The Second Annual Opera Night "Operatopia"

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Meet the Musicians




Sarah Callinan, Soprano


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Sarah Callinan return to us again this year after her wonderful performace int the First Annual Opera Night. Praised for her ‘pure, lustrous voice’ and ‘Lucille Ball-like energy,’ soprano Sarah Callinan has performed a wide variety of roles throughout the US and Europe. Some favorites include Despina (Cosi Fan Tutte) with Opera Carolina, Blondchen (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) with Arizona Opera, Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) and the title role in La Fille du Régiment with Connecticut Concert Opera, Gilda (Rigoletto) and Amina (La Sonnambula) with Salt Marsh Opera and Valencienne (The Merry Widow) with Cape Cod Opera. Most recently she portrayed Blonde the Orion Slave Girl in a Star Trek parody of Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio with Salt Marsh Opera, she appeared in the Texas premiere of The Hotel Casablanca as Veronique with Abilene Opera, and sang the role of Marianne in The New Moon and Helen de Vazquez in Victor Herbert’s Orange Blossoms with Light Opera of New York, which was recently released on the Albany Records label


Read more and hear audio of Sarah's past perfomances here.


 

Kim Sogioka,  Mezzo Soprano  


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Praised by Opera (UK) as “...the most opulent female sound on the stage...” young mezzo-soprano Kimberly Sogioka is drawing much attention as an exciting artist on the operatic and concert stage. Ms. Sogioka’s 2014-15 engagements include Suzuki in Madama Butterfly and Siébel in Faust with Michigan Opera Theatre, Carmen in scenes from Carmen with the Metropolitan Opera Guild, and workshops of Bruce Wolosoff’s The Great Good Thing and Sarah Mattox’s Heart Mountain. Also in demand as a concert artist, appearances have included the west-coast premiere of Mack Wilberg’s Requiem, Irving Fine’s The Hourglass and An Immorality by Copland with The National Chorale at Avery Fisher Hall, and Das Lied von der Erde with the Orchestra Insonica at Paul Hall, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with the Greenwich Choral Society and Mozart’s Requiem with the Camerata New York.  Ms. Sogioka also collaborated with renowned harpsichordist Kenneth Cooper, in selections from Bach’s Weihnachts-Oratorium, and also performed as part of his master class series for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. This year, Ms. Sogioka was the first place winner of the Rochester Oratorio Society Classical Idol Competition, as well as winner of the Audience Favorite Award and second place winner in the New Jersey State Opera Alfredo Silipigni Vocal Competition.  She also made her off Broadway debut in the New York Musical Theatre Festival singing the role of the Evangelist Narrator in Gerald Fried’s Omnia ad Dei Gloriam (or Les the Least Straightens the Lord).


For more information about Kim, visit her website.


Brian Cheney, Tenor


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Hailed by KUSC Los Angeles as the “next great tenor”, Brian Cheney, protégé of legendary tenor Jerry Hadley, has gained international acclaim for his portrayal of characters such as Don José in Carmen, Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca, Rodolfo in La bohème, the Duke in Rigoletto, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, and Canio in I Pagliacci. The 2018-2019 season will showcase Mr. Cheney’s seamless versatility beginning with his creating the role of Victor Frankenstein in three sold out performances of Gregg Kallor’s World Premiere of Frankenstein in NYC. Other highlights include his debut with the National Philharmonic as tenor soloist in a concert celebrating the music of Leonard Bernstein, Verdi’s Requiem with Southern Illinois Symphony, and Salute to Vienna Concerts in Chicago, Boston and Hartford produced by Attila Glatz Productions. He will also perform Canio in I Pagliacciand the tenor soloist in Pulcinella with Opera Orlando, and Antonin Scalia in Derrick Wang’s Scalia/Ginsburgwith Opera Delaware. Following Mr. Cheney’s debut at Carnegie Hall in 2007, he has performed concert works and oratorios throughout the country. The Daily Gazette in Albany, NY had this to say about his recent performance of Handel’s Messiah: Mr. Cheney is also an accomplished recitalist performing recitals and concerts internationally, with performances in cities from Montreal, Vienna, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia to his New York City recital debut at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall.

 

For more information about Brian, visit his website.


 

Adelmo Guidarelli, Bass


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Luciano Pavarotti told Adelmo to “Make Opera Your Bible” when they first met and since that meeting he has strived to do so. In addition to opera Mr. Guidarelli landed a National TV commercial for SONY’s PS4 Pro “Opera Campaign” that debuted during the 2018 Super Bowl game day coverage on NBC, hosted a TV show called “Voices Among Us”, won the 2011 MAC Award for “Best Comedy Performer” for the opera comedy show OPERATION OPERA, was invited by Ryan Seacrest to perform Mozart’s “Non più andrai” on his E! Channel series Bank of Hollywood, was heard on a national commercial for Lidia’s Italian Gourmet Kitchen, and is a featured soloist on a German Children’s CD called "Der Kleine Tanzbar Schubidu". He is also part of the SONY MBA (Music Business Association) catalog singing the seasonal hits “A Christmas Toast” and “Sing Your Song” (lyrics by Michael MacKenzie Wills). His debut solo album titled “Treasured Songs of Italy & Germany” spawned an International Association of Independent Recording Artists (IAIRA) certified International #1 hit for his dual language version of “Funiculi, Funicula”, and he won The Akademia Music Award for Best Gospel Song for his rendition of “Sweet Little Jesus Boy”. He is a voting member of The Recording Academy and an annual participant at the Grammy Awards. Adelmo’s 2018 season is his busiest yet with 7 role debuts! It starts with Pensacola Opera in a role debut as Sharpless in Puccini’s MADAMA BUTTERFLY then Opera Tampa in another role debut as Bartolo in Mozart’s LE NOZZE DI FIGARO. Next he joins Opera in Williamsburg for a company and roles debut as Morales/Zuniga in Bizet’s CARMEN and then returns to the role of Don Magnifico in Rossini’s LA CENERENTOLA making his company debut with Opera Las Vegas. He then joins The Wendy Taucher Opera Theater on Martha’s Vineyard for a role and company debut as Sulpice in Donizetti’s LA FILLE DU REGIMENT and returns to Salt Marsh Opera for his roles debut as Benoit/Alcindoro in Puccini’s LA BOHEME.


For more information about Adelmo, visit his website.



Adam Cioffari, Bass


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Bass-baritone Adam Cioffari joins the Utah Symphony in the 2013-14 season for his first performances of Brander in Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust and reprises the role and piece later with the Tucson Symphony. He also sings Zuniga in Carmen with Pensacola Opera in addition to returning to Verdi’s Requiem with the Boise Philharmonic. Engagements in future seasons include his first Papageno in Die Zauberflöte in a return to the Teatro Municipal de Santiago. Last season he joined the Staatstheater Stuttgart for a year for a number of roles including Masetto in Don Giovanni; Patrocle in a new production of Iphigénie en Aulide and Lakai in Ariadne auf Naxos, both new productions; Angelotti in Tosca, Gran Sacerdote in Nabucco, in addition to joining the company for its productions of Alcina, La cenerentola, Die Zauberflöte, L’écume des jours, and Platée. He also sang the Novice’s Friend in Billy Budd with the Teatro Municipal de Santiago and a Flemish Deputy in Don Carlo at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse in addition to Verdi’s Requiem with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.He recently completed a two-year tenure in the Opera Studio of the Komische Oper Berlin, where his roles included Morales in Carmen and the Brother in in Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins, both new productions, as well as Nightwatchman in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Hermann and Schlemil in Les contes d’Hoffmann, First Nazarene and Second Soldier in Salome, Plutus in Pique Dame, Marquis D’Obigny in La Traviata, Count Ceprano in Rigoletto, and the Herald in The Love for Three Oranges. Also while in Berlin, he sang Kaspar in Der Freischutz in student performances at the Deutsche Oper Berlin as well as at the Heimathafen Neukölln and de Suze in Maria di Rohan with the Berlin Opera Group. He returned to the States for Count Ceprano in concert performances of Rigoletto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl.

 

Christopher Brayne, Accompanist

 


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 Chris received a Master of Arts degree from the University of Cambridge in 1978, and was awarded the prestigious Organ Performance Diploma as an Assoiciate of the Royal College of Music. Previously, he served for seven years as the Assistant Organist at Wells Cathedral, and later was the Organist and Master of the Choristers at Bristol Cathedral for eight years. St. John's of Lattingtown is his second American church as he previously spent eleven years as the Director of Music and Organist at Christ Church (Episcopal) in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

 

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