Mezzo-soprano Donna Breitzer enjoys a varied career as a singer, voice teacher and arts administrator in New York City. A member of the Extra Chorus of The Metropolitan Opera since 2014, she has also performed solo roles with several New York City opera companies including Dicapo Opera Theatre, American Lyric Theater, dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, and Opera Manhattan, among others. Recent performance highlights include solo appearances with the American Classical Orchestra and the Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra and recitals for the American Society of Jewish Music and the Art Song at Old Stone House series in Brooklyn.
An active ensemble singer, Donna performs regularly with top professional groups including the Bard Festival Chorale, New York Virtuoso Singers and Concert Chorale of New York, alongside distinguished orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra and the American Classical Orchestra, among others. She has appeared as a soloist with the New York Festival of Song's After Hours series, St. George's Choral Society, Nashoba Valley Chorale, Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra, and Jewish People’s Philharmonic Chorus, among others, and as a guest artist with renowned vocal ensemble The Western Wind. An in-demand church musician, she is a former member of the acclaimed choir of St. Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church, and is a regular guest of many of NYC's premiere professional church ensembles.
Donna was praised by the New York Times for offering “solid work” and by Opera News for singing “strongly and with character” in her role as Assunta in The Saint of Bleecker Street with Dicapo Opera, where she was a Resident Artist from 2010-2012. She has participated as an Apprentice Artist with Bel Canto at Caramoor, and spent two summers at the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv. She has performed with American Lyric Theater (NYC), Opera Providence, American Repertory Theater (Boston, MA) and the Encore Theatre Company in Jerusalem, and is a former member of the Handel and Haydn Society’s Educational Outreach Quartet based in Boston.
Originally from Saratoga, CA, Donna earned both a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Michigan, as well as a Master of Music degree in Voice from the New England Conservatory of Music. She has enjoyed teaching private voice lessons for over 20 years, and currently maintains a teaching studio in New York City. She is also the co-founder and Executive Director of Five Boroughs Music Festival, a chamber music presenting organization in NYC. Donna currently resides in Park Slope, Brooklyn with her husband, Cantor Joshua Breitzer, and their sons Jonah and Gideon.
"Supporting players offered solid work: in particular...Donna Breitzer as Assunta."
- Steve Smith, The New York Times
"Mezzo Donna Breitzer sang strongly and with character."
- David Shengold, Opera News