OUR THREE TENORS
September 20, 2020 at 2 pm
The Conservatory at Rod's Steak & Seafood Grille
Opera at Florham presents Our Three Tenors - a Tribute to Luciano Pavarotti. Matthew Cerillo, Jacob Rivera and Theron Cromer were Opera at Florham's three tenors accompanied by Artistic Director Mary Pinto. Special appearance by guest artist Mia Pafumi singing "The Prayer" with Theron. Commentary by Mariana Karpatova.
The Musicale was held in the stunning Conservatory of Rod's Steak & Seafood Grille in Morristown followed by a three course dinner outside on the patio.
Jacob Rivera,is a recent graduate of SUNY Purchase with his Master of Music. In the summer of 2019, Jacob completed the Russian Opera Workshop singing the role of Lensky from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. During the summer of 2018, Jacob sang the role of Andreas in The Tales of Hoffman with Opera North.
Jacob has performed with Queens Summer Vocal Institute and Westchester Summer Vocal Institute doing scenes from from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Fidelio, Die LustigenWeiber von Windsor, Le Nozze di Figaro, and Poulenc’s Dialogue of the Carmelites. At Purchase he sang in Le Nozze di Figaro; The Crucible (Ezekiel Cheever); Amahl and the Night Visitors (Kaspar); L'incoronazione di Poppea (Liberto, Lucano); Don Giovanni (Don Ottavio), Gianni Schicchi (Rinuccio) and (Le Chevalier de la force) Dialogues of the Carmelites.
Jacob also participated in Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance Program for three consecutive seasons, performing in the choruses of La Fille du Régiment, La Bohème and Carmen.
Matthew Cerillo is an Italian-American tenor from Freehold, New Jersey. He is a recent graduate of Hofstra University with a Bachelors in Voice Performance. He studied in the private studio of Tammy Hensrud and will be joining the studio of Arthur Levy this fall (2020) at The Mannes School of Music.
Matthew has been a member of the Hofstra Chorale, Chamber Choir, Collegium Musicum, and Opera Theater (annual production and scenes program). He has also performed as a guest artist in the Stony Brook Graduate Opera Theater, American Chamber Ensemble, and many composition recitals for newly composed works. Matthew has most recently performed the role of Tamino for Hofstra University's 2020 production of Die Zauberflöte. He has performed the roles of Don Basilio (Le Nozze di Figaro), Demetrius (The Fairy Queen), as well as Dianna Trapes, Filch, and Ben Budge (The Beggar's Opera) with full orchestra.
Matthew has participated in Ukrainian Artists Music in Kiev (with the National Presidential Orchestra of Ukraine), Music in the Alps in Bad Gastein, West Chester Summer Vocal Institute in Bronxville, and the Oyster Bay Music Festival in Oyster Bay. Matthew is a recipient of the highest scholarship at Mannes, the President’s Scholarship as well as the greatest solo vocal honor at Hofstra, The William B. Rosencrans endowed scholarship and recital.
Tenor Theron Cromer has performed lead roles in various operas including Goyescas, Bodas de Sangre, La Cambiale di Matrimonio, Dialogues of the Carmelites, Albert Herring, Il Giovedi Grasso, The Abduction from The Seraglio and Nabucco, among others. In Summer 2017, Theron was invited to perform the role of Don Ottavio for Music Academy International’s production of Don Giovanni in Fiera di Primiero, Italy. His concert work includes tenor solos in Carmina Burana, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Haydn’s The Creation, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and concerts of Broadway and popular music with a group of tenors called "Tenors on stage."
Theron received his Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Montclair State University and works regularly as a church soloist and tenor section leader.
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.
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.