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Conductor/Pianist/Chorus Master: Giovanni Longo
Chorus Director: Pauline Taumalolo

 

“Vissi d’arte…” (Tosca)
Tosca: Danielle Davis

 

"È il sol dell' anima..." (Rigoletto)
Duke: Brett Pardue & Gilda: Ji Hyun Jang

 

“Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen…” (Die Zauberflöte)
Pamina: Gwyneth Campbell & Papageno: Ariel Noel

 

“Ce bruit de l’or…” (Manon)
Manon: Jennifer Klauder, Poussette: Abby Merk,
Javotte: Katie O’Mara, & Rosette: Allison Lindsay

 

NY Lyric & Westminster Choir College Chorus:
Emmanuel Acosta, Michael T. Banks, Jade Blocker, Vinroy Brown, Katherine Burns,
Jim Calderon, Ivelisse del Carmen, Alyssa Davis, Benjamin Hoyer, George Johnson,
Janis Louie, Abigail Merk, Taria Mitchell, Stephen Murphy, Katie Omara, Jinqiu Pei,

Deanna Sorge, Pauline Taumalolo, Liz Turner

 

“Là ci darem la mano…” (Don Giovanni)
Don Giovanni: Ivan Conrad & Zerlina: Lauren Langbaum

 

“Sull’aria…” (Le nozze di Figaro)
Countess: Madelaine Lane & Susanna: Natalie Anne Tyson-Multhaup

 

Prayer duet (Hänsel and Gretel)
Hänsel: Denise Burton & Gretel: Rina Maejima

 

“Susanna, or via sortite…” (Le nozze di Figaro)
Countess: Elizabeth Perryman, Count: Ivan Conrad, & Susanna: Irene, Bo-Kyung, Kim

 

“Belle nuit…” (Les contes d’Hoffmann)
Giulietta: Emily Gaffney & Nicklausse: Tanya Bertier

 

“È Strano…Sempre Libera…” (La Traviata)
Violetta: Libuse Santorisova

 

“Ange adorable…” (Roméo et Juliette)
Roméo: Brett Pardue & Juliette: Sujin Kim

“Viens, Mallika…Sous le dôme épais…” (Lakmé)
Lakmé: Dorothy Smith & Mallika: Allison Lindsay

 

“Pace, pace mio Dio…” (La forza del destino)
Leonora: Elizabeth Perryman

 

“Inneggiamo…” (Cavalleria Rusticana)
Santuzza: Mary Brown Bonacci

 

NY Lyric & Westminster Choir College Chorus:
Emmanuel Acosta, Michael T. Banks, Jade Blocker, Vinroy Brown, Katherine Burns,
Jim Calderon, Ivelisse del Carmen, Alyssa Davis, Benjamin Hoyer, George Johnson,
Janis Louie, Abigail Merk, Taria Mitchell, Stephen Murphy, Katie Omara, Jinqiu Pei,
Deanna Sorge, Pauline Taumalolo, Liz Turner

 

CONDUCTOR/PIANIST/CHORUS MASTER

GIOVANNI LONGO

Hailed by Opera News, “[Giovanni Longo] was a sensitive accompanist to the singers and maintained tight ensemble. Moreover, through pianistic color and taut rhythmic control, he was able to suggest the tone-poem-like essence of each of the three pieces.’’ Pianist and vocal coach Giovanni Longo is making his Carnegie Hall debut shortly after his successful Lincoln Center debut with NY Lyric in a production of Puccini’s Il Trittico. He has been receiving many accolades for his extraordinary orchestral pianistic skills and his sensitive artistry. He has served as Assistant music director/vocal coach at Sarasota Opera, Tri-Cities Opera, Indianapolis Opera and DiCapo Opera Theater in NYC, the Tuscia Opera Festival in Viterbo, Italy and the Narnia Vocal Arts Academy in Narni, Italy. Recent productions include La Fanciulla del West, The Flying Dutchman, La Bohème, Don Giovanni, Il Trovatore, Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, The Crucible, La Cenerentola, and Cendrillon. He was born and raised in Montreal, Canada, by a family of Italian immigrants, and is trilingual in French, Italian, and English. He holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the renowned McGill University. His teachers included distinguished Canadian pianists, Richard Raymond and Michael McMahon. He has conducted La Bohème, L’incoronazione di Poppea, Alcina, Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute, Cendrillon, Tosca, and Suor Angelica with the NY Lyric Opera Theatre in addition to NY Lyric’s Opera Gala at Carnegie Hall, Love, Passion, and Betrayal Concert, and Opera Showcase at Carnegie Hall.

THE CHORUS DIRECTOR

PAULINE TAUMALOLO
A Native from the Kingdom of Tonga and currently a Junior at Westminster Choir College, Pauline Taumalolo made her Professional debut with Hawaii Opera as Grimgerde (Die Walküre) and received a scholarship to attend the Bayreuth Festival in Germany. Her previous credits includes The Singer (Manon Lescaut), Hansel (Hansel and Gretel), Jessy (Mahagonny), 3rd Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Madam Flora (The Medium) and Mrs. Quickly (Falstaff). This summer, Ms. Taumalolo has been accepted into Berlin Opera Academy and Barcelona Festival of Song.

THE OPERA SHOWCASE SINGERS (in alphabetical order)

TANYA BERTIER (Nicklausse)
Dramatic mezzo-soprano, Tanya Bertier, educated and started her career performing as a soloist of Women Vocalise Ensemble. Ms. Bertier has performed operatic roles of Title role (Carmen), Santuzza (Cavalleria Rusticana), Veronica (Doctor Miracle) and others with Ashdod Chamber Opera and Theatre ‘Cameropera’ of Ramat HaSharon in Israel. Currently, she is establishing her career in the U.S. as the Witch (Hänsel und Gretel), Erda (Das Rheingold). This season, she will be performing role of La Principessa (Suor Angelica) with Longwood Opera, Boston. In the concert arena, Ms. Bertier is a guest soloist in performance halls and various church organizations.

MARY BROWN BONACCI (Santuzza)
Mezzo-soprano, Mary Brown Bonacci performs actively in southern New England, Boston and New York. Recent performances: First Woman (Elektra), Mother Goose (Rake’s Progress), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Zita (Gianni Schicchi). Her roles include: Regina (Regina), Mary Stone (Devil and Daniel Webster), Buttercup (HMS Pinafore), Amneris (Aida), Komponist (Ariadne), Santuzza (Cavalleria Rusticana). Companies: Opera Company of Brooklyn, Revolutionary Voices, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Pine Mountain Music Festival, Utah Festival Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Granite State Opera, Salt Marsh Opera, Opera Ozarks. Concert: Corigliano Fern Hill.

DENISE BURTON (Hänsel)
Denise Burton is making her Carnegie Hall debut in the role of Hänsel tonight. She has performed in NYC with The Village Light Opera Group (VLOG), in which she has interpreted such roles as Hattie (Kiss Me Kate) and ensemble roles in Carousel, Fiddler on the Roof, and The Mikado. In addition, she has performed in the Rutgers Presbyterian Church’s annual opera benefit concerts raising money for the homeless. She has played in such productions such as Cavalleria Rusticana, Il Trovatore, and The Flying Dutchman. She holds a Master’s from Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music and has performed The Abbess (Suor Angelica) and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni).

GWYNETH CAMPBELL (Pamina)
Soprano, Gwyneth Campbell studies with Maria Lyudko (St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music). Roles with NY Lyric: Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Fatime (Le cadi dupé), Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), Drusilla (L'incoronazione di Poppea). Venues: NYC: Carnegie Hall (Stern, Weill: 31 performances); Lincoln Center; National Opera Center; Leiderkranz Foundation; Consulate General Russian Federation. (Moscow), Stanislavsky Theater, Summer Palace of Tsar Alexis Mikhailovich (St. Petersburg), Nicholai Rimsky-Korsakov Memorial Museum. Orchestral soloist: Orquestra Clássica do Centro, New York Concerti Sinfonietta, Concert Festival Orchestra, Island Chamber Orchestra.

IVAN CONRAD (Don Giovanni/Count)
Baritone, Ivan Conrad is a commanding actor with a powerfully cutting, yet artistically versatile voice. Of over 40 roles performed internationally, highlights include both Figaro and Il Conte (Le Nozze di Figaro), Title Role (Der Fliegende Holländer), Zuniga and Escamillo (Carmen), and Title Role (Gianni Schicchi). Venues: Carnegie Hall soloist, New York Philharmonic, The Juilliard School guest artist, Sarasota Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Opera Southwest, Apollo Theatre (Greece), Festival Junger Künstler (Germany), Festival Internazionale della Cultura (Italy), Dicapo Opera Theatre, Salt Marsh Opera, Natchez Festival of Music, and Connecticut Lyric Opera.

DANIELLE DAVIS (Tosca)
Danielle Davis, under the instruction of Val Underwood, is noted for her “high pure notes" that she "delivers with power and sustainability”. She recently gave critically-acclaimed performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and in Hawaii. Credits: Title roles in Tosca & Turandot, and Suor Angelica, Cio-cio-san (Madama Butterfly), Chysothemis (Elektra), Giorghetta (Il Tabarro), and Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte). She has appeared as a Guest Artist at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival and Metropolitan Opera Guild.

EMILY GAFFNEY (Giulietta)
Soprano, Emily Gaffney is a recent graduate of Boston University’s School of Music and has sung with Boston University’s Opera Institute and the Bronx Opera Company. She is the current soprano choral scholar at the Presbyterian Church of Morristown, NJ. She currently studies with Beth Roberts in New York City. Upcoming: Second Spirit and The Queen of the Night (cover) in The Magic Flute with the Manhattan Opera Studio. Ms. Gaffney is making her New York Lyric Opera Theatre’s debut tonight.

JI HYUN JANG (Gilda)
Soprano, Ji Hyun Jang has been recently hailed by BWW Opera as “a powerful and gorgeous voice, imbuing the character with charismatic liveliness and spirit.” with the role of Rei (The Memory Stone) with Houston Grand Opera. Additional roles included Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Olympia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), the Fire (L'enfant les sortilèges), Gilda (Rigoletto), Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), and Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro). She received degrees from Peabody Conservatory (M.M), Cleveland Institute of Music (A.D), and University of Cincinnati (DMA).

JENNIFER KLAUDER (Manon)
A recent graduate of Boston University (M.M.), Jennifer Klauder is making her New York Lyric Opera Theatre debut tonight. Ms. Klauder has performed in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Eötvo’s Angels in America, and Musto’s Later the Same Evening. Venues include: BU Opera, Regina Opera, and Opera in the Ozarks. Solo works include Orff's Carmina Burana and Mahler's Symphony No. 4. She resides in New York City and currently studies with Amy Zorn. Upcoming: Recitalist in Hereford Art's "Sappho for Soprano."

IRENE, BO-KYUNG, KIM (Susanna) 

Soprano, Irene, Bo-kyung, Kim recently earned a Doctorate of Music in Voice from State University of New York in Stony Brook. Ms. Kim received her Master’s degrees in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance at New England Conservatory. Roles: Olympia (Les contes d’Hoffmann), Blondchen (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Sophie (Werther) La Fée (Cendrillon), Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) Venues: Seoul Art Center, Stony Brook Opera, NEC Opera, Wang Center in NY, Summer music festival, Nice in France. Sacred Works include: Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven’s The Choral Fantasia, and Faure’s Requiem.

SUJIN KIM (Juliette)
The Korea Daily News hailed Sujin Kim’s voice, “so seamlessly blended, so similar in sound, so fine-tuned voice.” She performed the soprano soloist with Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra in the Daejeon Art Center, Korea. Roles include: Mimì (La Bohème), Courtesan (Seonbi) Second Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Title role (Louise) at Stern Auditorium in Carnegie Hall, Opera house di Roma, Seoul Art Center, Sejong Art Center Pavilion Theater in Korea, and Daejeon Art Center. She graduated in Manhattan School of Music (MM) and Sungshin University (BM). She currently is studying with Joan Patenaude-Yarnell.

MADELAINE LANE (Countess)
A finalist in the 2015 Nicholas Loren Vocal Competition, soprano, Madelaine Lane is making her New York Lyric Opera Theatre debut in the role of Countess tonight. Roles: Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro), Mimì (La Bohème), La Cercatrici (Suor Angelica), and Cousin (Madama Butterfly). Venues: Opera Grand Rapids, West Michigan Opera Project, and Kent Philharmonic Orchestra. In past seasons, Ms. Lane was a Sherrill Milnes Studio Artist. In 2019, she sings Cio-Cio-San in WMOP’s Madama Butterfly. Ms. Lane is a student of Nicholas Loren.

LAUREN LANGBAUM (Zerlina)
Soprano, Lauren Langbaum holds a Bachelor's of Music from The Boston Conservatory and a Master’s of Music from NYU. Roles: Maria (West Side Story), Javotte (Manon), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), 3rd Spirit (Cendrillon), 2nd Spirit (Die Zauberflöte), Adele (Die Fledermaus). Venues: Carnegie Hall, North Shore Music Theatre, International Performing Arts Festival.

ALLISON LINDSAY (Mallika/Rosette)
Mezzo-Soprano, Allison Lindsay is a Boston Conservatory, Hofstra University, and CT Virtuosi Music School (at Tunxis Community College) graduate. Roles: Title Role (Ariodante), Larina (Eugene Onegin), Second Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Orfeo (Orfeo ed Euridice), Siebel (Faust), Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Lapák (The Cunning Little Vixen), and Ruggiero (Alcina). Venues: Carnegie Hall, Connecticut Lyric Opera, New York Lyric Opera Theatre, Boston Midsummer Opera, Hartford Symphony Orchestra. Awards: Winner: Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra 6th Annual Collegiate Vocal Competition.

RINA MAEJIMA (Gretel)
A graduate of Tokyo University of the Arts (Classical Voice) and American Musical and Dramatic Academy NY, Rina Maejima is making her New York Lyric Opera Theatre debut in the role of Gretel tonight. Roles: Connie (A Chorus Line), Miranda (Shakespeare's La Tempesta). Performances: The Polar Express Train Ride, Japan Day @Central Park 2016, Featured singer (Don't Tell Mama Cabaret Showcase). Ms. Maejima also performed in several short plays and improv performances.

ABBY MERK (Poussette)
Soprano, Abigail Merk is a junior at Westminster Choir College and is making her New York Lyric Opera Theatre debut tonight. Ms. Merk has performed Fleta in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe and Beethoven’s Fidelio (Ensemble). Choral credits include: Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9, Britten’s War Requiem, Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloe, and Mozart’s Mass in C Minor. Venues include: The Kimmel Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Lincoln Center. She resides in Bucks County, PA and studies with Eric Rieger.

ARIEL NOEL (Papageno)
A graduate of the Park Conservatory in Rutherford NJ, Ariel Noel is making his New York Lyric Opera Theatre debut in the role of Papageno tonight. Mr. Noel has performed as Anselmo in Dale Wasserman's The Man of
Lamancha
. Awards: 1st place in the Crescendo International Competition. Venues include: Carnegie Hall, Mont Clair Operetta. Sacred works include: Handel’s Messiah and Haydn’s Creation. He is also one of the cantors for the Gethsemane SDA church. Mr. Noel resides in New Jersey and is currently a student of Therese Noel Dugue. Upcoming: Novice Baritone (Barbier de Séville).

KATIE O’MARA (Javotte)
A current undergraduate student of Westminster Choir College, Kathleen O’Mara is making her New York Lyric Opera Theatre debut. Roles: Iolanthe (Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe), La bergère (Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges) with Westminster Opera Theater. Ms. O’Mara had her solo debut at the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall singing as the soprano soloist for Joseph Fitzmartin’s Concert Mass with the Philadelphia Sinfonia. She was a finalist at Sarasota’s National Competition for voice in 2016. She currently is studying with Ms. Laura Brooks Rice. Upcoming: Houston Grand Opera’s Young Artist Vocal Academy, Young Artist at Curtis Summerfest.

BRETT PARDUE (Duke/Roméo)
Praised by Opera Lively as "a name to be followed,” Brett Pardue has been appointed to the voice faculty at Lehigh University. He has appeared with Cincinnati Opera, Asheville Lyric Opera, Riverside Opera, and Capitol City Opera, as well as a soloist for the Spoleto Festival, NJ Sinfonietta Nova, and Westminster Choir College (CoOPERAtive). Upcoming: Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Young Jim Thompson (Glory Denied), Tri-Cities Opera and Opera Upper West, Freddy Fairfax with the Concert Operetta Theater (AVA), and Ash Lawn Opera. Awards: recital with MET Opera, Mobile Opera, Atlanta Music Club, Encouragement Award: Philadelphia District MET Council.

ELIZABETH PERRYMAN (Countess/Leonora)
Elizabeth Perryman, soprano, received a Bachelor’s of Music Education from Eastern Illinois, Master’s in Voice at University of Nevada at Las Vegas, and Professional Studies Diploma at Mannes in NYC. Ms. Perryman has appeared with the Bronx Opera, Opera Brooklyn, Chelsea Opera, Pensacola Opera, Des Moines Opera, NJ Symphony, Plainfield Symphony, and the Altamura Festival. She has been a three time regional finalist with the Metropolitan Opera Auditions. From a review, “Perryman stunned with her visceral performance as Santuzza in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana.” Ms. Perryman teaches elementary music in North Brunswick, New Jersey.

LIBUSE SANTORISOVA (Violetta)
Graduate of Opera Studio of Rome Opera House and Accademia di Santa Cecilia with Renata Scotto, Libuse Santorisova has performed Donna Elvira and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni),Violetta (La Traviata), Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro), Leonora (Il Trovatore), Pamina (The Magic Flute), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Mimi and Musetta (La Bohème), Cio-cio-san (Madama Butterfly), Magda (La Rondine), Micaëla (Carmen), Tatiana (Eugene Onegin), Liù (Turandot), Elisabetta (Don Carlo), Sieglinde (Die Walküre), Lauretta (Gianni Schichi), Belinda (Dido and Aeneas), Terinka (Jakobin), Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia).

DOROTHY SMITH (Lakmé)
Soprano, Dorothy Smith is a graduate of James Madison University (MM) and West Virginia University (BM). She is returning to Carnegie Hall as Lakmé. Ms. Smith Jacobs has recently been seen with New York Lyric Opera Theatre as Gilda in Rigoletto (Carnegie Hall), Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica), Blonde (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Mlle Silberklang (Der Schauspieldirektor) and as Jane in the world premiere of Breaking Bad: Ozymandias with One World Symphony. Additional roles performed: Annina, Clorinda, Gretel, and Barbarina.

NATALIE ANNE TYSON-MULTHAUP (Susanna)
A recent graduate of New York University with a Master’s in Classical Voice Performance and Pedagogy, Natalie Anne Tyson-Multhaup is returning to the NY Lyric opera stage after her debut as Virtu (L’incoronazione di Poppea). Past performances: Jenny (There Once Was a Girl Named Jenny), 1st Spirit (Cendrillon), Meg (Phantom of the Opera), Iza (Le Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein), Isabelle (Pirates of Penzance). Venues: Provincetown Playhouse, the Showboat Majestic Theater, Lexington OperaHouse and performances in Périgueux, France with the Franco-American Vocal Academy and in Keifersfelden, Germany with the International Performing Arts Institute.

 

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