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Richard G. Leonberger

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Visiting Assistant Professor, Vocal Performance

  • M.M., Opera Performance, Binghamton University (2012)
  • B.M., Vocal Performance, Stephen F. Austin State University (2010)
Richard G. Leonberger, tenor, is a native of Waco, Texas. He is an alumnus of Stephen F. Austin State University, having earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance in 2010. His graduate studies include a Master of Music degree in Opera Performance from Binghamton University, and he is currently a doctoral candidate in vocal performance at Louisiana State University, in the studios of Robert Grayson and Dr. Loraine Sims.

Mr. Leonberger has performed principal opera roles in the United States and abroad, including Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte with Tri-Cities Opera, John Styx in Orphée aux Enfers with Opéra Périgord, and Jason in Medée with Opera Nova Costa Rica. He has also performed as a soloist in numerous choral masterworks and oratorios in Texas, Louisiana, New York, and France, and has presented multiple art-song and chamber recitals, including a performance of Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin, at McLennan Community College, in Waco, Texas.

Mr. Leonberger’s areas of research include the vocal repertoire of Donald Swann, lyric diction, and vocal pedagogy, and has been invited to present his lecture recital, “Taking Swann’s Road to Middle-earth: the myths, music, and language of Donald Swann and J.R.R. Tolkien,” at various scholarly and research venues, both domestically and internationally.

Mr. Leonberger is a visiting member of the voice faculty at Stephen F. Austin State University, teaching lyric diction, song repertoire, and applied voice.