The City Artists Corps Showcase at Queens Theatre
Carmen Meets Lola
Parallels Within Opera & Jazz
October 16, 4:30 PM
Type of event: Music Performance
"Carmen Meets Lola" is a program of opera and jazz fused together performed by vocalist Melisa Bonetti with pianist Hyungjin Choi, in which we explore the parallels within the two genres through musical pairings that reflect each other in character and sentiment. They serve as a way to make either genre more accessible, to further interpret the expressions of their partners, and to show that music continues to mimic the same messages regardless of genre barriers. Melisa is an opera singer who has also sung a lot of jazz, so the program will be multi-lingual, English, Spanish, French, Italian, and German, due to the repertoire and due to her Hispanic heritage as well.
Meet the artist
Dominican-American mezzo-soprano Melisa Bonetti has been cited by Opera Today as a “warm, supple mezzo” and for “commanding a wonderful presence in the lower middle voice but also easily soaring heavenward with a well-schooled top.” Bonetti has performed operatic roles with Virginia Opera, Nashville Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Dayton Opera, Kentucky Opera, Queen City Opera, and more, all while jazz gigging during her operatic breaks. Bonetti can be heard on the Grammy® nominated original cast recording of Paterson’s Three Way as Tyler, a role she premiered with Nashville Opera and American Opera Projects at BAM. Bonetti has shown her versatility as a performer from West Side Story, Tchaikovsky's Iolanta, a rock opera premiere, and a concert tour in Bologna, Italy.