Penelope Bitzas

Associate Professor of Music, Voice | peb@bu.edu | 617.353.4595

Room 477, 855 Commonwealth Avenue

Penelope Bitzas_ Headshot_May 2011BM, magna cum laude, Ithaca College; MM, New England Conservatory of Music. In 2007, mezzo-soprano Penelope Bitzas received the prestigious Metcalf Award, which is Boston University’s highest honor for excellence in teaching. She has performed in a wide variety of musical genres, including opera, contemporary music, solo recital, orchestral performances, and Greek music. She has appeared as a soloist under such notable conductors as Kurt Masur, Seiji Ozawa, Gustav Meier, Luciano Berio, and Richard Westenburg. She has concertized in the United States, Germany, Cyprus, Greece, Turkey, and Venezuela. As a frequent performer of new music and Greek music, she has been heard at Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Jordan Hall, and other venues in concerts and world premieres of this repertoire. In the New England area, Ms. Bitzas has been a soloist with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra; ALEA III; Back Bay Chorale; Just in Time Players; the MIT Chorale and Orchestra; First Monday Concerts; and Time’s Arrow.

Ms. Bitzas was National Semi-Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and a member of the Minnesota Opera Studio, the New Music Ensemble at the Banff Centre, and the Blossom Music Festival. She was also a recipient of two fellowships to the Tanglewood Music Center. Her students have been winners and finalists of numerous competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Joy in Singing, Opera Index, the George London Competition, the Jensen Foundation, the Reyfuss Competition, the Poulenc Competition, the Gerdna Lissner Foundation, Opera Index, the MacAllister Awards, the Loren Zachary Competition, and the NATS and NATSSA Competitions. Many of her students have performed roles with the New York City Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Des Moines Opera, Nashville Opera, Virginia Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Sarasota Opera, Opera Colorado, Boston Lyric Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Lake George Opera, and Opera Boston. There have been feature articles about her students in the Boston Globe and in “Soundbites” in Opera News. Her students have also participated in opera apprenticeships including Santa Fe, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Wolf Trap, Opera North Brevard Music Festival, Cincinnati Opera, Des Moines, Seattle Opera Young Artist Program, Lake George, Utah Opera Festival, Virginia Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Merola, and Anchorage Opera.

Ms. Bitzas frequently gives master classes and presentations at the Master Teachers of Singing at Westminster Choir College, and has been on the faculty of the Amalfi Coast Music Festival. Ms. Bitzas received her Bachelor of Music in voice performance and music education (magna cum laude) from Ithaca College and her Masters of Music in voice performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. She has been on faculty at Boston University since 1993 and has previously taught at Gustavus Adolphus College, Wagner College, and Ithaca College.