Guest Artists

Georgios Argeratos

Georgios Argeratos is a tenor with international presence.Georgios Argeratos

After graduating from the Hellenic Conservatory of Athens with a B.A.(Diploma) in Opera Performance, he performed with the Opera of Thessaloniki, Greece, and then continued in New York City for several years as a resident artist of Opera Manhattan and as a resident artist of the Standard Repertoire Project of dell’ Arte Opera Ensemble.

He has also participated in productions of Altamura Center for the Arts, Regina Opera, Amore Opera, Footlight Players, and concerts with Allegro Singers, New York Lyric Opera Theatre, Metropolitan Greek Chorale and Grattacielo opera.

This year he is also a Resident artist in the roster of DiCapo Opera.
Georgios studied with Charles Kellis from the Juilliard school, Joshua Heckt from Hofstra University, and the Met Opera tenor Fransisco Casanova. Some of the conductors he has worked with are Michelle Brusseau, Ellaine Rinaldi, Chris Fecteau, Samuel McCoy, Audrey Saint Gil, Keith Chambers, Ming Kwong and Tomoko Nakayama.

His prepared and performed roles include: Uldino in Attila, Alvaro in Forza del destino, Macduff in Macbeth, Alfredo in La Traviata, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Rodolfo in La Boheme, Italian singer in Der Rosenkavalier, Borsa in Rigoletto, Gastone in Traviata, Cassio in Otello, Messenger in Aida, Liverotto in Lucrezia Borgia, Beppe in Pagliacci, Goro in Madam Butterfly, Pong in Turandot, Spoletta in Tosca, Remendado in Carmen, 1st Commissaire in Dialogues des Carmelites, Monostatos in Zauberflöte, Mr Angel in Impresario, Lucano in Poppea, Macheath in Beggar’s Opera.

Georgios is also the co-founder of “Diphono” (Two Voices in Greek), a classical duo that promotes Greek classical music in the US. The “Diphono” project is a rare collaboration between a tenor and a baritone, the tenor Georgios and the renowned baritone Stefanos Koroneos ,expressing art songs, as well as classical and contemporary musical pieces by Greek composers.

Diphono performed at the opening night in Rhodes International festival this summer and is scheduled to perform throughout the US in 2015, starting from Western CT State University with a production for Greek operetta and contemporary music, and music festivals across Greece for the following summer.

www.georgiosargeratos.com


Ruth Ann Cunningham

Ruth Ann Cunningham

Soprano Ruth Ann Cunningham sings works ranging from Bach to Verdi to Wagner. Solo engagements include Bach’s Mass in B Minor with the Choral Symphony Society, and Ortlinde in Wagner’s Die Walküre with the Wagner Festival Orchestra in New York. Her Violetta in Verdi’s La traviata in Philadelphia was highly acclaimed. Ruth Ann has appeared with orchestra in Europe as well as the USA, in works including Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s C Minor Mass, and, most recently in selections from Orff’s Carmina Burana.

She is honored to perform in the Scandinavian Fest in Budd Lake, New Jersey every year since 2007. Ms. Cunningham is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. She received a Bachelor of Music degree from Bowling Green State University. Subsequently, she moved to New York to study at The Juilliard School and earned a Master of Music degree.

Ms. Cunningham is regularly performing with Allegro Singers sharing her gift and bringing the joy of music to people.

She now resides in Manhattan with her husband and daughter.


Kaarisa D’abell

Kaarisa D'abellKaarisa D’abell, soprano received her B.A. in International Relations from Brown University and the University of Madrid Complutense. At the encouragement of Phyllis Curtin, soprano she continued her studies and went on to Manhattan School of Music’s Vocal Master’s program.

Ms. D’abell has received awards from the Opera Company of the Hamptons, Rhode Island NATs, Anna Saritelli DiPanni Bel Canto Competition and the Frank Walker Music Prize for Excellence in Music.

She was the featured performer at the 39th Annual Tucson Urban League Gala with Roland Martin and with the Chicago’s Southwest Collaborative’s Gala with Danny Glover. Ms. D’abell played Marian Anderson in a play associated with the Theatre for a New City and the Black National Theater in Harlem and has performed inconcerts for the RACH-C. Ms. D’abell performed the role of Pamina at Amato Opera, Fiordiligi at DiCapo Summer Workshop and The Countess at Mannes College of Music Summer program. She sang in the Altamura Music Festival production of La Traviata conducted by Anton Coppola.

Ms. D’abell has worked with international artist, Pasha Radetzi’s as part of a live inter-media installation. She has studied with Bill Schuman, Mignon Dunn, Nedda Casei, Dr. Fiora Contino, Susan Ormont, Joan Dornemann and Mikhail Kalinvosky.

Ms.D’abell studied French Literature and Conversation in Spanish at The University of Madrid. An avid adventurer, Ms. D’abell has been fortunate to have lived in Madrid, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Nicaragua and have had the opportunity to visit over 15 countries including Zimbabwe, Italy, Finland and Sweden.


 Valeriy Dimov

Valeriy DimovValeriy Dimov, baritone, is a distinctive, compelling talent with a great love for opera. He started professional vocal training in State College of Musical Arts in Syktyvkar, TheRepublic of Komi under professor Marat Kozlov and was invited to join the State Opera & Ballet Theatre in Syktyvkar.

Valeriy continued his education in the Petrozavodsk State Conservatory where he studied under the tutelage of Professor Irina Gridchina, the Honored Artist of Russia. At the same time Valery started his operatic debut on the stage of the Petrozavodsk State Music Theater.

Mr. Dimov continued his music education at Kishinev State Conservatory, Moldova under the tutelage of the famous baritone Vladimir Dragos.

Valeriy took part in a successful production of a famous Verdi’s opera “La Traviata” conducted by prominent Moldovan musician and pianist Aleksander Paliy.

In 1999  Valery Dimov became an award winner of one of the most prestigious music contests – the 18th International Glinka Competition in Kazan.

In USA he has successfully continued his music career. He has performed in the numerous concerts in major cities of the United States and Canada, including New York, Philadelphia, Sacramento, Atlanta, St. Louis, Montreal, Ottawa, St. Catarinas.

Valery is a Soloist and a music leader in Church of Life Way in Philadelphia.


Inbar Goldmann

Inbar Goldman

Israeli born Mezzo-Soprano Inbar Goldmann holds a bachelor’s degree from the Music Academy in Jerusalem and a master’s degree from Mannes College in New York.

Previous to joining the Allegro Singers in 2011 she was an active member of the Mannes Opera Studio.

A lyric mezzo with a full, rich amber tone, her repertoire includes third lady and third spirit (Die Zauberflote by Mozart), The Abbes (Sour Angelica by Puccini), The Broken China Cup (L’Enfant et les sortileges by Ravel), The Sorceress (Dido and Aeneas), Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro by Mozart), Suzy (La Rondine by Puccini), Popova (The Bear by William Walton), and Baba-Madam Flora (The Medium by Menotti). Carmen-A concert version( Carmen by Bizet)

Ms. Goldmann has been honored to perform at numerous international music festivals and has received awards from IVAI. She is regularly performing with Allegro Singers sharing her gift and bringing the joy of music to people.


Elena Heimur

Elena Heimur

Elena Heimur, a Ukrainian-American soprano, is an award winner of the prestigious Puccini Foundation-Licia Albanese International Vocal Competition, a New York regional winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the American Opera Auditions. She has performed as soprano soloist and recitalist in all of New York’s major halls and throughout North America, Europe and Far East Asia.

A Masters of Music degree graduate of one of New York’s finest conservatories, The Manhattan School of Music, Ms. Heimur has appeared with the Rome Opera Festival, Columbia Arts Festival, San Mateo Winter Music Festival, Opera New York, and Pittsburg Opera Theater and many others in such roles as “Mimi”, “Musetta” in La Boheme, “Nedda” in I Pagliacci, “Marguerite” in Faust, “Micaela” in Carmen, “Tatiana” in Eugene Onegin, “Rosalinda” in Die Fledermaus, “Countess” in The Marriage of Figaro and the title role in Tosca.

Appearing as soprano soloist, Ms. Heimur has graced the New York concert stages of Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Town Hall, Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, the Garden State Arts Center in New Jersey and the Ukrainian Institute of America in New York City. She has also been the soprano soloist with the Toronto Symphony, The Hartford Symphony in Connecticut and the Richmond Choral Society in New York City and regularly performs at the Performing Arts Center with “The Chamber Music Collective of CSI” at the College of Staten Island at City University of New York.

A sought after soloist for many religious, social and official concerts for Ukrainian organizations, Ms. Heimur has appeared as soloist with renown Ukrainian Choirs such as the Dumka Choir of NYC in commemorating recently, the 100th anniversary of Mykola Lysenko’s birth at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College at CUNY in New York City. Her musical lineage can be traced back to one of the greatest Ukrainian classical composers, Mykola Lysenko as well as the prolific Ukrainian writer, Andrij Holowko.

Maestro William Vendice, vocal coach and conductor of the Metropolitan Opera and Los Angeles Opera has been quoted as saying, “Miss Heimur has one of the most beautiful voices heard lately”.

Miss Heimur has taught at many Music and Art Academies throughout the New York City vicinity. She is currently on the performing arts faculty at the College of Staten Island @City University of New York as Professor of Voice and maintains a private voice studio. Many of her students have not only won various vocal competitions and talent pageants, but are singing professionally in opera, musical theater and Broadway, both in the United States and abroad.

Elena Heimur was named by the National Foundation For The Advancement In The Arts for having had the most significant influence on student artistic development and is often called upon to judge vocal competitions. She is a member of the New York Singing Teacher’s Association and the Professional Women Singers Association.

Ms. Heimur holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music in Vocal/Piano Performance and Music Education.


Janette Lallier

Janette LallierHailed for her “glorious voice” and “impressive performances,” Mezzo-soprano Janette M. Lallier has a voice of remarkable size and color. Since returning from two years abroad in Quito, Ecuador, Ms. Lallier’s mastery of opera and art song has earned her a First Prize in the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition, as well as the French Art Song award in the same competition. Ms. Lallier became the first Meriden native to win the prestigious Rosa Ponselle Scholarship Competition.

A featured soloist for the Milton Centre Music Series, NYC’s Mendelssohn Glee Club, the Boston Classical Orchestra, and the Lehigh Valley Symphony she has been heard throughout the United States and South America interpreting opera, oratorio, and classical music.

Ms. Lallier made her operatic debut with Opera Providence in its innovative “Murder and Mayhem”, a program of Opera and Silent Film.  She has also been seen in the roles of Magda (The Consul) with Bronx Opera, Santuzza (Cavalleria Rusticana) with Chelsea Opera and Opera Providence, and the Mother (Hansel & Gretel) with Opera Providence and Cape Cod Opera.

As a concert artist she has added her voice to the Opera Providence’s celebrated ‘Opera on the Hill’ series in Providence’s Historic Federal Hill and was honored to perform Strauss’ Four Last Songs for the dedication of a new piano in Providence’s revered Music Mansion and to reprise the role of Hansel & Gretel’s Mother in Cape Cod Opera’s November production. Most recently she was a celebrated guest artist at the Alion Baltic International Music Festival in Tallin, Estonia. Originally from Meriden, Connecticut, Ms. Lallier received her bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Connecticut, Storrs. She currently lives in New York City.

www.janettelallier.com


Josette Longmore-Irvine

Josette Longmore-IrvineJosette Longmore -Irvine a lover of music. She believes that music is a key component for healing the body, mind and soul. Josette resides in New Yorker.  At the tender age of five, her Grandmother Mrs. Ivy Byrd knew that she had been blessed with a voice to sing. She would set the stage for Josette to sing and perform for the family. Josette was convinced of her talent in Junior High School where she was discovered by her music teacher to do a solo.

Since that time, Josette has studied with various vocal teachers: Janet Steele, Lorna Myers, Evelyn LaQuafe, Bernardo Villalobos and Gregory Hopkins. Coaching Mary Pinto and Gail Blanch-Gill.  Her talents have landed her on stages both in the United States of America and abroad. She has performed in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Ecaquador Mexico, Uruguay, Italy, and France. In the US she has performed at the McCarter Theatre for the Princeton Festival’s production of Porgy and Bess, Madison Square Garden, the New York Historical Society, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Radio City Music Hall, and Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Josette has done off Broadway and some television appearances as back-up singer for various artists. She has also sung as soloist with the Harlem Opera Theatre, the Harlem Jubilee Singers, the Mc Donald Chorus and several church choirs. She has also served in churches as a classical and Gospel soloist.

Josette is a Soprano who sings in various languages and in different genres. Her immediate goal is to launch a CD of integrated music both classical and gospel music. Her long-term goal is to heal hearts through music.


Page Lucky

Soprano, Page Lucky is a graduate of The University of Wyoming.

She is now living in New York and performing as a wedding singer, opera singer, and as a special event singer both here in the States and internationally. She possesses a unique colorful voice and can be heard at different venues, such as Britain’s Buxton Opera House, The International Festival of Aegean, Brooklyn Opera, Regina Opera, Ann Arbor Opera, Albany Capitol Opera, Paragon Theater, New York Lyric Opera.

She has performed a wide range of roles, including Musetta (La Boheme), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Lucy (The Telephone), Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte), Gianetta (L’elisir D’amore), Olympia (Tales of Hoffman), Susanna and Barbarina (Le Nozze Di Figaro), Goldentrill (The Impresario), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel).

She is regularly singing concerts with Allegro Singers sharing her gift with the world.

www.pagelucky.com


Liora Michelle

Liora Michelle

American soprano Liora Michelle has performed classic lyric soprano roles to critical acclaim, including Mimì, Musetta, Micaela, Nedda, Leonora (Il Trovatore) and Desdemona (Otello) among others, receiving praise for “the intensity of her performance and the extraordinary quality of her talent” (Il Globo) and her “heavenly sense of phrasing and timing” (The Herald Sun).

Born in New York to a Russian-Italian mother and Australian father, Ms. Michelle has both US and Australian citizenship.  Though currently living in New York City, she became a celebrated artist in Melbourne, Australia during her extended stay there. And in 2007 Liora returned to Australia for the national premiere of Verdi’s Attila in the formidable role of Odabella.

One of Liora’s many Australian concert appearances was as featured soprano in an EMI-sponsored tribute to Maria Callas performing excerpts from two of Callas’ signature operas, Norma and Medea. Liora was also given the distinct honor by the Italian Bureau of Cultural Affairs to perform for the globally broadcast Verdi Commemorative “Va Pensiero” Day.  She continues her extension into the bel canto works with performances of the title role of Verdi’s Giovanna d’Arco in Central Park, Imogene in Il Pirata and Lucrezia Borgia.

An active recitalist, Ms. Michelle frequently sings programs of Russian, French, Italian, Spanish and German arias, art and popular songs around the NYC metropolitan area. Her repertoire includes Rachmaninoff’s rarely performed soprano opera arias for The International Rachmaninoff Society at New York’s historic Steinway Hall (“Ms. Michelle’s wonderful voice and dramatic presentation were inspiring.” (Rachmaninoff Society) and the annual gala concert for New York’s Russian American Cultural Heritage Foundation (“RACH-C”). Liora has also performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall and the Liederkranz Society, among other venues. Liora’s versatility extends to Viennese operetta and Broadway. She toured Australia with the Vue Grand Chamber Orchestra and performed in original biographic revues featuring the music of Cole Porter, Gershwin and Rodgers and Hammerstein. She was also regular featured soloist for Melbourne’s various popular open-air concert series for several years.

Liora as Flamenco DancerRecent and upcoming engagements include a concert tour of Japan and her first Madama Butterfly for Center Stage Opera, Imogene in Il Pirata, Mimì in La Bohème for New York Grand Opera’s 2011 Opera in Central Park, Violetta in La Traviata in Harrisburg, PA and Desdemona in Otello in Miami, and various recitals and concerts, including appearances with Russian pianist Inna Leytush and award-winning Russian romance singer David Gvinianidze.

In addition to her singing gifts, Ms. Michelle is an accomplished linguist and dancer. She participated in amateur Latin and ballroom dance competitions in Australia and speaks Russian, French, Italian, German, Spanish and Mandarin, in addition to English. Liora also studied the cello throughout her school years.

www.lioramichelle.com


Emanuel S. Mora

Emanuel S. MoraEmanuel S. Mora is a tenor with an uncanny ability for acting and supporting life on stage. His voice is best described as a plumage of vivid colors in vast array with anenergy that invigorates the listener.

Mr. Mora is known for his specialization in a wide variety of character roles in opera. These roles include such highly demanding roles as Tanzmeister in Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Straus, Mimein trilogy Der Ring des Nibelungen by Richard Wagner, Joachino in Fidelio by Ludwig Von Beethoven, and Bob Boles in Benjamin Britten’s Opera Peter Grimes. Other roles performed include Canio from I Pagliacci by Ruggiero Leoncavallo, Cavaradossi in Tosca by Giaccomo Puccini, DonJose in Carmen by George Bizet, and Manrico in Il Trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi. The Attendant on Pleasure in George Frederic Handel’s cantata The Choice of Hercules,King Midas in the cantata based on ten poems from Howard Moss composed by Ned Rorem.

Mr. Mora is currently a member of Verimusica voice studio with MET Opera soloist Francisco Casanova – world renowned tenor.


Hamid Rodriguez

Hamid Rodriguez

Born in San Germán, Puerto Rico, tenor Hamid Rodríguez began his musical studies at the Interamerican University of San Germán, Puerto Rico. He continued studies at the Conservatory of Puerto Rico with the famous Baritone Justino Díaz.

In Puerto Rico, he performed Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte, Federico in L’amico Fritz, The Sailor in Dido and Aeneas, The Witch in Hansel und Gretel, the tenor solo of The Messiah, The Sheperd in Laude per la Nativita by Respighi, the tenor solo in the Missa solemnis in C by W.A. Mozart, Principe di Persia in Turandot at the Casals Festival, Rui in Macias at the Festival Iberamericano de las Artes and Normano in Lucia di Lammermor with Opera de Puerto Rico. He was invited to sing the tenor solo in the Requiem of W.A. Mozart at the 90th Anniversary of Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. He had the opportunity to sing Casio, in an Otello’s scene, in the Gala Concert of the famous tenor Roberto Alagna.

In United States, he sang Remendado in Carmen, Messenger in Aida, Borsa in Rigoletto, Arturo in Lucia di Lammermor, Goro in Madama Butterfly and the tenor soloist in the Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Gateway Classsical Music Society. He was invited to sing Alfredo in La Traviata in the production of the New Jersey City University. Also sang Remendado with Opera of the Hamptons and Expresso Opera and Pang in Turandot with New Rochelle Opera.

Hamid Rodríguez resides in New York and is continuing his vocal studies with the Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Mignon Dunn.

www.hamidrodriguez-com.webs.com


Constance Rogalski

A native of Florida, Soprano Constance Rogalski has had a love for classical music from an early age. By the age of twelve she had won 1st place in the Marion County Youth Fair Competition in Ocala, Florida. In 2008 she sang the soprano solo in Faure’s Requiem with the Orlando Chorale. Ms. Rogalski has also performed with the Ocala Civic Theatre in Annie and The Mikado as well as participating in Orlando Opera’s productions of Madama Butterfly and Turandot.

Ms. Rogalski placed second in NATS Florida Regionals in 2011 and was also a 2012 finalist in addition to placing second in Sigma Alpha Iota’s Scholarship and Sanford Wednesday Music Club’s Scholarship Competitions. Recognized for her talent, she has also won several awards including the William E. Duckwitz Talent Scholarship at Stetson University, The Opera Club of the Villages Scholarship and Ocala Civic Theatre Act IV Scholarship.

Ms. Rogalski obtained her Bachelors in Voice Performance at Stetson University where she participated as a member of Stetson University’s Elite Concert Choir as well as performing in a variety of solo concerts and performances. She performed in Stetson Opera Theater’s production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas as First Witch, played Barbarina in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and was featured as the title role in Ibert’s Angelique.

Constance is a New York based artist studying under the tutelage of Maestro Valdes. Constance has appeared in several New York Companies such as New York Lyric Opera Theatre as the Dew Fairy (Hansel and Gretel), Belinda (Dido and Aeneas) with Schirling and Co and reprising the role of Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro) this summer with Manhattan Opera Studio and Opera Company Brooklyn. Latest performances include the title role of of Lakme this past spring with West End Opera Society.

www.constancerogalski.com


Ricardo Rosa

Ricardo RosaRicardo is baritone, a native of Caguas, Puerto Rico. He started his musical background in the Escuela Libre de Musica Antonio Paoli. He earned his musical degree from the University of Puerto Rico and further his studies in voice with Mr. Justino Diaz at the Conservatorio de Musica de Puerto Rico, Mignon Dunn and Diana Soviero in New York.

His musical repertoire ranges from Opera, Arts Songs, Oratorio and Zarzuelas. He has performed  an array of roles, including John the Baker in the world  premier of The Queen’s Mirror composed by Robert Milano; David in Samuel Barber’s  A Hand of Bridge; Peter in Hansel und Gretel by Humperdick; David in Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz ;the Mandarin to Alessandras Marc’s Turandot  for the Casals Festival and the baritone solo in Carmina Burana  for the 25th Anniversary of Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico.  In New York, Escamillo from the OperaCarmen by Bizet with Espresso Opera and Sound Symphony; Giorgio Germont from La Traviata by Verdi with The Martina Arroyo Foundation Prelude to Performance; The Fatherin a premier in Israel of the American Opera Lost Chilhood by Janice Hamer; Scarpia in Tosca by Puccini, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly by Puccini and Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni with Regina Opera and Altoona Symphony Orchestra; Sharpless with Opera of the Hamptons, Gateway Classical Music Society, Bleecker Street Opera, Northern Dutchess Symphony and Regina Opera; Marcello in La Boheme by Puccini with Tribeca Opera Company NY and Teatro Lirico de Europa at The Ruth Erckerd Hall, Florida; Conte Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro by Mozart with Prelude to Performance NY.

He has performed as a soloist in Viva Verdi Gala Concert, Gala Honoring to Paquito D’Rivera in the Jumeirah Essex House, Amigos de la Zarzuela 25th Anniversary in Carnegie Hall, Opera and Songs concerts with Allegro Singers in Weil Arts Gallery, Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, Viva Madrid with Corporacion de las Artes Musicales PR, Requiem of Faure at the University of Puerto Rico’s Choir 60th  Anniversary. Among the most important roles of Zarzuela performed, Curro in  Curro el de Lora with The Greenwich Village Orchestra in NY premier in America; Juan Pedro in La Rosa del Azafran, Jose Dolores / Esclavo in Cecilia Valdes with Fundacion de Zarzuela y Operetta de Puerto Rico; Juan el Indiano in Los Gavilanes with Pro-Arte Lirico; Nhuredin in El Asombro de Damasco with Festival Iberoamericano de las Artes, PR. Another engagements like,  Count de Luna in Il Trovatore with Vera Music in NY, Marcello in La Boheme with Long Island Opera, Giacomo from Giuseppe Verdi’s Giovanna D’Arco with Harmony Project NYC , Giorgio Germont  in La Traviata and Tonio in I Pagliacci with Regina Opera.

Another engagements like,  Count de Luna in Il Trovatore with Vera Music in NY, Marcello in La Boheme with Long Island Opera, Giacomo from Giuseppe Verdi’s Giovanna D’Arco with Harmony Project NYC , Giorgio Germont  in La Traviata and Tonio in I Pagliacci with Regina Opera.

www.ricardorosabaritone.webs.com


Anna Tonna

Anna TonnaMezzo Soprano Anna Tonna has been described as mezzo heroine who knows how to sing Rossini  by the Rossini Gessellschaft and as showing off her warm, secure mezzo-soprano to maximum advantage by the New York Magazine; accolades such as these explain her constant demand as a recitalist and opera singer in both Europe and the Americas. The combination of a highly developed coloratura with a full, balanced, flexible lower register have guaranteed her acclaim as a lyric mezzo, both in familiar roles Rosina, Carmen, Dorabella, as well as in more rare repertoire by Paisiello, Vivaldi, Mascagni, Zandonai and Giordano.

Additionally, Ms. Tonna’s passion for and excellence in the recital genre have garnered her increasing acclaim in both the U.S. and Europe, particularly her path breaking explorations of the repertoire of composers from Spain and Latin America.  Ms. Tonna’s recitals are a source of constant expectation and excitement in New York City, where she has performed at both the Alice Tully Hall and Rose Center of Lincoln Center, Bargemusic, Merkin Hall, New York’s Town Hall, Weil Recital Hall as well as at the Hispanic Society of America, Museum of the History of New York, Italian Cultural Institute and Goethe Haus.  The same excitement greets her appearances in Spain, with performances at the  Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, Gran Teatro de Castellón, Gran Teatro de Huelva, as well as the Sala Manuel de Falla at the Palacio de Longorio.  She has collaborated with Casals Festival of Puerto Rico, Festival Iberoamericano de las Artes in Puerto Rico, Música de Cámara, Joy in Singing, Elysium Between Two Continents among others.

Of note amongst the countless such performances are a recital with the Musica Nova Recital Series at SUNY Binghamton, a recital of songs by Latin American composers with North South Consonance in Manhattan, and recitals at the Asociación Rioja Lírica in Logroño (Spain) the Ateneo de Madrid and Barcelona, La casa de la Moneda in Madrid, Teatro Comica-Lírica de Madrid, Fundación Euterpe in León, two editions of the Otoño Cultural Iberoamericano de Huelva and Project Canción Española. Her recital of “Songs of post civil war Spain” at the Fundación Juan March of Madrid was broadcast on Radio Television Española  and hailed as “a tour de force” by the Spanish newspaper ABC.  It is to be noted her appearance in June of 2012 at the St. Anton palace in Valletta, the presidential palace of the country of Malta, for a command performance for his Excellency George Abela.   Hispanic Society of America in New York City has featured her in concert for voice, guitar and dance about the life of the Duchess of Alba of Goya in December of 2012.

Ms. Tonna’s artistry has been recognized by the Liederkfranz Foundation, The Gerda Lissner Foundation, National Opera Association, BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own) grant from the Bronx Council of the Arts (Bronx Recognizes Its Own), and a Fulbright Scholarship to conduct research in and perform Spanish Art Song in Spain, where she has established a thriving career.   Recordings that have preserved some of these efforts include “Las canciones de Julio Gómez” with Spanish pianist Jorge Robaina with discographic label VERSO.

Upcoming engagements include a return to Madrid for solo recitals at the Museo de Romanticísmo and Centro Cultural José Saramago (Albacete) and she in April of 2013 will give her second performance of Berlioz’ Nuits d’eté with the Balet Nacional de Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.

A native and resident of New York City, Ms. Tonna holds a B.A. in Music from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida and a Masters in Performing Arts from the Mannes College of Music in New York City.

www.annatonna.com


Gennadiy Vysotskiy

Gennadiy Vysotskiy was born in the beautiful sea-side city of Odessa, which is located in southern Ukraine. Gennadiy graduated from the Odessa School of Music. He became interested in acting at an early age and began to explore that interest by participating in numerous musical theatre performances as well as appearing in several major motion pictures.

After immigrating to the United States, Gennadiy graduated from the University of California at Davis, earning a double degree in economics and mathematics. At the same time Gennadiy continued his musical education.

In the last few years, Gennadiy has participated in the productions of the Magic Flute and Macbeth in the San Francisco Lyric Opera.

Gennadiy has recently moved to New York to further pursue his musical career. His recent engagements in New York City include the role of Benoit in La Boheme, Commendatore in Don Giovanni, Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore and Zuniga in Carmen.

 

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