Karyn Levitt, soprano, is delighted to make her St. Francis College debut, following recent performances at Princeton University, Brecht-Haus in Berlin, Café Sabarsky, Metropolitan Room, The Town Hall, Symphony Space, Carnegie Hall (Weill), USC, Hunter, Bates and Amherst Colleges, and the Goethe Institutes of Boston and Los Angeles.
Ms. Levitt is among the leading Lied singers in the highly demanding Eisler repertoire: “Karyn Levitt is able to achieve great poetic beauty by blending the words and the music to form an artful and contradictory whole, at once unusual and touching.” (Peter Deeg, IES, 2016)
In addition to being a celebrated soprano, Ms. Levitt is a distinguished producer, known for her historic collaboration with the foremost Brecht translator, Eric Bentley, whose centennial tribute she produced at The Town Hall. Noted for allowing Eisler’s songs “to bloom and be beautiful in a way which is undoubtedly musically expressive" (London Times, I. Wardle), she curated and performs an evening of Hanns Eisler songs, Will There Still Be Singing? A Hanns Eisler Cabaret, that has earned rave reviews.
Her CD, Eric Bentley’s Brecht-Eisler Song Book (Roven Records), received excellent reviews in Berlin and London.
Born and raised in El Paso, TX, she had voice training at Oberlin and later studied with Janice Giampa, Rebecca Parris, and William Barto Jones. Performance dates for her new cabaret show, Music Whence They Came: Immigrant Composers of Hollywood's Golden Age, will soon be announced.