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D'Anna Fortunato, mezzo-soprano; Peter H. Bloom, flute; Mary Jane Rupert, harp perform in Maryland
D'Anna Fortunato, mezzo-soprano; Peter H. Bloom, flute; and Mary Jane Rupert, harp will perform at Goucher College (Towson MD) on Apr 12 and Washington College (Chestertown MD) Apr 14. Works by Elizabeth Vercoe, Amy Beach, Handel, Schubert, others
An admired favorite on the international concert stage, D’Anna Fortunato has appeared as a soloist with Kurt Mazur and the New York Philharmonic, with Seiji Ozawa and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and with other top American orchestras (Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Cleveland, Dallas, Minnesota, St. Luke’s Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and others). She has performed major operatic roles with leading companies, including Glimmerglass, Kentucky Opera, Connecticut Grand Opera, Opera San Jose, and Boston Lyric Opera. She has performed Handel’s operas in such venues as Merkin Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Monadnock Music, while singing major roles in 8 premiere Handel CDs for Albany, Newport Classic, and Vox. Among her many repeat festival appearances are Vaison-la-Romaine, Berlin’s Spectrum Concerts, the Rome Bach Festival, Marlboro, Casals, Tanglewood, Blossom, and Newport. She has recorded 40 CDs for Harmonia Mundi, London/Decca, Sony Classical, Nonesuch, Koch International, Naxos, and Albany. A regional Met Winner, she also received the Naumburg Prize and the Jacopo Peri Award. She serves on the faculty of the New England Conservatory College Division. In 2006, Ms. Fortunato was a Grammy nominee in three categories including best classical vocal recording.
Peter H. Bloom (flute), whose playing has been called “a revelation for unforced sweetness and strength” (The Boston Globe), tours widely in North America, Europe and Asia, and appears on 30 CDs from labels including SONY Classical, Dorian, Newport Classic, and Leo Records. Winner of the American Musicological Society’s Noah Greenberg Award, he performs with leading classical ensembles and is also a noted jazz artist, celebrating his 35th season with the renowned Aardvark Jazz Orchestra. Mr. Bloom serves as historical woodwind consultant for the Boston Museum of Fine Arts; provides musical direction for museum exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad; and has given lectures, workshops and master classes worldwide on such diverse topics as historical performance, masterworks of the flute literature, new music, and improvisation. A board member of the James Pappoutsakis Flute Competition, he received a Master of Music with Distinction from the New England Conservatory of Music, and holds a BA in Philosophy from Boston University.
Mary Jane Rupert (piano), praised by the New York Times as exhibiting “indeed real sensitivity,”
Bloom and Rupert tour internationally as the duo "2", with recent performances in Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and across the United States. The duo “2” is managed exclusively by Americas Musicworks, Rebecca DeLamotte, Managing Director
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