Milton Community Concerts
at First Parish
Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 8:00 PM
First Parish Church of Milton. 535 Canton Ave.
General Admission: $20 (no advance sales) 18 and under: Freen
The Dueling Divas will be performing for the first time in the Boston area. Jane Shivick and Sarah Callinan are both natives of Massachusetts and have previously sung together in Florida and on Cape Cod.
This concert will feature art songs from around the world, several opera favorites, and popular songs and duets from musical theater. Their pianist Timothy Steele has collaborated with them for all of their concerts.
Timothy Steele, Piano
Timothy Steele is an active vocal coach, collaborative pianist, and conductor, and is currently in his twenty-fourth year on the opera faculty at New England Conservatory. He has conducted for outreach tours with the Boston Lyric Opera and is a former music director for Opera Providence. He has served as assistant conductor/pianist for over 130 productions with twenty-four opera companies, including Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Boston Lyric Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Central City Opera, and Portland Opera Repertory Theatre. He assisted with the Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Madame White Snake for productions in Boston and Taiwan, and for three years collaborated with WaterFire-Providence on a unique and popular series of opera evenings. In Boston he has performed with Emmanuel Music, the Handel and Haydn Society, and the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, among others.
Jane Shivick, Soprano
Soprano Jane Shivick, recently made her debut in the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos with dell’Arte Opera Ensemble in New York City. In addition, she portrayed the role of La Donna in Enrico Garzilli’s world premiere
of Michelangelo with Opera Providence. Orchestral credits have included Brahms’ German Requiem with the New Philharmonia Orchestra, Verdi’s Requiem with Symphony Pro Musica, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the New World Chorale, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater with the Stow Festival Chorus and Orchestra,Handel’s Judas Maccabeus, Schubert’s Mass in A flat and Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra and Handel’s Messiah with the Spectrum Singers. Ms. Shivick made her debut at Symphony Hall in Boston with the Boston Pops Orchestra under the batons of Keith Lockhart, Federico Cortese, and Steven Mercurio and is a frequent soloist with the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra. In addition, she has performed in concert with the Boston Civic Symphony, Assabet Valley Mastersingers, Worcester Chorus, Brown University Chorus and Orchestra, Mastersingers of Worcester, Boston College University Choir, Cape Cod Opera, and Watershed Opera in Seattle.
Ms. Shivick is a National Winner of the renowned Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and was awarded a debut performance and NPR
broadcast with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra under the direction of Sir Charles Mackerras. She also garnered second prize in both the Metropolitan Opera New England Regional National Council Auditions and the Annamaria Saritelli-DiPanni Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship Competition in addition to
receiving study grants by the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Foundation. Ms. Shivick has toured with Sherrill Milnes and Friends in Orlando, FL and furthered her vocal and operatic studies at the Aspen Opera Theater Center covering the role of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni where she worked with Maestro Julius Rudel. Ms. Shivick currently teaches in her private studio in Worcester, MA.
Sarah Callinan, Soprano
Praised for her ‘pure, lustrous voice’ and ‘Lucille Ball-like energy,’ soprano Sarah Callinan has performed a wide variety of roles. Some favorites include Despina (Cosi Fan Tutte) with Opera Carolina, Blondchen (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) with Arizona Opera, Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) and the title role in La Fille du Régiment with Connecticut Concert Opera, Gilda (Rigoletto) and Amina (La Sonnambula) with Salt Marsh Opera, Norina (Don Pasquale) and Valencienne (The Merry Widow) with Cape Cod Opera. Most recently she appeared in the
Texas premiere of The Hotel Casablanca as Veronique with Abilene Opera and sang the role of Marianne in The New Moon and Helen de Vazquez in Victor Herbert’s Orange Blossoms with Light Opera of New York. A recording of Orange Blossoms will be released in early 2015 on the Albany Records label.
Other recent noted engagements include Frasquita (Carmen) with Opera New Jersey and Michigan Opera Theater; Adele (Die Fledermaus) with Mississippi Opera and Salt Marsh Opera; Mabel (Pirates of Penzance) with Festival South and Mercury Opera Rochester; Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute) with Salt Marsh Opera and the Boston Lyric Opera (Tour); Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro) with Mississippi Opera; the title role in Lakmé and Monica/Girl (The Medium/Trouble in Tahiti) with Connecticut Concert Opera and multiple performances with the former Connecticut Opera including Frasquita in Carmen, Gianetta in L’Elisir d’Amore, Elvira in L’Italiana in Algeri, Nella in Gianni Schicchi, Despina in Così Fan Tutte, Blondchen in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, and Zerlina in Don Giovanni.
Ms. Callinan, a native of Worcester, MA, attended the Hartt School of Music, graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music and a Performer’s Certificate in Voice.
The Dueling Divas trio after a performance in Cape Cod
From right: Timothy Steele, Sarah Callinan and Jane Shivick