Salon at the Hotel Rex
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 | 6:30pm
About This Performance
These first-year Adler Fellows are already making huge impressions in San Francisco and far beyond. The warmth, charm and indisputable talent of these New Zealanders will be in full view in this program of solos and duos—a memorable evening is guaranteed!
Egyptian born soprano Amina Edris immigrated to Christchurch, New Zealand with her family at the age of 10. She completed her Bachelor of Music in voice performance at the University of Canterbury, her Master’s degree in vocal studies with distinction at the Wales International Academy of Voice and her Post Graduate degree in Voice at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Ms. Edris is a first-year Adler fellow with San Francisco Opera and an alumni of the prestigious Merola Opera program (2015) where she sang Norina in Don Pasquale She made her operatic debut as Serpina in Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona in 2010 for the Christchurch Platform Arts Festival. Her repertoire includes, Adina in L’elisir D’amore, Norina in Don Pasquale, Madame Herz in Der Shauspieldirektor, Juliette in Romeo et Juliette, Gilda in Rigoletto, Manon in Manon, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro and Zerlina in Don Giovanni. In oratorio she has been heard as the soprano soloist in the Fauré Requiem with Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate and Bach’s Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen with the Christchurch Cathedral Chamber Orchestra. She was also heard as a regular soloist at the Christchurch Cathedral and with the Cantores chamber choir.
The recipient of the 2011 and 2012 Sir Howard Morrison Scholarship, the Dame Malvina Major Foundation Arts Excellence Award, The Inspire foundation Scholarship and the Adastra Scholarship Award, Ms. Edris was also awarded Second Place in the 2011 New Zealand Aria Competition and is the winner of the North Shore Becroft Aria, the Christhurch Competitions Aria and the Nelson Performing Arts Competition 2012. She was also a winner in the Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Bel Canto Award competition, the prestigious Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Operatic Aria competition and a finalist in the Western Regionals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
Samoan-born Aucklander, Pene Pati, enjoyed great competition success in 2015 taking second place and the Audience Prize at Placido Domingo’s Operalia as well as Second Prize in that year’s Neue Stimmen Competition. Other recent awards and prizes include first place at the Montserrat Caballé International Aria Competition in 2014 and the prestigious Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonygne ‘Bel Canto’ Award in 2012.
A graduate of San Francisco Opera’s Merola Summer Program, Pati joined their Adler program last season and sings Verdi’s Duca (Rigoletto), Messenger (Aïda) and both Count Lerma and Royal Herald (Don Carlo) all under the baton of Nicola Luisotti, and appears in the world premeire of Bright Sheng’s Dream of the Red Chamber.
Pianist and conductor Robert Mollicone is a member of the San Francisco Opera music staff, where he serves as coach, prompter, and assistant conductor; he is also a frequent guest at such companies as Washington National Opera, Seattle Opera, Utah Opera, The Dallas Opera, and Opera San Jose. He has prepared productions with and assisted many of today’s leading conductors, including Jesús López-Cobos, Stephen Lord, Donald Runnicles, Patrick Summers and Nicola Luisotti. These nearly 40 productions since 2010 span the breadth of the operatic repertoire, including Ariadne auf Naxos, Turandot, La Cenerentola, Les Troyens, Der Ring des Nibelungen, La Finta Giardiniera, and Show Boat.
A commitment to the propagation of American opera led Mollicone to work on the 25th anniversary production of Nixon in China as well as Moby-Dick, Dolores Claiborne and The Secret Garden. He also conducted performances of Weiser's Where Angels Fear to Tread at Opera San Jose, where he will return to conduct selected performances of Silent Night, and participated in the workshop for Marco Tutino’s Two Women. Mollicone served as head coach/accompanist for the premiere of Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally's Great Scott at The Dallas Opera.
Equally at home on the concert stage, Mr. Mollicone collaborates frequently with both rising stars and veteran singers including Denyce Graves, Andrew Stenson, Andrea Carroll, Brian Jagde, Simon Estes, Ailyn Pérez, Nicholas Phan, and Jamie Barton. He made his Carnegie Hall debut alongside soprano Melody Moore in May 2016.
He is a graduate of San Francisco Opera's Adler Fellowship, as well as of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program at Washington National Opera. He holds a M. Mus. from Boston University, where he studied with Shiela Kibbe.