Levi J. Capesius, tenor
Having already performed on both the Des Moines Civic Center Stage and Minneapolis Orchestra Hall stage during his pre-professional career, Mr. Capesius is a young operatic artist who is gaining momentum as one of the up-and-coming singers to follow during the coming years in the operatic performance world.
Studying with world renowned teachers, Mr. Capesius completed his undergraduate at Wartburg College working with teachers Dr. Brian Pfaltzgraff and Dr. Jennifer Larson. For his continued education, Capesius studies privately with Dr. Cory Renbarger. From their world-class knowledge, Mr. Capesius is being shaped into a fine young vocalist, performer, and musical leader in the young opera artist world.
A vocal music teacher himself, Capesius was named Minnesota Educator of the Year by Sourcewell Education Agency during the 2022-23 school year. His students have been accepted into MN-ACDA honor choirs and won outstanding performance awards at their site for MSHSL Solo, Small Group, and Large Group State Contests.
Already having been a concert soloist with ensembles such as the Wartburg Community Symphony, Capesius is eager to continue his performance in this area. During his time at Wartburg College, Mr. Capesius was a frequent soloist with multiple ensembles at the college, including the internationally acclaimed Wartburg Choir, performing as a soloist on stages such as Carnegie Hall and in churches such as Mission del Sol Presbyterian Church where the Phoenix Chorale frequently performs.
An accomplished, young performer, Mr. Capesius has held roles in multiple operatic productions. Before Speed Dating Tonight, Capesius performed two Menotti classics with Bemidji State Opera – Ben in The Telephone and Bob in The Old Maid and the Thief. Mr. Capesius performed the role of Mr. Angel in Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor during his final year at Wartburg College. Additionally, Capesius held the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro during the 2019-2020 season with the Wartburg College Opera. Other roles that Capesius has performed include Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Padre in Man of La Mancha, and Beast in Beauty and the Beast.
Capesius is honored to have been asked to perform with Lyric Opera of the North (LOON) in Speed Dating Tonight with such talented singers and thanks the cast, directors, and others affiliated with the show for welcoming him kindly. He looks forward to returning to LOON for further performances in the future.