Please join us for a workshop production of scenes from Unfinished, produced by Vital Opera.
5pm, Saturday, August 20, 2016 | Grace Episcopal Church, Millbrook, NY | Purchase tickets
3pm, Sunday, August 21, 2016 | Scorca Hall, National Opera Center, New York, NY | Purchase tickets
Hailed for her “focused soprano and crystal tone,” Maggie Finnegan is a versatile soprano, singing repertoire spanning from medieval to contemporary. Specializing in new opera, she created the role of Arrangiarsia in the world premier of Dominick DiOrio’s The Little Blue One with the Juventas New Music Ensemble, for which she was praised as “the opera’s most captivating musical presence.” She made her professional musical theater debut in The Sound of Music with Paper Mill Playhouse and she joined the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s School Touring Program of The Magic Flute, bringing opera to over 2,000 children throughout the New York metro area. Her performances this season include premieres with The American Chamber Opera Company (as Lisa in Lisa’s Room: A Dream Opera),Vital Opera (in Joshua Groffman’s Unfinished) and the Center for Contemporary Opera (in Louis Andriessen’s Odysseus’ Women).
Maggie is an avid chamber music performer and recitalist, specializing in new American art song. She is a core member of the critically acclaimed early and new music ensemble The Broken Consort, is a founding member of the new vocal trio The Broken Sirens, and is a core member of the new performance company Guided Imagery Opera. Professional opera ensemble appearances include Boris Godunov with The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera Renaissance’s debut performance of Tosca, and Roméo et Juliette and Eugene Onegin with LA Opera.
Maggie earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music and her Master of Music degree from Peabody Conservatory. Please visit her at www.maggiefinnegansoprano.com.
Danielle Messina, soprano, is hailed for being a fine actress with a “big, bright voice” by Music in Cincinnati. Ms. Messina recently finished her second season as a Studio Artist with Kentucky Opera, during which she performed the role of Lizzy Holmes in Daron Hagen’s A Woman in Morocco, and the leading role of Margarita Xirgu in Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar, which she performed with the Lexington Symphony. Ms. Messina is an Emerging Artist in Virginia Opera’s 2015/2016 season, where she will be the soprano in their fully-staged Educational Outreach tour, and cover Juliette in Roméo et Juliette. In January of 2014, Ms. Messina made her main stage debut as Nella in Gianni Schicchi with Opera Carolina in Charlotte, NC. She then sang as an Apprentice Artist at Des Moines Metro Opera 2014 summer season, and made her role debut as Zerlina in Opera Western Reserve’s Don Giovanni that fall. Ms. Messina went on to sing Konstanze in Mozart’s Die Entfürung auf dem Serail with Queen City Chamber Opera in March 2015. Other performances include the role of Mary in The King’s Man (world premiere) and Musetta in La Bohème for run-out performances with Kentucky Opera, Musetta in La Bohème with Opera Columbus, Lucy in The Telephone with Opera Saratoga, and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance with Cincinnati Opera’s Outbound Touring Program. Ms. Messina holds a M.M in Voice Performance from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), and is a native of Poughkeepsie, New York.
Jennifer Panara, mezzo-soprano has received favorable reviews from critics in the United States and beyond. Lauded previously for her “flawless interpretation” of Wagner’s Wesendonck-Lieder, she returned to the Philharmonischer Chor Bonn as the mezzo-soprano soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, where critics praised her “voice of immense brilliance and versatility” (General Anzeiger Bonn). Recent performances as The Mother in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors drew praise for her “rich, compelling” singing (Cincinnati Enquirer), and The New York Times lauded her “winning” portrayal of Flora Bervoix (La Traviata) with The Santa Fe Opera.
Jennifer has appeared with organizations including Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, The Santa Fe Opera, Dayton Opera, St. Petersburg Opera, Opera Saratoga, the San Francisco Bach Society, San Francisco Choral Society, St. Louis Symphony, Cincinnati Symphonic Orchestra, and the Dayton, Rochester, Bonn, and Cologne Philharmonic Orchestras. Favorite roles performed include Siébel (Faust), Stéphano (Roméo et Juliette), the title role of Handel’s Rinaldo; Mercédès (Carmen), Isolier (Count Ory); Cherubino (The Marriage of Figaro), and Hansel (Hansel and Gretel).
Jennifer’s recent accolades include The Santa Fe Opera’s Donald & Luke Graham Memorial Award, CCM’s Sam Adams Award for Outstanding Operatic Performance as Kate Julien (Britten’s Owen Wingrave), and Third Prize at Opera at Florham’s Violetta DuPont Vocal Competition. During the 2015-2016 Season, she was selected to compete in Plácido Domingo’s Operalia World Opera Competition, and debuted with several companies including Minnesota Opera, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and Annapolis Opera.
Information regarding Jennifer’s upcoming engagements may be found at www.jenniferpanara.com.
Daniela Candillari is a sought after conductor, pianist and composer having worked with preeminent artists throughout Europe and the United States. A native of Slovenia, she served the Slovenian National Opera as Assistant Conductor, Chorus Master, and Head Coach for over twenty productions. Ms. Candillari has served as Assistant Conductor for the European Opera Centre with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Sarasota Opera, and led dell’Arte Opera Ensemble’s production of Giovanni Paisiello’s Il barbiere di Siviglia. As a collaborative pianist she performed at Carnegie Hall with Julian Wachner and Novus NY and has worked with artists including Bryn Terfel, Dame Felicity Lott, Håkan Hagegård, Carol Vaness, Martina Arroyo, Roger Vignoles, Dominic Argento, and William Bolcom. Ms. Candillari is also the founder and Artistic Director of Gravity Shift, a New York based chamber orchestra, and has recorded for National Public Radio, Austrian Radio Broadcast Television, Slovenian National Radio and TV, and Serbian National TV.
Ms. Candillari’s 2015-16 season included conducting the world premiere of Stefania de Kenessey’s opera Bonfire of the Vanities at Museo del Barrio in New York City and leading a performance of Hannah Lash’s Beowulf at OPERA America’s New Opera Showcase. Additional activities include leading a workshop of Rachel Peters’ and Royce Vavrek’s opera Wild Beast of the Bungalow for the Center for Contemporary Opera and serving as the Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master for the Opera Department at Manhattan School of Music. In June she will be a featured performer at TED Summit in Banff, Alberta.
This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson, and from the Central Research Development Fund at the University of Pittsburgh.