AFTERNOON AT THE MET
EVENING ON BROADWAY
Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 2 pm
The 2018-2019 season opened with selections from the upcoming season of the Metropolitan Opera, including arias from La Bohème, Don Giovanni, La Traviata, Die Zauberflöte, and Tosca. Three award-winning vocalists from the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, performed. Mary Pinto played piano melodies cabaret-style followed by musical theater pieces inspired by the operas from South Pacific, West Side Story and Babes in Arms. There was a spontaneous Happy Birthday serenade to a 3-year old opera fan and some antics Sinatra-style to “The Lady Is a Tramp.”
Eric Delagrange is a native of Buffalo, and currently resides in Philadelphia as a first-year Resident Artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA). Recently, Delagrange has been seen as Gideon March/Dashwood in Little Women with Opera in the Heights. His talent has been recognized by Shreveport Opera’s Mary Jacobs Smith Competition, where he received the Dr. & Mrs. Bob Robinson Award; The American Opera Society of Chicago, in which he received first prize; the Kleinman Scholarship Award, where Delagrange took second place; as well as the Cynthia Verndakis Award given by the Orpheus Vocal Competition.
Delagrange received his Master of Music Degree from DePaul University and his Bachelor of Music Degree from Mercyhurst University. Future engagements include Vodník in Dvořák’s Rusalka at the Academy of Vocal Arts.
Tenor, Matthew White recently made his debut as Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with the Princeton Festival. He is entering his fourth year at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, where he has been heard as Edgardo in Lucia di lammermoor, Werther in the Massenet’s Werther, Avito in Montemezzi’s L’amore dei tre re, and Faust in Lili Boulanger’s Faust et Helene among many other roles.
White has been featured with the NJ Festival Orchestra, MET National Council of Florida, Ocean City Pops, Palm Beach Opera, Vero Beach Opera, PORTopera, and Seagle Music Colony. Among his competitions Mr. White lists Grand Prize of Girda Lissner International Vocal Competition, 1st place Deborah Voigt International Vocal Competition, 2nd place in the Metropolitan Opera mid-atlantic regionals, and the grand prize of the Mario Lanza Vocal Competition.
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.
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.