B i o g r a p h y
Named "Debut Artist of the Year" by the Joy in Singing Foundation, Abi Levis is one of the most exciting singers of her generation. Critics the world over have described her artistry as “fearless”, “dazzling”, “impressive”, and “breathtaking”. Ms. Levis’ passion for vocal music has been continuously nurtured throughout her life - singing Irish folk music with her father and Patsy Cline tunes at county fairs with her mentor, Tom Dyhrberg. She began classical training at the age of 15 and, after reading Opera for Dummies, became a die-hard opera fan. When not singing, she enjoys knitting, eating, playing PokemonGO! (gotta catch 'em all), tasting all the beers, and traveling the world as The Tessitourist (@tessitourist on Instagram and Ravelry).
Ms. Levis has appeared as a soloist with the Toronto Symphony, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, Flint Symphony, Symphonie Atlantique, American Symphony Orchestra, Utah Symphony, Ars Lyrica Houston and the Handel and Haydn Society. Operatically she has performed extensively at home and abroad with companies such Utah Opera, Dallas Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Opera Parallele, Luzerner Theater, and Deutsche Oper Berlin.
She is a prize-winner of several competitions, including the Deborah Voigt Competition in Vero Beach, the McCammon Competition, the Shreveport Opera Competition, a Sullivan grant, the Klaudia Taev Competition, the Opera Foundation Competition, the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, the Gerda Lissner Competitons (Song and Opera), the William C Byrd competition, the Wilhelm Stenhammer Competition, the James Toland Vocal Arts Competition, the Classical Singer Competition, and the Lyndon Woodside Oratorio Competition.
Photo by Kristin Hoeberman
Photo by Kristin Hoeberman
Abi returns this season returns to the role of Romeo in I Capuleti ei Montecchi in Kaunas, Lithuania and Sofia, Bulgaria. She will also debut at Florentine Opera in her signature role of Cherubino. Later in the season she will make debuts with Opera Nantes/Angers, Fort Worth Opera, and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. She also performs frequently with the accalimed Mirror Visions Ensemble, of which she is a core member, so keep and eye on the Calendar!
Ms. Levis excels in a variety of musical styles from baroque to contemporary music, from opera to musical theater. Passionate about new music, she has worked closely with composers such as John Harbison, John Musto, Brian Suits, Tamzin Elliot, Juliana Hall, and Michael Hirsch. Favorite roles in opera or musical theater have included ingénues (Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Cinderella in Into the Woods, Nancy in Albert Herring), maids and an aging actress who are anything but ingénues (Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti, Despina in Cosi fan tutte, Petra in A Little Night Music and Métella in La vie Parisienne), passionate young men (Orfeo in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, The Fox in The Cunning Little Vixen, Sesto in Giulio Cesare in Egitto, Romeo in I Capuleti ei Montecchi, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, and Siebel in Faust), a bratty little boys and princes (Stephano in Romeo et Juliette, the title role in Ravel's L'Enfant et les sortileges, and Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus), a chatterbox who interrupts her constant prattling only to sip hot chocolate (La Conversation in Charpentier’s Les plaisirs de Versailles), and enigmatic queens (Purcell's Dido and Ottavia in L'incoranzaione di Poppea).
Abi holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston, and Bard College Conservatory where she was the recipient of the Mimi Levitt Scholarship. While a Young Artist she performed with Los Angeles Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Utah Opera/Utah Symphony, The Britten-Pears Young Artist Program, and Songfest. She resides in Southern California with her husband, award winning author David Treuer, his three kids, and a small zoo of pets.