Shut Up and Sing

Poster for the recital "Shut Up and Sing" with Brianna DeSantis and Adam IannettaPoster for the recital "Shut Up and Sing" with Brianna DeSantis, Adam Iannetta and Sarah Villella
 
A recital by soprano Brianna DeSantis, BHK ‘14 and baritone Adam Iannetta, BMus ’13 accompanied by pianist Sarah (D'Agnolo) Villella BMus ’08, BED ’09, was held on May 30, 2015 at Paulin Memorial Church, Windsor. This was a fundraising recital for these singers and admission was by free will offering. Following the performance, the audience was treated to a delightful reception with desserts provided by family and friends.
 
We always knew they could sing, but boy can they act! “Anything you can do, I can do better” set the tone for the friendly competition as Brianna and Adam treated the large audience to some of their favourite songs. The program included: 
 
Anything you can do, I can do better from Annie Get your Gun 
O mio babbino caro from Gianni Schicchi
Deh vieni alla finestra from Don Giovanni
La ci darem la mano from Don Giovanni
I loved you once in silence from Camelot
If ever I would leave you from Camelot
Nella Fantasia
 
Wunderbar from Kiss me, Kate 
Where is the life that late I led from Kiss me, Kate
I hate men from Kiss me, Kate 
Papageno’s suicide aria from Die Zauberflote 
Papageno papagena duet from Die Zauberflote 
Venite inginocchiatevi from Le Nozze di Figaro 
Tutto e tranquilo e placido... Pace pace, mio dolce tesoro (Susanna and Figaro duet) from Le Nozze di Figaro 
We Love the Opera 
 
For those of you who weren’t in Catherine McKeever’s studio, “shut up and sing” was one of Cathy’s favourite sayings when her students wanted to talk rather than sing.
Retired Voice Instructor Elsie Inselman celebrates with Adam Iannetta and Brianna DeSantis after their recital
Retired Voice Prof. Elsie Inselman (l.), Adam Iannetta (one of her former students) and Brianna DeSantis
 
Adam Iannetta, BMus ’13
Adam completed a Bachelor of Music degree in 2013 at the University of Windsor, and a Master of Music Performance and Literature degree at the University of Western Ontario in 2015, studying under the vocal instruction of Professor Theodore Baerg.
 
Throughout his undergrad, Adam performed as a featured soloist with the University Singers, performances including Cour d’amours from Carmina Burana by Orff and Requiem Op. 48 by Fauré. Adam also performed with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra as a featured soloist during their 2012 Educational Concert series and 2013 Pops Concert series.
 
Adam has been a member of the University of Western Ontario’s Opera Workshop for both the 2012-2013 and the 2013-2014 seasons: The Little Sweep (Black Bob and Tom) and The Rape of Lucretia (Junius *understudy) by Britten; l’Heure Espagnole (Ramiro) by Ravel; la Bohème (Schaunard) by Puccini.
           
Adam performed with the Stratford Symphony Orchestra as part of their Summer 2014 production of The Mikado in Concert (Poo-bah) by Gilbert & Sullivan. In addition, Adam has been a member of the Singer Program for the University of Western Ontario’s Accademia Europa dell’Opera (AEDO) in Lucca, Italy, performing in le Nozze di Figaro (il Conte) by Mozart. Recently, Adam was involved with Opera2Go’s production of the world of premier of the newly composed children’s opera, The Stupendous Adventure of Gregory Green (Sawtooth) by Jason Noble.
 
This fall, Adam will continue his studies at the University of Western Ontario, in the Doctorate of Musical Arts in Modern-opera Performance and Production program.
 
 
Brianna DeSantis, BHK ‘14
Brianna began her musical journey by singing with her family in a choir at their local church. She continued to sing throughout high school in the Holy Names festival Choir. She performed both as a soloist and a choral member at Carnegie Hall in 2009. Upon receiving the role of Maria in the Holy Names’ Players production of West Side Story, Brianna began taking voice lessons with Catherine MeKeever. Under her tutelage, she became a finalist in the Kiwanis competition in 2011 and 2012 and was placed first in all categories in which she competed. She also attended the Michigan Opera Theatre Summer Workshop Program in 2011 and 2012.
 
Theatre and opera credits include Fantine in Theatre Alive’s 2013 production of La Boheme. She is currently in preparation for the role of Almirena in Handel’s Rinaldo at Accademia Europa dell’Opera (AEDO) in Lucca, Italy this summer. Brianna will continue her studies this fall towards completing a Master of Music at Western University under the tutelage of Sophie Roland.