Donna Breitzer is an arts administrator, teacher and singer 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.
As a mezzo-soprano, Donna has performed with several New York City opera companies including Dicapo Opera Theatre, dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, and Opera Manhattan, among others. In the 2014-15 season, she will join the Extra Chorus roster of The Metropolitan Opera for two productions. An active ensemble singer, Donna performs regularly with distinguished groups such as the New York Choral Artists and the Collegiate Chorale Singers, alongside renowned orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, and American Symphony Orchestra. Solo concert appearances include performances with the Jewish People’s Philharmonic Chorus, Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra, Big Apple Baroque, Shir Chadash: The Brooklyn Jewish Community Chorus, the Calvary Concert Series and the Zamir Chorale.
Originally from Saratoga, CA, Donna 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. More info at donnabreitzer.com.