Manuela Leonhartsberger was born in Linz (Upper Austria). She is currently member of the Vienna Volksoper.
Recently the young artist was highly acclaimed as Hänsel in Humperdinck's "Hansel and Gretel" and as Dorabella in Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte" at the Vienna Volksoper as well as Prince Orlofsky in Strauss' "Die Fledermaus" at the New National Theatre Tokyo and made her debut at the Vienna Konzerthaus with Haendel's "Messiah".
Manuela Leonhartsberger began her career in 2011 at the Neue Oper Wien ("Mass", "Gramma" and "Baal") and debuted in the same year as Mercedes in "Carmen" at the Vienna Volksoper, where she could be heard since then in numerous productions.
Guest engagements have taken her to the Landestheater Linz, Wiener Kammeroper, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, the New National Theatre Tokyo, National Theatre Bratislava, Erkel Theatre Budapest and to the festivals Wien Modern, OsterKlang Wien and the Opera Festival St. Margarethen.
Her repertoire includes Hänsel ("Hänsel und Gretel"), Prince Orlofsky ("Die Fledermaus"), Cherubino ("Le nozze di Figaro"), Dorabella ("Cosi fan tutte"), Mercedes ("Carmen"), Ciesca ("Gianni Schicchi"), 2nd and 3rd Dame(" Die Zauberflöte "), Flora (" La Traviata "), Mother ("Amahl and the Night Visitors"), Volpino (" Lo Speziale ").
Her portrayal of the female title role of Judy in Sir Harrison Birtwistle's Punch and Judy (Neue Oper Wien / Wiener Kammeroper 2014) was highly acclaimed by press and audience. The production was invited to the Armel Festival Competition and broadcast live on Arte and won the jury prize for "Best Production" and the Arte Audience Prize and received an invitation to the Festival d'Avignon.
In addition to her opera activities, Manuela Leonhartsberger is singing also a broad concert and recital repertoire. Appearances have taken her to the Wiener Musikverein, the RadioKulturhaus Vienna, the Polish Music Festival Krakow, Schleswig Holstein Music Festival, etc.
The mezzo-soprano studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and at the Vienna Conservatory, where she was educated by Julia Conwell and Helena Lazarska. Since her graduation in 2012 she is vocally supervised by Gerhard Kahry. She was member of masterclasses with Michael Schade, Bernarda Fink, Edda Moser, Roger Vignoles, Helmut Deutsch and Angelika Kirchschlager.
The young artist is winner of international competitions and prestigious scholarships: Kammeroper Rheinsberg (German Opera Berlin 2009) and Britten Pears Young Artist Programme.