Meistersinger Caranza and Soprano Emily Stokes Headline Enrico Caruso Room, 6/12


Internationally renowned Meistersinger Caranza and soprano Emily Stokes will be the headliners this coming Tuesday, June 12, at 8 PM in the Enrico Caruso Room at Little Italy's legendary Grotta Azzurra Ristorante, located at 177 Mulberry Street on the corner of Broome Street. Ms. Stokes, who is the winner of the Teaneck Cabaret Competition this past Memorial Day, is replacing the previously scheduled soprano Michelle Trovato, who had to drop out because of illness.

There is a $20 cover charge and no minimum. The Enrico Caruso Room opens at 7 PM for those who wish to dine. The performance begins at 8:00 PM. Ms. Stokes and Caranza will be supported on the keyboard by David Schaefer. Reservations are suggested by calling Grotta Azzurra at 212-925-8775.

Emily Stokes, a native of Louisiana, is a singer, actor, dancer, voiceover artist, and Zumba instructor. She made her NYC debut as Hippolyta and Cobweb in the Queens Shakespeare production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Previously, she made her Atlanta debut with the Atlanta Lyric Theatre as Marian the Librarian in their production of The Music Man. Stokes graduated from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music with her Masters of Music in Vocal Performance and a minor in Theatre.

While attending IU, Stokes studied voice with Brian Horne and performed the role of Maria in IU Opera Theatre's 2010 production of West Side Story. During this production she had the honor of working with New York Broadway Dance Center's Josh Bergasse, and internationally distinguished artistic director, conductor and pianist Rob Fisher. Her other collegiate credits included: Buffy Brenner in IU'scollegiate premiere of William Bolcom's A Wedding, a Caroler in She Loves Me, Soprano in the revival of the one-act pastiche opera Il Pesceballo, a summer collaborative project with the Jacobs School of Music and the IU Folklore and Ethnomusicology department, and Fairy in Massenet's Cendrillon. In addition to acting, she studied various dance styles with Tony award nominated and Emmy award winning choreographer George Pinney and adjunct professor and industry professional, Stephanie Lynge. In addition, Stokes performed frequently with the Columbus, IN Philharmonic Orchestra and attended the Charley Creek Vocal Workshop led by renowned baritone Timothy Noble and Indiana University Vocal Chair, Mary Ann Hart. Stokes also won the Donald Felton Memorial Award in the 2010 National Society of Arts & Letters Competition in Voice.

Prior to her studies at IU, Stokes portrayed many characters while completing her BM in Voice under the direction of Scharmal Schrock at Southeastern Louisiana University. She also worked with the Tulane Summer Lyric and originated the role of Inez Comilla in The Star Theatre's production of The Ungrammatical Parrot. She also attended the Daniel Ferro Vocal Program in Greve-in-Chianti. There she enjoyed performing in multiple concerts throughout Tuscany as well as working with Janis Harper-Smith, Bruno Rigacci, Robert Kopelson, and Juilliard Emeritus, Daniel Ferro.