PUCCINI's BEL CANTO LYRICISM
Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 2 pm
Soprano Meryl Dominguez, tenor Roy Hage and baritone Matthew Ciuffitelli performed lyrical arias and works by composers who influenced and were influenced composer Giaomo Puccini. Mary Pinto accompanied the singers on piano.
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.
Roy Hage is a two-time Grammy nominated artist who has performed over 40 roles including the Duke (Rigoletto), Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore), Alfredo (LaTraviata), Tamino (The Magic Flute), Des Grieux (Manon), Ruggero (La Rondine), Judge Danforth (The Crucible), Jeník (The Bartered Bride), The Italian Singer (Capriccio), Chevalier de la Force (Dialogues des Carmélites), and the title roles in The Tales of Hoffmann, The Rakes Progress, Candide, La Clemenza di Tito, and Pelléas and Melisande.
Roy has performed with ensembles including the Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras, the St.Louis and New Jersey
symphonies, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Symphony in C, and City Music Cleveland among others. He has performed with opera companies such as Opera Philadelphia, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Miami Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Chautauqua Music Festival, Yale Opera, Curtis Opera Theater, Oberlin Opera Theater, and Academy of Vocal Arts.
Roy has performed in premieres of a number of works including Stephen Stucky's "The Stars and the Roses" for tenor and chamber ensemble, the roles of Horus / The Beloved in David Hertzberg's "The Rose Elf," the world premieres of Tony Solitro's “More Beautiful than Night,” Kurt Rohde's “Three Minutes with Ned” for tenor and piano, and the East Coast premieres of Theodore Morrison’s "Oscar" and "Cold Mountain." His two Grammy nominations were for his appearance as a solo artist in the Pentatone Recording of the Santa Fe World Premiere of "Cold Mountain."
Roy completed his training at Interlochen Arts Academy, Oberlin Conservatory, Yale University, and Curtis Institute of Music from where he holds the degree of Master of Music.
Meryl Dominguez is in her final year of residency at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. This summer she made her singing debut at Santa Fe Opera with Naiade in Ariadne auf Naxos. For the Academy of Vocal Arts she performed a variety of roles including Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata, Zerbinetta in Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, Die Königin der Nacht in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, the title role in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Rosalinde Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus and Adina in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore. Upcoming debuts include the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor with Knoxville Opera.
Included with her passion for the operatic repertoire, is an enthusiasm for art song and contemporary music. Recitals have included LyricFest on a premiere of John Musto’s set Be Music, Night. Additional recitals have featured Lili Boulanger’s Clairières dans le ciel, Debussy’s fêtes galantes II, Strauss’ Brentano Lieder, Britten folk songs, Poulenc’s fiançailles pour rire, Rachmaninov op. 38, Wolf’s Spanischesliederbuch and selections from Musto’s Penelope. Upcoming concerts include a collaboration with harpist Parker Ramsay presenting a multifaceted recital, spanning poetic genres and cultures.
Under the guidance of Ms. Marilyn Horne, she attended the Music Academy of the West, where she was featured in masterclasses and concerts. She was a winner in the inaugural Deborah Voigt/Vero Beach Opera Foundation’s International Vocal Competition, an Encouragement Award winner with The Gerda Lissner Foundation, and a Grant winner from the Giulio Gari Foundation.
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. As Opera at Florham's Vice President, she serves as Musical & Artistic Director and provides piano accompaniment at musicales.
Ms. Pinto is a student of John Wustman, the renowned accompanist for Luciano Pavarotti. She began her professional career as a rehearsal pianist for several noted opera companies: Dallas Opera, Chicago's Lyric Opera, Omaha Opera and others.
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 several 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.