Named “Debut Artist of the Year” by the Joy in Singing Foundation, lyric mezzo-soprano Abigail Levis is emerging as one of the most exciting young singers of today. The New York Times hailed her for her “lithe-voice” in her performance at the morgan Library in “First Songs”, a showcase of world premieres with soprano Dawn Upshaw. The Boston Musical Intelligencer praised her for her “dramatic style” and “high level of technical ability” in her performance in Israel in Egypt with the Handel and Haydn Society in Symphony Hall. She is currently a resident artist with Utah Opera.
As a professional singer, Ms. Levis has appeared as a soloist with the American Symphony Orchestra, Hubbard Hall Opera, Utah Opera, The Crested Butte Music Festival, Ars Lyrica Houston, and the New York Opera Exchange in addition to the Handel and Haydn Society. She is also the winner of several competitions, including the 2010 University of Houston Concerto Competition, the 2010 National Orpheus Vocal Competition, the 2011 Five Towns Music Competition in Long Island, and the 2011 Young Texas Artist competition.
A native of Portland, Maine, Ms. Levis holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston. She is also a recent graduate of the Vocal Arts program at the Bard College Conservatory where she studied with Edith Bers and Dawn Upshaw.