Leslie Giammanco Biography

 
Bio:
Performer, vocal coach and entrepreneur, Ms. Giammanco has been a passionate voice professional and educator for 35 years, and currently resides on the Voice Faculty at Pace University’s Musical Theatre Performing Arts program. She has served on several university faculties including NYU, Tisch ... (read more)
 

Bio:
Performer, vocal coach and entrepreneur, Ms. Giammanco has been a passionate voice professional and educator for 35 years, and currently resides on the Voice Faculty at Pace University’s Musical Theatre Performing Arts program. She has served on several university faculties including NYU, Tisch ... (read more)

Performer, vocal coach and entrepreneur, Ms. Giammanco has been a passionate voice professional and educator for 35 years, and currently resides on the Voice Faculty at Pace University’s Musical Theatre Performing Arts program. She has served on several university faculties including NYU, Tisch School of the Arts, CAP21, The Hartt School Music Theatre program, Adelphi University Voice + Opera, in addition to private studios in New York City and Wells, ME. Ms. Giammanco is a member (and past board member) of The New York Singing Teachers Association, The National Association of Teachers of Singing and The Voice Foundation. She belongs to the performing unions Actors Equity Association, and American Guild of Musical Artists.



“Compelling strength and vocal dexterity" have made Leslie Giammanco a versatile performer of the Opera, Broadway, Symphonic, Concert and Cabaret Stages. She performed seven roles on the Broadway and National Tours of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera. On the symphonic stage made her Carnegie Hall debut with Manhattan Philharmonic performing in the New York premiere of Dello Joio's Nativity: A Canticle for the Child, and Vivaldi's Beatus Vir. She has been a principal soloist with Minnesota Orchestra, Rochester Symphony, Duluth-Superior Symphony, New Jersey State Opera, Minnesota Opera, Opera St. Paul, St. Paul Chamber Ensemble performing Gounod's Messe Solenelle, Bach's B Minor Mass, and Cantata #51 "Jauchzett Gott", Brahms' Requiem, Mozart's Mass in C Minor, Handel's Messiah, and Haydn's Mass in C Minor to name a few. Additionally, she has been featured in many pops concerts with Minnesota Orchestra singing songs of Lerner and Loewe, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter, and Jerome Kern.



Ms. Giammanco trained with Minnesota Opera Company’s Young Artists Apprentice Program under the tutelage of famed director Wesley Balk and Jacqueline Jones. She performed with Minnesota Opera as Massenet's Manon, Frasquita in Bizet’s (Carmen), Catherine in William Mayer's (A Death in the Family), and the world premiere of Conrad Souza's production (Black River). She gave wings to several operas at the famed Amato Opera in NYC singing the role of Mimi (La Bohéme), Maddalena (Andrea Chenier), Santuzza (Cavalleria Rusticana) and Silvia - Mascagni's (Zanetto). She has performed Lucy in Gian Carlo Menotti's comic opera (The Telephone) with New Jersey State Opera over 100 times, Fiordiligi in (Cosi Fan Tutte) Opera St. Paul, Widow in Argento's (The Boor) Midwest Opera Theatre, additional roles include: Puccini's Tosca, Angelica (Suor Angelica), Cio Cio San (Madama Butterfly), Lauretta (Gianni Schicci), Nedda (I Pagliacci), Gilda (Rigoletto), Fiordiligi (Cosi Fan Tutte), Pamina (Die Zauberflote), Hanna Glawari (The Merry Widow).



An international recitalist, cabaret performer and concert artist, Ms. Giammanco has scored many successful shows at many of New York City’s finest cabaret rooms and concert halls including the famed Steinway Hall with pianist Stephen Sulich performing Wagner, Dvorak, Strauss, Puccini, Brahms, Poulenc. Successful cabaret performances with famed jazz pianist David Lahm include Back in Business, Let My Song Fill Your Heart, Heart’s Desire, Stagestruck Me, Come To Our Party, I Love to Sing-A at Judy’s Chelsea, The Duplex, Danny’s Skylight Room, Debra and Mary’s “Night on the Town”, and Kennebunkport's The Colony Hotel and The Nonantum and Art from the Heart Productions. She has been a guest entertainer on Hapag Lloyd's Europa 2 Cruise ship entertaining guests with Broadway's favorites. She is a certified Steinway Educational Partner and will help find the best piano for her clients. Ms. Giammanco is also the founder and artistic director of DivaGrams Entertainment, a company that provides dramatic vocal and instrumental performances for extraordinary corporate and social events. www.divagrams.com



A master teacher, performance coach, college professor, college prep consultant, expert repertoire specialist, musical director, and producer, Ms. Giammanco has worked with some of the most talented people in the music industry. From beginners to Broadway stars, she offers all types of singers the knowledge, training and insight necessary to deliver their best performance. She created an opera workshop at Adelphi University serving as Music Director to several opera performances, student recitals and concerts. She is an active adjudicator and presenter of master-classes and clinics on Contemporary Musical Theater Audition Techniques, Audition Repertoire and Contemporary Mix Belt Techniques presenting at CAP 21 of Tisch School of the Arts for NYU, Adelphi University, Long Island Masterworks, Trollwood Performing Arts School, Fargo, ND, Pace University, Macalester College, Hartt School, Paterson College, and throughout the US and abroad.



Ms. Giammanco received her B.M. degree in Vocal Performance from The University of Southern California under the tutelage of Margaret Schaper, Madame Gwendolyn Koldofsky and Natalie Limonick and her M.M. degree in Vocal Performance from Northwestern University under the tutelage of Patricia O'Neil and Robert Gay with additional studies at Illinois Wesleyan University. She currently studies with Doris Jung Popper.



She has been a recipient of many prestigious opera awards including The Metropolitan Opera Regional Finalist, American Opera Auditions, Illinois Opera Guild Auditions of the Air, and the San Francisco Opera Auditions. No stranger to television, Leslie gives a voice lesson on the WE Network’s “My Fair Wedding” and shows off her collectables in “Treasures in your home”. Her debut CD entitled Let My Song Fill Your Heart (Original Cast Records) celebrates Broadway's lesser known showtunes from past and present.