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Opera in Concert: Love Triangles – Comic and Deadly

Love Triangles – Comic and Deadly

In collaboration with New Jersey Festival Orchestra

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MASCAGNI Cavalleria Rusticana

SCARMOLIN The Interrupted Serenade

 David Wroe conductor
 International guest soloists
 New Jersey Festival Orchestra

Love can inspire the human spirit to soar skyward, but it is    the corrosive element of jealousy that plunges it into the depths of darkness. David Wroe leads Opera at Florham and NJ Festival Orchestra for a breathtaking performance   of Love Triangles–Comic and Deadly presenting two dramatically opposing operatic takes on jealousy and love: Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Scarmolin’s The Interrupted Serenade.



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Rusticana Cavalleria Synopsis: 

The action takes place on Easter Sunday in a Sicilian village.   The soldier Turiddu has had a love affair with Santuzza and has left her to carry on with a married woman, Lola, whose husband, Alfio, is a teamster. Only Santuzza, the most innocent of the involved parties, has been punished: she has been excommunicated for her sins. As the opera begins she confronts Turiddu’s mother, Lucia, and begs her to take pity on her, as Christ did the woman taken in adultery. Her son’s behavior leaves Lucia disgusted.

Turiddu, when confronted, denies any guilt and orders Santuzza to be silent. Lola adds insult to injury by mocking her, just before entering the church for Mass. Santuzza and Turiddu continue their fight until he throws her to the ground and follows Lola into the church–where Santuzza cannot go.

At this point, with the village scare empty, the orchestra plays one of the most famous pieces from the opera, the intermezzo.

After Mass, Santuzza confronts Alfio, convincing him of his wife’s betrayal and adultery with Turiddu. Alfio, in turn, confronts Turiddu and challenges him to a duel (which in Sicily–at least according to this oepra–is done by biting his ear). Turiddu is finally convinced of the error of his ways, and he asks his mother to be as a mother to Santuzza, then prays to God for forgiveness. He goes off to fight his duel. Santuzza and Lucia are in each others’ arms when they hear that he has been murdered.


The Interrupted Serenade Synopsis:

Clara Carli is a young married woman exasperated with her husband Alfredo’s incessant jealousy. To combat it she and her brother Arnaldo Monti hatch a dubious scheme: Arnaldo will masquerade as an adulterous lover to smoke out Alfredo’s rage, because “jealousy wants release.” Don’t try this at home. Arnaldo serenades his putative lover so convincingly (with the help of a passing chorus), that Clara is forced to flee from Alfredo’s volcanic rage. Arnaldo stops Alfredo as he chases his wife from their house, and explains the situation to him. Like Mozart’s Count Almaviva, Alfredo is revealed as a fool and apologizes and the couple is reconciled.

About the Soloists:

Kristen Sampson | Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana

Praised by The New York Times as a “plush-voiced soprano” and “rich and ample dramatic soprano” by Opera Insider, Kristen Sampson has recently champoined performances as Cio-Cio San in a touring production of Madama Butterly. Noted for singing with “primal force and excellent control”, her signature roles include Tosca, Cio-Cio San, Nedda, Emmeline, Mimi and Violetta. Ms. Sampson has performed throughout the United States with Santa Fe Opera, Opera Orchestra of New York, Dicapo Opera Theatre, Augusta Opera, El Paso Opera and the National Lyric Opera among others, and internationally with the Opera Society of Hong Kong, Armel Opera Festival, National Theater of Szeged, Teatro Munipal de Santiago and Teatro dell’Opera di Roma.


Raúl Melo | Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana, Alfred in The Interrupted Serenade

“Melo is that rarity, a honeyed bel canto tenor in the true lyric tradition” – Miami Herald

NY Metropolitan Opera Tenor, Raúl Melo, is a celebrated performer in the US, Europe, and Asia. With the Metropolitan Opera, he has performed the Duke in Rigoletto opposite Anna Netrebko and Pinkerton to Patricia Racette’s Madama Butterfly. He has thrilled Eurpoean audiences performing the principal tenor roles with Berlin’s Deutsche Oper and State Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Stuttgart’s State Opera, Zurich State Opera, Düsseldorf’s Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Frankfurt Opera, and Dresden State Opera to name a few. In 2014, he triumphed in Hong Kong with the role of Calaf in Turnadot. In the United States, he has performed with Washington Opera, Dallas Opera, New York City Opera, Seattle Opera, Cleveland Opera, Palm Beach Opera, and Connecticut Opera among others. Mr. Melo won the prize of “Best Lyric Tenor” in the 1992 Alfredo Kraus Competition.


Maria Todaro | Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana

“Rich, even tone and dramatic skill” – The New York Times

Maria Todaro’s luxurious soprano and outstanding artistry has won her acclaim in the United States and in Europe. Ms. Todaro made her operatic debut as Miss Helen in Lakmé at the Sebastopol of Lille (France) and as Zerlina in Don Giovanni. Maria Todaro made her debut in the United States in two recitals for the TODI Music Festival in Portsmouth, Virginia. Her career has flourished in France and abroad with in concert and opera, her favorite roles being Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Angelina in La cenerentola, Helena in La donna del lago, Magdalena in Rigoletto, Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare, and Dorabella in Così fan tutte.


Joshua Jeremiah | Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana, Alfred in The Interrupted Serenade

“Joshua Jeremiah stole the show with a large-scale performance …and robust singing and acting” – The Seattle Post-Intelleger

Acclaimed baritone, Joshua Jeremiah’s singing has been described by critics across the country as “splendid”, “other-worldly”, and “exuding of confidence”. Mr. Jeremiah recently made both his company and role debut as Rigoletto with Arizona Opera to critical acclaim. He has delighted audiences in the roles of John Sorel in The Consul, Opera Santa Barbara; Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas to Stephanie Bythe’s Dido with Mark Morris Dance Group at the Mostly Mozart Festival; Ford in Falstaff with Opera Louisiane; Deputy Mayor in Anna Nicole and Don Pedro La Périchole with NYCO to name a few. His versatility as performer has led him to excell in concerts with the New Haven Symphony, Cape Cod Symphony, and a Jazz at Lincoln Center debut in a work by Rufus Wainwright.


Claire Kuttler | Clara in The Interrupted Serenade

American lyric soprano, Claire Kuttler, is a dynamic singing actress whose characters come to life with psychological depth and rare intensity onstage. Recently praised in Opera News for her “glistening torrents of sound”, Claire has performed the role of the Female Chorus in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw with the Green Mountain Opera Festival and with Mannes Opera. Claire was a young artist at Palm Beach Opera for the 2014 season, singing the role of Emily Webb in Rorem’s Our Town and the title role in Handel’s Alcina. Other highlights include Mimì in La Bohème at Central City Opera and Fargo Moorhead Opera and the originating the role of Elaine O’Neill in John Musto’s Later the Same Evening.

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New Voices – The 27th Annual Violetta DuPont Vocal Competition

Come hear extraordinary young singers from around the United States who are pursuing careers as vocal artists.  Grand prizes are awarded.  Fancy refreshments served at intermission.


Special Luncheon: Join us at 12:30 for a full catered luncheon. Tickets for the luncheon must be purchased in advance using the mail-in form below.

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For all inquiries concerning the Violetta DuPont Vocal Competition, please contact the Gerda Lissner Foundation at 212 826 6100

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Arias in the Springtime

Please join us for two hours of Opera Arias and Broadway Songs performed by exquisite professional artists in the Mansion’s lovely Lenfell Hall, Madison, NJ campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University at 3 PM. Light refreshments will be served at intermission.

About the Artists:

Caballero - HSElizabeth Caballero, Soprano

Cuban American soprano Elizabeth Caballero has been heard in many theaters throughout North America including the Metropolitan Opera, Seattle Opera, Florida Grand Opera, New York City Opera and many others. Her performance as Musetta in La Bohème at the New York City Opera was praised by The New York Times as “the evening’s most show-stopping performance offering a thrilling balance of pearly tone, exacting technique and brazen physicality.” Ms. Caballero has impressed the competition circuit with winning titles such as National Grand Finalist in The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a Gerda Lissner Foundation Award Winner, winner of the New York City Opera Diva Award, finalist in the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation, and one of Miami’s Most Influential People by the Miami New Times. Learn more about Elizabeth Caballero.

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Carla Lopez Speziale, Mezzo-Soprano

Recognized for her “beautiful, warm voice with a secure and soft top and a powerful low register” (Basler Landschaftszeitung, Switzerland), Carla López-Speziale has appeared across the United States and Mexico with leading opera companies and orchestras. She has performed extensively with the Bellas Artes Opera in L’italiana in Algeri, Carmen, Candide, Orfeo ed Euridice, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Die Walküre, and Götterdämmerung among others. Ms. López-Speziale is a prize winner of competitions including the Licia Albanese–Puccini Foundation, the Vincenzo Bellini Competition in Italy, the New York District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Carlo Morelli Competition and has been awarded as a beneficiary of the program “Creadores Escénicos”  with an artistic career from the National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA, México). Learn more about Carla López-Speziale.


Daniel Scofield, BaritoneScofield - HS

Baritone Daniel Scofield has performed in many theaters throughout North America with Seattle Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Opera Cleveland, Brevard Music Center, Central City Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Augusta Opera, and has recently made his Carnegie Hall debut in Feuersnot with 
the American Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Scofield’s Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with Pacific
 Opera Project (Los Angeles) garnered rave reviews stating, “it is Scofield’s powerful baritone that drives the action.”
 In 2013-2014, he made several new house and role debuts including Danilo in The Merry Widow with Opera Columbus, Falstaff with Opera Santa Barbara, covering Falstaff, and singing Pistola, and his Opera San Jose debut as Masetto in Don Giovanni. Learn more about Daniel Scofield.


Michael Fennelly, Piano

Praised as a pianist with “flair and energy” (The New York Times), Michael Fennelly’s recordings include The LegFennelly - HSend of Faust: Part One, Debut, and he is currently recording Grand Tour in New York City. He has performed in many of the world’s great concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Munich’s Prinzregenten Theatre, and Berlin’s Komische Oper. This season he is the soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic conducted by JoAnn Falletta in the Moross Symphony no. 1, and appears in concert with the Sanibel Music Festival, Palm Beach Theater Guild, and the Berkshire Theater Festival. He conducts Madama Butterfly with Amore Opera, and is the music director and pianist for Porgy and Bess with the Tillis Center for the Performing Arts. Michael Fennelly was a staff pianist and coach for several years with The Juilliard School and has performed recitals with members of the New York Philharmonic and soloists from the Metropolitan Opera. Learn more about Michael Fennelly.

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Musicale – That’s Amore! Songs and Arias

That’s Amore! Songs and Arias

Enjoy two hours of Opera Arias and Broadway Songs sung by professional artists in the Mansion’s lovely Lenfell Hall, Madison, NJ campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 3PM.  The performance is free to children under 12 years of age, accompanied by an adult. Light refreshments served at intermission.

Featured vocalists: Ashley Kerr, soprano, Hak Soo Kim, tenor, and Matthew Burns, bass-baritone

Praised for her “plush and seductive” tone, rapidly emerging soprano Ashley Kerr returns to Lenfell Hall after winning 3rd prize in Opera at Florham’s 2014 Violetta Dupont Vocal Competition. In 2014, Ms. Kerr made her Lincoln Center debut in concert in Eve Queler and Friends with the Opera Orchestra of New York at Alice Tully Hall under the baton of Eve Queler. Her most recent performances include role debuts of Mimì and Musetta in La bohème and a return to Le nozze di Figaro as Countess Almaviva. In 2013, Ms. Kerr sang the title role in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah in the United States and Tel Aviv, Israel. Ms. Kerr was a regional finalist in the 2010 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and in 2014 received encouragement awards from the Giulio Gari Foundation and the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation. Read more about Ashley here.


Korean-American tenor Hak Soo Kim is a graduate of the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program at Los Angeles Opera.  Rapidly garnering high remarks both in Europe and America for his interpretation of the Bel Canto repertoire, Mr. Kim made his European debut in 2010 as Conte Libenskof in Il Viaggio a Reims at the Festival Giovane of Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, where he collaborated with Maestro Alberto Zedda. Count Almaviva is one of his favorite roles, having performed at Sarasota Opera this past season as well as at Los Angeles Opera, Opera Southwest and Opera New Jersey. Last year, he made notable debuts in Verdi roles as well, singing the role of Duca di Mantova in Rigoletto and Edoardo di Sanval in Un Giorno di Regno, of which he world-premiered the critical edition, in collaboration with Dr. Francesco Izzo at American Institute for Verdi Studies. As a concert artist, he appeared in numerous concert venues such as Hollywood Bowl and Ravinia Festival under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel, James Conlon and Plácido Domingo. Read more about Hak Soo here.


Declared as “having a beautiful bass-baritone voice” by the New York Times, Matthew Burns is a dynamic performer known for his unique portrayals of opera’s most acclaimed bass-baritone roles spanning the repertoire from dramatic roles to buffo roles, and everything in between. Career highlights include Paolo in Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten with Los Angeles Opera; Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Florida Grand Opera; Leporello in Don Giovanni with Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Cleveland, and Opera Omaha; Pish-Tush in The Mikado, Lord Gualtiero Valton in I puritani, and Titta in Martín y Soler’s Una cosa rara with Opera Theatre St. Louis; and a number of leading roles with Wolf Trap Opera and Bard SummerScape Festival. Read more about Matthew here.

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Holiday Special-Rossini’s La Cenerentola- 12/14/14

Opera at Florham presents its Holiday Special featuring a studio adaptation of La Cenerentola. The dynamic cast of professional artists will bring to life the familiar tale of Cinderella, as depicted by the great Opera composer Gioachino Rossini. The Opera will be presented in concert form, abridged to approximately 1 hour, and sung in English with artists in costumes. Stay after the performance for Holiday refreshments and a Seasonal Sing-a-long around the piano. This exciting performance will take place at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham, Madison, NJ.

Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 3PM.

Bring the children! 
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Holiday Special – La Cenerentola (Cinderella) Flyer

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December 14, 2014 – La Cenerentola Program

On the Student Outreach performances on Decembers 15, 2014:

“Marie Duffy Grammar School, Wharton, was a success today and the children were well behaved considering K-5, about 500 of them for almost an hour.  There was a group of about 10 autistic children with their aides as well.  You will see by the photos that the costumes and antics of the 2 mean sisters was very appealing to the children.  David Wroe, OAF’s Artistic Director and Conductor of NJ Festival Orchestra, Westfield, spoke, narrated & explained to the children as the show went along.  He really related to the young children by telling them to ‘boo’ the mean stepsisters and father for their treatment of Cinderella.  There were comments to us later of how they liked the program.   This school was chosen by the Education Director, Barbara Reuther, Morris Arts Council, as fulfilling our request for a school in an underserved area.  The Principal, Pamela Blalock, is very supportive of all the arts.  She explained to us today that the school is a microcosm of many nations (Asians, Hispanic, etc.),  some students cannot speak English, must have English as Second Language Teachers as part of her program, many aides assist in the classroom who speak Spanish, etc.  This program was also presented to 2 schools in Newark:  Arts High and JFK School for the Developmentally Disabled.  ” – Joan Del Guidice, Opera at Florham President

Read an article about the Student Outreach Program from The Daily Record 

Photos from the December 14th, 2014 performance and from the Student Outreach Performances at schools in Newark, NJ and Wharton, NJ.

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Harvest of Arias Musicale – 10/19/14

Harvest of Arias Musicale

In collaboration with BRAVO Alliance.

Enjoy two hours of Opera Arias and Broadway Songs sung by professional artists in thee Mansion’s lovely Lenfell Hall, Madison, NJ campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University. Sundays at 3PM.  The performance is free to children under 12 years of age, accompanied by an adult. Light refreshments served at intermission.

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October 19th Musicale Program

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October 19, 2014 Musicale Program

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Musicale Season Opening – 9/14/14

Join us for our 2014-2015 season opening!

Enjoy two hours of Opera Arias and Broadway Songs sung by professional artists in thee Mansion’s lovely Lenfell Hall, Madison, NJ campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University. Sundays at 3PM. The performance is free to children under 12 years of age, accompanied by an adult. Light refreshments served at intermission.

We can’t wait to see you there!

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Soprano, Mia Pafumi, began 2014 with her debut as an Apprentice Artist for the Sarasota Opera’s Winter Festival season, which included Verdi’s Il Trovatore, Jersualem and Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer in Sarasota, Florida. Just this spring she took second place in the Violetta DuPont International Vocal Competition hosted by Opera at Florham of New Jersey and received a Grant from the Giulio Gari Foundation’s 2014 International Vocal Competition. In recent weeks Mia has performed scenes from Le Nozze di Figaro singing La Contessa with Josh Greene and Carol Yahr’s New York Summer Opera Scenes. As a recent graduate from Montclair State University’s Cali School of Music, she performed the roles of Blanche in MSU’s 2013 production of Dialogues of the Carmelites by Poulenc and Ms. Wordsworth in their 2011 production of Albert Herring by Benjamin Britten. Her studies took her to Milan, Italy where she spent months at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatorio di Musica di Milano in 2012. Mia eagerly looks forward to a Masters in Music in the near future.

Mezzo-soprano Rachel Arky, whose “expressive phrasing and fine sound” are coupled with an “endearing” and “convincing” stage presence, was recently seen as Berta (Il barbiere di Siviglia/Palm Beach Opera), Carmen (cover/The Tragedy of Carmen/Des Moines Metro Opera), Lady in Waiting (Macbeth/Palm Beach Opera), Martha (Iolanta/New Opera NYC), Mezzo-soprano Soloist in Mozart’s Coronation Mass with DCINY at Avery Fisher Hall, and Maddalena (Rigoletto/Natchez Festival of Music).
Since 2013 Ms. Arky has placed as a Finalist in a number of prestigious competitions, including the Giulio Gari Foundation International Vocal Competition, the Marcello Giordani Foundation International Voice Competition (two years in a row), the Mario Lanza Institute Scholarship Competition, the Violetta DuPont Opera at Florham Competition, and the New Jersey Verismo Opera Competition. Prior to 2013 the New York-born mezzo-soprano won Third Place in the Liederkranz Voice Competition (Art Song Division), was a Semi-Finalist in the Opera Columbus Irma M. Cooper Competition, and received an Encouragement Grant from Career Bridges.
Rachel completed her M.M. at Manhattan School of Music and her undergraduate studies at Barnard College, Columbia University, where she graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She currently resides in New York City and is represented by Wade Artist Management.

Tenor, Dominick Chenes, originally from Las Vegas, NV is a student of Mr. Bill Schuman at the Academy of Vocal Arts, in Philadelphia, PA. Dominick completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Music-Vocal Performance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2007, and his Master’s Degree in Music-Vocal Performance also from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2012. Dominick won second prize in the Gerda Lissner Foundation competition in March 2013, as well as a grant award from the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation competition in April 2013. Other awards include an encouragement award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in Salt Lake City, Utah in February of 2006 and January 2012, first place in the sophomore, junior, senior and graduate men’s divisions of the National Association of Teachers of Singers (NATS) competition. In 2008, Dominick was an apprentice artist with the Utah Symphony-Opera Program.

Dominick will make his professional debut as Riccardo in Giuseppe Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera with Austin Lyric Opera in November 2014. Dominick made his AVA debut with the same role in April of 2013 and had the privilege of working with director, Maestro Tito Capobianco.

Upcoming roles with AVA include, Rodolfo in Giacomo Puccini’s La Boheme, and Faust in Charles Gounod’s Faust.
Roles with AVA; Ghermann, Pique Dame, P.I. Tchaicovsky; Riccardo, Un Ballo in Maschera, G. Verdi. Roles with Russian Opera Workshop; Paolo, Francesca da Rimini, S. Rachmaninoff. Roles with Utah Opera; Registrar, Madama Butterfly; The Witch, (partial role) Hansel and Gretel; Jazz,Regina; The Notary, Don Pasquale; Roles with the UNLV Opera Theater include; Don José, Carmen; Ferrando, Cosi fan tutte; Rodolfo, La Bohème; Tamino, The Magic Flute; Mayor Upfold, Albert Herring.

Dominick attended the Russian Opera Workshop in June 2013, under the direction of Mr. Ghena Meirson. Dominick attended the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) 2005, 2006 and 2007 in Graz Austria. While attending the AIMS program, Dominick had the privilege of performing with the AIMS festival orchestra under the direction of Maestro Edoardo Müller, Roland Seiffarth and Alexander Kalajdzic. Scenes performed with the AIMS in Graz program include Alfredo, La Traviata and Belmonte, Die Entführung aus dem serial. Dominick competed and was a finalist in the annual Meisterzinger Competition in Graz, Austria in 2006 and 2007. In 2007 Dominick also attended the International Institute of Vocal Arts (IIVARTS) in Chiari, Italy. There, Dominick studied with Ms. Mignon Dunn, and was under the direction of Mr. Howard Watkins, and Mr. Carlos Conde. While in Chiari, Dominick was fortunate enough to coach with Ms. Joan Dornemann.

Mary Pinto is an acclaimed accompanist and vocal coach who has worked with international opera singers and major American opera companies for the past 25 years. During the past year, Mary has had the pleasure of coaching for Metropolitan Opera star and International soprano, Deborah Voigt. As Ms. Voigt prepared the three Brünnhilde’s for the Met’s new production of the Ring Cycle during the 2011 and 2012 season, Mary served as lesson and rehearsal pianist and private coach. Ms. Pinto can be seen in the documentary, Wagner’s Dream: The Making of the Met’s Ring which premiered at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. The film has since been broadcast globally as part of the HD Broadcasts and will be shown this season on American PBS channels as part of the “Great Performances” series. Mary is a student of John Wustman, the renown accompanist for Luciano Pavarotti. She began her professional career as a rehearsal pianist for Dayton Opera, Omaha Opera and Augusta Opera. While at Omaha Opera, Mary privately coached many singers, including a young Susan Graham. She went on to coach for the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center preparing performances of Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, and the world premieres of Bright Sheng’s The Song of Majnun and Bruce Saylor’s Orpheus Descending working under Donald Palumbo, Richard Buckley, Stewart Robertson and Daniel Beckwith.

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