CROSSING GENRES

To Be Rescheduled for the fall of 2020

Sunday at 2 pm

The Mansion, Fairleigh Dickinson University, 285 Madison Ave, Madison, NJ

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 Glenn Seven Allen, soprano Chelsea Friedlander 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.

Originally, we had planned an optional dinner at Gregorio's in Chatham after the Musicale, but plans are uncertain at this time.

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CHELSEA FRIEDLANDER

Soprano

Hailed as a singer with "confidence and beautiful vocal color," Ms. Friedlander is thrllled to debut with Opera at Florham. A New Jersey native, Ms. Friedlander was most recently seen with Light Opera of New Jersey singing Adele in Die Fledermaus. Specializing in operetta, Ms. Friedlander has made a name for herself singing her iconic role of Mabel in Pirates of Penzance nationwide. Recent performances include: Mabel in Pirates of Penzance with Winter Opera Saint Louis, Olympia in Tales of Hoffmann with Nashville Opera, Cunegonde in Candide with Angels Vocal Arts.

Ms. Friedlander recently sang along side Kristin Chenoweth with Concert Pops of Long Island. She is a consecutive Encouragement Award Winner at Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Connecticut District) and a company member of New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players Company & Victor Herbert Renaissance Project Live!

 

Ms. Friedlander holds a Masters of Music from Manhattan School of Music and Bachelor of Music from Cleveland Institute of Music. More...

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GLENN SEVEN ALLEN

Tenor

Tenor Glenn Seven Allen is garnering critical acclaim on theatre, opera, and concert stages throughout the US as a consummate singing actor, lauded for his dynamic interpretations of heroes and leading men, alike. Mr. Allen was hailed by Opera News as an “Edwardian matinee idol, giving by far the most detailed dramatic performance.”

 

Mr. Allen starred as Jack Twist in Brokeback Mountain with New York City Opera, as Freddy in Dear Erich, Il Padre in Piramo e Tisbe with The Little Opera Theater of New York, the Inquisitor in a Benefit Concert of Candide at Carnegie Hall, and Dan Goodman in Next to Normal with Syracuse Stage. He was a soloist with Charlottesville Symphony, a soloist in The New Crew concert with the American Lyric Theatre, sang the tenor solo in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with Glacier Symphony, and was featured in a Mediacom commercial.

Due to the wild popularity of its first run, Mr. Allen reprised his role as Jerome in the Drama Desk-nominated Di Goldene Kale Off-Broadway at the National Yiddish Theatre-Folksbiene, and returned as Oppenheimer in Amerike The Golden Land. He played Pontius Pilate in Casa Mañana’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar, Lt. Cable in South Pacific with Annapolis Opera, Will in Middlemarch in Spring with Ash Lawn Opera. He performed with New York City Opera’s as The Faun in La campana sommersa, for which The New York Times hailed: “Standouts among the large cast include the tenor Glenn Seven Allen as bare-chested, greenish-colored Faun, complete with furry legs and cloven hooves.”

Mr. Allen holds a Master’s Degree in Acting from the University of Washington and a Bachelor’s degree in Musical Theater from the University of Michigan School of Music Theatre and Dance. He is a member of the acting faculty at the Yale School of Drama and is a sought after clinician for his “Acting in Song” master classes. Mr. Allen has studied and coached with leading instructors including: George Shirley, Neal Goren, Francis Keeping, Fred Carama, John Mario DiCostanzo, Tyson Deaton, and Howard Watkins. More...

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MATTHEW CIUFFITELLI

Baritone

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.

Pianist Mary Pinto

MARY PINTO

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.

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