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      February 5, 2010

      Friday   7:30 PM - 10:30 PM

      645 Oak Street
      Jacksonville, Florida 32204

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      LA SERVA PADRONA - The Servant Mistress

      LA SERVA PADRONA - The Servant Mistress
      La serva padrona was originally an intermezzo to Pergolesi's opera seria Il prigioniero superbo (The Proud Prisoner). The two were premiered on 5 September 1733, the first performance after an earthquake in Naples had caused all theatres to be closed, and celebrated the birthday of the Empress of Habsburg.
      Il prigioniero was unsuccessful in its day and is not a recognized title in today’s opera repertoire. Eventually the two pieces were separated, and La serva padrona went on to enjoy fame throughout Europe for years after its premiere. The importance of this intermezzo can hardly be overlooked in the history of opera. With a new finaIe, the French version played a large part in the Querelle des Bouffons. It was appealing because of its presentation of characters that were relatable to any audience, namely the cunning maid and her aging master. La serva padrona is often seen as the quintessential piece that bridges the gap from the Baroque to the Classical period. Owing to its importance, over time it came to be known as more than just an intermezzo and was performed as a stand-alone work.

      KIMBERLY BEASLEY, soprano
      After graduating from the University of Colorado with a degree in Music Theater and studying voice with Robert Harrison, Kimberly moved to Valparaiso, Indiana, and began teaching at Valparaiso University while pursuing her master's degree. Upon graduation, Ms. Beasley served on the music faculty at Valparaiso University from 1998 to 2005 and taught courses in applied theory, keyboard proficiency, opera scenes, and vocal pedagogy as well as a studio of university and high school students.

      She graduated from Northwestern University in 2004 with a Certificate of Performance in Voice after studying voice with Sunny Joy Langton, and coaching with Sherrill Milnes, Alan Darling, Ken Smith, and Richard Boldrey. She was a featured soloist with the NU Early Music Ensemble in their performance of Moteverdi Vespers and gave two recitals while at NU, one all Bach and one of opera selections.

      Kimberly is now an Assistant Professor of Voice at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, FL, teaching BFA in Music Theater students as well as singers in the BM, BME and Theater degrees. Her local performing includes concerts with the Chamber Music Society of Jacksonville and Friday Musicale, as well as Jacksonville University events. She will be directing their production of Gianni Schicchi in the fall of 2009.

      BOBB ROBINSON, baritone
      Bobb Robinson has been hailed by The Washington Post for his "charismatic stage presence" and "rich, flowing baritone, and by The Miami Herald for his "impressively effortless" singing. Recent operatic roles include "Donald Fonzo" in The In-Series' sellout hit Cosi fan tutte goes Hollywood!, Parmenione in Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia's Love's Luggage Lost, and Friedrick Wieck, father of Clara Schumann, in the world premire of Robert Convery's Clara with the Maryland Opera Studio. In 2000, Bobb was a Regional Finalist (Mid-Atlantic Region) in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

      As a longtime resident of Washington, DC, Bobb has been a featured performer at some of the nation's most famous venues, including the White House, Washington National Cathedral, the Kennedy Center, and the National Gallery of Art. In 2001, Bobb made his European recital debut, performing at the cathedrals of Notre Dame (Paris), St. Sernin (Toulouse), Chartres Cathedral, and the renowned Festival d'Avignon. Bobb has also recorded with the Choirs of Washington National Cathedral, as well as with the chamber group Musikanten.
      No stranger to the world of cabaret, Bobb recently co-wrote and performed an original cabaret, Une soiree` a` l' Olympia, presented as part of "Paris on the Potomac", Washington DC's year-long celebration of French Art and Culture. Other cabaret appearances include Noel and Cole and A Tale of Two Cities: Paris and Berlin Between the Wars at Maryland's Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

      Youngest child of the 1950's country music duo Ray and Jean Robinson, Dr. Robinson holds bachelor degrees from Muskingum College and Stetson University, a Master's degree from the University of Miami, and a Doctorate from the University of Maryland.

      ROB TUDOR, actor
      Robert W. Tudor is the Chair of Jacksonville University's Division of Music and Assistant Professor of Voice and Music Theatre. Before moving to Jacksonville he served as Assistant Dean at Levine School of Music in Washington, D.C., and has held positions as adjunct voice instructor, stage director, and jazz choir director at Shepherd College in West Virginia. He also was an adjunct voice instructor at Salisbury University in Maryland, and was Choir Director at both Deltona High School in Volusia County, Florida, and Episcopal Church of Our Saviour in Silver Spring, Maryland. His administrative career includes positions in programming and management at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, The Florida International Festival, and as Director of Entertainment onboard the Cape May Light cruise ship.

      Dr. Tudor enjoys performing opera, musical theatre, and concert works in many genres throughout the nation. He is passionate about presenting interdisciplinary performances and has designed thematic recitals employing simultaneous projections of visual media, including paintings, historical photographs, and sculpture, which relate to the poetry of the song texts.

      Awards include a 2003 Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council, and 2004 Artist of the Year from Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia, and his degrees include a Bachelor of Music from Stetson University, a Master of Music from the University of Miami, and, a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Maryland, College Park.

      BONITA SONSINI WYKE, harpsichord
      Bonita Sonsini Wyke has been an active part of the Jacksonville music community since 1985, and in working with many of the First Coast's leading vocalists, instrumentalists and musical ensembles she has earned the reputation as a musician of unsurpassed sensitivity, technical skill and artistry. Originally from Los Angeles, California, she has performed for more than thirty years as a collaborative pianist and harpsichordist for choral groups, orchestral and instrumental ensembles, and for stage productions including opera, music theater, ballet and modern dance. In 2007, Bonita joined the Piano Department at Jacksonville University as full-time Staff Accompanist for Opera, Music Theater, Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and student and faculty recitals. A founding member of the San Marco Chamber Music Society, Ms. Sonsini Wyke is a seasoned chamber player, and especially enjoys four-hand piano literature.

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