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2016-2017 Season / Spark / Dvorák & Dessert: At SKY Armory
All performances at 7:30pm at SKY Armory
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Christian Capocaccia | conductor
Cree Carrico | soprano


The Symphoria string section is the centerpiece of this program, with music of Dvorák and Villa Lobos.   Artists from Syracuse Opera's production of Rigoletto are featured, including conductor Christian Capocaccia leading the program, along with soprano Cree Carrico, who joins for Villa Lobos' seductive cantilena from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5.  Musical selections are paired with a special selection of dessert offerings from the SKY Armory pastry chef, and a cash bar will be available throughout the performance.


Dvorák: Serenade for Strings in E major
Villa Lobos:  Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 (cantilena)
Chamber Music Selections with the Symphoria String Quartet



Symphoria's SPARK series is made possible in part through the generous support of the Allyn Foundation.

Dvorák & Dessert: At SKY Armory

7:30pm | SKY Armory

Artist Information:

Cree Carrico

Praised by Opera News for her “gleaming tone,” soprano Cree Carrico is an emerging singing actress quickly gaining recognition as an interpreter of 20th and 21st century works. This season, Cree will perform the role of Amour in Orphée et Eurydice and Sagredo/Eos in Galileo Galilei with De Moines Metro Opera, the role of Gilda in Rigoletto with Syracuse Opera, a double bill as Williamson Girl/Soprano in Difficulty of Crossing a Field/Little Match Girl Passion with Portland Opera, Beatrice in Three Decembers with Opera Memphis, as well as performing as a soloist at the LA in Brooklyn event with Beth Morrison Projects.
In past seasons, Cree performed Lauretta in the prestigious Merola Opera Program's production of Gianni Schicchi at San Fransisco Opera, the title role of Evangeline in Concert with Longfellow Chorus, and Younger Alyce in Memphis Opera’s production of Glory Denied. Cree debuted with the Fort Worth Opera as Rosemary Kennedy in the world premiere of David T. Little and Royce Vavrek’s JFK. Cree can also be heard on the cast recording of David Lang’s chamber opera The Difficulty of Crossing a Field produced by Beth Morrison Projects.
A member of Actor’s Equity, Cree earned her union card as an ensemble member in the New York Philharmonic’s performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, sharing the stage with Nathan Gunn, Kelli O’Hara, and Stephanie Blythe. She was also seen in Carnegie Hall’s one night only performance of Guys & Dolls, starring Nathan Lane and Megan Mullally. Previous musical theater roles include both Fraulein Kost and Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret, Celeste I/Harriett in Sunday in the Park with George, and the ensembles of Ragtime and Jesus Christ Superstar. During her final semester at Oberlin, Cree played Comrade Charlotte in Flora, the Red Menace, working closely with the legendary John Kander on a new version of the musical.
Cree added the demanding title role in Douglas Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe, in her performance with Chautaqua Opera, to her growing repertoire of 20th and 21st centuries leading ladies. She made her New York debut as Marie Antoinette in Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles while earning her Master’s degree at Manhattan School of Music. For her performance as the anti-heroine Jenny Smith in Weill’s Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny, The New York Times extolled her “wounded smoothness.”
Since giving the New York première of Jake Heggie’s monodrama At the Statue of Venus, Cree collaborates closely with a number living composers and librettists. She sang Lisa in Little and Vavrek’s Dog Days at the Opera America New Works Forum. During BAM’s Next Wave Festival, Cree appeared on both nights of Beth Morrison’s 21c Liederabend, op. 3, singing Julian Wachner’s Come My Dark Eyed One and the world première of Marie Incontrera and Royce Vavrek’s Albert, Bound or Unbound. Cree has also performed on Royce Vavrek and Lauren Worsham’s 21st century downtown salon, The Coterie.
Unphased by the intimacy of solo performance, Cree created The Ophelia Project, a daring and ever-evolving program of songs, arias and monologues that bends the boundaries of a traditional recital to explore the psychology of Shakespeare’s tragic heroine. The Ophelia Project was chosen to inaugurate Opera America’s Emerging Artist Recital Series at the National Opera Center in October 2013.
In addition to her contemporary repertoire, Cree performed the soprano solos in Messiah with New Mexico Philharmonic, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater with The Brearley Singers at Alice Tully Hall, and Orff’s Carmina Burana with Great Lakes Symphony Orchestra. In past season she made her role début as Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Verdi Square Festival.
Cree received a Bachelor’s of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory and a Master’s of Music from Manhattan School of Music. She was a finalist in the Ades Competition, the Lotte Lenya Competition and the Houston Grand Opera Studio.

Christian Capocaccia

Hailed as an “energetic” performer by The New York Times, Italian conductor Christian Capocaccia has distinguished himself as an artist of keen insight and musicianship. His ease on the podium and comfortable coaching style with singers has made him a favorite with orchestras, opera companies and vocalists.

The 14/15 season is marked by Mr. Capocaccia’s debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, where he leads a program starring pianist Xiayin Wang, before joining the PSO conducting staff as a cover conductor for the 14/15 season. In the fall, he makes his Amarillo Opera debut with Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci, and returns to Italy to conduct AsLiCo in ten performances of OffenbachTales of Hoffman. Now in his third season as Music Director of the Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic, Mr. Capocaccia is expanding his role and continues to grow the organization into a training ground for professional musicians in the greater Stamford area.

The 13/14 season saw a number of company debuts for Mr. Capocaccia, starting the season as cover conductor for Roberto Devereux with Welsh National Opera conducting four performances on their UK tour. In the spring, he made his debut with the Manhattan School of Music conducting the rarely performed Haydn opera Orlando Paladino to critical acclaim.
Mr. Capocaccia previously held positions as assistant conductor of Dallas Opera, resident conductor of the Fischer Center at Bard College, assistant conductor of the Indiana University New Music Ensemble and assistant professor of conducting at the State University of New York College at Fredonia. He is a former Aspen Music Festival Conducting Fellow where he studied with David Zinman and Murry Sidlin.
Born in Rome, he attended the Santa Cecilia Music Conservatory studying under Paolo Ciociola and completed his studies with world-renowned violinist Nina Beilina in New York. Subsequently he studied composition under Boris Porena and Luciano Pelosi, and conducting with Piero Bellugi and Donato Renzetti. A graduate of Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington under David Effron he has participated in masterclasses with Herbert Blomstedt, Gustav Meier and Leonard Slatkin.

As a guest conductor he has appeared both in the United States and Europe leading ensembles such as the Orchestra di Roma e del Lazio, Moscow Ballet Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Città di Grosseto, Orchestra Città Aperta, International Chamber Ensemble, Orchestra da Camera delle Marche and Orchestra Sinfonica di Pesaro among others.

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