Wroxton College Alumni

Teatime Opera:
A Concert Honoring Wroxton College

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Join us for a very special event, Teatime Opera:  A Concert Honoring Wroxton College, hosted by Wroxton alumna, opera librettist and stage director, Bea Goodwin, BA '13. This 30-minute concert is a celebration of England's finest composers featuring three Metropolitan Opera singers who share their talents to support our beloved Wroxton College. Each voice you will hear was recorded in preparation for the Metropolitan Opera 2021-2022 Season after an 18-month shutdown. Truly an experience you don't want to miss!

Selections include “Fairest Isle” from Purcell, “Oh, Better Far to Live and Die” from Gilbert & Sullivan, a selection from The Rape of Lucretia by Britten, and contemporary operatic repertoire written by Ms. Bea Goodwin with composers Ethan Carlson, William Goss, Whitney George with a spectacular American Encore of B.E. Boykin’s Moments in Sonder, featuring the poetry of our beloved poet Maya Angelou. 

Whether you are an opera aficionado, looking for ways to support Wroxton College, or are simply looking to experience something new, register for Teatime Opera:  A Concert Honoring Wroxton College.

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Once registration is complete, you will receive an email with a link to view the  program. 
The program may be accessed through the link provided to you anytime you choose between January 10, 2022 and February 15, 2022. 

If you have any questions please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at fdualumni@fdu.edu. 

FEATURED ARTISTS

baldwin-nicholasHelena Brown, soprano
Lauded as having a "stunningly large round sound," as well as a “steely, velvety” timbre, American dramatic soprano, Helena Brown, is quickly distinguishing herself as a force of nature for the international stages. Recently, Helena made her role debuts as Mrs. Dickson in Ricky Ian Gordon and Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel at Lincoln Center Theater, Sieglinde in Die Walküre with Miami Wagner Institute, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Rioja Lirica/DIVAria Productions, Female Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia with New Camerata Opera, as well as Serena and Strawberry Woman in Porgy and Bess on the New York Harlem Theater European tour at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Chassé Theater, and Amsterdam RAI.

Helena has received awards such as the Top Prize, Robert Lauch Award from the Wagner Society of New York, the Sergio Franchi Award in the Deborah Voigt/Vero Beach Opera Competition, Second Place in the Young Patronesses of the Opera/Florida Grand Opera Vocal Competition, as well as awards/grants from the Gerda Lissner Foundation, Giulio Gari Foundation, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in Philadelphia, the Jensen Foundation, Cooper-Bing Competition, Opera at Florham, Opera Birmingham, Opera Ebony Benjamin Matthews, and the MetroWest Opera Vocal Competition in Boston.


morris-angelaDanielle Buonaiuto, soprano
Danielle Buonaiuto’s performances have been praised for their “terrific clarity and color” (Baltimore Sun), her “entrancing and fluid” singing (DC Metro Theatre Arts), and her “ethereal vocals” that reveal “exquisite vocal technique and luscious colors” (OperaWire). Danielle maintains an active freelance schedule, presenting art song, performing chamber music, and appearing as soloist with symphonies and choirs throughout the United States and Canada. Though an accomplished performer of standard repertoire, she primarily focuses on working with contemporary composers, especially in commissioning new pieces and cultivating emerging composers. She has premiered over sixty songs, and has premiered roles in six operas. Danielle is a founding member of ChamberQUEER, a Brooklyn-based chamber music series that highlights the music of LGBTQ+ composers.


davies-lindaEric Lindsey, bass
 Celebrated by Opera News for his "fat, resonant bass" and proclaimed as "a singer to watch" by the Virginia Gazette, bass Eric Lindsey has sung under the direction of conductors Victor DeRenzi, Marcello Cormio, Brent McMunn, Dr. Raymond Harvey, Ward Holmquist, Pacien Mazzagatti, Chris Fecteau, and Jorge Parodi. Recent engagements for Mr. Lindsey include the roles of Sarastro in The Magic Flute, the title role in Don Giovanni, Nourabad in The Pearl Fishers, Dottore Grenvil in La traviata, and his Spoleto Festival USA debut as the 5th Jew in Salome. He has also worked for companies such as Opera in Williamsburg, VA, Lakeland Opera, Opera Shreveport, Sarasota Opera, and New York City Opera. He makes his Metropolitan Opera Debut this season in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. Mr. Lindsey has also been heavily involved in brand new stage works. He debuted the role of King Hjalmar in the world premiere of Princess Maleine, by Whitney George and Bea Goodwin for dell'Arte Opera Ensemble, and the role of Thorvald in a semi-premiere of Far Travelers, an opera about Viking settlers by Jeffrey Leiser and Andrés Soto. 


hart-wendyJason Wirth, piano
"Jason Wirth [spun] a gossamer web of unusual sounds on the piano," writes the The New York Times. A versatile and intrepid performer, Jason draws on his varied interests to bring new perspectives into his music-making. Jason was born in Minnesota, and performed on the piano extensively from a very young age, including appearances with the Moscow Philharmonic and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra as a soloist. His successful recording of Poulenc's The Story of Babar, with film actor Michael Douglas narrating, can be heard on iTunes and Amazon/Audible. "Plundered Hearts", an album of songs by celebrated vocal composer Jorge Martín (Before Night Falls) with mezzo Heather Johnson and baritone Andrew Garland, is also available on iTunes. Jason performed with soprano Lynn Spurgat at Carnegie's Zankel. He was honored to be a guest artist at workshops performances of Santa Fe Opera and Arizona Opera, presenting new works by Paul Ruders and Clint Borzoni. Educated at Mannes and the Yale School of Music, Jason is an expert performer of the operatic repertoire and has a deep love and affinity for art song, cabaret, musical theatre and jazz. 


baldwin-nicholasLa Cuarta Productions, film
David & Francisco Salazar (Writers/Directors/Producers) are award-winning filmmakers and media creators whose Screenplay "Adrian and Sebastian" was named on the Latinx List from the Black List. Their first feature "Nowhere," based on the award-winning screenplay, was selected for the Woods Hole Film Festival where it was the runner up Jury Award winner and Second Runner Up for the Audience Award. It was also selected for the OUTshine Film Festival and Festival de Cine de Jardin. The Salazar Brothers have also directed a number of short films including "Adrift," "Bullied," "Reverie," "Messenger," and "Conciliation." All their films have been showcased at film festivals worldwide. In addition to their film work, they have collaborated with BMW, Fordham University, Dallas Opera, Jeffrey Parker Interiors, the New York Opera Fest, Lenny's Studio and Quiñones Healthcare.


baldwin-nicholasBea Goodwin, curator
Bea Goodwin is a librettist and operatic stage director praised for being “relentlessly clever” (Voce de Meche) with “masterful, spellbinding storytelling” (OperaWire). Her work has premiered in iconic New York City theatrical spaces such as BAM, La Mama Experimental Theatre, DiMenna Center for Classical Music, National Opera Center, as well as site specific immersive experiences like the Mount Vernon Gardens, the penthouse suite of the Mark Hotel and the historic Montauk Club. An ASCAP artist, she has been published by Sparks & Wiry Cries. Her song cycle with composer Will Goss, She-Wolf, placed as a a finalist in the top 12 submissions for this year's international NATS Art Song Composition Award.


This event is a fundraiser for the  Wroxton College Now & Forever Fund. A $25 minimum donation is required to access the program and greatly appreciated. All proceeds, that's 100% of your donation, will go to support the Wroxton College Now & Forever Fund. Your donation is tax-deductible eligible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

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