Soprano Mary Dunleavy continues to receive critical and popular acclaim for her performances with many of the world's leading opera houses and orchestras.
Her gallery of operatic heroines is led by her signature role, Violetta in La traviata, seen thus far in over 70 performances in venues including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Beijing's National Centre for the Performing Arts, the Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest, Glimmerglass Opera, New York City Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, The Atlanta Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and others.
Her current repertoire also includes Marguerite in Faust (The Atlanta Opera, L'opera de Montreal, North Carolina Opera, Opera Birmingham); Micaëla in Carmen (Met, De Nederlandse Opera, The Dallas Opera, Pittsburgh Opera); Mimì (Fort Worth Opera) and Musetta (Met in the Parks) in La bohème; Cio-Cio-San in Madam Butterfly (Chautauqua Opera); Desdemona in Otello (Nashville Opera); Pamina in Die Zauberflote (Met, Boston Lyric Opera, Portland Opera); Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro (Opera Company of Philadelphia); Donna Anna (Michigan Opera Theatre) and Donna Elvira (Portland Opera) in Don Giovanni, and Adina in L'elisir d'amore (Teatro di San Carlo, Portland).
She has also appeared as Gilda in Rigoletto (Met, San Francisco, Hamburgische Staatsoper, Teatro Municipal de Santiago, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera Pacific); the Infanta in Der Zwerg (Los Angeles Opera - available on DVD, James Conlon conducting; Philadelphia Orchestra, Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Spoleto Festival USA); Christine Storch in Intermezzo (NYCO); Leila in Les pecheurs de perles (Seattle Opera, Opera Colorado, NYCO, Philadelphia, St. Louis); the title role in Thais (St. Louis); Hoffmann's heroines in Les contes d'Hoffmann (Met, The Dallas Opera, Connecticut Opera), and Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi (NYCO).
Additional appearances include Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail (San Francisco Opera, The Washington Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, NYCO, Cincinnati May Festival, Ensemble orchestral de Paris); Giunia in Lucio Silla (De Nederlandse Opera); Aspasia in Mitridate, re di Ponto (La Monnaie); Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro (Portland Opera, Knoxville Opera); Adele in Die Fledermaus (Opera National de Paris); Amina in La Sonnambula (Bilbao); Countess Folleville in Il viaggio a Reims (NYCO); Héro in Béatrice et Bénédict (De Nederlandse Opera); Ophélie in Hamlet (Gran Teatre del Liceu); Juliette in Roméo et Juliette (Connecticut Opera); Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor (L’opera de Montreal, Connecticut Opera, Knoxville Opera) and Baby Doe in The Ballad of Baby Doe (Connecticut Opera). Her Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte was heard at the Met, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, The Washington Opera, NYCO, Berlin State Opera, De Nederlandse Opera and L’opera de Montreal.
Mary's orchestral appearances have included: Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Atlanta Symphony, (available on Telarc, Donald Runnicles conducting), the Teatro Municipal de Santiago, the St. Louis Symphony, the San Diego Symphony, and others; Handel's Messiah (St. Louis Symphony); Britten's Spring Symphony (San Francisco Symphony); Carmina Burana (Philadelphia Orchestra); Mahler's Symphony No. 8 (New York Choral Society), Mahler's Symphony No. 2 (Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra); at the Lanaudiere Festival singing a selection of arias with the Orchestre symphonique de Montreal, as well as a concert of duets with Jennifer Larmore and Les Violins du Roy; and with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl singing Mozart arias in Amadeus Live, a performance of scenes from the Peter Shaffer play.
Mary was born in Connecticut and raised in New Jersey. She received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, where she studied with Kathleen Kaun. She earned her Master of Music degree at the University of Texas at Austin, where she studied with Mignon Dunn. In 2006, she was named one of four Outstanding Young Texas Exes by the University.
Mary has worked with a variety of leading teachers and coaches, including the beloved late Rita Shane, Renata Scotto, Hank Hammett, Dale Dietert, William Tracy, Thomas Muraco, John Churchwell, and Ron Raines, among others. She is also a frequent guest teacher at master classes at universities, conservatories, and young artist programs in the U.S. In addition, Mary can be seen in Steven Spielberg's 2012 film Lincoln as Marguerite in Faust.