OPERA in the PARK
Our ever-popular Summer Recital Series treats music lovers to a precious portal into the essence of the art of singing. Celebrated opera singers from across the country will transform the Winter Park University Club into a space for "must hear music." The experience will be made all the more special by the inclusion of Opera Orlando favorite Robin Stamper on the piano for all three performances. See schedule and ticket info below and read more about the performers.
August 21st - Amanda Crider (pictured above)
August 28th - THE THREE BARITONES - Nathan Stark, Brian Myer, and Gabriel Preisser
September 4th - Marco Panuccio
Tickets are $30 each or $75 for all three recitals. Tickets go on sale July 1st.
*All concerts begin at 2pm and take place at the University Club of Winter Park (841 N Park Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789)
Mr. Robin Stamper currently serves as Managing Director and Chorus Master for Opera Tampa. Robin originally grew up in Orlando and left to earn degrees in performance from the Eastman School of Music and the Juilliard School. He was Director of Music for the Kentucky Opera in Louisville for five years and then Music Director with the Nevada Opera for four years. In 2003, he returned to Orlando to serve as Music Director and Chorus Director with the Orlando Opera until the opera company closed in 2009. In 2011 he was named as Music Director for Florida Opera Theatre and remains as an artistic advisor to the newly named Opera Orlando. He has also performed as a soloist and is sought after as a recital accompanist.
Praised for her “focused golden toned voice,” American mezzo-soprano Amanda Crider is quickly gaining recognition for her extraordinary musicality and assured dramatic presence. She was recently seen with Florentine Opera as Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Alma in the world premiere opera Persona with Beth Morrison Projects, and as Olga in Eugene Onegin with Eugene Opera. Ms. Crider has sung with numerous opera companies across the US including Castelton Festival, the Dallas Opera, New York City Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Boston, Opera Omaha, Des Moines Metro Opera, and others. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2007 with the New England Symphonic Ensemble. Ms. Crider has been a prize winner and finalist in many competitions, including the José Iturbi International Voice Competition and the Jensen Foundation Voice Competition. She currently serves as the Artistic Director of Miami's Art Song and Vocal Chamber Music series, IlluminArts (www.illuminarts.org).
Critically acclaimed baritone Brian James Myer joins the resident artist ensemble at Opera San Jose during the 2016-2017 season where he will sing Figaro (The Barber of Seville), Ponchel (Silent Night), and Schaunard (La Bohème). Recent engagements include his Florida Grand Opera debut as Figaro (The Barber of Seville), Manfred (For a Look or a Touch)also with Florida Grand Opera and Papageno (Die Zauberflöte). Mr. Myer’s solo concert performances include Mozart’s Requiem and Coronation Mass, Milhaud’s Cantate de Psaumes, Bach’s Magnificat and Weihnachts-Oratorium, Rutter’s Mass of the Children, and Brahms’ Liebeslieder Walzer in venues ranging from his hometown of Las Vegas to Canada. Mr. Myer holds a Master of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music. He is also a published composer, whose choral octavo can be found and purchased at Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Inc.
Praised by the Washington Post as having a voice of "unearthly power," The Houston Press as being a "blow away singer," and the San Jose Mercury News as a "natural comic actor," American bass-baritone, Nathan Stark, has performed on operatic, concert and recital stages throughout the United States, Europe and China. Hailing from Hughson, California, Mr. Stark has performed with opera houses throughout the United States, including the Metropolitan Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Atlanta Opera, Virginia Opera and Arizona Opera, to name a few. Some of his noted operatic roles have included Mustafà in L'Italiana in Algeri, both Don Basilio and Don Bartolo in il Barbiere di Siviglia, both Leporello and il Commendatore in Don Giovanni, both Monterone and Sparafucile in Rigoletto, Colline in La Boheme, Zuniga in Carmen, and Cardinal Barberini in Galileo Galilei. He holds degrees in vocal & opera performance from California State University, Long Beach (B.M. & M.M.) and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (A.D.)
Critically acclaimed by The New York Times and Opera News, Gabriel Preisser has performed leading-man roles for various companies throughout the US including the Minnesota Orchestra, Colorado Symphony, Opera San Antonio, and others. Most notably, he created the role of Lt. Gordon in Kevin Puts’ Pulitzer Prize winning Silent Night at Minnesota Opera with subsequent performances at Opera Philadelphia and Cincinnati Opera and subsequent national broadcasts on PBS.
On the concert stage he has garnered a reputation for his dynamic interpretations of Orff’s Carmina Burana and Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast with such organizations as the Canterbury Chorale, Atlanta Ballet, Orlando Ballet, Jacksonville Symphony, and others. In addition, he is a frequent recitalist throughout the US and a proponent of American composers such as Charles Ives, Carlisle Floyd, Aaron Copland, John Duke, and others. He received degrees from Florida State University and University of Houston.
EMMY® nominated and award-winning lyric tenor Marco Panuccio is earning sensational international acclaim from both critics and audiences. Recently, Mr. Panuccio sang Alfredo in La Travita with Grange Park Opera in which Bachtrack said, “Marco Panuccio has a real sense of reach and depth in his voice. His ‘Parigi, o cara’ is bewitching and heartrending.” Mr. Panuccio also sang the Duke in Verdi’s Rigoletto of which The Stage Reviews said, “Marco Panuccio’s Duke is the work of an artist.” Mr. Panuccio performed Bégearss in The Ghosts of Versailles with Wexford Festival Opera in which Opera News raved saying, “As the villain Bégearss, Mr. Panuccio gave what might well turn out to be a career-making performance.” Mr. Panuccio also performed the EMMY® nominated production of O Holy Night: An Evening of Holiday Song which the Chicago Tribune described as “what a holiday concert should be: beautifully sung, moving, intelligent.”
Upcoming performances in the 2016 season and beyond include tenor soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Handel’s Messiah with the Richmond Symphony; Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Bohème with Gulf Coast Symphony; tenor soloist in Haydn’s Creation, 3 Tenors in Red Socks with the Lebanon Symphony Orchestra and featured performer in the EMMY® nominated production of Marco Panuccio Presents O Holy Night: An Evening of Holiday Song.
Mr. Panuccio’s operatic roles include Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Bohème (Teatro La Fenice, Lyrique-en-Mer Festival de Belle-Île, Cleveland Opera); Des Grieux in Massenet’s Manon (Lyric Opera of Chicago); Edgardo in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor (Florida Grand Opera, Arizona Opera, Cincinnati Opera); Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata (Grange Park Opera, Portland SummerFest); Duke in Verdi’s Rigoletto (Grange Park Opera, New Orleans Opera); Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly (Grange Park Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago); title role in Bernstein’s Candide (Münchner Philharmoniker); Don José in Bizet’s Carmen (Opera Holland Park); Des Grieux in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut (Opera Grand Rapids); Don Ruiz di Padilla in Donizetti’s Maria Padilla (Chelsea Opera Group); title role in Harbison’s The Great Gatsby (Ensemble Parallèle); Anthony in Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd (Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Teatro Comunale Luciano Pavarotti a Modena, Teatro Rossini a Lugo, Teatri Comunali di Piacenza); Electrician in Thomas Adès’s Powder Her Face (Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Teatro Rossini a Lugo); Manrico in Verdi’s Il Trovatore (Portland SummerFest); Prince Karl in Romberg’s The Student Prince (Nashville Opera), and the Italian Singer in Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier (Cincinnati Opera).
Equally in demand as a concert soloist, Mr. Panuccio has appeared in the Puccini Gala (London Symphony Orchestra, Beijing Symphony); tenor soloist in Verdi’s Requiem (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Lebanon Symphony Orchestra, Reno Philharmonic, Binghamton Philharmonic, Gulf Coast Symphony); tenor soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig MDR Sinfonieorchester, Nashville Symphony); tenor soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (Honolulu Symphony, Richmond Symphony); tenor soloist in Britten at 100, and the EMMY® nominated production of Marco Panuccio Presents O Holy Night: An Evening of Holiday Song.
More information about Mr. Panuccio is available on his website at www.marcopanuccio.com