Quick Facts on Mary Dunleavy:
- Born in Saybrook, Conn., in 1966 into a music-loving Irish-American family — all four of her grandparents immigrated to New York City from Ireland.
- Moves with her family to a New Jersey suburb of New York City at a young age. Attends Broadway shows with her family.
- Sings her first lead role in a school production of "Annie." Her friends and teachers urge her parents to give her singing lessons. They do and she continues to perform in school musicals through high school.
- Earns her master's degree in Music at the University of Texas at Austin in 1990 after attending Northwestern University as an undergraduate.
- Launches her opera career singing soprano in the United States with the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Washington National Opera, New York City Opera, The Dallas Opera, and many others; and internationally with operas in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Paris, Naples, Brussels, Berlin, and others.
- From 1994 through 2002 sings the Queen of the Night in "Die Zauberflöte" in 84 performances. Retires the role in 2002.
- In 2006 is named one of four Outstanding Young Texas Exes by The University of Texas at Austin.
- That same year receives the Maria Callas Debut Artist of the Year award from The Dallas Opera.
- Portrays the role of Violetta in "La Traviata" in more than 60 performances throughout her career to the present time.