UN POMERIGGIO IN ITALIA
Sunday, November 8, 2020 at 2 pm
Join us for an afternoon of Italian Arias and Neopolitan ballads surrounded by the ambiance and Italian architecture of a Tuscan Villa. The music and 3-course dinner will transport you to "La Dolce Vita” (the good life). Soprano Amelia Bursche and tenor Frederick Schlick will perform the Italian repertoire accompanied by Artistic Director Mary Pinto.
Tickets for the combination Musicale and three-course dinner are $80.00. Seating is limited to 40 people so book now! This event is SOLD OUT!
Lauded for her “rich tones and sensual poise,'' Tyler, Texas native Amelia Burshe is a New York City based operatic soprano and a recent Master of Music graduate from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music. During her time at Purchase Amelia had the opportunity to perform diverse roles including; Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, and Anna-Viola in Confession by Raphaël Lucas. Before receiving her master's degree at Purchase,
Amelia attended The Boston Conservatory where she completed her bachelor's degree in vocal performance and performed the role of Laetitia in The Old Maid And The Thief.
In past seasons, she starred in the role of Dorabella in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte in the Tuscia Festival in Tuscia, Italy, was featured as the soprano soloist in Carmina Burana with the Purchase Symphony Orchestra and Opera at Florham’s recital series. Most recently Amelia performed the title role in Tchaikovsky's Iolanta with the Eurasia Festival.
Frederick Schlick praised for his “tender power” (Opera Wire) is a New York City based performer and a Master’s in Opera Performance graduate of The Boston Conservatory. In the summer of 2016, Frederick became a member of Brevard Music Center’s Janiec Opera company. There, he sang the roles of Lysander in Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and the role of Ethan Krusemark in the world premiere of Falling Angel. He was also one of the tenor soloists in Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music. Immediately after Brevard, Frederick made his professional debut as Young Jim Thompson in Tom Cipullo’s Glory Denied with Pensacola Opera in the fall of 2016. Frederick later reprised the same role in Glory Denied with Tri-Cities Opera the next year.
2018 marked Frederick’s NYC debut when he joined City Lyric Opera as Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore and returned in 2019 to sing Don José in La Tragédie de Carmen. These roles sparked an enormous shift toward the Italian and French lyric tenor repertoire, which led to future engagements like Alfredo in La Traviata (City Lyric Opera), Percy in Anna Bolena (dell’Arte Festival). However, due to Covid-19, these engagements have been postponed. 2020 kicked off with Frederick singing Rodolfo in Lancaster Opera’s La Bohème, and will be starting 2021 as a resident artist with Nashville Opera! Frederick is also an active voice teacher in the Greenwich, CT area.
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.