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Performers from our event on Oct. 23rd
at the Little Cafe

Featuring Finger Lakes Opera's Tomita Young Artists

Bravo Nights 10/23/22 Program

Robert Riordan, Baritone

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Baritone Robert Riordan, a Wisconsin native, is a versatile performer on grand mainstages and intimate cabaret venues. He was selected as a FLO Tomita Young Artist in 2020 and 2021, where he sang Fiorello in The Barber of Seville, Wolfgang Bigbad in The Three Little Pigs, and Wolf/Dr. Dulcamara in Pinocchio. Other role credits include Prince Gremin, Zaretsky, and Captain Petrovich in Eugene Onegin, Frank in Die Fledermaus, Junius in The Rape of Lucretia, and Top in the Bulgarian premiere of The Tender Land. Riordan has sung with companies including Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Minnesota Opera, and Skylark Opera Theatre. This past season he produced his first benefit recital raising over $1,000 for Alzheimer’s research. Additional 2022 performances include the Wigmaker in Lakes Area Music Festival’s Ariadne auf Naxos, Drifter #3 in Minnesota Opera’s world premiere of Edward Tulane, and his second annual benefit recital.

Starletta Noll-Long, Soprano

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Pennsylvania native Starletta Noll-Long studied Music Performance in voice at Susquehanna University and Binghamton University. In her studies, roles Noll-Long has sung include Suor Angelica in Suor Angelica, La Maestra delle Novizie in Suor Angelica most recently performed with Tri Cities Opera, Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera, Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana, and Giulietta in Les contes d'Hoffmann in scenes. In 2019, Starletta was a young artist with Finger Lakes Opera where she performed scenes including Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore and La Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro in addition to being cast as the narrator in the children's opera Jack and the Beanstalk. She also sang in FLO's 2019 productions of La Bohème. In recent years she has been actively performing in local theatre, choral and orchestral venues across the Greater Susquehanna Valley including the Susquehanna Valley Chorale, and the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra. She currently resides as a choir section leader and soloist at United Presbyterian Church of Binghamton in Binghamton, NY.

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Anders Namestnik, Tenor

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Anders Namestnik is a light lyric tenor who earned his bachelor’s degree in vocal performance and music education at The Eastman School of Music. He was part of FLO’s 2019 young artist class, where he had the lead role in Jack and the Beanstalk. Namestnik also has performed with Eastman Opera Theatre, Florida State Opera, and Geneva Light Opera in New York. Some of his performances include the role of #6 in Conrad Susa’s Transformations, covering Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and Gérard in Les enfants terribles by Phillip Glass. He was a winner of Florida State University’s Hannah J Beaulieu Competition as well as a finalist in the Eastman Kneisel Competition. A native of Canandaigua, NY, Namestnik is currently pursuing a master’s degree in vocal performance at Florida State University.

Erika Vasallo, Mezzo-Soprano

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Cuban-American mezzo-soprano Erika Danielle Vasallo recently sang the Fledermaus Champagne Trio with Orchestra Miami in their New Year’s Eve Celebration Concert. She was a soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Treasure Coast Community Singers and Chamber Orchestra. Vasallo also recently sang as a soloist in the orchestral world premiere of Ernesto Lecuona’s Rumba-Rhapsody along with the FIU Symphony Orchestra, pianist Tomas Tirino, the FIU Concert Choir, Encantus Voices, and Miami Children’s Chorus. She debuted the role of Luisa in the romantic zarzuela Luisa Fernanda with La Zarzuela, Inc. Vasallo performed as a soloist in Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the Treasure Coast Community Singers and Chamber Orchestra. Other highlights of her last few seasons include the roles of La Zia Principessa and Zita in Opera Fusion’s double bill of Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi, the role of Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte and the role of Third Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with New York Opera Conservatory’s 2018 Summer Program for Developing Opera Singers.

Matthew Campisi, Tenor

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Tenor Matthew Campisi enjoys a versatile career as a singer, pianist, and pedagogue. An inaugural member of the Tomita Young Artist class in 2020, he is a recent graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where he earned a master’s degree in Vocal Performance and Literature. Equally passionate as a teacher, Campisi is currently an instructor of piano and voice. He was the music director at Mercy High School in Middletown, Connecticut from 2016-2018, where he built an award-winning choir program and rejuvenated the music department. Campisi is a student of Ruth Williams Hennessy and has also studied voice with Dr. Robert Barefield, Cherie Caluda, and Claude Corbeil; studied piano with Dr. Paul Rutman and participated in  masterclasses with Susan Graham, Sondra Kelly, Sharon Sweet, and Randall Scarlata.

Jenny Choo Kirby, Piano

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From Dr. Andrew Harley's studio, Jenny Choo Kirby is currently pursuing the DMA in Accompanying and Chamber Music at the Eastman School of Music. At Eastman, she is the graduate assistant for both accompanying and opera departments, where she was recognized with awards for Excellence in Accompanying and the Barbara M. H. Koeng Award for vocal accompanying. Her most recent projects include Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra's Hansel and Gretel and Rochester Summer Opera’s Die Fledermaus as répétiteur, and Jessie Kneisel Lieder Competition, where she was awarded the second prize, adjudicated by Mr. Martin Katz. Prior to her studies at Eastman, Kirby held the position as the Collaborative Pianist and the Coordinator of Accompanying at her alma mater, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where she was the Music Director for their main stage productions, including Amelia Goes to the Ball, Spring Awakening, and Sunday in the Park with George. Following the summer session of the Tomita Young Artist Program, Kirby will be competing in London in September for Wigmore Hall/Bollinger International Song Competition with her collaborative partner, Edward Bland.

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