“That’s Amore!” Songs and Arias of Love

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Read about this event at the DailyRecord.com.

Please join us for our upcoming musicale on 1/26/14. Our cast will consist of Tenor Mikhail Yanenko, Soprano Tatiana Poletskaya, Baritone Ricardo Rivera, Pianist Karen Linstedt Delavan. This musicale will feature a variety of romantic songs and arias. The list of songs that will be performed include Libiamo (Brindisi) from Verdi’s La Traviata, O Mimi tu piu non torni from Puccini’s La Boheme, The Count’s aria from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, Some Enchanted Evening from Rodgers’ South Pacific, and Be my Love by Brodsky. As always, a few famous Broadway tunes are included in the program and refreshments will be served. The January 2014 Musicale is dedicated to the loving memory of Bruno Di Paolo who passed away November 9, 2012 at the age of 93. Bruno’s love of opera brought him to Opera at Florham since its inception 31 years ago as a very active, tireless volunteer and officer. He served the Board of Trustees as Treasurer, Secretary, Chairman of many Snow Ball Galas and in other capacities as needed. Just as he served in the US Army for many years, he dedicated himself unselfishly to OAF. Even in the past few years he served behind the scenes as a consultant to several Board Chairmen in verifying financial documents and letter writing. We owe him a lot and he will be missed. We are also indebted to Bruno for eventually bringing Theresa to OAF where she too has served tirelessly in many positions and is now Membership Chairman and member of the Board. It was Bruno and Theresa’s wish that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Opera at Florham, which we are very grateful.

Tatiana Poletskaya, Soprano
tatiana Tatiana Poletskaya was born in Moscow, Russia. In 2007, Tatiana graduated from Gnessin Music College in Moscow, Russia where she earned her degree as the Artist of the Choir and Ensemble. In 2012, she graduated from Gnessin Moscow State Academy of Music and received a B. A. in Vocal Art. In that same year, she was recognized as a scholar of the Music Fund of Composers’ Union of Russia and would go on further to win the 40th competition of the graduates of Russian Music Institutions held in St. Petersburg. Later that year she participated in Marcello Giordani (Competition held in Fano, Italy) where she advanced to the semi-final round.  In addition, she was recognized as a member of the Fund, “Talents of the World” by David Gvinianidze.
Mikhail Yabenko, Tenor
mihailMikhail Yanenko was born in Serpukhov (Moscow Region), Russia. In 2007, Mikhail Yanenko graduated from Gnessin Music College in Moscow, Russia where he earned his degree as the Artist of Choir and Ensemble and he completed the traineeship in the Galina Veshnevskaya’s Opera Center.  In 2012, he graduated from Gnessin Moscow State Academy of Music and graduated with a B. A. in Vocal Art. Mikhail launched his career in 2007 and since 2011, he has been working as the soloist at the Boris Pokrovsky Chamber Musical Theater in Moscow, Russia. During that time, he studied and worked on numerous musical roles. Mikhail has toured with the theater in different countries throughout Europe, such as Italy, Moldova, Estonia, and Austria.
Ricardo Rivera, Baritone
ricardoRicardo Rivera will return to Santa Fe Opera as an Apprentice Artist in 2014 where he will sing Moralès and cover Escamillo in Carmen.  He will also make his role debut as Marcello in La Bohème with the El Paso Opera in April of 2014. In the 2012-2013 season, with the Santa Fe Opera, he performed Thomas Martin and the Hotel Managers in the world premiere of Oscar and covered Germont in La Traviata. Other performances included Mathieu with the Opera Orchestra of NY in Andrea Chenier, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with the Opera company of Middlebury, and Ashby in La Fanciulla Del West with Knoxville Opera.
Karen Delavan - Piano/Accompanist
Delavan earned her Masters in Music in collaborative piano from The Juilliard School. She has worked as a coach and recital accompanist for over ten years. Delavan is an adjunct faculty member at Long Island University and The Hartt School of Music. She has also held music staff positions with several opera companies including Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Boston Lyric, Michigan Opera Theater and others.
David Wroe, Music Director
DavidWroeMr. Wroe is a native to Great Britian and in the past conducted with NY City Opera. Currently he is Music Director of the New Jersey Festival Orchestra New Jersey, Opera at Florham, New Jersey, and from 2007-10 Principal Conductor at New York University. He has also conducted with respected orchestras across the globe.

Photos from “That’s Amore!”