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Rose Guccione, soprano

OPERATIC ROLES Frau Kneipp/Knigin Galatea Tante Wilhelmine Wimpel Anna Maurrant Widow Piper Frau Kneipp/Knigin Galatea Musetta Grand Duchess Tina Mrs. DeRopp Lady Macbeth Madame Flora Leonora Madame de la Haltire Elisabetta Elvira (cover) Leonora Micala Ada Amelia (cover) Ada Elisabetta Fisherwoman 1st Handmaiden La Novizia Bidder Batrice (cover) Elvira Peter und Paul reisen ins Schlaraffenland Der Vetter aus Dingsda Street Scene. Boris Godunov Babes in Toyland Peter und Paul reisen ins Schlaraffenland La Bohme Mitislaw der Moderne Sredni Vashtar Macbeth The Medium La forza del destino Cendrillon Don Carlo Ernani Il trovatore Carmen Ada Un ballo in maschera Ada Don Carlo Peter Grimes Turandot Suor Angelica The Rakes Progress Batrice et Bndict LItaliana in Algeri

312.505.1861 cell/text Chicago Folks Operetta Alison Kelly, director 2012 Chicago Folks Operetta Elizabeth Margolius, director 2012 Salme Steinberg Fine Arts Center Michael D. Melton, conductor 2012 Lyric Opera of Chicago 2011 Chicago Folks Operetta Alison Kelly, director 2012 Chicago Folks Operetta Gerald Frantzen, director 2010 Salme Steinberg Fine Arts Center Michael D. Melton, conductor 2010 Chicago Folks Operetta Kathryn Kamp, director 2009 Ganz Hall: Roosevelt University Floyd Thompson, composer 2009 da Corneto Opera Enrique Patrn de Rueda, conductor* 2008 Salme Steinberg Fine Arts Center R. Shayne Cofer, conductor 2008 da Corneto Opera Robert Ashens, conductor 2007 Salme Steinberg Fine Arts Center Michael D. Melton, conductor 2007 da Corneto Opera Giampaolo Bracali, conductor 2005 da Corneto Opera Victoria Bond, conductor 2004 da Corneto Opera Victoria Bond, conductor 2003 lAssociazione Rome Festival Alberto Meoli, conductor 2003 da Corneto Opera Kostis Protopapas, conductor 2002 da Corneto Opera Stephen Blackwelder, conductor 2001 Europische Komdienspiele in Bayern Marc Andre Angelini, director* 2000 Europische Komdienspiele in Bayern Marc Andre Angelini, director* 2000 Lyric Opera of Chicago Sir Mark Elder, conductor 1997 Lyric Opera of Chicago Bruno Bartoletti, conductor 1997 Lyric Opera of Chicago Bruno Bartoletti, conductor 1996 Lyric Opera of Chicago Dennis Russell Davies, conductor 1994 Chicago Opera Theater Lawrence Rapchak, conductor 1994 Bowen Park Opera Marc Taslit, director 1992 *production cancelled 2005 2005 2003 2002 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2000 2000 2000 1998 1998 1998 1997 1997 1996 1995 1995 1995

SCENES & ARIAS Leonora La forza del destino Gioconda La Gioconda Mimi La Bohme Leonora La forza del destino Amelia Un ballo in maschera Elisabetta Don Carlo Leonora Il trovatore Norma Norma Tosca Tosca CioCioSan Madama Butterfly Countess Le nozze di Figaro Odabella Attila Desdemona Otello Maddalena Andrea Chnier Marschallin Der Rosenkavalier Ada Ada Lu Turandot Ada Ada Adriana Adriana Lecouvreur Hrodiade Hrodiade Leonora La forza del destino

WFMT 98.7FM Chicago WFMT 98.7FM Chicago lAssociazione Rome Festival (Kevin McMahon, conductor) City of Chicago Dept. of Cultural Affairs New York Society for Ethical Culture Paul Plishka Gala da Corneto Opera City Symphony Opera Orchestra (Rudolph Macciocchi, conductor) North Suburban Symphony City Symphony Opera Orchestra (Rudolph Macciocchi, conductor) Northwest Symphony (Michael Holian, conductor) Northwest Symphony (Michael Holian, conductor) Lyric Opera of Chicago 2000-2001 Preview Concert Batavia Classics Chicago Batavia Classics Chicago Lincolnwood Fine Arts Series City Symphony Opera Orchestra (Rudolph Macciocchi, conductor) Lyric Opera Guild Skokie Valley Chapter Plcido Domingos OPERALIA Grand Thtre de Bordeaux University of Natal Durban, South Africa University of Natal Durban, South Africa St. Charles Art & Music Festival Teatr ydowski Warsaw, Poland Northeastern Illinois University Chorus Carnegie Hall Windy City String Ensemble Evanston Symphony Orchestra Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts Windy City String Ensemble Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts WFMT 98.7FM Chicago Northwest Symphony (Michael Holian, conductor) Barnett Foundation Voice Competition Mid-City Choral Society Lyric Opera Guild Northwest Chapter Lyric Opera Guild North Riverside Chapter Southwest Symphony Orchestra (Wesley Tabayoyong, conductor) Lyric Opera Guild North Riverside Chapter Metropolitan Arts Orchestra University of Natal Durban, South Africa 24th Annual Chicago Music Awards Nicolai Ghiaurov Corso di Formazione e Perfezionamento ( The Barnett Foundation 1999 Voice Competition Plcido Domingo World Opera Contest Operalia 96 The Metropolitan Opera Central Region Merola Program San Francisco Opera Friedrich Schorr Memorial Performance Prize

CONCERTS Soloist Jdische Lieder, Op. 17 (Weinberg) Soloist Requiem Mass in D minor (K. 626) (Mozart) Soloist Exultate, jubilate (K. 165) (Mozart) Soloist Vier Letzte Lieder (Strauss) Soloist Les Nuits dEt, Op. 7 (Berlioz) Soloist Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14 (Rachmaninoff) Soloist Cinq Mlodies Populaires Grecques (Ravel) Soloist Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 (VillaLobos) Soloist Knoxville, Summer of 1915, Op. 24 (Barber) Soloist Messiah (Hndel) Soloist Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42 (Schumann) Soloist Tonadillas (Granados) Soloist Choral Symphonic Suite in CMajor (Tabayoyong) Soloist Siete Canciones Populares (DeFalla) Soloist Symphony No. 9 (Beethoven) Soloist Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42 (Schumann) AWARDS & CERTIFICATES Best Opera Entertainer Nominee Attestato di Partecipazione Grand Prize Winner International Quarter Finalist National Council Finalist Finalist Chicago International Finalist

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Rose Guccione, soprano

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Da Corneto meets challenge of Il Trovatore Lack of Verdi singers is the usual excuse for Trovatores rarity... However, with the entrance of soprano Rose Guccione as Leonora, the genuine article of Verdi singers took over. Gucciones voice was simply magnificent from top to bottom, beautifully nuanced in all dynamic ranges. Richard Covello, Chicago Tribune Thwarted love, jealousy, betrayal fuel da Cornetos fine Don Carlo Soprano Rose Guccione, as a creamy-toned Elisabetta, acquitted herself well, particularly in Act 4s punishing Tu che le vanita. Laura Emerick, Chicago Sun-Times Verdis Forza gets a production to remember Rose Guccione blossomed by evening's end, especially in Act 4's prayer, Pace, pace, dio mio. Laura Emerick, Chicago Sun-Times La Bohme cast hits all the right notes ...the hilariously dysfunctional couple Marcello and Musetta, played by a lively Wellington Da Silva and Rose Guccione, instantly became some of the crowd's favorites. Da Silva and Guccione kept the audience laughing by providing comic relief with their constant outbursts against each other of fighting and breaking up, and then kissing and making up... Dulce Arroyo The NEIU Independent Guccione rare and memorable That Ms Guccione is one of the best singers to grace a Durban stage in recent years is without question. [The] programmerevealed an artist of the very highest calibre. Trying to find words to describe Ms Gucciones voice is no easy task. A golden sound coupled to a soaring legato is one thing, but when married to an innate sense of style and deep artistic involvement the effect is quite mesmerisingUnderpinning all this was faultless intonation and a clear pronunciation of the Italian, German and English texts. Somehow, Ms Guccione succeeded in casting that spell that characterises a memorable and rare musical event. Sean Schulze, The Mercury & Business Report [South Africa] American soprano delights it takes a real artist to create, as she did, a character or a mood in a few words and a couple of notes. Salomes aria, from Massenets opera, Hrodiade was deliciously sensual, without being arch. Gucciones rich tone expressed the passion and longing inherent in the scoreMims aria Mi chiamano Mim from Puccinis La Bohme was simplicity itself. Miss Guccione is obviously a talented actress as well and she certainly has the ability to bring Puccinis heroines to life. Her versatility was confirmed with Schumanns song cycle Frauenliebe und Leben. To sing art songs well takes both vocal control, intelligence and acting skills and these Miss Guccione has in abundanceThere were more than a few misty eyes when she finished. Anthea Johnston, Sunday Tribune [South Africa] St. Charles Art & Music Festival Closes on High Note A brilliant concert closed the St. Charles Art and Music FestivalThe concert of opera favorites was to feature young opera star Margaret Jane Wraywho became indisposed less than 24 hours before the performance[R]ising to the occasion with no rehearsal with the orchestra was talented soloist Rose Guccione of ChicagoStanding ovations were plentiful Renee Tomell, Press Newspapers Art & Music Festival Garners Ovation Rose Guccione, a dramatic soprano now in the Lyricbrought the house down. It was really an incredible concert, with multiple curtain callseven got a standing ovation before the intermission. Roald Haase, Kane County Chronicle Focus Northwest Rose Guccionewere among the performers receiving standing ovations at the conclusion of the 16-day St. Charles Music Festival. WTTW-Ch. 11s Marty Robinson served as master of ceremonies; maestro Stephen E. Squires led the Illinois Chamber Symphony in La Traviata, while music director Jeffrey Hunt conducted the 85-member chorus. Florist Richard Abrahamson provided the stunning arrangements of lilies, roses and orchids, and program director Grace Hunt made sure the entire line-up fell into place. Betty Brown & Gloria Vanderborg Moats, North Shore Magazine A night to remember The soprano, Rose Guccione, was magnificent. Not only did she turn in an exciting and virtually flawless vocal performance, but she projected a modest and unassuming stage presence that is absolutely charming. With no wasted movements or gestures except those in perfect taste, nothing distracted from the music to which she gave everything. She began with O mio babbino caro, an excellent first number as it gently established her range and immediately won her audience. This is not the most technically demanding aria, but is very beautiful and it is so familiar that anything less than perfection here could have added more pressure on delivering her subsequent pieces. But she sang this little gem purely and lyrically and thereby neatly set the stage for the more weighty offerings that followed. Of these, like Vissi darte, Mi chiamano Mimi and Lius haunting Signore, ascolta, it is hard to pick a favorite because they were all sung with perfect intonation, great feeling and ultra-smooth phrasing. The stunning quality of Ms. Gucciones genuine spinto and her vast scope of feeling and tonal shading burst gloriously into perspective with the unleashed passion of Un bel di, another very familiar aria that can make an audience a bit squeamish if not sung well. Not only did she sing it well, but she connected so directly with the audience that the listeners were swept into that world of emotional rapture and rhapsodic splendor where wellperformed Puccini should always take us. Although modesty, sweetness and the kind of feminine vulnerability that is so essential to the interpretation of so many soprano roles mainly define her onstage persona, Ms. Guccione revealed an appropriate seductive aspect to her character portrayal with a sensual and provocative rendition of the Habanera. Not only was her dramatic depth further displayed with this number, but her considerable vocal range was also highlighted. Aside from mentioning her outstanding ensemble work from the opening acts of La traviata and La Bohme and the finale of Faust, theres little more to say right now except that Rose Guccione is a fine young and polished soprano that is as good as you can expect to hear and a real credit to our community. John Rizzo, Fra Noi