Opera on a Winter’s Night

The John F. Peto Studio Museum and the Garden State Philharmonic present the 2nd Annual Opera on a Winter’s Night, an evening of your favorite opera arias and duets featuring Soprano Soloist, Marcelle McGuirk, Baritone Soloist, Mark Hosseini, Piano, Gabriel Rebolla.

DATE: Saturday, January 25th, 2020

TIME: 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Island Heights United Methodist Church, 111 Ocean Avenue, Island Heights, NJ.

TICKETS: $30 in advance; $35 at the door; $50 for reserved seats.  

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About Marcelle McGuirk, Soprano Soloist

Praised for her “vocal nuance and agility,” (Classical Singer Competition) soprano Marcelle McGuirk frequently brings her musical interpretations to the opera, concert and recital stages. Her repertoire spans the works of the Renaissance, Bel Canto and Romantic eras, and she has a special love of operetta and of 20th-21st century music. Notable stage credits include: Snow Maiden (The Snow Maiden), Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Yum Yum (The Mikado), Musetta (La Boheme), Karen/Young Maren (Maren of Vardø), and several roles in the two woman contemporary opera, Between: The Elevator.

Her solo concert credits include: Daniel Bowman’s Orbit, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Magnificat in D, Faure’s Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana and Beethoven’s Fantasia in C minor. She has appeared with Symphony 21, the Old York Road Symphony, the Tri-State Chorale, the Thomas Jefferson University Choir, Delaware ChoralArts and the Delaware Choral Society. In addition, she has self-produced numerous recitals with the goal of featuring new works and the works of lesser known composers.

Ms. McGuirk was a National Finalist in the 2016 Classical Singer Vocal Competition, and won the Amy & James Cohen Achievement award at Opera Connecticut’s 2016 American Opera Idol Competition. She has completed training programs with the Russian Opera Workshop and Crittenden Opera Workshop and attended Marywood University in Scranton, PA. She currently resides in Philadelphia.


About Mark Hosseini, Baritone Soloist

Praised for his “excellent voice” (Cape Cod Times), baritone Mark Hosseini frequently performs stage and concert works ranging from the Renaissance and Baroque to the 20th and 21st centuries. Notable stage credits include Papageno (The Magic Flute), Pandolfe (Cendrillon), Ottone (L’incoronazione di Poppea), Dr. Falke (Die Fledermaus), the Pirate King (The Pirates of Penzance), Lord Mountararat (Iolanthe), Don Pedro (La Périchole), and Bob Baker (Wonderful Town).

On the concert stage, Mr. Hosseini has appeared as a soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Bachfest Malaysia, the Fort Street Chorale, the Oakland Symphony Orchestra, OSSIA, Ensemble Perihipsous, and the Orchard Park Chorale. Notable concert solos performed include Bach’s Mass in B minor & Christmas Oratorio, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Duruflé’s Requiem, Finzi’s In terra pax, and Pintscher’s songs from Solomon’s garden.

In 2018, Mr. Hosseini was a semifinalist in the Lotte Lenya Competition, a finalist in the Friends of Eastman Opera Voice Competition, and a finalist in the Jesse K. Kneisel Lieder Competition. He was a winner of the Oakland Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition in 2015, and he has received four first place awards from the Michigan Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition.

Mr. Hosseini has completed young artist training programs with Des Moines Metro Opera, College Light Opera Company, and Pegasus Early Music. He holds a Master’s Degree from the Eastman School of Music and a Bachelor’s Degree from Oakland University. He currently resides in Philadelphia, PA.

About Gabriel Rebolla, piano

Originally from Campinas (Brazil), pianist Gabriel Rebolla has a career as a Collaborative Pianist and Opera Coach performing in concert halls throughout Brazil, Italy and The United States.

Today Mr. Rebolla is a permanent resident in Philadelphia. He is part of the faculty at Temple University where he works as a coach and accompanist. Mr. Rebolla is also one of the principal coaches at the Russian Opera Workshop in Philadelphia.  He has worked on several full Russian operas and a vast array of Russian art songs.

He frequently works as director and/or pianist of opera companies and young artists programs such as “La Musica Lirica” (Italy), Fio Américas (Brazil/Italy),  “La Boheme” (New Jersey), “Libera Opera” (Philadelphia), “Fringe Opera Festival” (Philadelphia) to name a few. He is also organist and music director of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Chester Springs.

Gabriel studied with well renowned teachers such as Harvey Wedeen (USA), Lambert Orkis (USA), Mauricy Martin (Brazil), Yara Ferraz (Brazil), Amaral Vieira (Brazil) and Sergio Gallo (USA) and has performed with the important conductors Karl Martin, Ted Murray, Lance Inouye, Carlos Fiorini, Vasti Atique, and Eduardo Ostergreen to name a few.

Mr. Rebolla has received some national and international awards, such as the Stegner Scholarship for best pianist at Georgia State University in 2008-2009.   He also received an award for best interpretation of Brazilian music at the Cadenza Piano Competition in Bauru (Brazil) and received the Carlos Gomes medal twice for his work as collaborative pianist in Brazil.