SPRING AHEAD TO OPERA WITH OUR APRIL MUSICALE
Sunday April 18, 2021 at 3pm
St. Margaret of Scotland Church, 6 Sussex Ave, Morristown
Join famed Metropolitan Opera stars Kathryn Krasovec, Mezzo-Soprano and Mark Delavan, Baritone as they explore the triumphant and hilarious Operatic repertoire.
Video and photo highlights coming soon.
Kathryn Krasovec, a graduate of the Juilliard Opera Center and The San Francisco Opera’s Merola Young Artist Program has performed on such prominent stages as The Metropolitan Opera, Spoleto Festival USA, Weill Hall/Carnegie Hall, The National Theater of Prague and Theater Bremen in Germany and her career spans engagements throughout Europe, North America and the Middle East.
Ms. Krasovec’s most recent performances include a world première of a one-woman monodrama The Echo Drift by Mikael Karlsson in the role of Walker Loats at The PROTOTYPE Festival in NYC.
Speaking fluent German, Ms Krasovec was engaged for five seasons in Germany and the Czech Republic. Three seasons were spent in a fest contract with Das Theater Trier and two seasons were filled with guest contracts at Theater Bremen and both The Prague State Opera and The National Theater of Prague. Among her notable European accomplishments was the debut of Frid’s Das Tagebuch der Anne Frank in the role of Anne Frank.
Ms. Krasovec has recently returned to The Princeton Festival as Mrs. Sedley in Peter Grimes and Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro. She sang the world première of a Grammy Award winning piece called Peacemakers by James Aikman with The Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. Ms Krasovec was heard as soloist with The Princeton Baroque Festival Orchestra in the Bach Cantata BWV 147, Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben and was soloist with Voices Up! in a concert series showcasing new composers in New York City. She has collaborated with the American Opera Projects and NYU Tisch School of The Arts as part of the New York OperaFest for three-seasons in premiering new works.
She debuted in Carnegie’s Weill Hall in Mohammed Fairouz’s Audenesque as soloist with The Mimesis Ensemble; was soloist with The Oratorio Society of New Jersey in Handel’s Dettingen Te Deum and a work by Karl Jenkins, The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace.
She made her Princeton Festival debut as Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro; Spoleto USA debut in Philip Glass’s Kepler; was recently engaged with Beth Morrison Productions of Missy Mazzoli’s, Song from the Uproar; and sang the role of Public Opinion in Offenbach’s Orfée aux Enfer with Light Opera of NJ.
She has been heard as soloist in Berlioz’ Les Nuits d’été and Bernstein’s Arias and Barcarolles, Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Haydn’s Harmoniemesse, Mendelssohn’s Sinfonie Nr.2 “Lobgesang”, Elijah, Handel’s Messiah and Vivaldi’s Gloria and has sung concerts under the auspices of Choral Nova of Berkeley, CA, Norwalk Youth Symphony, Emerald City Opera and Staedtisches Orchester Trier. She appeared with American Opera Projects in And Death Shall Have No Dominion by Pete M. Wyer, a work celebrating the centenary of the birth of Dylan Thomas.
Ms. Krasovec sang Anne Frank with The Prague State Opera as well as being the first American to sing the title role in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen and the British Dancing Girl in John Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer at The National Theater of Prague. Ms. Krasovec later reprised the role of The Cunning Little Vixen at Theater Bremen.
After winning the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, while becoming a member of The Juilliard Opéra Center, she made her Metropolitan Opera debut as a Woodsprite in Rusalka, performed the roles of Blumenmädchen and Knappen in Parsifal and covered the role of Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Ms. Krasovec many role debuts including: Siebel in Faust, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Carmen in La tragédie de Carmen, Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel and Dorabella in Così fan tutte. Within the contemporary world she has debuted roles in The DeCameron, Blood Wedding, Korczak’s Orphans and Dinner and Delusion.
In addition to the international opera companies, her regional credits include; Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Chautauqua Opera, Hawai’i Opera Theater, NYCO Vox, Center for Contemporary Opera, International Opera Theater, Emerald City Opera, Shreveport Opera and Western Plains Opera.
Mark Delavan, a singer of “incisive vocal power and fierce theatrical acuity,” is sought after throughout the United States and Europe for the most demanding roles in his operatic repertoire. He regularly appears in the title roles of Der fliegende Holländer, Falstaff, and Rigoletto, and as Iago in Otello, Scarpia in Tosca, Jochanaan in Salome, and Amonasro in Aida. In addition, as a strong character actor on stages throughout the country, he has proved himself a crossover artist of immense skill. Most recently, Delavan starred as Phil Arkin in Milk and Honey with York Theatre Company, to critical acclaim. Of his performance, critics hailed his “rich, resonant voice,” with “impressively clear high notes.”
2020 and 2021 engagements were to include a return to the Metropolitan Opera for Tosca, Aida, Hansel and Gretel, and Rusalka, as well as performances of Lohengrin with the Dallas Opera and I Pagliacci with Michigan Opera Theater, and the title roles of The Flying Dutchman and Falstaff. Last season, Mr. Delavan performed the roles of Michele/Alfio in Tabbaro/Cavalleria Rusticana with Maryland Lyric Opera, Amfortas in Parsifal with Indiana University Opera Theater, and Jocanaan in Salome with the Dallas Symphony.
At the Metropolitan Opera, Mr. Delavan took his interpretation of Wotan in cycles of Der Ring des Nibelungen under Fabio Luisi to critical acclaim. He has also performed at the esteemed house, the title roles of Simon Boccanegra and Nabucco, and has appeared as Scarpia in Tosca, Amonasro in Aida, Tomsky in Pique Dame, Alfio in Cavalleria rusticana, Carlo in La forza del destino, Gianciotto in Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini, Gerard in a major revival of Andrea Chénier, and in recent productions of La Fanciulla del West and Falstaff.
Internationally, Delavan has worked most frequently with the Deutsche Oper Berlin, in performances of Wotan in Der Ring des Nibelungen, as well as in stand-alone performances of Das Rheingold and Die Walküre led by Donald Runnicles, as Scarpia in Tosca, Jupiter in Die Liebe der Danae, Alfio/Tonio in the double-bill of Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci, and Iago in Otello. He débuted as Jochanaan in Salome at Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova under Fabio Luisi and went on to perform the role in productions with Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu and in concert with the Prague State Opera. He also has sung Jack Rance in La fanciulla del West for Den Jyske Opera and Scarpia in Tosca with the Canadian Opera Company.
With the San Francisco Opera he created the role of Giovanni in the world première of Marco Tutino’s Two Women (La Ciociara) and has appeared there as Scarpia in Tosca and Wotan in Die Walküre. With the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Delavan was most praised for his creation of the role of Snooks Brenner in the world première of William Bolcom’s A Wedding, directed by Robert Altman and conducted by Dennis Russell Davies. He has also appeared with the company as Amfortas in Parsifal, Alfio/Tonio in Cavalleria rusticana/I pagliacci, Scarpia in Tosca, Germont in La Traviata, Renato in Un ballo in Maschera, Robert Carsens staging of Gluck’s Iphigenie en Tauride (Louis Langrèe conducting) and David McVicar’s production of Verdi’s Il trovatore (Bruno Bartoletti conducting).
Notable engagements in the US also include, Don Carlo in La forza del destino at Washington National Opera, the title role of Der fliegende Holländer with Arizona Opera, the Four Villains in Les contes d’Hoffmann at Palm Beach Opera, Jack Rance in La faniculla del West for Michigan Opera Theatre, Iago in Otello for Opera Philadelphia, and the title roles in Rigoletto, Nabucco and Falstaff, as well as Scarpia in Tosca for Pittsburgh Opera. He has made several appearances with Santa Fe Opera including Mandryka in a new production of Arabella and Jack Rance in La faniculla del West, performed Amonasro in Aida for Atlanta Opera and at the Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under James Conlon, and performed Kurt Weill’s The Road of Promise with the Collegiate Chorale at Carnegie Hall and with the New York Choral Society in Mendelssohn’s St. Paul.
A popular performer with the former New York City Opera, Mr. Delavan has sung in numerous productions with the company, including the title roles in Der fliegende Holländer, Rigoletto, Macbeth, and Falstaff, as well as starring in the title role of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd to great critical acclaim. Mr. Delavan’s NYCO credits also include the roles of the four villains in Les contes d’Hoffman, Scarpia (telecast live on PBS for ‘Live From Lincoln Center’), Ezio in Attila, Escamillo in Carmen, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, the Duke of Nottingham in Roberto Devereux and in new productions of The Ballad of Baby Doe as Horace Tabor, Il trittico as Michele and Gianni Schicchi, and Salome.
Born in Princeton, New Jersey, Mr. Delavan earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Oral Roberts University. He was a national finalist of the Metropolitan Opera auditions and an Adler Fellow with the San Francisco Opera.
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.