Opera Diva Aprile Millo to Perform in Lewes, DE

by Dave on August 5, 2010

Can you imagine an evening full of the flavor and music of Italy with world-renowned soprano Aprile Millo in Lewes, DE? We hope so! The Prudential Gallo—Touch of Italy Foundation will present “Viva Italia” on Saturday, September 25, 2010 at the Cape Henlopen High School Theater. Fresh from a stunning success at the Frederick P. Rose Center at Lincoln Center in New York City, Millo and assisting artists will excite and enchant the senses, while A Touch of Italy and Nourish will dazzle the palate with a pre-performance supper. Net proceeds from the event will be donated to CHEF (Cape Henlopen Education Foundation) Arts programs, CAMP Rehoboth Community Center, Autism Delaware and Lewes/Rehoboth Rotary Arts Scholarship Fund. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.OperaAtTheBeach.com.

Millo made a “Cinderalla-like” debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City on Dec. 3, 1984, replacing an ailing colleague and literally causing a sensation! The next day, the papers heralded the birth of a “new Verdi star”, and 26 years later, Millo is still winning praise from critics and frenzied ovations from an adoring public. She has sung over 180 performances of 15 different roles at her artistic home, the Metropolitan Opera. Outside New York, Millo has triumphed in theaters in Frankfurt, Barcelona, Parma, Rome, Bologna, Verona, Torino, Munich, Berlin, Vienna, Zurich, Paris, Orange, Moscow, Rio de Janiero, Sao Paolo, Santiago, Buenos Aires, The Baths of Caracalla and of course, La Scala in Milan.

A rare throwback to the golden age of singing, Millo offers a voice of quality and extension; able to perform Verdi and Bel Canto, as well as the demanding rigors of the Puccini and Verismo school. She is committed to the “authentic” message and tradition, continuing to “keep the faith” with long-time fans, while also winning favor with new audiences and introducing them to the world of opera.

Millo has collaborated with such great conductors as Herbert von Karajan and Riccardo Muti at La Scala, Giusepe Sinopoli, as well as her great friend and mentor, James Levine. Millo has also sung in productions directed by the great Liu in Turandot, and the legendary stage and film director, Franco Zeffirelli. She was also chosed by Maestro Zefferelli to the be the voice of Elizabeth Taylor in the film “Young Toscanini”.

The winner of numerous awards, Millo has won the Primo Premio-First Prize at the Voci Verdiane Concorso in Busetto, Italy, the Monserrat Caballe-Bernabe’Merti Special Verdi Prize Francisco Vinas, The Voco D’Oro, The Richard Tucker Foundation Award and the Maria Callas Foundation Award to name a few.

Extraordinary guest artists will be sharing the stage with Millo. Pianist Lucy Arner, violinist Christopher Collins Lee, accordianist MaryLou Vetere, classical guitarist Tim Shannon and harpist Merynda Adams will provide the beautiful backdrop for Millo’s ruby rich voice. Choreographed by Melanie LePatin, internationally acclaimed ballroom dance couple Gherman Mustuc and Iveta Lukosiute will be dancing as well. Members from The Southern Delaware Choral Society will also take the stage with Millo for a couple of songs.

The Prudential Gallo, REALTORS —Touch of Italy Foundation was created this year to bring world-class performers to Sussex County, DE, while supporting local non-profit organizations in need. Sponsorships for this once-in-a-lifetime performance by Millo are available and range from $100 to $3000, with attractive incentives at each level. Sponsorships may include tickets, advertising opportunities and a chance to meet Millo following her performance! A portion of sponsorship will be tax deductible. Please contact Tricia Ratner at 302-745-4131 to inquire about sponsorship opportunities. For more information about the event and to purchase tickets for the September 25th performance at the Cape Henlopen High School Theater, please visit www.OperaAtTheBeach.com.

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