Three Tenors Plus One A Tribute to Andrea Bocelli Presented by The Villages Opera Club benefitting the Harold S. Schwartz Music Scholarship
February 2nd, 2019
Show Time: 3:00pm & 7:00pm
Three Tenors Plus One, A Tribute to Andrea Bocelli
John McVeigh, Tenor
Fanyong Du, Tenor
Devin Eatmon, Tenor
"Plus One" is Carson Dorsey, Soprano
Accompanied by Maestro Bill Doherty
Songs performed will include:
"Maria", Selections from "Life is Beautiful" and "Il Postino", "Music of the Night", "La Biamo", "O Solo Mio","La Donna Mobile", "Celeste Aida", "The Prayer", "Caruso", "Nessun Dorma", "Time to say Goodbye" and more!
Please join the Opera Club of The Villages for their annual fundraiser benefitting The Harold S. Schwartz Music Scholarship. Come enjoy an entertaining evening featuring three tenors and a guest soprano as they enchant you with their song.
In 1997, the Opera Club of The Villages established the Harold S. Schwartz Music Scholarship program to honor the founder of The Villages and to commemorate his lifelong love of music. It is a goal of the Opera Club to encourage and support students of music in developing their talent and achieving their educational goals, which will in turn enrich all of our lives.
For more information on The Opera Club of The Villages and The Harold S. Schwartz Music Scholarship please visit: http://www.operaclubofthevillages.com/Mission.html
John McVeigh, Tenor
Acclaimed for his "fresh-toned and touching portrayal" by Opera News and lauded by the New Orleans Times-Picayune for his "rich lyrical tenor, fabulous top notes, and striking good looks," John McVeigh continues to garner attention for his countless world-class performances at the most revered houses throughout the United States and worldwide. Most recently, McVeigh performed the Celebrant in Bernstein's Mass with the Brevard Music Center, Goro in Madama Butterfly with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Mahler's Das Lied der Erde with Trinity Church Wall Street, the tenor solo in Händel's Messiah with Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, and DCINY, and returned to The Metropolitan Opera for their productions of Turandot, Eugene Onegin, and The Merry Widow. This season, McVeigh performs Don Basilio in The Marriage of Figaro with Opera Theater St. Louis and returns to The Metropolitan Opera for their productions of La Fanciulla del West, Il Tabarro, and Dialogues des Carmelites. Additionally, he performs as a soloist in Handel's Messiah with Indianapolis Concert Opera and DCINY, and in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with DCINY.
Fanyong Du, Tenor
Fanyong Du, Mongolian Chinese tenor, has frequently performed in America, Canada, Italy, Czechoslovakia, Switzerland, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Russia and China, most recently a concert with the renowned Baritone Renato Bruson in Italy, with Giuseppe Sabbatini in China, recital tour in Czech Republic, Carnegie Hall in New York and also Lincoln Center. Besides various concerts, he also performed leading opera roles including Lensky in "Eugene Onegin", Rodolfo in "La boheme", Nemorino in "L'elisir d'amore", and Rinuccio in "Gianni Schicchi". He also recently performed as a soloist for Rossini's "Stabat mater" in Switzerland. He received critical acclaim as Nemorino in "L'elisir d'amore" from Opera News Magazine (published by the Metropolitan Opera NYC): "Du brought a real sense of Bel Canto style to bear, with fine gradation of dynamics and tone color culminating in a really admirable "Una furtiva lagrima", complete with perfectly executed messa di voce at the close."
Devon Eatmon, Tenor
Devin M. Eatmon is an operatic tenor from Ocala, FL. Since becoming a finalist in the Harold S. Schwartz Opera Competition (2013), hosted by The Opera Club of The Villages, Mr. Eatmon has performed two full seasons with The Central Florida Lyric Opera as a Resident Artist (2013-2015). During those seasons he performed many roles including Camille in Franz Lehar's The Merry Widow (2015) and the world premiere of the Bill Doherty Requiem (2014) in Jerusalem, Israel. Devin has been a Studio Artist with Opera in the Ozarks, Eureka Springs, AR, where his most notable role was Gastone, in Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata (2015). In the fall of 2015 Mr. Eatmon transferred to the prestigious Florida State University as a Vocal Performance Major. He performed two leading roles that season (2015-2016). The first being Nanki-Poo in Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado, FSU Student Opera Society, (2015) and the second with, FSU Opera MainStage, as Lorenzo, in William Bolcom's comic opera Lucrezia (2016). That same summer Mr. Eatmon performed with Tenor, Fernando Varela and Baritone, Craig Irvin for "Hearts of Gold" a concert to benefit the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, hosted at the Hard Rock Live in Orlando, FL. During the 2016-2017 FSU Opera MainStage season Mr. Eatmon covered the title role of Alfredo, in Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata (2016) and portrayed the role of, George Villiers Duke of Buckingham, in the scholastic premiere of Carlisle Floyd's The Prince of Players (2017). Devin was also seen in another concert with Fernando Varela with a group called FOUR DIVO, which featured Mr. Varela, Branden James, Craig Irvin, and American Idol finalist, Pia Toscano (2017). Devin spent the summer of 2018 at the world renowned Aspen Music Festival in Aspen, Colorado. While there he performed scenes from some of the most famous operas. These scenes included the roles of Alfredo in La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi, Nadir in Les pêcheurs de perles by Georges Bizet, Candide in Candide by Leonard Bernstein, and Rodolfo in La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini. Mr. Eatmon has since started his Master's degree at Florida State University as a fully funded and paid Graduate Teaching Assistant in Vocal Performance. He most recently was given the opportunity to perform the role of Rodolfo in Giacomo Puccini's famous tragedy La Bohème (2018). Mr. Eatmon looks forward to portraying the role of Curley in Carlisle Floyd's classic opera, Of Mice and Men in the spring semester (2019).
Carson Dorsey, Soprano
Carson Dorsey is a Texas soprano known for her advocacy of Albanian classical music. She recently made international news for her work with the Valona Music Project, bringing American music to Albanian audiences and made her European debut with the Jindrichuv Hradec Simfoni Orchestra in the Czech Republic under the baton of Albanian conductor, Mario Rapaj. In addition to her international concert work, Carson has performed in many opera productions. Most recently, she has sung Younger Alice in Glory Denied and as Madame Mathurine in the U.S. premiere of Le Mariage d'Antonio at the University of North Texas where she is currently a graduate student studying with Molly Fillmore. Notable past roles include Despina in Cosi fan tutte, First Lady in The Magic Flute, La Pastourelle in L'enfant et les sortileges, and Sister Alice in Dialogues of the Carmelites. Carson holds a BM in Voice from the Cleveland Institute of Music and is the co-founder of the Valona Music Project which promotes cross cultural musical exchange throughout the Albanian diaspora. She will sing in the upcoming Valona Music Project concert series in Dallas, Texas in partnership with the Albanian American Heritage Center. More info is at valonamusicproject.com.
Maestro Bill Doherty
Bill Doherty is a pianist, conductor, composer and singer. As a singer, Mr. Doherty has performed 14 leading roles in opera productions throughout the United States and Europe including the Mohawk Valley Opera (NY) and the Tri-Cities Opera (NY), and was mentored by the legendary soprano Licia Albanese (Metropolitan Opera, La Scala). As a pianist, composer and conductor, Mr. Doherty conducted members of the Central Florida Lyric Opera and the St. Timothy Choir in a special Mass of Thanksgiving at the Vatican for Pope Benedict XVI and in concerts in an around Rome, Italy in 2012. In 2014, he presented the world premiere of his original composition "Missa di Requiem" in Jerusalem. Most recently, he returned to the Vatican to conduct and perform the European premiere of his "Missa di Requiem" at St. Ignazio Basilica in Rome, Italy and at the Vatican for the closing Mass of the Jubilee Year of Mercy at the request of Pope Francis. He has conducted and accompanied extensively in opera for over 20 years, collaborating with some of the world's greatest operatic stars including the legendary Licia Albanese and serving as accompanist to world-renowned Metropolitan Opera sopranos Deborah Voigt, Molly Fillmore and Susan Neves. Mr. Doherty is also one of the nation's leading voice coaches and operates a teaching studio in both Florida and New York City. An internationally recognized teacher and workshop clinician, Bill Doherty has conducted Master Classes in opera and voice at universities and conservatories throughout the world, including Marymount Manhattan College NYC, and the Conservatoire Leo Delibes, Ville de Clichy-La-Garenne, France, among others. His interviews and performances have been broadcast on PBS, CBS, and NBC. He has also appeared on various talk shows including the "Late Show with David Letterman". Year after year, for the past eighteen years, Mr. Doherty has served as adjudicator for the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation's International Vocal Competition in New York City and has also performed as an accompanist for the Foundation's Gala concert at Lincoln Center, NY. He also is adjudicator for the prestigious Gerda Lissner International Opera Competition, NYC. He is Founder and General Director of the Central Florida Lyric Opera, Inc. His work has been recognized and commended by both Florida Governor Charlie Crist and former United States President George W. Bush. Mr. Doherty is the Director of Music at St. Timothy Catholic Church in the Villages, FL. Among his many other honors and awards, Mr. Doherty is the recipient of the New York State Council on the Arts Humanities Award and his signature has been immortalized on the Muro di Alassio in Alassio, Italy.
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