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Graduate vocalist April Amante (soprano) will present a Doctor of Musical Arts recital with pianist Alvise Pascucci on Friday, December 10, 2021 at 7:30 pm in Karl Geiringer Hall on the UC Santa Barbara campus. The program will include works by Vincenzo Bellini, Lori Laitman, George Frideric Handel, H. Leslie Adams, João Pedro Oliveira (UC Santa Barbara Corwin Chair of Composition), Katherine Balch, Gaetano Donizetti, Benjamin Britten, and Gustav Mahler. Amante is a student of UC Santa Barbara Professor Isabel Bayrakdarian.

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Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835)

La Ricordanza

Lori Laitman (b. 1955)

"Wild Nights" from Days and Nights

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) 

"O Sleep Why Dost Thou Leave Me" from Semele (HWV 58) 

H. Leslie Adams (b.1932) 

Five Millay Songs

     Wild Swans

     Branch by Branch

     For You There Is No Song

     The Return from Town

     Gone Again is Summer the Lovely

João Pedro Oliveira (b.1959)

Le Chant de Mariana (Canto de Mariana) 


Katherine Balch (b.1991) 

these intervals matter

     Kailee Lencioni, gravel

Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848)

"Prendi, per me sei libero" from L’elisir d’amore 

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) 

from Folksong Arrangements, Vol. IV:

     Moore’s Irish Melodies

     ‘Tis the Last Rose of Summer

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)

"Ich atmet einen Lindenduft Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen" from Rückert-Lieder 

About the Artist

Born and raised in Southern California, April Amante is a versatile soprano with expertise and facility in repertoire spanning from early music to contemporary musical theater. April made her LA Opera debut as the Solo Soprano Voice and Chorus Soloist in the world premiere of Matthew Aucoin's "Eurydice" in January 2020. She was the Soprano Soloist for Handel's "Messiah" with the Los Angeles Master Chorale in 2019, and for the Messiah Sing Along the previous year, both performed in Walt Disney Concert Hall. She will be the Soprano Soloist for the Santa Barbara Choral Society’s "Messiah" on December 18th and 19th at Hahn Hall. April played the role of Mrs. Sinclair in the world premiere of Eric Whitacre's mini-opera "The Gift of the Magi" at Walt Disney Concert Hall at the 2019 Los Angeles Master Chorale's Festival of Carols concert. Most recently she sang the role of Donna Anna in UC Santa Barbara’s virtual production of Don Giovanni in 2021 and will be singing First Lady in their English version of Mozart’s The Magic Flute in February 2022. She has performed and covered mainstage roles with Pittsburgh Festival Opera, Opera San Luis Obispo, Pacific Opera Project, and the Los Angeles Opera Outreach Program. Favorite roles performed include Laurey (Oklahoma), Johanna (Sweeney Todd), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Frasquita (Carmen), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), and Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica). She has been a featured soloist with the Opera San Luis Obispo Grand Orchestra in concert at the Vina Robles Amphitheater and Opera San Luis Obispo’s Broadway by the Sea. She has been on the roster of the Los Angeles Master Chorale since 2017. In addition to her performance credits, April is currently a Semifinalist in the Music International Grand Prix Competition. She was also a semi-finalist in the Camerata Bardi International Vocal Competition, the Loren L. Zachary Opera Competition, the Lyra New York Mozart Vocal Competition 2018 (Opera Category), the James Toland Vocal Arts Competition 2018, and in the 29th International Nuits Lyriques de Marmande Competition 2017 in Marmande, France. She was the winner of the 42nd Annual American Educators of Italian Origin United (AEIOU) Opera Competition in 2012, a finalist in the 36th Annual Carmel Music Society Vocal Competition, and a national finalist in the NATS National Musical Theater Competition in 2014. April received a Bachelor of Music (B.M.) magna cum laude in Vocal Performance from California State University Northridge and a Master of Music (M.M.) from the University of Arizona. She currently studies with Isabel Bayrakdarian while obtaining her Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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