Karyn Levitt Bio Karyn Levitt’s music and theatre roots go back many generations. Her most famous relative is composer Sigmund Romberg. Karyn’s latest show, The Age of Romance is inspired by her connection with this man and his music and by her life long love affair with operetta and Broadway. Karyn has been in love with music and theatre as long as she can remember. She grew up in El Paso, Texas where, from the time she was a baby, her parents played classical music for her. When she was four years old, her parents started taking her to the theatre and her father began giving her classical music lessons. “He taught me how to listen to music,” she recalls. “I remember falling asleep in the living room listening to symphonies, chamber music, and Broadway shows. I would force myself to stay awake as long as I could. I didn’t want to miss a beat!” When she was sixteen Karyn took her first voice lessons. After graduating from Oberlin College, Karyn came to Boston and continued her vocal studies privately and began studying acting. With the encouragement of her teachers and friends, Levitt began to combine dramatic dialogues with musical pieces in a way that would become the basis of her experience as a performer. She also began to study classical composition and swing/jazz singing. The additional training resulted in performances that displayed versatility almost unheard of, especially in their ability to deliver a wide range of song styles. Karyn is now known for her unique performance pieces that interweave music and theatre from both the classical and modern repertoire, such as Puccini and His Contemporaries and Lyrics by Shakespeare. Karyn is now working on her next Shakespeare offering with renowned Shakespearean actor/director Jonathan Epstein. The two artists are collaborating on a concert-theatre piece about Shakespeare's love affair with the Dark Lady of the Sonnets. In addition to her many private concert engagements, Karyn also appears at Shakespeare and Company (Lenox, MA), and performs for colleges, theatres, cabarets, concert halls, museums and libraries. Recent performances include Oberlin College (Ohio), Natick Center for the Arts (Natick, MA), Jimmy Tingle's Off Broadway (Somerville, MA), Dante Alighieri Cultural Center (Cambridge, MA), Boston Public Library, and the Mariposa Museum of Cultural Heritage (Peterborough, NH). Ms. Levitt has also performed at Café Loup (New York), Charles Playhouse Lounge (Boston, MA), and the Kendall Café (Cambridge, MA). Karyn lives with her husband and stepson in Concord, Massachusetts.
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