B i o g r a p h y
Evangelia Leontis, soprano, has extensive experience on the opera, concert and recital stages. She has been seen on the operatic stage as Frasquita with Panopera, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro with UNCG Opera Theatre, Zerlina in Sieur Du Luth Opera’s production of Don Giovanni, as Gretel in Hansel and Gretel with both Longwood Opera and Riverside Theatre Works, as Lucy in The Telephone at Boston University, as Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflote with Opera del West and Barn Opera, as Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Boston Youth Symphony and as Le Feu in L'Enfant et les Sortileges MetroWest Opera. On the concert stage Ms. Leontis has been the soprano soloist in works by Berlioz, Britten, Schubert, Haydn, Fauré, Rossini, Bach, Grieg, Bizet, Charpentier, and Handel with ensembles such as the Keene Chorale, Newburyport Choral Society, Newton Choral Society, Clear Lakes Chorale, Fine Arts Chorale, Polymnia Choral Society, Greensboro Opera, Greensboro Oratorio Society, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Symphony, and the UNCG Sinfonia.
Additionally, Dr. Leontis is an avid recitalist and has sung recitals in Rochester, NY, Greensboro, NC, Brownsville, TX, and Boston, as well as in her hometown of Bowling Green, OH. She serves as Administrative Director for Calliope's Call, a New England-based ensemble committed to the performance and promotion of art song. She won the Bel Canto Award in the 2015 Orpheus Competition, was a finalist in the 2015 Kentucky Bach Choir Competition, a semi-finalist for the American Prize in 2015, and was a winner of the 2010 Greek University Women’s Club Music Competition.
Dr. Leontis received the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of North Carolina Greensboro in May 2017. She completed the Masters of Music degree in vocal performance from Boston University and the Bachelors of Music degree in vocal performance from the Eastman School of Music. While at Eastman she sang regularly with Eastman Colleguim Musicum, directed by early music specialist and lutenist Paul O'Dette.
Also an enthusiastic voice teacher, Dr. Leontis enjoys teaching and sharing her love of music with others immensely. Dr. Leontis currently serves on the voice faculty of Keene State College where she teaches voice and diction. She has previously served on the voice faculties of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, Guilford College, and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. She has presented workshops and masterclasses at Harvard University, Oakland University, the Boston Conservatory, Texas A & M Kingsville, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Keene State College, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, the New School of Music, and Greensboro College. She serves frequently as an adjudicator and clinician for high school and university programs.
Dr. Leontis grew up in Bowling Green, OH where she began studying piano at age 6 and violin at age 9, before beginning her voice studies at age 15. She enjoys cooking vegetarian food, traveling, running, practicing yoga, and hiking with her husband, bass trombonist Travis, and dog Gavi in her spare time.