonard Slatkin at the Hollywood Bowl singing Mozart arias in Amadeus Live, a performance of scenes from the Peter Shaffer play.
Ms. Dunleavy was born in Connecticut and raised in New Jersey. She received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, where she studied with Kathleen Kaun. She earned her Master of Music degree at the University of Texas at Austin, where she studied with Mignon Dunn. In 2006, she was named one of four Outstanding Young Texas Exes by the University.
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