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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