Leann Sandel-Pantaleo - Amneris
Following recent performances of Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusicana, Leann Sandel-Pantaleo was praised by the Portland Press Herald with the exclamation that “she has a glorious voice…. and she took fire.” In the 2007-08 season, she sings her first performances of Amneris in Aida with El Paso Opera and returns to the Metropolitan Opera for Siegrune in Die Walküre and Flora in La Traviata. She also joins the Brooklyn Philharmonic for Stravinsky’s Pulcinella. Among her other upcoming engagements is her Houston Grand Opera debut as Ursule in Béatrice et Bénédict followed by Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, further performances of the title role in Carmen with Hawaii Opera Theater, and a return to the Metropolitan to reprise Siegrune in Die Walküre.
In the summer of 2007, the mezzo sang her first performances of the title role in Carmen with Chautauqua Opera. Since her Metropolitan Opera debut as Flora in La Traviata in the company’s famed parks concerts, she has joined the company for numerous productions including Die Ägyptische Helena, Le Nozze di Figaro, Luisa Miller, Manon, Parsifal, and Die Walküre. Other recent performances include Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana with PORT Opera in Maine and Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte with the Hat City Opera Theater. Also included in her previous operatic experience are performances with Michigan Opera Theatre, Indianapolis Opera, West Coast Lyric Opera, Starlight Theater, Caramoor Music Festival, New Amsterdam Opera and San Diego Comic Opera. A frequent oratorio soloist as well, the mezzo has appeared with many symphony orchestras, including Indianapolis, Alabama, Erie, Pacific, Nevada, La Jolla, Evansville, San Diego, Westchester, and Lafayette.
Ms. Sandel-Pantaleo has won the Herbert Cohen Award in the Oratorio Society of New York’s Annual Solo Competition and was a Loren B. Zachary Competition finalist, Friedrich Schorr Competition winner, Musical Merit of San Diego winner, Bel Canto Competition finalist and Virginia Hawk Competition winner. A graduate of Indiana University, Ms. Sandel-Pantaleo began her commitment to music with an apprenticeship with Michigan Opera Theatre and work with the American Cabaret Theatre.