Puccini Songs – December 3, 2022

The Puccini Society of Dallas
in Collaboration with Voces Intimae


Saturday, Decmeber 3, 2022 at 3:00 PM

For the first time in DFW history, the Puccini Society of Dallas, in partnership with Voces Intimae: The Art of Song, is presenting ALL of Puccini’s songs. Best known for his 12 operas, listeners will have the opportunity to hear the origins of some of his most beloved operatic melodies encapsulated in these songs. No stranger to the Puccini society members, well known operatic coach, Stephen Dubberly, will offer an in-depth discussion on Puccini’s musical growth and lead the stellar ensemble of singers, all hailing from the DFW Metroplex.

The great Master of Opera was also a Master of Art Song!

Explore and enjoy the complete art songs of Giacomo Puccini. Puccini is known for the beautiful melodies from his twelve operas. Several of the melodies were first used in his songs before he wrote them into his operas. The nineteen complete songs cover themes typical of lyric poetry including life, death, personal resolution, love, nature, home, and religious faith. These rare salon pieces were written between1875 and 1880.

Dr. Stephen Dubberly, Pianist, Lecturer, UNT Vocal Coach
and the following singers
Esther Maureen Kelly, soprano
Lwazo Hlati, tenor
Zuhao Zhang, baritone
Jay Gardner, tenor, DFW Singers

Stephen Dubberly
Jay Gardner

Stephen Dubberly is a faculty member in the division of vocal studies at the University of North Texas, where he coaches singers and teaches courses in diction and vocal repertoire. He served as UNT Opera’s music director for19 years. He has conducted for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Fort Worth Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Knoxville Opera, San Antonio Opera, Opera in the Ozarks, Abilene Opera, Amarillo Opera, Utah Lyric Opera, Red River Lyric Opera, Opera Breve, American Bel Canto Opera, Teatro Goldoni (Venice), Teatro Accademico (Castelfranco, Italy), University of Tennessee, Webster University, and Collin College.At UNT, he conducted performances of Alcina, Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, Die Zauberflöte, La clemenza di Tito, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Lucia di Lammermoor, L’elisir d’amore, La traviata, Roméo et Juliette, DieFledermaus, The Bartered Bride,The Pirates of Penzance, Les contes d’Hoffmann, Falstaff, Pagliacci, La bohème, Cendrillon, Werther, Madama Butterfly, The Merry Widow, Suor Angelica,Gianni Schicchi, The Threepenny Opera, Street Scene, Albert Herring, The Mother of Us All, Regina, The Turn of the Screw, Les dialogues des Carmélites, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Crucible, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, Our Town, and Tom Cipullo’s Josephine, After Life, and Glory Denied. From 2001 to 2011 he conducted frequently for Amarillo Opera,including productions of Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, The Barber of Seville, Don Pasquale, Rigoletto, The Pirates of Penzance, Falstaff, Pagliacci, La bohème, Gianni Schicchi, The Italian Straw Hat, the regionally-broadcast production of Gene Murray’s The Wage of Sin, and Carmen.

Stephen currently serves as artistic director of Dallas-based Opera in Concert and Opera in Concert in Italy. He has taught and coached extensively throughout the United States as well as in Canada, México, Costa Rica, Italy, and South Korea. He was associate conductor and chorus master for Fort Worth Opera for 8 years. He has frequently lectured for TheDallas Opera.

Stephen has collaborated with numerous singers, including Larry Alexander, Kelly Anderson, Kevin Anderson, Audrey Babcock,Thomas Barrett, Elizabeth Beers,Jennifer Black, Michelle Bradley,Stephen Mark Brown, Donna Bruno, Betty Buckley, Kevin Burdette, Jon Burton, Josué Bustos, Elizabeth Caballero, Kirstin Chavez, Martin Clark, Claire Choquette, Christopher Clayton,Rachel Cobb, Terry Cook, Edward Crafts, Duane Croft, Richard Croft, Jennifer Dudley, Mary Dunleavy, Mignon Dunn, Rachelle Durkin, Herbert Eckhoff, Kaaren Erickson, Kallen Esperian, Molly Fillmore, Carole FitzPatrick, Carroll Freeman, James Daniel Frost, Elizabeth Futral, Nereida García, Gabrielle Gilliam, Christine Goerke, Denyce Graves, Joyce Guyer, Brenda Harris, Keith Harris, Paul Hartfield, Clay Hilley, Weston Hurt, Ana Caridad Hurtado, Isaac Hurtado, Daisy Jackson, Shelley Jameson, Kristine Jepson, Anita Johnson, Anthony Rolfe Johnson,William Joyner, Jon Jurgens, Richard Lalli, Jennifer Lane, Guido LeBron, Victoria Livengood, Katherine Luna, Percy Martinez, Jeff Mattsey, Michael Mayes, Everett McCorvey, Robert McPherson, Matt Morgan,Stephen Morscheck, Karen Nickell, Marco Nisticò, Sarah Nordin, John Packard, Phyllis Pancella, Kevin Park, Leah Partridge, Kay Paschal, Mary Paul, Jossie Pérez, Susanna Phillips, John Pickle, Ava Pine, Elizabeth Pojanowski, Matthew Polenzani, Jerrold Pope, David Portillo, Tyler Carol Sparrow, Mary Henderson Stucky, David Sundquist, Lynette Tapia, Veronica Tyler, Mark Walters, Jeffrey Wells, Andrew Wentzel, Julia Ann Wolf, Arthur Woodley, Darren Keith Woods,and Stella Zambalis.

Stephen began his musical training in Mercedes and Montevideo, Uruguay, and received MM and DMA degrees from Yale University.

Jay Gardner‘s opera highlights include the Second Jew in Salome with the Dallas Opera, Canio in Pagliacci with Kansas Concert Opera, Judge Danforth in The Crucible with Rim Rock Opera, Romeo in Romeo et Juliette and Sam Polk in Susannah, both with the Marjorie Lawrence Opera Theater. Featured performer in Side by Side By Sondheim at Circle Theater, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat at Plano Repertory Theater and Spring Awakening, Cabaret and Little Shop of Horrors at Oh Look Performing Arts. Solo concert performances include the Carnegie Hall Premier of Sing For The Cure, Salome and Verdi Favorites with the Dallas Symphony,Mozart’s Requiem at the Meyerson Symphony Center and Bernstein on Broadway at the Crested Butte Music Festival.

Cabaret include Coward and Cole in Words and Music for Sammons Cabaret and Every Song I’ve Ever Sung at the Balcony Club. Jay was honored to be a 2014 Cabaret Fellow at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s Cabaret and Performance Conference.  As co-founder of Front Line Cabaret, Jay produced his own solo Christmas show, Holidazed: Alternative Songs For Christmas, as well as the multi-performer shows Testament: A Celebration of Carole King, A Simply Sondheim Birthday Celebration, Songs for a New Century and Do You Hear What We Hear: A Very Twisted Christmas. In addition, Jay regularly attends the St. Louis Cabaret Conference where he has studied with Faith Prince, Marylin Maye, Billy Stritch and Ann Hampton Callaway. 

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