Riverside Opera Company Announces Free Performances at NYPL
The Riverside Opera Company, under the direction of Maestro Alan Aurelia perform Opera @ NYPL features showcases audition winners from the tri-state area. Singers will performing their favorite arias. The performers are Tenor Brett Pardue, Soprano-Mezz Iris Prcic and pianist Corey Everly.
The performance is free and open to the public as part Opera @NYPL on Saturday, June 17, 3:30 p.m. at the Richmond Town branch of the New York Public Library located at 200 Clarke Avenue, Staten Island. For information, call (718) 876-7945 or visit www.facebook.com/riversideoperacompany.
The Riverside Opera Company is based on Staten Island in New York City. It performs fully and semi-staged productions with full orchestra conducted by Maestro Alan Aurelia, who has conducted in Italy as well as in the U.S. Its singers are winners of open public auditions, held in New York City.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Brett Pardue, tenor, has been praised by Opera Lively as "a name to be followed," and by D.C. Metro Theater Arts for having "matinee-idol looks, personality, and [singing equally] attractively." Appointed to the voice faculty at Lehigh University in 2016, Pardue has appeared with Cincinnati, New York Lyric (solo debut at Carnegie Hall), Asheville Lyric, Riverside, and Capitol City Opera companies, as well as soloist for the Spoleto Festival, NJ Sinfonietta Nova, and Westminster Choir College (CoOPERAtive). Upcoming engagements: Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Young Jim Thompson (Glory Denied) Tri-Cities Opera and Opera Upper West, Freddy Fairfax (the Dollar Princess) with the Concert Operetta Theater at AVA, and Ash Lawn (Charlottesville) Opera.
Iris Prcic, soprano-mezzo made her debut with The Riverside Opera Company in March of 2017. Since then, she has sung in several concerts with the company including their annual PoPera 2017 concert with the Richmond County Orchestra under maestro, Alan Aurelia. She recently sang the role of Donna Elvira with the New York Lyric Opera Theater. Meche Kroop from Voce di Meche said this about Ms. Prcic's performance of Donna Elvira: "There is a steely core to her tone that made her just right for the role. The difficult "Mi tradi" with its wide skips was well handled." She previously sang with the company for a gala concert in November of 2015 at Weil Hall. Ms. Prcic regularly performs with Le voci internazionali, a New Jersey based performance group under musical director, Patrizia Cioffi, and with The Opera Project in New Jersey where she performs in monthly concerts under director Walt MacNicoll. Ms. Prcic is known for her rich eastern European color. She is of Serbian and Bosnian heritage.
Corey Everly is a collaborative pianist, coach, and conductor. He holds a Master's Degree from Westminster Choir College in Piano Accompanying and Coaching where he studied with Dr. J.J. Penna. He has previously been accompanist for the GRAMMY-nominated Westminster Williamson Voices, Westminster Scholar Cantorum and is currently the Assistant Artistic Director and accompanist for The Same Stream choir (James Jordan, conductor). He has conducted over 30 musical theatre/opera productions spanning a wide range of styles. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Voice Performance from Westminster Choir College where he studied with Faith Esham and maintains a private piano and voice studio in Philadelphia. He is on the theatre faculty of Rowan University and the piano and voice faculty at Cornerstone Music Studios in Millstone, NJ.