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Birgit Djupedal Fioravante, Executive Director
Opera Fusion Executive Director Birgit Djupedal Fioravante, Soprano, made her Carnegie Hall debut with the Opera Orchestra of New York singing Fricka in scenes from Wagner’s Ring Cycle before moving to Florida to raise her two daughters. She has continued to perform opera, concerts and recitals, appearing on radio and television. She has been a guest soloist with symphony orchestras and opera companies including Pittsburgh Opera, Florida Grand Opera and Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra. Utilizing her education and experience Birgit has turned her passion toward teaching with an active vocal studio for over twenty years. Many of her students have gone on to build vocal studios and performing arts ensembles of their own; to grace the stages of opera companies such as the Metropolitan Opera and venues worldwide, as far as Moscow and Japan; and to garner Tony nominations in Broadway productions. Inspired by her experiences encountered on her musical journey, Birgit created the three-woman show Duelling Divas, a hilarious tribute to the art and personality of the opera diva that has toured the country since 2006.
Dr. Xavier F. Garcia, Board of Directors President
Opera Fusion Board of Directors President, Dr. Xavier F. Garcia, D.V.M., Baritone, has been practicing veterinary medicine at El Cid Animal Clinic in West Palm Beach for over 20 years. He is the current vice president of Save A Pet Florida. He started his operatic career with Palm Beach Opera under the direction of Maestro Anton Guadagno. His debut was in Verdi’s Macbeth where he had the opportunity to share the stage with the internationally-recognized soprano Ghena Dimitrova. From that moment he became a featured soloist for PBO, appearing in almost every production under the baton of Maes- tro Gaudagno and other conductors. His operatic roles include Marcello in La Boheme, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Escamillo in Carmen, and the Mandarin in Turandotamong others. Xavier has also performed with the Fort Lauderdale Opera Guild and Gold Coast Opera, and was invited to perform with the Zarzuela foundation Pro Arte Gratelli in Miami, as the lead baritone in their productions of the Cuban Zarzuelas Cecilia Valdés and María La O.
Kyaunnee Richardson, Soprano
Kyaunnee Richardson, soprano made her professional debut as Papagena in Mozart’s The Magic Flute with Festival of the Arts Boca in 2016. Highlights from the last few seasons include the role of Esther in the concert premiere of Ginsberg’s Esther, Sweet Esther at the National Press Club in Washington DC and the roles of Najade in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, Gilda in scenes from Verdi’s operas, and Adele in J. Strauss’ Die Fledermaus with Opera Fusion’s Emerging Artist Project series. Her performances as a soloist with orchestra include Handel’s Messiah with the Civic Chorale of Greater Miami and the Alhambra Orchestra and Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Delray Orchestra. She has also been a featured soloist with the South Florida Symphony, the Hallandale Symphonic Pops Orchestra, Sugar Pops Orchestra, Opera Fusion Orchestra, Coral Gables Chamber Orchestra and the Sunrise Symphonic Pops Orchestra. Ms. Richardson counts among her highest honors singing for President Barak Obama and other dignitaries at the funeral of South Carolina Senator and Rev. Clementa Pinckney.
Robyn Marie Lamp, Soprano
Soprano Robyn Marie Lamp’s voice has been described as “robust, easily produced, golden but warm rather than metallic." In the summer of 2017 she sang the role of Adele, and covered Metropolitan Opera soprano Angela Meade’s Imogene, in Bellini’s rarely heard Il pirata at Caramoor’s Music Festival. She was also seen in the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos in a reduced version of Strauss’ opera with south Florida’s Opera Fusion. Of her Adele, one reviewer wrote, “I was especially impressed by every phrase sung by Robyn Marie Lamp as Imogene’s confidante. I’d love to hear how she’d surge through a bel canto cavatina. Keep your ears peeled.” The 2017 season has also found Ms. Lamp winning an encouragement award in the 2017 Gerda Lissner Competition and appearing as the soprano soloist in Brahms’ Ein Deutches Requiem with the Master Choral of South Florida.
Edgar Miguel Abréu, Tenor
Dominican-American tenor "Mr. Edgar" made his Gulfshore Opera debut this season as The Shepherd in Ottorino Respighi’s Lauda per la Natività del Signore. Also this season, Mr. Abréu performed the role of the Rally Leader in Opera Fusions World Premiere of Not In My Town. The Palm Beach Arts Paper wrote, “…tenor Edgar Miguel Abréu unleashed serious vocal power.” Mr. Abréu made his Florida Grand Opera debut last season. On his interpretation of Flavio in FGO’s Norma, South Florida Classical wrote “Edgar Miguel Abréu made the most of Flavio’s brief appearances with a fine lyric tenor.” Mr. Abréu holds a Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from Florida International University and his Bachelor in Music Degree in Vocal Performance from Florida Atlantic University.
Gordon J. Roberts, Conductor
Gordon J. Roberts / Conductor / A conductor, pianist, composer, writer, arranger, orchestrator and director, this protégé of Leonard Bernstein and Robert Shaw has performed internationally. He holds a bachelor’s in music and a master’s in conducting and piano from the Juilliard School in New York, as well as a bachelor’s in music education from Wilkes University in Pennsylvania. His honors include winning a national Baldwin Piano Company competition in the 1970s. He accompanied famed mezzo- soprano Jennie Tourel. His work with Opera Fusion includes conducting our Not In My Town gala preview concert in Fort Lauderdale, and accompanying our singers’ musical interludes at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington. He founded and developed a South Florida Chorus making it into a major market chorus of 179 singers over five years. Under his leadership, the chorus has partnered with the Symphony of the Americas for two seasons, and performed in the Gusman series at the University of Miami and Live at Lynn, Jan McArt’s series at Lynn University.