Where Are They Now?
Since placing third in JTVA’s Tier I competition in 2014, the phenomenally gifted mezzo-soprano Abigail Levis, classical singer has ventured far and wide to showcase her singular talent. Her Opera Philadelphia performance earlier this season featured Monteverdi's "Il Combattimiento di Tancredi e Clorinda" and contemporary composer Lembit Beecher's "I Have No Stories to Tell You," held in the spectacular @Philadelphia Museum of Art.
The compositions and themes of war, violence, and their repercussions on the psyche prompted the mezzo-soprano to reflect, “The marriage of old and contemporary music not only fed me artistically but served to combine social activism with art in a thrilling way.”
A performance as Flora Bervoix in “La Traviata” with The Dallas Operaa year ago was followed by roles at San Francisco’s unique and intriguing company, Opera Parallèle. In its review of Levis’ San Francisco debut, Opera News applauded her “bright, unforced brilliance,” noting her “glistening high notes” as well as “a startling depth of emotional intelligence.”
Smack dab in the middle of her Opera Parallèle performances, Abigail jumped into an Uber, racing to Alameda to highlight JTVA’s February 2018 fundraiser “With A Song In My Heart” at the lovely Italian restaurant C'era Una Volta Ristò. About her experience at JTVA, Abigail said, “This is one of my fondest competition memories - wonderful people and a great experience. So glad to be a part of this family.”
After San Francisco, it was on to a spring recital in Houston before the return to her home company, Utah Opera, where she had the opportunity to show off her comic savvy in the droll role of Prince Orlofsky in Johann Strauss' "Die Fledermaus."
Continual awards, recitals, and reviews poured in as Levis made her way to Lucerne, Switzerland where she is slated to perform three leading roles during Luzerner Theater's 2018-2019 season. You can read all about Abigail Levis as well as view her terrific photos at www.abigaillevis.com.
Next summer won’t even give her a chance to catch her breath—she’s scheduled to get married. Congratulations and brava!