Opera and Wine (and Chocolate!)
to Benefit The WVC
Wednesday, September 30th, 6:30pm
(doors open at 6:15)
General Admission Tickets: $50 Buy Online
Viva Vino è tornato–it’s back!
Last year’s first-ever evening of wine, cheese, and opera pairings was so much fun that we’ve decided to do it again!
Come support the Chorale as we kick off our 2015-16 season, with arias performed by some of the city’s most talented artists, and wines selected especially for the occasion!
A portion of the $50 ticket price is tax-deductible as a contribution to the West Village Chorale.
Where else in NYC can enjoy such a convivial evening of good wine, good food and great music, and support the arts at the same time? (We’ll say, “nowhere!”)
Get ready to raise a glass with us–tickets are available online now!
Justin Beck, Bass-Baritone
Bass-baritone Justin Beck has performed for three seasons under the baton of Emmanuel Plasson with the Opera Company of Middlebury in Vermont, as well as Austin Lyric Opera, the Aspen Music Festival, Opera Manhattan, and MidAtlantic Opera. Other concert engagements include performances with Bard Music Festival, the Collegiate Chorale, and as a soloist with the Gregg Smith Singers. Currently, Justin is a soloist and choral scholar at St. Mark’s Church in Mt. Kisco, as well as the West Village Chorale, Hudson Chorale, and the Ocean Grove Great Auditorium in New Jersey.
Chelsea Feltman, Soprano
Lyric coloratura soprano Chelsea Feltman was most recently a featured artist at the Härnösand Summer Opera Festival in Sweden, where she sang scenes from Lucia di Lammermoor, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, and Roméo et Juliette. Past roles include Frasquita in Carmen, Monica in The Medium, Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia, Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel, and Tytania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Chelsea in an alumna of both The Juilliard School and Mannes College, and is a founding director of The Secret Opera, a NYC-based company dedicated to new and socially relevant operatic works.
Carin Gilfry, Mezzo-Soprano
Carin Gilfry is an opera singer, voice actor, and creator and host of the children’s webseries Rosie’s Place. She has performed all over the world with companies including the Theatre du Chatelet, New York City Opera, The Los Angeles Opera, the Santa Fe Opera, the Glimmerglass Festival, and with notable orchestras including the Phoenix Symphony and the LA Philharmonic. As a voice actor she has narrated and produced over 70 audiobooks, and was most recently featured on an episode of NPR’s This American Life in a live opera written by Philip Glass and Matthew Aucoin based on the true story of the time she locked herself in a closet narrating an audiobook in a New York hotel room.
Amine Hachem, Tenor
Dubbed as “a soulful and handsome young man who delivers an electrifying and thrilling performance, bringing the crowd to their feet” (An-Nahar), Amine J. Hachem is a Lebanese-American operatic and crossover tenor who has thrilled audiences across the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. He has been a leading tenor in several operas and musicals, including La Traviata, Tosca, La Boheme, Carmen, I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata, Phantom of the Opera, Evita and Josep
h and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and has appeared on international television programs and performed for heads of state, such as the President of Lebanon and The King and Queen of Jordan.
Sarah Nelson Craft, Mezzo-Soprano
Mezzo-soprano Sarah Nelson Craft’s commanding, versatile voice recently brought her to Paris where she participated in The Song Continues: Paris Residency, performing in recitals of French and American song, and working closely with legendary mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne. Other recen
t performances include her Carnegie Hall debut as alto soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Masterworks Festival Chorus, Mozart’s Coronation Mass at Alice Tully Hall with the American Classical Orchestra, Mahler’s Symphony No.2 with the New Jersey Festival Orchestra, Giunone in Handel’s Agrippina with operamission, and the title role in La Cenerentola with both Opera at Florham and Fargo-Moorhead Opera. In January 2016 she will be heard in a solo Spotlight Recital at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall with pianist Warren Jones. Find her online at www.sarahnelsoncraft.com.
Michael Riley, Bass-Baritone
Bass-baritone Michael Riley has performed more than 200 roles in a career spanning more than 40 years, portraying “fathers, devils and villains” with companies throughout the U.S. He was one of the characters in Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre with the NY Philharmonic, and regularly appears on NY stages such as Carnegie Hall with the American Symphony Orchestra, MasterVoices (formerly the Collegiate Chorale), and up at Bard’s SummerScape.
Patrick Watson, Smith and Vine
Patrick Watson is a former opera singer, sommelier, restaurant refugee, and one of the nation’s most devoted wine educators. In 2004, he and his wife opened their first wine shop in Brooklyn called Smith and Vine. With the taste of success, he opened Stinky Bklyn in 2006 which is now considered the best cheese shop in Brooklyn. In 2014, Patrick ventured into Chelsea, Manhattan on West 20th Street and 6th Avenue opening a second location for Stinky Bklyn and Back Label Wine Merchants which has already been rated in the top 3 wine & spirit shops in NYC. Opera, wine and cheese. Please!