CANCELLED Opera at Florham Presents: An Operatic Holiday - Live on December 13th, Available Until December 31st
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About the Event
Opera at Florham Presents “An Operatic Holiday”
“Buon Natale with Maria Natale!” Operatic superstar soprano Maria
Natale and acclaimed pianist Mary Pinto perform seasonal holiday
classics and operatic selections on December 13, 2020 at 3 p.m. After
receiving 46,000 views of their recent Sparrow LIVE recital, they are
excited to reunite for the Opera at Florham audience. Guest Matthew
Ciuffitelli adds his rich baritone voice to the program.
Marie Natale, soprano, was praised by The New York Times for her “plummy, penetrating voice,” and is the recipient of multiple awards and grants from some of the most prestigious vocal competitions nationwide, including the Opera at Florham Vocal Competition. Of her portrayal of Violetta in La Traviata at Opera Maine, Opera News claimed, “her powerful soprano easily filled the house,” and Florida’s New Outpost hailed her as having an “unequivocal Italian sound.” Ms. Natale has been featured at Carnegie Hall in Faure’s "Requiem" and Mozart’s Missa Solemnis. In 2015 she was selected by the Metropolitan Opera Guild to sing with Placido Domingo in a Masterclass at Lincoln Center.
Matthew Ciuffitelli, baritone. Brooklyn Discovery raved, “Matthew Ciuffitelli has resonance and power,” qualities in evidence when he appeared as Dr. Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Sergeant Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore, the Sacristan in Tosca with Eastern Opera, Papageno in Nyack, Eisenstein in Amore Opera’s Die Fledermaus, and Prince Yamadori in New Jersey Festival Orchestra’s Madama Butterfly. Recently, Mr. Ciuffitelli appeared as a featured solo artist with the renowned Sharpe Family Singers in an extensive Broadway concert tour throughout Ireland and France. Visit him on social media as “The Opera Guy,” giving his operatic interpretation to current songs.
Mary Pinto, Opera at Florham’s Artistic Director, is an acclaimed accompanist and vocal coach who has worked with international opera singers and major American opera companies for over 25 years. Locally, she has performed with the New Jersey State Opera and Light Opera of New Jersey, and her international performances include Opera Noire’s Ensemble in Moscow and St. Petersburg. In summer, she can be found coaching for the Westchester Summer Vocal Institute in Rye, New York and Masterclass d'Ischia in Ischia, Italy. In September 2020, Ms. Pinto performed at Black Opera’s tribute honoring the 75th Birthday of Jessye Norman. In October she began mentoring and coaching at the Atelier d’Excellence Italian program. She is a private coach and accompanist at Montclair State University and at her studios in New Jersey and New York City.