Dana Pundt, soprano, was born and raised in a small town once known as “Hog Eye, TX” but now called Liberty City. With little in the way of classical music in the area, it was perhaps a kismetic occurrence when Opera East Texas opened its doors. It was here, in the front row of an English production of Madame Butterfly, where her passion for opera was ignited.
After high school, she went on to earn both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Vocal Performance at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. She has also been honored to participate in several prestigious training and outreach programs, including Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Iowa, Des Moines Metro Opera, and Seattle Opera.
Some of her recent roles include Blanche in Poulenc’s Dialogue of the Carmelites, Anna Gomez in Menotti’s The Consul, the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Clorinda in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, the 2nd Niece in Britten’s Peter Grimes, Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata, Semele in Handel’s Semele, Lucia in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, the Marchesa del Poggio in Verdi’s Un Giorno di regno, Amelia in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera, and Amelia in Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra.
She now resides in Cincinnati, OH, and is the mother of two girls with her husband, Tenor Leggero, Pedro Barbosa. In addition to continuing to perform, they've founded a successful voice studio, enabling them to bring the joy of singing to the wonderful people of Cincinnati.