CELEBRATING THE HOLIDAYS
Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 2 pm
Tenor Patrick D. Robertson, sopranos Mia Pafumi and Stefanie Greene, and pianist Mary Pinto presented a festive afternoon of holiday music joined by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s talented Stars of Tomorrow. The artists performed a duet from La Boheme, “Pie Jesu” from Faure’s Requiem, carols, a traditional Chanukah song, an African-American spiritual and songs from Broadway and the American Songbook. The full company came together for a finale of carols.
A Jewish funerary prayer was sung by student Cantor Stefanie Greene in memory of the lives lost in the shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.
Soprano Mia Pafumi, soprano Stefanie Greene, tenor Patrick D. Robertson, pianist Mary Pinto. Bios.
FDU singers: Abigail Lopez, Faith Berrigan, Bradley Berdecia, Nicole D’Amico and Maxwell Babcock.
A native of Montclair, New Jersey, and a graduate of Montclair State University’s John J. Cali School of Music, soprano Mia Pafumi made her professional opera debut in both the chorus of the Sarasota Opera, and as a principal artist at the Knoxville Opera. She studied overseas at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi di Musica in Milan, Italy. Recent performance venues include the Cali School’s 10th anniversary Carmina Burana at the Alexander Kasser Theater in Montclair conducted by Dr Heather J. Buchanan, the Opera Orchestra of New York’s production of Parisina d’Este as Imelda under the baton of Maestra Eve Queler at Jazz at Lincoln Center. She is the 3rd place winner of the Gerda Lissner Foundation’s 2015 International Vocal Competition, three-time grant winner of the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation’s International Vocal Competition (performing in the Winner’s Concert at Carnegie Hall) and 2nd place in the 2014 Opera at Florham Vocal Competition. Upcoming performances include Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Montclair State University Chorale where she will be featured as the soprano soloist. The New York Times describes Pafumi as a “pert and vibrant soprano.”
A Chicago native, soprano Stefanie Greene enjoys a diverse career both in opera and as a Jewish Cantor (in training). She is currently the student Cantor at Temple Beth El in Jersey City (NJ), where she led her first complete High Holidays as a solo Cantor earlier this fall. While living in Israel in 2017-2018, she was honored to perform in a concert of Jewish music at the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem. A champion of the art song repertoire, she was a 2017 Semi-Finalist for The American Prize: Art Song & Oratorio division, and a Bronze Medal Winner in the Global Music Awards.
As the oldest child in a family of professional musicians, she often performs chamber music with their family ensemble, The Five Greenes (www.thefivegreenes.com).
Recent recitals have included performances of Brahms’ Viola Songs Op. 91 and Verdi art songs. She has also appeared on the opera and oratorio stage with Lyric Opera Studio Weimar, Chicago Summer Opera, Allerton Barn Music Festival, North Park Opera, Westminster Chamber Choir, and the Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute (BASOTI).
Stefanie has completed graduate studies in Vocal Performance from North Park University, and in Music Education and Choral Conducting at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and holds a B.A. in Music from the University of Rochester. She is currently pursuing a M.M. in Sacred Music and Cantorial Ordination at the Hebrew Union College- Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music in New York. Stefanie is currently a student of David Jones.
Patrick D. Robertson, tenor, hails from Houston, Texas. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Music in Voice Performance and studies under the tutelage of dramatic soprano, Jeanne-Michéle Charbonnet at the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University. He received a Bachelors of Music in Performance from the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston.
This past summer he created the role of the Pastor/Reverend in the opera Home of my Ancestors by Nkeiru Okoye in workshop with Houston Grand Opera’s HGOco program. In September of 2018, he covered the Beethoven 9th Symphony tenor solo with the New Jersey Symphony at NJPAC. Other appearances in 2018 include a concert debut with the South Orange Symphony singing the title role Act I love duet from Verdi’s Otello, and in February 2019 he will make his role debut as Bajazet in G.F. Handel’s Tamerlano with the Montclair State University Opera department.
Mr. Robertson’s operatic appearances include Prunier (La Rondine), Gherardo (Gianni Schicchi), Maître D (Frau Margot), Spalanzani (Les Contes d’Hoffman), Monostatos (Magic Flute), Felice (Italian Straw Hat), Samuel (Pirates of Penzance), Kurochin (Moscow, Cheryomushki), Beppe (Pagliacci), and Remendado (Carmen). He was a young artist with Lingua e Canto (San Angelo, Italy), Opera in the Ozarks, Le Chiavi di Bel Canto at the Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival in Houston. Concert appearances include The Resurrection by Simon McEnery and North Pond by Ben Morris.
Mary Pinto, an acclaimed accompanist and vocal coach, has worked with international opera singers and major American opera companies for the past 25 years. She serves as Vice President and Co-artistic director at Opera at Florham.
In 2012, Ms. Pinto coached and served as rehearsal pianist for Metropolitan Opera star and international soprano Deborah Voigt as she prepared for the three Brünhilde roles for the Met's production of Wagner's Ring Cycle. In 2014, she performed with Opera Noire's Ensemble in the American Embassy in Moscow and St. Petersburg and spent the past 3 summers coaching at Masterclass d'Ischia in Italy. In March 2018 she was the official accompanist for the Deborah Voigt International Competition in Vero Beach.
Ms. Pinto has been a private coach and accompanist on the faculty of Montclair State University since 2007. In Fall 2018, she joined the adjunct faculty at SUNY Purchase College teaching Italian and French lyric diction, operatic styles, and coaching.