A lifelong musician, Barbara Leifer founded The Diplomatic Choir of Berlin in 2013. She auditioned members, chose repertoire, and sought bookings. The choir, made up of non-professional singers, professional singers, diplomats, people from the Foreign Ministry, and from 15 different nations, quickly became a sensation in the Berlin community.
Her deep love of music has fueled her career. An American born Mezzo Soprano, Barbara has sung on both concert and opera stages both in the US and Europe. Her opera roles include the title role in Carmen with the San Francisco Opera Tour, Suzuki in Madame Butterfly, Maddalena in Rigoletto, Dorabella in Cosí fan tutte, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Frau Peachum and Lucy in Weill’s Die Dreigroschenoper, the Page in Salome, Fricka in Die Walkurie, Erda in Das Rheingold, and Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana. She made her Carnegie Hall debut singing the title role of Eric Funk’s Pamelia (World Premiere), and as soloist in Mozart’s Requiem. As concert soloist, she has sung with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, the RAI Television Orchestra in Rome, the American Symphony Orchestra in Chicago, and the Manhattan Philharmonic, Paris’ L’Eglise Saint Eustache, L’Eglise Saint Germain des Pres, Oratoire du Louvre, Alice Tully Hall, and Carnegie Hall.
As a conductor, Barbara Leifer debuted at Carnegie Hall in 2011, with a Gala concert of Opera Arias and Overtures. Since that time, her love of conducting has brought her to create and build The Diplomatic Choir of Berlin, which performs not only acapella but also with orchestras.
Barbara Leifer is a native of Kansas City, USA, and began her musical studies in piano. She earned a Masters Degree and Concert Performance Diploma in Voice from The Juilliard School in New York City.