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2017-2018 Season / Regionals / ROME: Christmas Messiah
All performances at 7:30pm at Rome First United Methodist Church
20171207 Messiah Regionals

SIYEON KIM | soprano
SHANNON DE VINE | baritone
SYRACUSE POPS CHORUS | Lou Lemos, director


Symphoria and the Syracuse Pops Chorus join forces to present the Christmas portion of Handel's Messiah, including the magnificent Hallelujah Chorus.  This musical setting of the Christmas story has become a holiday tradition for many families.   The "Hallelujah Chorus" so moved King George II that he sprang to his feet on hearing it, and audiences have continued to do so ever since.

ROME: Christmas Messiah

7:30pm | Rome First United Methodist Church
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Artist Information:

Christian Capocaccia

Recognized 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 musicians and singers alike have made him a favourite with orchestras, opera companies and vocalists.

Mr. Capocaccia was appointed as the Symphoria Associate Conductor and Symphoria Youth Orchestra Music Director in 2017. He returns to Pittsburgh Opera in April 2018 for a production of Donizetti l’Elisir d’Amore.

In the 16/17 season, Mr. Capocaccia completed his 5th season as Music Director of the Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic. In the Fall he made his company debut with the Pittsburgh Opera, conducting La Traviata. In February he returned to Syracuse Opera to lead performances of Rigoletto.

In the 15/16 season, Mr. Capocaccia took the Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic ensemble to New York City for their Carnegie Hall debut. For the Spring semester of 2016, he served as adjunct professor and visiting conductor with Montclair State University’s opera department. In the Fall of 2015 he returned to the Manhattan School of Music to lead the Philharmonia Orchestra in a symphonic concert, and in February 2016 made his debut with Syracuse Opera in La Boheme. His performances with the Wallingford Symphony Orchestra in March marked his debut with that ensemble.

Mr. Capocaccia previously held positions as assistant conductor of the Dallas Opera, resident conductor of the Fischer Center at Bard College, assistant conductor of the IU New Music Ensemble, and assistant professor of conducting at the State University of New York College at Fredonia. He has regularly conducted AsLiCo, and has recently conducted operas with the Manhattan School of Music, and the Welsh National Opera. 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 Master classes 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.

Vivien Shotwell

Canadian-American mezzo-soprano Vivien Shotwell is a graduate of Williams College and the Yale School of Music, where she performed Romeo in Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi under the baton of Speranza Scappucci. Of her performance in the title role of The Rape of Lucretia with Yale Opera, The Hartford Courant wrote, “Shotwell was filled with intensities and even sang her succession of low B-naturals in the second act like the ringing of a haunted bell.” The Berkshire Review for the Arts called her voice “extremely attractive and extremely large,” and wrote of her concert performance of Dido and Aeneas: “Her vocal production, phrasing, and musicianship were impressive throughout, but she rose to a very high level in her final scenes, especially in Dido’s great ‘Lament,’ which could not have been more moving and musicianly.” Other roles include Béatrice in Béatrice et Bénédict, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, the Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Public Opinion in Orpheus in the Underworld, A Woman in Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, and the title role of Giulio Cesare, which she has performed four times, on stage and in concert. Her concert repertoire includes Handel’s Messiah and Israel in Egypt, Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder and Rückert-Lieder, Elgar’s Sea Pictures, Mozart’s Requiem, and Copland’s In the Beginning. She has performed as a soloist with Symphony Nova Scotia, the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Singers of Iowa City, and Orchestra New England. She has received grants from Early Music America, the Nova Scotia Talent Trust, and the Canada Council for the Arts, and was the recipient of the Phyllis Curtin Career Entry Prize and the David L. Kasdon Memorial Prize from the Yale School of Music. She was twice a Regional Finalist (Upper Midwest and New England) in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and was a member of Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist Programme. When not singing, she enjoys writing fiction, and recently published a historical novel about an English soprano who loved Mozart, Vienna Nocturne (Random House). She divides her time between New Haven, Connecticut, and Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Aurelio Domínguez

Aurelio Domínguez started his musical career at a young age playing viola, though singing, acting, and voice-overs cover most of his performing career. He has appeared with the Washington National Opera as the Nantucket Sailor in Jake Heggie’s Moby Dick and as Inmate #1 in Heggie’s Dead Man Walking. His operatic appearances also include Cavaradossi (Tosca), Il Duca (Rigoletto), Rodolfo (La Bohème), Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Roméo (Roméo et Juliette), Tonio (La fille du régiment), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Camille (The Merry Widow), Nemorino (L'elisir d'amore), Orphée/Pluto (Orphée aux Enfers), the title role in Oberon (Weber), Marco (The Gondoliers), and Fairfax (The Yeoman of the Guard). He has appeared regionally with Virginia Opera, OperaDelaware, Ashlawn Opera (now Charlottesville Opera), Miami Lyric Opera, and Sylvan Chorale among others. Locally, he has appeared with the InSeries, Bel Cantanti Opera, and The Aria of Washington DC. He has also participated in the Associazione Prato Lirica’s Concert Series in Prato, Italy, and in Opera Delaware’s Concert Series and Outreach Concert Programs.

His non-operatic repertoire includes Haydn’s The Creation, Handel’s Messiah, Bach's Magnificat and Christmas Oratorio. He has performed, as both a soloist and violist, in Mozart's Requiem, "The Great” C minor Mass, Coronation Mass, and Solemn Vespers, and Orff's Carmina Burana. He has also performed and recorded in Rome, Italy, and in Washington, DC with the choir of The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. He has also performed as a guest soloist in EWTN live broadcast events from the National Shrine.
Mr. Dominguez has appeared in Netflix' "House of Cards", "National Treasure II", and in "Shooting the Prodigal" as Peter. Aurelio's main voice-over work is for the Library of Congress' Audio Books for the Blind and Physically Impaired Project.

Shannon De Vine

"The near-manic sentiments of ‘O nera colpa! Orribilmente inflitta entro l’occhio dell’anima!’ in the first part of Act Three are imparted by De Vine with resonant certitude. De Vine’s reading of ‘S’empian le coppe di prezioso vino’ in the second part of Act Four trembles with the conflicting emotions of a man who senses that the game is up. Dramatically, De Vine is a Claudio worthy of the Globe: musically, he speaks Faccio’s musical language with compelling fluency." - CD REVIEW: Franco Faccio — AMLETO

Baritone Shannon A. De Vine opened 2013 in New York City as Gerard in Andrea Chenier under Maestro Alberto Veronesi and the Opera Orchestra of NY. Also at the beginning of 2013, this exciting, new baritone was also invited to perform as Iago in Otello at Il Teatro Verdi for his debut in Italy. He also recently performed Ceccho del Vecchio in Wagner’s opera Rienzi at the Avery Fisher Hall under Maestro Eve Queler and sung Michonnet in Adriana Lecouvreur also with Maestro Alberto Veronesi. He was also invited to perform Nelusko in L’Africaine with Maestro Eve Queler and The Opera Orchestra of NY also in Lincoln Center. He was invited to perform at the Italian Embassy in Washington, D.C. for the Italian Ambassador to the United States with the New York Opera Society seen as Escamillo, Gerard in Andrea Chenier and Silvio in I Pagliacci with Maestro Emmanuel Plasson. He’s also been Scarpia in Greece with the Mid-America Productions, Leporello in Don Giovanni as well as Ford in Falstaff at the Theatre Municipal in Toulouse, France. Mr. De Vine has sung Giorgio Germont in La Traviata and Silvio in Pagliacci with the Opera Co. of Brooklyn. Also in NY he’s been Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana, Iago in Otello, Valentin in Faust, Conte di Luna in Il Trovatore, Marcello in La Boheme and Captain Balstrode in Peter Grimes with One World Symphony. He has sung Michele in Il Tabarro with Vertical Players Repertory after which The NY TIMES said “After just a few hours notice Mr. De Vine stepped in and is a very impressive baritone in the role of Michele” and also wrote, “We can’t wait to see him on bigger and more important stages”. He has appeared with the Aspen Opera Theater Center as Michele in Puccini’s Il Tabarro as well as the roles of Ford in Falstaff both with Maestro Juluis Rudel and Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte with Maestro Sian Edwards. He made his Houston Grand Opera debut as Morales in Ron Daniel’s new production of Carmen under Maestro Alain Lombard. Other roles with HGO include Riolobo in Florencia en las Amazonas, Top in Copland’s The Tender Land and Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte. He joined the Tanglewood Music Center for his debut as Jose Tripaldi having been chosen specifically by the composer Osvaldo Golijov under the baton of Maestro Robert Spano in participation with world premiere opera Ainadamar. Ainadamar was commissioned by the BSO and Jose Tripaldi was written for Mr. De Vine and he later performed Ainadamar for the inaugural season at the Walt Disney Theater in Los Angeles under the baton of Miguel Harth Bedoya. While earning his Master’s degree from the Juilliard School, he performed the roles of Demetrius in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Silvio in I Pagliacci. Other roles include Ottone in L’Incorazione di Poppea and John Sorel in The Consul, as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly the Vicar in Albert Herring and Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. In concerts, recital and orchestral appearances the baritone has performed in Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall for Vaughn William’s Dona nobis pacem, in recital at the Rose Hall at Lincoln Center and Seiji Ozawa Hall in Tanglewood, with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, a recital for The Richard Tucker Foundation and as soloist in Puerto Rico for Mozart’s Coronation Mass with June Anderson and La Orquestra Sinfonica de Puerto Rico under Maestro Guillermo Figueroa. Among his many awards and recognitions include winner of the Licia Albanese – Puccini Foundation Awards, a semi-finalist in the Marseille International Voice Competition in France, the International Voice Competition of Francisco Vinas in Barcelona, finalist in the Opera National de Paris de la Bastille International Voice Competition, winner of the MacAllister Awards, the Rosa Ponselle International Voice Competition and winner of the Verdi Concerto Competition at the Aspen Music Festival.

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