Mary Dunleavy is an American soprano who has performed with major opera companies and orchestras around the world.
Life and career
Dunleavy grew up in Montvale, New Jersey and graduated from Pascack Hills High School in 1984. Dunleavy attended Northwestern University for her undergraduate degrees and received a Master's Degree in Music at the University of Texas at Austin.
In the United States, she has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Washington National Opera, New York City Opera, The Dallas Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Boston Lyric Opera, Portland Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and others.
Outside the U.S., her operatic performances have been with De Nederlandse Opera (Amsterdam), Gran Teatro del Liceu (Barcelona), Opéra National de Paris, Teatro di San Carlo (Naples), La Monnaie (Brussels), Municipal Theater of Santiago, Staatsoper Unter den Linden (Berlin), Hamburgische Staatsoper, Opéra de Montréal, and others.
Orchestral appearances have been with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl under Leonard Slatkin, Cincinnati May Festival with James Conlon, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris under John Nelson, St. Louis Symphony under David Robertson and the late Hans Vonk, San Francisco Symphony under Robert Spano, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under Donald Runnicles, Philadelphia Orchestra under Charles Dutoit, the Lanaudiere Festival under Jacques Lacombe, and others.
Her roles include:
• Violetta — La Traviata
• Gilda — Rigoletto
• Musetta — La Boheme
• Giulietta — I Capuleti e i Montecchi
• Adina — L'elisir d'amore
• Pamina — Die Zauberflöte
• Konstanze — Die Entführung aus dem Serail
• Countess Almaviva — Le nozze di Figaro
• Fiordiligi — Così fan tutte
• Thaïs — Thaïs
• Léïla — Les pêcheurs de perles
• Micaela — Carmen
• Hoffmann Heroines — Les Contes d'Hoffmann
• Infanta Donna Clara - Der Zwerg
From 1994 through 2002, she sang the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte in 84 performances. She retired the role in 2002. In 2006, she became only the third woman to sing both Pamina and the Queen of the Night for the Metropolitan Opera (Lucia Popp and Colette Boky preceded her).
- Maria Callas Debut Artist of the Year, The Dallas Opera, 2006
- Outstanding Young Texas Exes Award, The University of Texas at Austin, 2006
- Cultural Award, American-Irish Historical Society, 2004
- Top 100 List, Irish America Magazine, 2003, 2005
- Shengold, David. "Focused on Her Game; OCP favorite Mary Dunleavy tackles a new Mozart role.", Philadelphia City Paper, May 4-10, 2006. Accessed December 11, 2013. "'Philadelphia feels like my second home,' smiles Mary Dunleavy over lunch in Bella Vista. The attractive, engaging soprano is a Jersey girl: She grew up in Montvale and now (aptly enough for one who has both Bellini's and Gounod's versions of Romeo and Juliet in her repertory) lives with her husband, Hal, in Verona."
- Walkowski, Paul Joseph. "For soprano Mary Dunleavy, her stylish, virtuosic, gleaming, supple, voice has earned her a place among the opera notables of her generation.", OperaOnline.us. Accessed October 15, 2007. "From grade school, on through Pascack Hills High in Montvale New Jersey, to Northwestern's school of music, to the University of Texas in 1988..."