Leona Levenson, is a graduate of Bard Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, The Juilliard School, and The Baltimore School for the Arts. She is an avid performer of contemporary opera music, and was seen recently at Carnegie Hall in a Singer/Composer Workshop with Dawn Upshaw and Osvaldo Golijov. In 2009, she performed in the world premiere of Love/Hate, by Jack Perla with American Opera Projects. In 2008, she performed the lead in another world premiere piece, Death In Summer, with AOP, the lead in a world premiere by Ronen Shai entitled The Respectable Prostitute, and the First Nursemaid in Street Scene. In 2007, she performed with an Artistic Outreach Program in the title role of a new Children’s Opera, which she cowrote, entitled, Happy Tweet!. In 2006, she performed the role of First Lady in the Juilliard Opera Workshop’s production of Die Zauberflöte under the direction Ed Berkeley and also in the Juilliard Opera Center’s world premiere of Miss Lonelyhearts. In 2005, she received the Lucrenza Bori Grant to study the Italian language in Florence, Italy. In 2004, she performed with the New York Philharmonic in their production of Candide under the direction of Lonny Price. The production was sponsored by PBS and later released worldwide on DVD. She was a recipient of the Alice Tully Scholarship for the sponsorship of talented young artists and has been assistant to the director in many productions.