Wednesday, April 26th, 6:30pm
Viva Vino 3 was a great vintage!
Thank you to everyone who made this third annual wine, cheese and opera fundraiser such a success!
A special thanks to our singing sommelier for the evening, noted NYC spirits expert Patrick Watson of Brooklyn’s Smith and Vine and Stinky Bklyn. (Here’s a fun article from the New York Times on Patrick and his passions for singing—and cheese—from 2013!)
Melissa Cintron-Gabriel, Soprano
Soprano Melissa Cintron-Gabriel has gained praise for her musical sensitivity, vocal virtuosity and engaging stage presence.
Opera News stated “Ms. Cintron’s soprano voice displayed nice upper extension” in her debut role as Najade in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos at Merkin Hall. She performed that role with Ensemble du Monde and rejoined the company as soprano soloist in Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with the Prague Sinfonietta at that city’s esteemed Rudolfinum Hall.
Ms. Cintron-Gabriel was also featured in a televised performance as soprano soloist for the presentation of the Congressional Gold Medal at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in honor of the Tuskegee Airmen. She followed that performance by presenting a concert in the Great Hall of the Library of Congress.
Further performances include as soloist at Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, The Riverside Church, The Choral Springs Center for the Arts in Fort Lauderdale, The Brooklyn Center for the Arts, Lehman College, The Bronx Opera Company, The Intermezzo Young Artist Program, One World Symphony and Opera Noire of New York.
Ms. Cintron-Gabriel holds degrees from The Manhattan School of Music where she received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees.
Carin Gilfry, Soprano
Carin Gilfry, American mezzo-soprano, is an exciting and versatile performer. She 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 and orchestras including New York City Opera, Le Theatre du Chatelet, The Santa Fe Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Phoenix Symphony, among others. In 2014 she was 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.
As a voice actor, Ms. Gilfry has appeared in numerous national TV commercials, video games, audiobooks, and product videos. She is the national spokes voice for Zulily.com and the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and her commercial credits include spots for Little Tikes, Disney’s Cinderella Magic Wand Toy, Halekulani Resorts, Zespri Kiwi Fruit, BusBud, and many more. She has narrated and produced over 80 audiobooks, and has voiced characters in the video games Warframe, Heroes Charge, and Heroes of Newerth.
In 2015, Ms. Gilfry created the children’s web series “Rosie’s Place,” a celebrated program which brings to life stories written by children. You can learn more about the show by visiting www.RosiesPlaceShow.com.
Ms. Gilfry holds a Master of Music Degree from The Juilliard School, a Bachelor of Music Degree from the USC Thornton School of Music, and was a member of the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program at the Los Angeles Opera.
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 an operatic and crossover tenor who has captivated 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, Madama Butterfly, Carmen, Phantom of the Opera, Evita, I Lombardi Alla Prima Crociata, Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, and has also performed in numerous cabarets, and concert venues all over the world.
Last season, Amine “pushed the boundaries of operatic music by integrating it with unconventional sounds from around the world” (BroadwayWorld), and sold out his show “From the Mediterranean to the Americas” at the MGM Grand, The United Nations, Carnegie Hall, 54 Below, Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, Andrew W. Mellon Hall Auditorium, Elebash Recital Hall, and The Metropolitan Club. He has also appeared on the runways of New York Fashion Week as a guest performer, and will appear as a guest model in the upcoming Hollywood film Ocean’s 8.
Amine has recently starred in a TV pilot called “Love and Opera” on WE TV, and is also known for doing voice-work that includes the Arabic version of Dr. T’s character from the popular game Boom Beach. For more information, please visit www.aminejhachem.com.
Michael Riley, Bass-Baritone
Rachel Zatcoff, Soprano
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Rachel is a Broadway actress and classically trained soprano. Rachel recently made her Broadway debut as Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera. Immediately following her Broadway run, she went on to play the role of Khanele in the Drama-Desk nominated The Golden Bride Off-Broadway. She started 2017 by making her New York City Opera debut in Candide directed by Hal Prince. Before making her Broadway debut, she was thrilled to play the role of Anne in Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music at Syracuse Opera. Between 2013-2014, Rachel performed in the International Tour of West Side Story, playing the role of Maria in ten major cities around the world. She has performed many principal opera/musical theatre roles at Syracuse Opera, Opera North, dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, and Dicapo Opera. In addition to her undergraduate and graduate studies, Rachel was 19 when she was accepted into the prestigious Daniel Ferro Vocal Program, participating in numerous master classes, lessons, coachings, and performances while living in Tuscany, Italy. Rachel received her Bachelor of Music from Rutgers University and her Master of Music from Temple University. Visit her website at www.rachelzatcoff.com