Soprano, Carla DelVillaggio, has been critically acclaimed for her superb
interpretations of leading roles in operas such as Les Contes d'Hoffmann,
La Bohème, Carmen, Die Fledermaus, and La Cenerentola. She is
a consummate actress and a natural comedienne with impeccable comic
timing. Critics have compared her to the likes of Bette Midler and Carol
Burnett. Ms. DelVillaggio has appeared with the Orlando Opera Company,
the International Opera Workshop in the Czech Republic, the Annapolis
Opera Company, Opera Camerata of Washington, Summer Opera Theatre Company
(D.C.) and Tri-Cities Opera Company, to name a few. She is frequently
heard in concert and orchestral repertoire performing Oratorio and Operetta
favorites as well as the classics of the American Musical Theatre. Ms.
DelVillaggio's engagements have allowed her the opportunity to collaborate
with many eminent stage directors such as: Frank Corsaro, Will Crutchfield,
Bernard Uzan, James Lucas, John Lehmeyer and David Gately, as well as
such distinguished conductors as: Julius Rudel, Christian Badea, Karen
Keltner and Mark Flint. She has also had the opportunity to produce
and direct programs of operatic and musical theatre excerpts over the
years and enjoys this second only to being onstage herself.
While a member of Tri-Cities Opera's "Artist Resident Training
Program", Ms. DelVillaggio attended the State University of New
York, where she earned her Master of Music degree, with an Opera Specialization.
In 1998, she was one of 8 singers chosen to participate in Florida Grand
Opera's first-ever "Advanced Role Preparation Studio", where
she studied the roles of Nedda in Pagliacci and Violetta in La Traviata
with stage director Bernard Uzan and internationally known soprano Diana
Soviero. In 2001, she made her European debut in the Czech Republic,
singing the title role in La Traviata. That same year she had the great
honor of singing in Washington, DC, at a joint event for Czech, Slovak
and American dignitaries, including the head of the Czech Senate and
Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State. In 2002, Ms. DelVillaggio
was honored by her alma mater, Seminole Community College, by being
awarded a "Distinguished Alumni" award, in recognition of
her contribution and commitment to her art. 2006 saw her return to The
Orlando Messiah Choral Society as soprano soloist in their performance
of Handel's Messiah.
Ms DelVillaggio resides in Lake Mary, Florida and is currently on
the voice faculties of both Rollins College (Winter Park, Florida) and
Valencia Community College, (Orlando, Florida) as well as maintaining
a private studio in her home. Her work as a teacher has been extensive
and incredibly rewarding. She maintains a full schedule of private voice
students while also teaching voice classes, Music Appreciation and Music
Literature, and Performance Lab for singers. The project which has made
her the most proud, since beginning her work at Valencia Community College
in 2004, is the creation of the school's first-ever Opera-Theatre Workshop.
This unique class, which is not usually offered on the community college
level, has become immensely popular. It allows students to experiment
with acting, choreography and staging, with an emphasis on character
analysis and communication techniques. This labor of love has been one
of her greatest joys since she began at Valencia. She participates in
faculty recitals each year, and this past semester was the featured
soprano soloist during the 40th Anniversary Gala Celebration at Valencia.
Aside from her teaching duties, Ms DelVillaggio's singing career has
taken a rather unexpected direction. In 2006, she made her debut at
the Sunburst Convention for Celebrity Impersonators, in Orlando, as
a Barbra Streisand tribute artist. The response was overwhelming and
it has proven to be something she enjoys completely and has allowed
her opportunities to bring a bit of "Barbra" to people all
over the country. Her natural resemblance to Ms Streisand and her ability
to sing like her led her in this direction, with the help of family
and friends, and it is now the main focus of her singing career. To
be able to impersonate her lifelong idol, is a humbling yet exhilarating
experience and opportunity. Streisand's unparalleled artistry has inspired
her for many years and she continues to be moved by the music and elegance
of this wonderful artist. Her hope is to inspire her students and those
who hear her sing, in the same way that she has been inspired by others.
She will be appearing on June 2nd & 3rd at the Funky Monkey Wine
Company on Mills Avenue, in Orlando, and has other upcoming engagements
both in Florida and out of state. She will also be performing at the
2008 Sunburst Convention in Orlando this September.
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