The Waltham Sound: opera & classical featuring: soprano Molly Jo Rivelli w/Stephen Steiner, and the Waltham Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet
Doors open at 7:00 with the first performance beginning at 7:30.
Soprano MOLLY JO RIVELLI
A Waltham resident for 20 years, Soprano Molly Jo Rivelli, has impressed audiences throughout New England with “one, incredible voice and great stage presence.” Singing many times with Boston Lyric Opera, Ms. Rivelli portrayed the role of Bianca in their production of La Rondine. Additional opera roles include Frasquita in Carmen with Granite State Opera, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance with Opera Providence, Adele in Die Fledermaus with Longwood Opera, and both Sandman and Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel with Opera New England. An active recitalist, Ms. Rivelli has sung numerous times for “Friends of the Marlborough Public Library” series and Opera Providence, programming varied repertoire covering Opera, Baroque, Music Theatre, and the American Songbook.
Additional operatic performances include singing with the Fine Arts Chorale and Orchestra as Lucia in excerpts from Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. Ms. Rivelli also premiered the role of Constance for Granite State Opera in the world premiere of Oscar, a new opera by composer Thomas Oboe Lee. Ms. Rivelli has performed frequently with Raylynmor Opera in roles such as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Micaela in Carmen and as Violetta in La Traviata . Additional roles with Raylynmor Opera include Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, Rosina in The Barber of Seville, and Adina in L’elisire d’amore.
Ms. Rivelli’s various concert performances include singing as soloists for the Waltham Symphony’s Holiday Pops concert, Handel’s Messiah with the Nashua Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem with the Waltham Philharmonic and the Wellesley Choral Society, both the world premier of Requiem for September 11 by Germani and Handel’s Messiah with the Scituate Choral Arts Society Orchestra, and the Poulenc Gloria with Central Congregational Orchestra.
A long-time teacher, she is the owner of MJ’s Music School in Waltham, MA, where she has taught voice and piano for over 15 years. She is also the Classical Vocal Instructor and co-Choral director at the Boston Arts Academy for the Boston Public Schools. In addition to preparing students for entrance to various music conservatories and operatic careers, Molly Jo is passionate about early music education and working with students of all levels. She has spent years working on ways to adapt standard teaching methods to use successfully with students with disabilities, especially those with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Accompanying pianist STEPHEN STEINER
Stephen Steiner has enjoyed a wide-ranging career as a teacher, performer and arts administrator. For many years, he served in a number of capacities for Boston Lyric Opera, including director of productions and chorus master. He has also been closely associated with many other opera companies around the country. He was head of music staff for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, where he also was supervisor of its young artist ensemble program. For Houston Grand Opera, he was engaged as guest principal coach, working on a variety of productions, later returning to work with the singers in the Houston Opera Studio. Other affiliations have included the Michigan Opera Theatre and Opera Saratoga.
One of Boston’s most respected coaches, Mr. Steiner has served on the faculties of Boston University and The Boston Conservatory, his extensive work with aspiring young singers also taking him to the Chautauqua Institution as Principal Coach for its Summer Vocal Program.
Mr. Steiner is frequently asked to sit on a number of panels, and has also been involved as an adjudicator for a variety of vocal competitions for organizations including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
He currently maintains an active coaching studio in the Boston area
THE WALTHAM PHILHARMONIC WOODWIND QUINTET
The Waltham Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet is made up of wind players from the Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra. These musicians have been together as a chamber ensemble for over 12 years. They have performed concerts at venues throughout Waltham including Waltham Library, Government Center, and Bentley University.
They frequently perform works composed for woodwind sextet- the quintet plus piano.
The group members are: Jane Pollack- flute, Haig Iskenderian- oboe, Richard Yospin- clarinet, Nancy Rosen- horn, Rachel Kos- bassoon, and David Salstein- piano.
For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.