BRAVA! [...] I cannot congratulate or praise you enough for the beautiful work you did, for introducing me to a repertoire and stories that were mostly new to me, and for your terrific and expressive singing. [...] What a rich theme you chose, and you drew the ultimate depth out of it. [...] It was my honor to be there to experience a show that good. It taught me a lot and gave me so much pleasure.
— Award-winning music journalist and acclaimed book author James Gavin, regarding the On Hollywood and Weimar show at the York Theatre
The occasion was a triumph for soprano Karyn Levitt, who has worked diligently to bring Bentley’s Brecht translations to life, especially those settings he wrote to music of Hanns Eisler.... Full credit to Glen Roven and his Metamorphosis Chamber Orchestra who accompanied Levitt in this convincing score, performed complete for the first time anywhere.
— Leonard Lehrman in SoundWordSight arts magazine, regarding the Eric Bentley Tribute at Town Hall
Karyn Levitt’s interpretation of the [Eisler-Brecht] songs combines impressive technical competence with an unusual degree of emotional intelligence and sensitivity. Her skilful interpretation of songs and ballads such as ‘And what did she get?’ (‘Und was bekam des Soldaten Weib?’) provides just one particularly striking example of the exceptionally high degree of accomplishment which characterises the entire CD.
— Ian Wallace, International Feuchtwanger Society
Read Anne Levin's review of Soprano Karyn Levitt at Princeton University.
Read Der Spiegel article. Karyn is mentioned toward the end of the article.
VIDEO FEATURE: Songs for Mother Courage
EVENT COVERAGE: A ‘Critical’ Centennial Celebration of Eric Bentley
Mark Laiosa interviews Karyn Levitt about Happy Birthday, Eric Bentley event and the new Eric Bentley’s Brecht-Eisler Songbook CD.
FEATURE (Karyn submission): Happy Birthday, Eric Bentley: The Making of a Centennial Tribute Concert
TV SEGMENT: Host Antwan Lewis interviews Austin Pendleton and Karyn Levitt about Eric Bentley and the upcoming Happy Birthday, Eric Bentley event at The Town Hall.
A 12-minute segment cut together from footage of the Riedel/Bentley interview (which Royal Road Productions filmed) has been edited together by producer Susan Haskins for a segment that aired on THIRTEEN 11/20 at 1:30 AM and 11//22 at 11:30 AM; on CUNY TV 11/21 at 8:30PM, 11/22 at 12:30PM, and 11/23 at 7:30AM, 1:30PM & 7:30PM; and WLIW 11/23 at 5:30PM.
INTERVIEW FEATURE: Keith Price interviews Karyn Levitt about Happy Birthday, Eric Bentley event and the new Eric Bentley’s Brecht-Eisler Songbook CD. This interview is available to subscribers online and was promoted in Keith’s monthly segment on air.
Click here to access this interview (in 2016)
VIDEO FEATURE: Happy Birthday, Eric Bentley! By Celebrated Soprano Karyn Levitt