October 25, 2020
St. Margaret of Scotland RC Church
Crossing Genres presents the lighter side of opera, not opera driven but with opera and operetta interwoven for a more diverse musical experience. Observe the similarities of the two genres and how operetta grew out of the opera art form. Then move on to a more contemporary art form influenced by opera - musical theater. Tenor Matthew DeMarco, soprano Mia Pafumi and baritone Matthew Ciuffitelli are uniquely suited for this musical fare having performed in operas, operettas and on Broadway. Artistic Director Mary Pinto accompanies the singers on piano with enlightening commentary by Mariana Karpatova.
A graduate of Montclair State University’s John J. Cali School of Music, 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; and her 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; and 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.
Mia Pafumi is the 3rd place winner of the Gerda Lissner Foundation’s 2015 International Vocal Competition; and a two-time (2014 & 2015) grant winner of the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation’s International Vocal Competition where she performed in the Winner’s Concert at Carnegie Hall. She placed 2nd in the 2014 Opera at Florham Vocal Competition.
The New York Times describes Pafumi as a “pert and vibrant soprano.” Recently, she joined jazz pianist Gil Scott Chapman performing classical, jazz and American music as the duo, Gil.Mia.
Matthew DeMarco is thrilled to return to Opera at Florham.
Matthew studied Vocal Performance at Montclair State University under Dr. Stephen Oosting. He has recently been seen in "Next To Normal" as Dr. Madden, and "Into the Woods" as Rapunzel's Prince. Opera Credits include Il Podesta in "La Finta Giardiniera" and Le Chevalier in "Dialogues of the Carmelites." Theater credits include Roger in "Rent," Joseph in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," Jesus in "Jesus Christ Superstar" and more.
Matthew teaches voice at the Montclair Music Studio and the Music Academy in Toms River.
Of Matthew Ciuffitelli's performance at the Columbus Citizen’s Foundation Event, Opera Night Live!, Brooklyn Discovery raved that baritone “Matthew Ciuffitelli has resonance and power.” These qualities were equally in evidence when he appeared as Dr. Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Sergeant Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore, the Sacristan in Tosca with Eastern Opera, Papageno in Nyack, Eisenstein in Amore Opera’s Die Fledermaus, and Prince Yamadori in New Jersey Festival Orchestra’s Madama Butterfly.
Ciuffitelli has performed in The Telephone with Light Opera of New Jersey, Die Zauberflöte in New York’s Pardington Hall, and as a featured resident artist singing the Official Registrar in the Sarasota Opera company’s production of Madama Butterfly. Last fall he covered Valentin in the St. Petersburgh Opera’s production of Faust.
Currently Mr. Ciuffitelli is appearing as a featured solo artist with the renowned Sharpe Family Singers in an extensive Broadway concert tour throughout Ireland and France. In February he will perform his first “Dr. Falke” in Die Fledermaus with Light Opera Company of New Jersey and will make an exciting debut with the Phoenicia Festival of the Voice as baritone soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana.
Recently, the rising baritone earned 3rd place in New Jersey State Opera’s opera competition, which presented him in an enthusiastically-received opera gala concert. He was lead soloist in a new Broadway revue production entitled Best of Broadway with the Sharpe Family Singers this past summer of 2019.
Baritone Matthew Ciuffitelli hails from Wantage, New Jersey and was a successful voice performance major at The Music Conservatory of Chicago’s College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. He currently resides in Jersey City, New Jersey and continues his vocal studies with David Jones and Christopher King.
Artistic Director & Piano Accompanist
Mary Pinto, an acclaimed accompanist and vocal coach, has worked with international opera singers and major American opera companies for the past 25 years.
Ms. Pinto's career began as a rehearsal pianist for noted opera companies: Dallas Opera, Chicago's Lyric Opera, Omaha Opera, and others. In 2012, Ms. Pinto coached and was 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 which was featured in the documentary Wagner’s Dream: The Making of the Met's Ring Cycle and premiered at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival.
In 2014, she performed with Opera Noire's Ensemble in the American Embassy in Moscow and St. Petersburg; spent last three summers as coaching staff at Masterclass d' Ischia, Italy.
Since 2007 Ms. Pinto has been on the faculty of Montclair State University as a private coach, accompanist, and to prepare students for opera productions. She serves as the Vice-President and Artistic Director for Opera at Florham while maintaining coaching studios in New Jersey and New York City.
Mary received her Bachelor’s degree in Music for piano performance from DePauw University and a Master’s in Music degree for piano and voice accompaniment from University of Illinois.