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Michael Patrick Mendelsohn (born April 17th, 1957 in Valley Stream, Long Island, New York, USA) is the voice of Mr. Frog and Edison for the LeapPad Learning System games as well as the voices of the letters in The Letter Factory. He is also the voice of the show host in the toy Leap's Learning Band. For the LeapPad Series, he is the narrator for the Phonics Program Series, Tad’s Great Day at the Letter Factory, Reading & Writing, Reading, Writing & Math, and Smart Guide to Kindergarten/1st Grade.

He was raised as a native of Valley Stream, Long Island, and currently he is a resident of the Bay Area.

Frequently seen on the stage, we've seen him make his company debut with Opera San Jose as Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet, Arturo/Normano in Lucia di Lammermoor, Monsieur Triquet in Eugene Onegin, Goro in Madama Butterfly, Sellem in The Rake’s Progress, Alfred in Die Fledermaus [Northbay Opera Production], Spoletta in Tosca [w/ Pacific Repertory Opera], Monostatos in The Magic Flute, Peter Quint in Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw (both at West Bay Opera), The Devil in The Soldiers’ Tale, Pedrillo in Yanked from the Seraglio (w/ Pocket Opera of San Francisco), Spalanzani in Tales of Hoffmann and Don Basilio in The Marriage of Figaro (with Livermore Valley Opera). He has also performed Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutti, Dr. Caius in Falstaff, Roderigo in Otello, Tinca in Il Tabarro, Mime in Das Rhinegold and the title roles in Bernstein’s Candide and Offenbach’s Bluebeard. He can also be heard on The Punk Rock Orchestra of San Francisco’s album. 

Mr. Mendelsohn’s solo oratorio repertoire include performances of Monteverdi’s Vespers, Mozart’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solonelle, Beethoven’s Mass in C Major, Bach’s Magnificat, Haydn’s Creation, Nelson-Messe and Missa Solemnis (“Harmoniemesse”) and with the San Francisco Symphony & Chorus, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana and Respighi’s Laud to the Nativity

More popularly, Mr. Mendelsohn is a voice-over artist, working mainly the educational toy company, LeapFrog Enterprises in Emeryville, California. His work there includes characters such as Edison the Firefly and Mr. Frog (Leap's Dad) and can be heard as extra characters in the LeapPad books and the video series [videos 1 through 4].

He also does narration as the offscreen storyteller in all 10 Phonics Program books. A year later, he was replaced by Robin Smith for Pre-K Math and The Time Machine Adventure in 2003/04.

He can also play the guitar.[1]

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