Following performances of Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana, Leann Sandel-Pantaleo was praised by the Portland Press Herald with the exclamation that “she has a glorious voice…. and she took fire.”
Mezzo-Soprano Leann Sandel-Pantaleo has performed on the major stages of the operatic world, including the Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Teatro alla Scala, BBC Proms, and Berlin Staatsoper.
This season, she sings performances of Verdi's Requiem with Kwamé Ryan and the Charlotte Symphony. Her engagements in the 2022-23 season included performances with the Cincinnati Symphony May Festival as the Old Woman in Candide, followed by rescheduled performances of Verdi’s Requiem with the Portland Symphony.
Original engagements during the COVID-19 shortened 2019-2020 season included performances as the mezzo-soprano soloist in Verdi’s Requiem with the Portland Symphony (cancelled), and a concert of operatic highlights with the Southwest Florida Symphony (performed).
Past seasons have featured performances of Siegrune in Die Walküre with Teatro alla Scala, Berlin Staatsoper, BBC Proms, and the Metropolitan Opera, where she has also bowed as Flora in La Traviata, a role she also sang with San Francisco Opera; the title role in Carmen with Utah Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Opera Omaha, Tulsa Opera, Hawaii Opera Theater, and Chautauqua Opera, where she also made her role debuts as Augusta Tabor in The Ballad of Baby Doe and The Old Lady in Candide; Ursule in Béatrice et Bénédict and Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Houston Grand Opera; Amneris in Aida with North Carolina Opera, Portland Opera, El Paso Opera, and Sarasota Opera; Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana with PORT Opera; and she created the role of Tamara in the world premiere of Enemies: A Love Story with Palm Beach Opera. Recent concert highlights include appearances with the Plano Symphony and the Santa Barbara Symphony.