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D’Anna Fortunato (Mezzo-soprano)

Born: 1945 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (or Charleston, South Carolina?), USA

The American mezzo-soprano D'Anna Fortunato studied primarily at the New England Conservatory of Music with Gladys Miller.

D'Anna Fortunato has long been an admired favorite on the American Orchestral-Concert scene, while establishing herself as a respected operatic artist as well. Of her New York City Opera Debut in George Frideric Handel's Alcina, the New Yorker called her a Handelian of crisp accomplishment. She has gone on to create major roles in premiere performances of G.F. Handel's Operas in such venues as Merkin Hall, Carneige Hall, Emmanuel Music, and Monadnock Music, while singing major roles in 8 premiere G.F. Handel CD's for Albany, Newport Classics, and Vox. Other major roles have been created with such Companies as Glimmerglass (Beatrice in Berlioz' Beatrice and Benedict.) Kentucky Opera (Artist-in Residence, Maddalena in Rigoletto, and Dido in Dido and Aeneas.) , Connecticut Grand Opera (Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia.), Opera San Jose (Sarah in Mollicone's Hotel Eden), Rochester Opera (Seibel in Faust, and Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte.) ,Florida Grand Opera (Dorabella) and the Boston Lyric Opera on many occasions, the most recent being Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro.

Highlights of her orchestral engagements have included Ravel's L'Enfant et les Sortilege, and Verdi's Falstaff with Seiji Ozawa and the Boston Symphony Orchestra; Messiah's with the National Symphony; Mozart's Requiem with Ottawa's National Arts Center Orchestra; Gluck's Orfeo with the Philadelphia Orchestra; Berlioz' Romeo et Juliette with the Minnesota Orchestra, and San Francisco Symphony Orchestra; Ah ,Perfido! with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; Arthur Honegger's Jeanne d'Arc au Bucher with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and Kurt Mazur; Luciano Berio's Folksongs with both the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the Omaha Symphony; and Messiah's with the New Japan Philharmonic, and Ozaka's Telemann Orchestra. D’Anna Fortunato has also been associated with Roger Norrington and his series of L.v. Beethoven 9th's performed worldwide.

Much of D'Anna Fortunato's musical life has been devoted to the works of J. S. Bach. To this end, she has sung on numerous occasions with the Bethlehem Bach Festival, Bethlehem Bach Festival, Carmel Bach Festival, Boulder Bach Festival, Bach Aria Festival and Institute (1987) and Rome Bach Festivals; at the 92nd Street Y with John Gibbons; as a long-time soloist with Emmanuel Music (l3 seasons); the Cantata Singers (l0 seasons); and as present member of the Bach Aria Group, touring, recording, and teaching summer seminars at S.U.N.Y. Stony Brook (l5 years).

D’Anna Fortunato's list of Festival appearances is lengthy, and includes Marlboro, Tanglewood, Casals, Blossom, Rockport, Newport, Vaison-la-Romaine, and Berlin's Spectrum Festival.She has been a frequent visitor with such chamber organizations as the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Boston Chamber Music Society (which awarded her a citation of merit), the Northeast Harbor Chamber Festival (Composer's String Quartet), and the Marblehead Chamber Music Festival.

Newly released CD's include G.F. Handel's Deidamia (role of Achille) for Albany, and a New York Philharmonic CD of A. Honegger's Jeanne d'arc au Bucher (Heavenly Voice). Heading her list of 35 CD's is a re-release on Sony of her Victorian Baseball: Hurrah for our National Game, while her CD of Amy Beach Songs on Northeastern won Best of the Year from the New York Magazine, the Boston Globe, and the New York Post. Her Dido in Dido and Aeneas on Harmonia Mundi with the Boston Camerata, was hailed as the best by Graham Sheffield in Opera on Record .Other labels include London/Decca, Koch, Bridge, Gasparo, Erato, and Margun.

D'Anna Fortunato has researched and performed extensively the little-known works of Amy Beach, Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn, Franz Liszt, and Charles-Martin Loeffler. Composers John Harbison, Stephen Jaffee, Stephen Albert, and John Heiss amongst others, have chosen her to debut their compositions.

D’Anna Fortunato is now a Professor of Voice at the New England Conservatory of Music.

Source: Thea Dispeker Website (August 2002); Ruud Janssen (February 2006)
Contributed by
Daryl Yoder (September 2002)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works

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Works

Samuel Baron / Yehudi Wyner

Alto

BWV 26, BWV 80, BWV 94, BWV 101, BWV 106, BWV 147, BWV 156, BWV 178, BWV 198
Selections from
BWV 9, BWV 20, BWV 30a, BWV 43, BWV 60, BWV 66, BWV 72, BWV 78 [x2], BWV 94, BWV 101, BWV 125, BWV 146, BWV 154, BWV 156, BWV 198, BWV 205 [x2], BWV 248
Arias from BWV 30a, BWV 33, BWV 83 [w/ Bach Aria Group]

John Gibbons

Alto

BWV 54 [1st], BWV 54 [2ndt]
Arias from
BWV 45, BWV 79, BWV 94 [w/ flutist Fenwick Smith]

John Harbison

Alto

BWV 7, BWV 44, BWV 101 [w/ Cantata Singers]

Links to other Sites

D’Anna Fortunato, mezzo-soprano (Dispeker)
Pro Arte: D'Anna Fortunato
NEC College Faculty: D'Anna Fortunato

Opera unMet: Soloist - D'anna Fortunato
Mezzo-Soprano to visit Bowdoin (The Boedoin Orient)

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