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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September 14, 2014 Musicale Program
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