PREFORMANCES WITH ALLISON CHARNEY to Welcome Lisa Chavez for Debut on 12/5

Mezzo soprano Lisa Chavez make will make her debut appearance with the popular New York classical concert series "PREformances with Allison Charney" on December 5 at theGoldman Sonnenfeldt Auditorium on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Ms. Chavez, who just finished performances with the New York City Opera, will join PREformances featured guest artists violinist Laura Goldberg, composer and pianist Moshe Knoll and virtuoso pianist Julia Zilberquit - as a surprise addition to the concert roster - replacing mezzo soprano, Sara Murphy who is indisposed.

In anticipation of her engagement in 2017 with the Southern Opera Theater Company, in the role of Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, Lisa will join soprano Allison Charney in the duet "Vedrai, piccolo amor...scuoti quella fronda di ciliego" (Flower Duet) by Puccini and will also perform the evocative aria "Acerba Voluttà" from Francesco Cilea's verismo opera Adriana Lecouvreur.

New York audiences have recently enjoyed Ms Chavez's performance as Paula in New York City Opera's 2016 production of Florencia en el Amazonas and has been described by her "plush storm of a voice" and "graceful stage presence". Last season brought many opportunities to perform Carmen, which is looking to become a signature role for her. She performed the title role with Heartland Opera Theater, New York City Opera, and as a guest artist with Opera San Jose. Ms. Chavez was also featured as the Alto Soloist in Mahler's Symphony No. 2 with Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale.

While a principal resident artist with Opera San Jose she debuted 7 new roles, with Isabella in L'Italiana in Algeri as the crowning jewel to her tenure at OSJ. Other roles sung during her time with Opera San Jose were; Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Maddalena in Rigoletto, Harriet Herriton in the premier of Where Angels Fear to Tread, Meg Page in Falstaff, Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte and from Madama Butterfly, Suzuki - a role she will reprise at the Southern Opera Theater Company in the summer of 2017. Other memorable roles have been; Federico García Lorca in Golijov's Ainadamar, Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti, Secretary in The Consul, Madame Volanges in Dangerous Liaisons, Dorabella in Cosí fan Tutte, and Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro. Ms. Chavez was a finalist in the worldwide Opera Competition with Mezzo TV, and was seen performing the role of Elizabeth Proctor in Robert Ward's The Crucible in over 40 European countries.

True to its reputation for fine music making "PREformances with Allison Charney" December concert closes out 2016 with instrumental virtuosity and operatic chestnuts. Be among the first to applaud mezzo soprano Lisa Chavez as she makes her PREformances debut in JCC Manhattan's intimate 220 seat Goldman Sonnenfeldt Auditorium - and celebrate an eight-year tradition central to all PREformances' concerts - to hear celebrated musicians before they take on the world's most prestigious stages.

Allison Charney welcomes soprano Lisa Chavez for her debut concert with "PREformances with Allison Charney" on December 5th. In anticipation of Lisa's engagement in 2017 with the Southern Opera Theater Company, in the role of Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, Lisa joined soprano Allison Charney in the duet "Vedrai, piccolo amor...scuoti quella fronda di ciliego" (Flower Duet) by Puccini and performed the evocative aria "Acerba Voluttà" from Francesco Cilea's verismo opera Adriana Lecouvreur.

PHOTO CREDIT: Photography by Koon



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