Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to have a fireside chat and private performance with opera's most beloved icon, Maria Callas?
Wonder no more! Baltimore Concert Opera presents Francesca Mondanaro and Fabrizio Melano in an illuminating tribute to La Divina.
WHEN: May 16th at 8 PM
WHERE: The Engineers Club, 11 W. Mt. Vernon Place, Baltimore
TICKETS: $100, $90, $80, $70, $60
Price of admission to this special event includes a post-performance champagne and dessert reception with Ms. Mondanaro and Mr. Melano.
Maria Callas is one of the most renowned and influential opera singers of the 20th century. Critics praised her bel canto technique, wide-ranging voice and dramatic gifts. Her repertoire ranged from classical opera seria to the bel canto opera of Donizetti, Bellini and Rossini. Her musical and dramatic talents led to her being hailed as La Divina.
Her dramatic life and personal tragedy have often overshadowed Callas the artist in the popular press. However, her artistic achievements were such that Leonard Bernstein called her “The Bible of opera” and her influence was so enduring that, in 2006, Opera News wrote “nearly thirty years after her death, she’s still the definition of the diva as artist — and one of classical music’s best-selling vocalists.”
A specialist in Verdi and heavier bel-canto repertoire, Francesca Mondanaro’s 2013-2014 season includes her Lyric Opera of Baltimore debut as Abigaille in NABUCCO. Having previously covered the title role of NORMA there with Maestro Christian Badea, this season will see her starring in productions of the same bel canto heroine with companies including Baltimore Concert Opera and Taconic Opera. She has already peformed NORMA in concert for the Calvary Concert Series of New York and the Richard Tucker Music Foundation. Also in 2013, for Opera Delaware she will reprise her recitals with stage director Fabrizio Melano (Metropolitan Opera), based on the life and career of Maria Callas.
Fabrizio Melano is an established figure of the international opera scene, having worked with leading opera houses throughout the world for more than twenty-five years. He began a long-standing relationship with the Metropolitan Opera in 1970 and was a close personal friend of Maria Callas.
Jeffrey Miller, pianist
Jeffrey Miller is a graduate of West Chester University and it was during his freshman year at WCU under the guidance of Stella Conaway that he chose to specialize in accompanying. Since that time he has performed recitals with many of America’s finest singers, and has accompanied master classes for Birgit Nilsson, Maureen Forrester, John Duke, Martina Arroyo, Evelyn Lear, and David Garvey. Now in his 30th season with OperaDelaware, Mr. Miller has been principal accompanist since 1985, chorus master since 1995, and was appointed Music Director of OperaDelaware in 2010.
Mr. Miller is currently Director of Music and Organist at Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware, and continues to coach singers in his private studio.