Next Florida Opera Theatre Concert 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 14
Florida Opera Theatre presents soprano Samantha Barnes Daniel performing for one hour at 6 p.m., Friday, September 14 in the second of three “Opera in the Park” concerts at the Winter Park Wedding Chapel.
Baritone Kenneth Stavert opened the series Friday, Sept. 7 in a sold out show featuring an encore of “Largo al Factotum” from Gioachino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. Florida Opera Theatre Chorus Master and Music Director Robin Stamper accompanies all performances, the final which features soprano Janette Zilioli, 6 p.m., Friday, September 21.
Tickets for all concerts and operas may be purchased online at https://redchairproject.tix.com/Event.asp?Event=497213 or mail a check written to: Florida Opera Theatre, P.O. Box 547937, Orlando, FL 32854-7937. Call 407-718-4365 for information.
The three soloists have performed in Central Florida opera and won Florida Regional Metropolitan Opera Auditions, progressing in The Metropolitan Opera competition.
10% Off From Dining Partner The Bistro on Park Avenue
Official Dining Partner The Bistro on Park Avenue is providing opera ticketholders 10% off their final dining bill before and after the concert series on the date stated on tickets. The Bistro on Park Avenue is located at 348 N. Park Ave., Winter Park. Groups should call ahead for reservations 407-539-6520.
About the Performers
Soprano Samantha Barnes Daniel
Outstanding soprano Samantha Barnes Daniel has a beautiful voice and twice won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions for the Central Regional Finals in 2008 and the Southeastern Regional Finals in 2012. Both years she continued to the National Semi-Finals on the Metropolitan Opera Stage.
She is a prize winner from the American Opera Society of Chicago; Bel Canto Foundation of Chicago; was a Sarah Tucker Grant Nominee in the Richard Tucker Foundation Competition; and was a semi-finalist in the Palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition.
Daniel recently performed several roles with Florida Opera Theater, including Mrs. Gobineau in The Medium, (Dec. 2011); Countess Ceprano and Gilda (cover) in Rigoletto (March 2012). Daniel has a private voice studio with 25 Orlando area students.
Soprano Janette Zilioli
Janette has an amazing voice and dynamic stage presence. She performed in 2010-11 as principal soloist in The Opera Show at the Kilworth House Theater in Leicestershire, England. She appeared as soprano soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Bach Festival Society in Winter Park, Florida. She was magnificent as Musetta in La Bohème with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.
Janette also sang the roles of Musetta in La Bohème with Palm Beach Opera; Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance with Central Florida Lyric Opera.
Janette debuted as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni at Ash Lawn Opera Festival; sang Micaëla in Carmen with Mad Cow Theatre in Florida; toured Europe with The Opera Show to Barcelona, Lisbon and Milan; performed at Opera Santa Barbara as Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow; and at Orlando Opera sang Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus.
Janette was a resident artist with the Orlando Opera, performing numerous roles including L’Elisir d’Amore, the High Priestess in Aida, Pitti-Sing in The Mikado, and Blondchen in Die Entführung aus dem Serail; Countess Ceprano and Gilda in Rigoletto; Nedda in I Pagliacci; and soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana.
Janette is a national semi-finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions; winner and the Audience Choice winner at the Houston Grand Opera’s McCollum Competition; winner of the Australian Singing Competition and as guest artist at the Rosa Ponselle Competition Winners’ Concert made her Carnegie Hall debut at age 17.
Florida Opera Theatre Opera Season Dates
Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi”
Florida Opera Theatre 2012-13 season dates include performances of Giacomo Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi followed by an Artist Mingle for pictures and autographs. Time and location will be announced. Final dates are:
- Saturday, December 8
- Sunday, December 9
Menotti’s “The Telephone”
Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Telephone plus, A Musical Revue of Ringing Proportions presented in collaboration with The Maitland Art and History Museum.
The operas will be held in the Germaine Marvel Building, 210 W. Packwood Ave., in Maitland, followed by a reception with cash bar in the gallery. Times will be announced:
- Saturday, January 26, 2013, a matinee and evening performance
- Sunday, January 27, 2013, a matinee performance
Florida Opera Theatre is a Central Florida professional Opera Company dedicated to producing quality opera performances. The organization is comprised of directors, musicians, performers and individuals who have supported opera growth, education and outreach in communities throughout the state for many years.
The Florida Opera Theatre website will provide final event details on additional Spring 2013 opera productions in progress http://FLOperaTheatre.org