Violetta DuPont 25th Vocal Competition
Sunday, May 5, 2013
4PM in Lenfell Hall, The Mansion, preceeded by
1PM Lunch in Hartman Lounge, the Mansion
Celebrating 25th Anniversary of the Vocal Competition and
Honoring its founder the late Violetta Polara DuPont
Lunch and Competition $60
Competition alone $25
In celebration of the 25th year of the founding of the Violetta DuPont Vocal Competition and 30 years of Opera at Florham, the Board of Trustees of OaF is honoring the late Violetta Pollara DuPont, the founder of the Competition and co-founder of Opera at Florham by having a luncheon preceding the Vocal Competition with special entertainment from Metropolitan Opera star and former winner of OaF competition, soprano, Angela Meade, and pianist Arlene Shrut to honor the late DuPont. The luncheon will be held at 1p in the Hartman Lounge of the Mansion followed by the Vocal Competition at 4p in Lenfell Hall in the Mansion.
Meade returns to the Opera at Florham after winning first place in the 2006 competition. Less than five years after her professional debut, she has quickly become recognized as one of the outstanding vocalists of her generation. She is the winner of the 2012 Beverly Sills Artist Award from the Metropolitan Opera, the 2011 Richard Tucker Award, and one of the winners of the 2007 Met Opera National Council Auditions. The New Yorker has stated, “Meade is astounding … She has exceptional dynamic control, able to move from floating pianissimos to sudden dramatic swells.” In 2008- 2009 season, Meade performed the lead roles in Verdi’s Ernani at the Met and in 2011-12 season, she starred in the title role of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena. Next season, she will sing the title role in Bellini’s Norma and Verdi’s Il Trovatore.
Shrut is a collaborative pianist who combines tradition with transformation. She is a senior coach at the Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts of The Juilliard School as well as a Vocal-Piano Recital faculty coach at the Manhattan School of Music. An admired keyboard performer hailed as a “strong and sensitive pianist” by The New York Times, she has performed in major venues in America, Canada and Europe, and recorded for Dorian, Albany, Summit, Centaur and Orion labels.
The luncheon will feature a hot buffet of Tortellini Primavera, Chicken Marsala, Tri-color salad, Vegetables, Rice pilaf, desert and coffee.
Fancy deserts and coffee will be served during intermission of the Vocal Competition, hosted by the FDU Provost, Dr. Peter Woolley.
This event is chaired by Stephen De Maio, long-time Competition Judge and friend of Violetta DuPont. Judges for the Competition besides Stephen include Gloria Gari, Gari Foundation of New York City; Pamela Gilmore Director of Opera at Rutgers University; Theresa Apoeli, former Met Opera Singer; and Ken Benson, formerly of Columbia Artists. Finalists were chosen by preliminary Judges Richard Koff, PhD, Director of OAF’s Vocal Competition and David Wroe, OAF’s new Artistic Director and Conductor of the Westfield Symphony and Musica Morristown.
Prizes will be awarded to the three winners: 1st prize of $5,000 donated by The Gerda Lissner Foundation, NYC by its President, Stephen De Maio; 2nd prize of $3,000 and 3rd prize of $1,500 were donated by the Estate of Violetta DuPont and her children. A special donation of $1,000 was donated by previous judge for many years, Thurgood Smithgall,in honor of his long-time friend, the late Violetta DuPont. This donation will be given as Encouragement Awards to the other finalists.
The Opera at Florham Vocal Competition was established by the Opera Guild in 1987 to honor Mrs. Violetta Pollara DuPont, a founding member of the Opera at Florham , for her vision and her tireless work on behalf of OAF. In sponsoring the Competition, the OAF Guild acts in concert with the mission: to provide young artists on the threshold of promising careers with the opportunities to gain role and stage experiences and to advance those careers through a variety of programs. Violetta DuPont passed away last June at the age of 100.
The goal of the Competition, which is open to all singers, is to support the growth and development of singers by offering cash prizes and an opportunity to perform publicly with OAF in recital or in an opera production. More than a dozen previous finalists are now on the rosters of the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera and other companies here and abroad.
The tickets are $25 for the competition alone, and $60 for the luncheon and competition. Tickets can be ordered by calling 973-443-8620 or online. Checks can be mailed to Opera at Florham, P. O. Box 343, Convent Station, NJ 07961.
The College at Florham of Fairleigh Dickinson University is located at 285 Madison Ave.,