Susan Delly Cotroneo
A native of Rochester, New York, Susan Cotroneo is at home on both the concert and operatic stage. Operatic credits include such roles as Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata, Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Lauretta in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Goldentrill in Mozart’s Impresario, Lucy in Menotti’s The Telephone and Adina in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, a role she debuted at La Festival di Musica da Camera in Italy. As a featured soloist, she has performed such works as Handel’s Messiah, Poulenc’s Gloria, Faure’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate.
Ms. Cotroneo has studied under Gianni Raimondi and Giuseppe Taddei at Il Corso Internazionale di Perfezionamento d’Arte Vocale in Italy where she had the honor of performing the role of Musetta opposite Giuseppe Taddei as Marcello. She continues to coach with Maestro Gildo DiNunzo of the Metropolitan Opera and Isabelle Aubin.
A versatile and dynamic musician, conductor Eric Townell became the third Music Director in the 60-year history of the Rochester Oratorio Society in 2006. In the ensuing years, he has led the ROS in subscription concerts, regional outreach performances, live radio broadcasts, televised concerts and an award-winning tour to Beijing and Shanghai for the 2008 Olympic Cultural Festival. He has prepared the ROS for several appearances with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestraunder Christopher Seaman in music of Bach, Beethoven, Vaughan Williams, Handel, Verdi and Orff, all of which have been recorded for broadcast, and led collaborative concerts with the region’s leading arts organizations.
An experienced and effective communicator on music and arts topics, Eric is in demand as clinician and adjudicator for choral and orchestral festivals and for choirs of all types across the country. He has offered pre-concert chats, creative consultation and program annotation for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic and several other ensembles and chamber music series. He is a frequent commentator on arts topics on WXXI radio in Rochester.
Eric has appeared to critical acclaim as guest conductor of the Silesian State Opera Orchestra in the Czech Republic and the Milwaukee, Lincoln, Madison, Adrian, Fox Valley, Waukesha and Hershey Symphony Orchestras and the Prince George’s Philharmonic in the US. Eric has conducted holiday and regional outreach concerts as a frequent guest conductor for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. He recently substituted on short notice to conduct the Hellas Soloists of Patras, Greece in two concerts in Italy during the orchestra’s European tour
Vincent Salvadge is an accomplished performer, director, designer and teacher. Vincent has performed throughout Europe, including: St. Marks Cathedral in Venice, Notre Dame in Paris, the Dijon Opera House, Dante’s Cathedral in Florence, and also throughout the United States. A music educator for 35 years, Mr. Salvadge holds advanced degrees in Piano/Keyboard/Vocal Performance, and Music Education K-12 (vocal track). In New York, he has held teaching positions in the Churchville Chili Central School District, the Rochester City School District, the NYS Summer School of the Arts Vocal Jazz program at Fredonia University, and teaches a “Be Unique” Spring Theatre workshop for students at RAPA. Mr. Salvadge has directed children’s choirs, church choirs and student choirs of all ages. He served as accompanist for the students of Odyssey Academy in Greece, NY, for NYSSMA and for various choir competitions and school performances. He continues to work with students of all ages to help them realize their full potential as artists and people.
Mr. Salvadge has worked in every capacity of musical theatre from actor to director, most recently serving as Production Manager for Rochester Lyric Opera’s The Tales of Custard the Dragon, Little Red’s Most Unusual Day, The Happy Prince, and Festa Italiana. He was Music Director for RAPA’s In the Heights, Assistant Director in Roberts Wesleyan Community Theatre’s production of West Side Story, and Production Manager for RAPA’s Aida. Mr. Salvadge also serves as Roc City Singers group manager, under the direction of Judith Ranaletta.
Allyn Van Dusen
Allyn Van Dusen, mezzo-soprano, is a versatile professional singer/actor who has appeared as soloist to critical acclaim with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Oratorio Society, Eastman-Rochester Chorus, and many other prominent ensembles. Often appearing onstage in opera and musical theatre productions, she has also co-designed and performed in numerous musical theatre revues. Among her lead operatic roles are Lucretia in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, Prince Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus, Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica, Ramiro in La Finta Giardiniera, Kirstin in Ratcliff’s Beside the Golden Door: The Story of Ellis Island, the title role in Eleni, Elmire in Mechem’s Tartuffe, The Drummer in The Emperor of Atlantis. Her music theatre roles include Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music, Nettie in Carousel, Mrs. Harcourt in Anything Goes, and Madame Dubonnet in The Boyfriend. Ms. Van Dusen is an active recitalist and recording artist, with two solo CDs on Songburst Records (songburst.net) and contemporary works on Albany Records. She won the Audience Prize in CyberSing 2002, a global Internet art song competition, and was a winner in the Jesse Kneisel Lieder Competition at the Eastman School of Music, where she earned a Master’s degree and Performer’s Certificate. A founder and manager of the Rochester Vocal Arts Collaborative, which has recently joined forces with Empire State Lyric Theatre, she also co-directed and performed in the innovative Fortissimo! Chamber Music Series for several seasons, and has sung with Madrigalia since the mid-1990s. She enjoys teaching voice privately and on the faculty of Hochstein Music School, and sharing the gift of song – the language of the heart – in a wide variety of public performances.
Susanna M. Adams teaches voice and piano at her studio in Rochester. She has appeared on stage with many local professional and amateur theatres, including GEVA in My Fair Lady, Opera Theatre of Rochester in The Little Thieves of Bethlehem, Madame Butterfly and Die Fledermaus, Off Monroe Players in Iolanthe, Princess Ida, The Grand Duke, The Mikado, Ruddigore, HMS Pinafore, The Yeomen of the Guard and The Pirates of Penzance, Masque Enterprizes in Marry Me a Little, Blackfriars in Sweeney Todd, Cobblestone Arts Center in I Do, I Do, and with Rochester Productions, Geneseo Community Players, Brighton Theatre Guild, Rochester Community Players, and Unitarian Drama. She has performed as a soloist with the New Haven Symphony, the Genesee Valley Orchestra and Chorus, the Irondequoit Chorale, the Equinox Symphony, Brockport Symphony and Penfield Symphony. In addition to performing and teaching, Susanna has been music director of operettas and musicals in Rochester, Connecticut and Maine. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Yale University and Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music. Susanna lives in Rochester with her husband, two sons and three cats.
Resident Stage Director
Judith A. Ranaletta
Judith, a seasoned performer, director and teacher, has performed in and directed in excess of 200 productions, locally, throughout the United States and in Europe, including numerous radio, TV and film works as well. An international clinician and adjudicator in voice and theatre, Ranaletta received her Masters Degree in Vocal Performance at Ithaca College and did her Post-Graduate work in Voice at the Eastman School of Music and the Vocal Arts Symposium in Spoleto, Italy.
Judith was the long-time Director of the Vocal Music and Drama Programs at Greece Athena High School, where she successfully grew a thriving Arts Program of over 300 students . Her renowned Greece Athena Show Choir was a 2-time National Champion and featured in the British Documentary film, “Gleeful”, and referred to as the number one Show Choir in America. Dozens of her students continue to go on to achieve successful careers in the Performing Arts, both on Broadway and in National Tours, as well as in Opera, on International Recording labels, and in Film and Television. In fact, as many as six of her students regularly appear on Broadway each season.
Judith is enjoying her fourth year as the Resident Stage Director for the Rochester Lyric Opera, having directed 10 productions within the last three and one half years, most recently, “The Tales of Custard the Dragon”, at Geva’s Next Stage, for the Rochester Fringe Festival and at the Strong Museum of Play. She also works extensively with the opera company’s Accanto Apprenticeship Program, designed to pair young, aspiring performers, “side-by-side” with experienced professionals.
Long-time Artistic and Resident Director for RAPA, her many credits include this past summer’s sold-out production of A CHORUS LINE. Judith is also the Founder and Director of the ROC CITY SINGERS Regional Show Choir, a premier group of high school singers and dancers, from 15 different schools and 4 counties.
A highly sought after Director, Judith most recently served as Artistic and Vocal Director for Roberts Wesleyan College Community Theatre’s highly successful production of WEST SIDE STORY.
In addition, Judith has most recently joined the teaching staff of ArtsBridge, a National Organization, founded within the last 5 years and designed to help prepare high school students for college auditions, and ultimately, for a life as a successful performer. She will be conducting her first College Preparation Workshop for ArtsBridge at Ithaca College.
Judith also maintains a Private Voice and Acting Studio and has had 2 Presidential Arts Scholars, as well as 10 Young Arts National Scholarship Winners and Honorees. Judith has twice been honored with the Presidential Arts Scholar Outstanding Teacher Award, once by President George H. Bush, and most recently, by President Barack Obama. She has also been awarded the Outstanding Music Educator Award by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and recognized by County Executive, Maggie Brooks, for her Outstanding Artistic Contributions to the Rochester Community.
Judith has also been nominated for the First Annual TONY Award for Excellence in Theatre Education to be presented in June, of 2015, by the TONY Organization and Carnegie Mellon University.
Honorable John Ninfo