Donna Breitzer is a mezzo-soprano, voice teacher and arts administrator with a passion for bringing 5BMF’s exciting programming to new neighborhoods all over New York City. Since co-founding Five Boroughs Music Festival with Jesse Blumberg in 2007, she has helped oversee all aspects of daily operation, and has been instrumental in the growth of 5BMF’s marketing efforts and budget.
Donna has performed with New York City opera companies including Dicapo Opera Theater, dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, and Opera Manhattan, among others. She 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. This season she joins the New York Choral Artists for performances of Mozart’s Requiem and Britten’s Spring Symphony with the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall, and the Collegiate Chorale Singers for Strauss’ Feuersnot with the American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. She has made solo concert appearances with the Jewish People’s Philharmonic Chorus, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Big Apple Baroque, Calvary Concerts and the Zamir Chorale. 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, where she sang the role of Flora in La Traviata; she has also sung with American Lyric Theater, Opera Providence, American Repertory Theater and the Encore Theatre Company in Jerusalem, and is a past member of the Handel and Haydn Society’s Educational Outreach Quartet based in Boston, MA.
Originally from Saratoga, CA, she earned a BMus/BA in Voice Performance and English from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Music degree in Voice from the New England Conservatory of Music. She currently resides in Park Slope, Brooklyn with her husband, Cantor Joshua Breitzer, and their son Jonah.