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Je T'aime - Concert at The National Opera Center

  • Maestro Robert W. Butts
  • Maestro Butts at Opera America
  • Maestro Butts with Dominika Zamara in Turin, Italy
  • Timothy Maureen Cole as The Lady
  • Ann Urbanowicz as Madame Augusta
  • Guitarist Stanley Alexandrowicz
  • Timothy Maureen Cole & Kevin Peters
  • Maestro Butts in Verona Italy

Je T'aime - The Music of Maestro Robert W. Butts

Decmeber 9, 7:30 PM

The National Opera Center, Opera America

330 Seventh Ave., New York

Admission Free

Concert will feature a performance of The Edgar Allen Poe opera - The Tell-Tale Heart featuring Timothy Maureen Cole, Ann Urbanowicz, and Kevin Peters.

Guitarist Stanley Alexandrowicz will play the New York Premiere of Early Morning Suiterecently performed in Italy, Poland, and England as well as across New Jersey

The New York premire of songs from La Serva di Padova, libretto and lyrics by Vincenzo Faggiano - featuring soprano Dominika Zamara and pianist John Pivarnik.

Select readings from the play will introduce the songs - featuring direct from Italy actors Barbara Giovannelli, Sveva Bertuzzi, and Alfredo Popolizio.

Join Maestro Robert W. Butts and special guests for an unforgettable evening of arias, songs and compositions.   Maestro Butts is an acclaimed conductor and educator as well as composer.    He has led The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey for over twenty years in programs ranging in repertoire from the earliest operatic masterpieces such as Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea through the works of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern eras.   He is one of New Jersey’s most active conductors of contemporary music including the world premieres of works by Monsignor Marco Frisina (composer at the Vatican), Amy Reich, Ting Ho, David Williams, and Richard Russell.   He has conducted orchestra and opera performances in Russia, Romania, Italy, Germany and the Czech Republic.   He is currently on the adjunct faculties of Drew University and Montclair State University.   Maestro Butts has been named Morris Arts Council Arts Professional of the Year, American Prize Honored Artist, Comcast Newsmaker, and NYCMS Honored Artist and was the 2016 recipient of Morris Tourism Bureau’s Tourism Award.

La Serva di Padova is a drama by Vincenzo Faggiano.    The story develops in two temporal dimensions – the past and the present.  The constant of history is given from the place where the events take place: the city of Padova (Padua).    Barbara Giovannelli, Sveva Bertuzzi, and Alfredo Popolizio will read excerpts from the play and soprano Dominika Zamara will sing several of the songs with lyrics by Vincenzo Faggiano and music by Maestro Butts.

Vincenzo Faggiano was born in Castelvolturno in Southern Italy before moving to Padua.  He studied political, legal, and administrative sciences at The University of Padua.   He has held positions in provincial, regional, and national leadership in the Federation of Metalworkers, the predominant organization in the 1970s/1980s trade union world.  For over a decade, he has been involved in the International labor Office (ILO) in Geneva as a United Nations official.  In addition to his work in Africa and Eastern Europe, he has published many essays, studies and articles.  During the 1990s, he worked at The Commune as secretary of the Circoscrizione Centro.  He currently lives in Padua, where he holds the position of Director of the Office of the Judge of Peace.

Soprano Dominika Zamara has appeared in opera, orchestra and chamber music concerts.  With Maestro Butts and The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey, she has sung at the DiMenna Center in New York City and in performances of Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona, and Mozart’s Bastien und Bastiennez and Le Nozze di Figaro.   She has sung Pergolesi’s and Mozart’s operas as well with Maestro Butts in Crema and Torino, Italy.   Dominika received her degrees at Krol Lipinski Musical Academy in Wroclaw (Poland) and the Italian Musical Conservatory in Verona, Italy.   She has appeared many times on radio and television throughout the world, including major concerts in Italy, Poland, England, Korea, China, France, Spain, and Estonia.   She made her Italian debut as Mimi in Puccini’s La Boheme and Giorgietta in Puccini’s Il Tabarro with Italian Maestro Enrico De Mori.

Barbara Giovannelli studied philosophy at The University of Venice as well as acting at the Accademia delle Arti cinematographiche in Bologna.  She published a book on phonetics at the Capodistria University, Slovenia.  Her manual on phonetics and pronunciation is standard text at several Italian universities.  She has worked as an actress, stage director, and scriptwriter and frequently works as a vocal coach for broadcasters as well as recording audio-books.

Sveva Bertuzzi is a high school student in Padova. As a violinist with the orchestra I Pollicini, she appeared at La Fenice in venice.  She recorded for the audiobook “Il piccolo principe” of Antoine de Saint-Exupèry.

Alfredo Popolizio was born in Venice on October 3, 1942, studied jurisprudence in Padua and undertook the profession of lawyer he still exercises; He is a professor of law-political economy. His passion for theatre has led him to acting; among the most interesting interpretations we remember: "The word to the jurors; "The Blossom Men in the Mouth" (Luigi Pirandello); and in Venetian dialect: "One of the last Carnival Evenings" (Carlo Goldoni); "Pessi fora de acqua" (by Giacinto Gallina). He also devotes himself to interpretative readings and narratives.

Guitarist Stanley Alexandrowicz is a noted scholar and teacher as well as artist.  He has frequently performed in duo recitals with Dominika Zamara, including performances in the United States, Poland, Italy, and England.   His most recent CD with Dominika, “Ivan Padovec: Music for Guitar and Soprano,” was issued on SHEVA Collection Recordings Italy.  A scholar and specialist in the field of 19th Century music, he often features unknown compositions by the Romantic guitar composer-virtuosi, playing on period instruments and revitalizing works which have lain dormant (often in manuscript form) for over a century. He has given lecture-recitals internationally on both Romantic and Contemporary music, including the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton – USA) and the International Guitar Research Centre (University of Surrey – UK).  With The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey, Stanley has performed concerti by Joaquin Rodrigo and Vaclav Kusera.  

Soprano Timothy Maureen Cole has sung with opera companies in New York and New Jersey.   With The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey (BONJ), she has sung The Countess in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, Damon in Handel's Acis and Galatea, and Mimi in Puccini’s La Boheme.   She has also appeared as The Woman in Maestro Butts's setting of Edgar Allan Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart.   Ms. Cole is also co-host of the popular podcast Not Just a Movie.

Tenor Kevin Peters has sung throughout the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area with church choruses and oratorio ensembles as well as with various opera companies including Atlantic Opera Festival, Princeton Opera Festival, Opera at Florham and Eastern Opera.   He made his BONJ debut as Nerone in Monteverdi'si  With BONJ, he has sung Gaston in Verdi’s La Traviata, Don Basilio in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, and Bastien in Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne  as well as the tenor solo in Beethoven's Symphony #9.   He is an acclaimed lieder singer, bringing his warm interpretations to the songs of Franz Schubert. Most recently, he sang Rodolfo in the BONJ Summer Festival performance of Puccini’s La Boheme.

Soprano Ann Urbanowicz has sung with Eastern Opera and Opera Theater of Montclair as well as with BONJ.   She most recently sang the role of Madame Augusta in Maestro Butts's muasical Wilde's Wild West.

For further information, please contact Robert W. Butts – boblute@aol.com