The Harrison Friends of Opera & Teatro Grattacielo to Present Evening of Neapolitan Song

By Chris Ruel

The Harrison Friends of Opera and Teatro Grattacielo will present an evening of Neapolitan song and favorite melodies at the Harrison, New York, Public Library on July 11, 2022, at 7:00 p.m.

Artists performing include soprano Clara Luz Iranzo, mezzo-soprano Eugenia Forteza, and tenors Diego Valdez, David Santiago, and Enzo Pizzimenti. Pianist Alla Milchtein and accordionist Ezio Pelliteri will accompany.

The program is as follows.

Clara Luz Iranzo will perform “Core ‘ngrato” by Salvatore Cardillo; “A vucchella” by F. P. Tosti; and “Voce e notte” by Nicolardi/De Curtis.

Eugenia Forteza will sing “Passione;” “Dicitencello vuie” by Rodolfo Falvo, Enzo Fusco; and “Mattinata” by Leoncavallo.

Diego Valdez follows with “Santa Lucia” by Guillaume Louis Cottrau; “Piscatore ‘e Pusilleco” by Ernesto Tagliaferri; and “O sole mio” by Eduardo di Capua & Alfredo Mazzucchi.

Enzo Pizzimenti will sing “Parlami d’amore Mariu.’”

Closing out the program is David Santiago, performing “Tu ca nun chiagne” by Ernesto de Curtis.

Soprano Clara Luz Iranzo is currently a student at Mannes School of Music under the tutelage of Beth Roberts and assistant conductor of the Metropolitan Opera, Bryan Wagorn. Iranzo has been a Studio Artist at International Vocal Arts Institute in New York (2019), Savannah Voice Festival (2016) and Campamento de Canto Lírico (2016) where she worked on Mimì and Musetta in “La Bohème,” Susanna and Contessa Almaviva in “Le Nozze di Figaro,” Magda in “La Rondine,” Luisa Fernanda in “Luisa Fernanda,” Zerlina in “Don Giovanni” and Leïla in “Les Pêcheurs de Perles.”

Mezzo-soprano Eugenia Forteza was a Young Artist with Teatro Grattacielo during the 2020-21 season and covered Beppe in “L’Amico Fritz” and performed the role of Dimitri in the company’s filmed version of “Fedora.” Forteza was recently awarded 2nd place / Honorable Mention for Best Video at the Canto Latino 2021 International Competition. Her 2022 engagements included a return to Fairfield County Chorale as the Alto Soloist in Mozart’s “Requiem,” the World Premiere of BALAM Dance Theatre’s “Garden of Love in Miniature,” and the World Premiere of Bare Opera’s “FireSongs,” composed by Thomas Cabaniss, directed by Malena Dayen and presented by National Sawdust at Chelsea Factory in NYC.

Tenor David Santiago joined Teatro Grattacielo’s Young Artists Program, Camerata Bardi Vocal Academy in 2021 and performed the roles of Fritz and Federico in Mascagni’s “L’Amico Fritz.” Santiago has appeared at Carnegie Hall, and has performed roles such as Edmondo in “Manon Lescaut,” Prunier in “La Rondine,” Macduff in “Macbeth,” the title role of The Earl of Essex in “Roberto Devereux,” Giannetto in the La “Cena Delle Beffe” and Alfredo in “La Traviata.”

Tenor Diego Valdez Teatro Grattacielo’s Camerata Bardi performing the role of Don Ottavio in its production of “Don Giovanni.” Recently, he performed the title role in “L’Amico Fritz” with Teatro Grattacielo at Phoenicia Festival of the Voice. Valdez currently studies with soprano Elisabeth Stevens and holds a master’s from McGill University and bachelor’s from the University of North Texas.

Pianist Alla Milchtein is a staff pianist at Mannes College New School for Music, where she works for the College and Prep divisions. Past positions include being part of the accompanying staff at the Rotterdam Conservatory (The Netherlands), the Rudolf Steiner College (The Netherlands), Scuola di Musica di Fiesole (Italy) and the Jalisco State Choir (Mexico). Alla has performed at festivals throughout Europe, Mexico, and the United States serves as a staff pianist at competitions, a coach/répétiteur, and a diction coach.