Opera Club of The Villages
Meet The Opera Club
Greetings From Our President
Happy New Year!
It was wonderful to see so many members at our International Holiday Party . Marlene Croft and Rosalie Locke and committee members did a spectacular job decorating the room and setting such an elegant and interesting dessert table. Maestro Bill Doherty presented a fabulous program featuring Heather Ard, Sam Reynolds, Mariangel Cesstari and Leah Shewmaker. It was a fantastic way to end a very dark year.
We have a change in artists for our" Three Tenors Plus One" fundraiser scheduled for Saturday, February 12, 2022. Our Canadian Tenor, Marcel D'Entremont has withdrawn for fear of re-entry delays due to Covid when he returns to Toronto after the concert.
Bill Doherty was successful in contacting Russian Tenor, Pavel Sulandiza in New York. Pavel sang for us in the last Enchanted Evening concert at The Eisenhower Center, and also sang in Three Tenors Plus One three years ago. At that time, he was with the Miami Opera . Presently, he just completed studies at Mannes College of Music in New York City. He comes with high credentials. He was the 1st place winner in 2013 and 2014 with AADGT in New York, performing in Carnegie Hall, third prize winner in the Talents of the World International Competition and the finalist of Licia-Albenese competition and Giulio Gari competition. Villagers were thrilled with his command, personality and magnificent voice.Together with Fernando Varela, Devin Eatmon, and soprano, Ashley Thunder, under the Direction and accompaniment of Bill Doherty,, it will be a night to remember! Please support " Three Tenors Plus One"; our only fundraiser that fuels the Music Scholarships for local aspiring musicians.
Today, we announced that auditions will be Online once again due to the rising threat of the omicron variants. Since its inception, over $567,479 in Scholarship money has been awarded to 89 students from the tri- county area. Our yearly awards range from $28,000 to $56,000 awarded in 2021.
I look forward to seeing you at the Sharon Performing Arts Center on Saturday, February 12 at 3:00 p.m. or 7:00 pm. Until then, take care and stay safe.
Gerri Piscitelli, President
Opera Club of the Villages