On Saturday, Aug. 20, there will be a treat for the ears and the eyes at the Congregational Church of Darien, when two young area singers, soprano Tara Jamshidian and mezzo-soprano Amanda D'Onofrio, offer an evening of favorite songs and arias.
Both singers grew up in Stamford, were active in musicals and choral concerts throughout the area, and worked at Curtain Call.
She has spent several summers in Florida, in the VoicExperience program sponsored by Sherrill Milnes and Maria Zouves.
In addition to expert coaching, she participated in master classes in opera with Tito Capobianco, the well-known stage director. Her next step will be to become a candidate for a young artists' program.
Amanda D'Onofrio graduated from Stamford High School in 2004. In her senior year, she was a finalist in the Stamford Symphony Young Artists Competition, and won Greenwich Choral Society's first prize.
In college at Holy Cross, she took a degree in music. While there, she was chosen to participate in a master class taught by soprano Dawn Upshaw. She then took a different path, taking a master's degree in elementary education at the University of Bridgeport. At present, she is a teacher at the Westover Magnet Elementary School, but has returned to her singing.
The program will include arias by Giacomo Puccini, from "La Bohème" and "Turandot," from Georges Bizet's "Carmen," W.A. Mozart's"La Clemenza di Tito" and from the American classic, "Susannah" by Carlisle Floyd. There will also be songs by Schubert and Brahms and contemporary composers, and the "Barcarolle" from Offenbach's "Tales of Hoffman."
The assisting artist will be pianist Maxim Pokhomov, a concert artist in his own right.
The concert will begin at 8 p.m., and admission is free, but donations are always welcome.