The Demonic and Debonair:
Men We Love and Hate in Opera
Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 2 pm
Tenor Frederick Schlick, baritone Matthew Ciuffitelli, and bass Hidenori Inoue performed emotionally charged arias and duets from Elixir of Love, Barber of Seville, Don Pasquale, Don Carlo and Faust followed by American Songbook selections from Ragtime and Camelot. Mary Pinto accompanied the singers and played a Beethoven medley on piano. The full company came together for the powerful finale, “Que voulez vous messieurs?” from Faust. Narration by music and opera educator, Lou Barrella.
Of his performance at a 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, Bob and Ben in The Old Maid and the Thief, 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 at Sarasota Opera as a featured resident artist singing the Official Registrar in the company’s production of Madama Butterfly. In Fall 2017, he covered Valentin in the St. Petersburgh Opera’s production of Faust.
Ciuffitelli performed with the Rolling Stones at Chicago’s United Center and appeared in the U.S. premiere of the mixed-media work, Mountain Top by Dutch avant-pop composer Jacob Ter Veldhuis. In Oct 2018, he was in the A Tale of Two Cities 10th Anniversary Concert alongside the Original Broadway and London cast. Recently, Matthew was seen with the international concert group Married to Broadway at Resorts Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City.
Frederick Schlick tenor, is a Reading, Pennsylvania native, and a recent MM graduate in Opera at The Boston Conservatory. Frederick had the opportunity to be a part of every operatic production during his time at The Boston Conservatory. His most recent roles include: the title role of Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress, Bill in Johnathan Dove’s Flight, Gastone/Alfredo cover in Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata, and Don Basilio in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. A recent Brevard Music Center alumnus and Janiec Opera company member, Frederick sang the role of Lysander in Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with world renowned countertenor and Brevard alumnus, David Daniels. More...
Hidenori Inoue (Heday) bass is a MM graduate in Classical Vocal Performance of the Manhattan School of Music. He has performed Timur in Turandot and Mephistopheles in Faust with Tulsa Opera, Barone in La Traviata with Opera Maine and the title role in Don Pasquale with Manhattan School of Music. Among his awards, he was a finalist in the Jensen Foundation Competition and the MONIUSZKO Vocal Competition in Warsaw, Poland. More...
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.