Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 2 pm
We held our second holiday collaboration with young student singers. This year, students join us from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Montclair State and Queens College.
Soprano Amelia Burshe, tenor Frederick Schlick, pianist Mary Pinto and students' Krissy Purdy, Evan Katsefes, Victoria McGrath, Matthew North, Jonathan Kaak, Faith Berrigan, Robert Quiles, Christina Monticciolo and Makaela Shade Alexander performed arias, traditional carols, melodies from diverse religions, and seasonal songs from Broadway and the American Songbook. Artistic Director Mary Pinto accompanied the singers. Mariana Karpatova, private and FDU vocal Instructor, introduced the artists and offered insight into the holiday repertoire.
Frederick Schlick (tenor) is a Reading, Pennsylvania native and a Master’s in Opera Performance graduate of The Boston Conservatory. His roles there include: Rakewell in Stravinsky 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.
Frederick is frequently seen in Berks Opera Company’s productions. In 2014 he covered Goro in Madame Butterfly and was a chorister in Faust. His most recent BOC performance was Cassio in Verdi’s Otello.
After the Conservatory, Frederick became a member of Brevard Music Center’s Janiec Opera Company for the summer of 2016. There he sang the roles of Lysander in Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream with the world-renowned countertenor, and BMC alumnus David Daniels. He also performed the role of Ethan Krusemark in the world premiere of Falling Angel, as well as the tenor soloist in Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music.
In the fall of 2016, Frederick made his professional debut as Young Jim Thompson in Tom Cipullo’s Glory Denied with Pensacola Opera, and reprised the role with Tri-Cities Opera in 2017.
Currently, Frederick is under the tutelage of Bonnie Hamilton and just completed his NYC debut with City Lyric Opera as Nemorino in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore.
Amelia Burshe, originally from Tyler, Texas is a soprano and a recent graduate of SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music. Prior to receiving her masters degree at Purchase, Amelia attended The Boston Conservatory where she completed her Bachelor's Degree in Vocal Performance.
During her studies Amelia performed many opera roles including Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi , Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Laetitia in The Old Maid And The Thief and Anna-Viola in Confession. Recently she was featured as the soprano soloist in Carmina Burana with the Purchase Symphony Orchestra.
Artistic Director & Piano Accompanist
Mary Pinto, an 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.
Mariana Karpatova, mezzo-soprano, appeared “Live from Lincoln Center” in Maurice Sendak’s Hänsel und Gretel as the Mother and the Witch while studying at Juilliard. At her debut with Sarasota Opera, was praised for “acting and singing with passion and power.” She was an Alice Tully Vocal Arts Debut Award recipient and cited by the New York Times under the headline, “A Debut with Signs of the Future.”
Opera appearances include Sarasota Opera as Cuniza in Oberto, Michigan Opera as Quickly in Falstaff, Metropolitan Opera as Maid in Elektra and Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica, the Bulgarian National Opera as Azucena in Il Trovatore, and many more. Her concerts include Symphony No. 8, Verdi’s Requiem, Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky, Shoenberg’s Gurrelieder, Ravel’s Scheherazade, Bach’s Magnificat and St. Matthew Passion, Beethoven’s Mass in C, Durufle’s Requiem, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, and others.
In Summer 2018, Ms. Karpatova performed songs by Brahms and Bulgarian and American composers in the first edition of “Unbeaten Path” - a chamber music festival in her native country, Bulgaria.
Ms. Karpatova is a recognized specialist training youth and advanced professional singers for contemporary and classical music. She has a private practice (Mariana Voice Studio) and is on the vocal teaching staff at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison.