poster for events with Maria Todaro and Louis OteyBEL CANTO SERIES WRAPS UP WITH DUO

The University at Albany Department of Music is pleased to present mezzo soprano Maria Todaro and baritone Louis Otey as featured artists in the 2012-13 Bel Canto series spotlighting Capital Region vocal artists at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center on the uptown campus. Other performers featured in the Bel Canto series during the 2012-13 season were baritone Nicholas Wiggins and Hubbard Hall Opera Theatre. 

Stars of the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera and dozens of other opera houses around the world, Ms. Todaro and Mr. Otey will perform a Duo Opera Recital on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 7pm.  The program will include selections from  Vivaldi’s Griselda, Handel’s Joshua, Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Cosi Fan Tutte, Wagner’s Lohengrin, Bellini’s I Capuletti ed i Montecchi, Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci, Saint-Saens’ Samson et Dalila, Massenet’s Thais, Rogers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific and Adler and Ross’s Damn Yankees. Prior to the concert, they will also participate in a Meet the Artists session and conduct a master class from 2pm to 5pm. Both events will take place in the Recital Hall.

Born in France into a renowned family of singers, Maria Todaro was surrounded by music and the arts from a very young age.  She has thrilled audiences on three continents with her masterful musicianship, a gifted rich voice and convincing roles in operatic, oratorio, symphonic and musical comedy repertoire.  As a composer, librettist and author, Todaro created the role of Elvire in the world premiere of Eric Perre's “m'as tu vu?” at the Theatre Traversiere in Paris. She co-authored the operatic comedy “The Benefit” premiered by the ensemble Diva’s Unleashed, a performance duo with close friend, collaborator and soprano Michelle Jennings. Upcoming engagements and projects include the creation of the role of Milady in “Les Trois Mousquetaires” and preparation for the 2012 Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice production of “Madame Butterfly.”

A major stage personality noted for his incisive interpretations, Louis Otey has performed with the leading theaters throughout the world. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Mr. Astley in Prokofiev’s The Gambler and his European debut as the title role in Eugene Onegin in Basel.  With the New York City Opera, he has performed Scarpia in Tosca, Escamillo in Carmen, the title role in Don Giovanni and Rigoletto, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro and Germont in a new production of La Traviata, which became an Emmy award-winning telecast. Over the past two seasons, he performed in the MET’s productions of Adriana Lecouvreur, Doctor Atomic, La Traviata and Thais. The New York Timeshas described him as “ardent and moving. His baritone bloomed on sustained notes, which had a shimmering quality... he sang his way into a powerful performance.”

Tickets for the concert are $10 for the general public and $5 for students, seniors & UAlbany faculty/staff and may be purchased through the Performing Arts Center Box Office.  Admission for the meet-the-artist session and participation in the master class are free and open to the public.  For further information, contact the Box Office at (518) 442-3997.