Bios

Dr. John V. Sinclair ~ Conductor

Dr. Sinclair has served as Music Director and Conductor of the Messiah Choral Society for the past 29 years. He also serves as Music Director and Conductor of the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park. Dr. Sinclair serves Rollins College as the Department Chair and the John M. Tiedtke Endowed Chair of Music. He earned his undergraduate degree from William Jewell College and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. Musically, he is known for creative interpretations, an expressive conducting style, and innovative programming. During the past 18 years, he has made more than 700 appearances as conductor, clinician, or lecturer in many states and foreign countries, including Mass at the Vatican.  In addition, he conducts performances of the Candlelight Processional at EPCOT, directs the Moravian Music Festivals, and participates in recording projects for Warner Brothers and the Walt Disney Company.  A master teacher, Dr. Sinclair has received many awards, including Rollins College’s: the Hugh F. McKean Teaching Award, Barton Teaching Award, Distinguished Service Award, the Arthur Vining Davis Fellowship, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rollins College Student Government Association. Also, his Alma Mater, William Jewell College, honored him with their prestigious “Citation for Achievement.”

For two consecutive years, he was named the “Outstanding Music Educator of the Year” by United Arts of Central Florida and he was listed as a Florida International Magazine Power Player in the Arts.

Dr. Sinclair founded the Bach Festival Society’s Arts-in-Education program, which brings programs to thousands of area students, and founded the Rollins College Community School of Music.

Marisa Arzillo ~ Soprano

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Soprano Marisa Arzillo is a gifted performer who shares her talent on stage and with a learning audience. She has performed throughout Florida, the Northeast, Puerto Rico, and Europe as a featured soloist in many genres of both classical and contemporary music and has directed and taught in classroom and studio settings.

Marisa earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Musical Theater and a Voice Performance Certificate from Shenandoah University, a Masters of Music in Voice Performance from The University of South Florida, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree in Voice Performance at Rutgers University. Marisa has won awards and honors from the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Sigma Alpha Iota Fraternity for Women in Music, Pinellas Opera Guild, New Jersey Women in the Arts, and the Suncoast Opera Guild.

Her favorite performances include her roles of Susannah in Susannah, Cunegonde in Candide, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Musetta in La Bohème, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Olympia and Antonia in Les contes d’Hoffman, Monica in The Medium, and Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro. She has performed with the Opera di Dio, St. Petersburg Opera Company, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Chorale Arts Society of Philadelphia, Florida Orchestra, Florimezzo Orchestra, Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra, Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, and Walt Disney World.

Marisa has taught voice and has directed main stage operas, and opera scenes performances at several universities. She has conducted workshops in acting and theatrical stage make-up. In addition, she has been an adjudicator for the Florida Vocal Association and various other musical and theatrical groups. She currently teaches at Rollins College and has a private performing arts studio in Minneola, Florida.

 Zohaniris Torres Rosado ~ Mezzo Soprano

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Mezzo-soprano Zohaniris Torres is known for her dark jewel-like timbre and dramatic operatic sound. She has performed numerous recitals in Central Florida; in Ithaca, New York; and in Europe. Some of her opera roles include the Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas, Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica, and Zita in Gianni Schicchi.

Zohaniris became interested in music when she was very young. She was encouraged by her father, who is also a talented musician.  As early as three years old, she won a singing competition at her church.

Zohaniris obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Vocal Performance from Rollins College in 2010, and her Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from Ithaca College in 2013. As a postgraduate, she recently placed first in a NATS Competetion held in Orlando. She presently resides in Central Florida, and works as a professor of voice at Bethune-Cookman University. She also teaches in a private studio.

In addition to classical music, Ms. Torres sings and writes Christian contemporary music.  She is frequently a guest soloist at New Life Church in Apopka and St. Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford. She has recorded a CD available on Itunes entitled Creo en tu fidelidad with the group Admirable.

Her most recent performance was this past month as the alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Villages Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Pasquale Valerio. She will sing in Mozart’s Requiem under his direction this spring.

 Anthtony Ciaramitaro ~ Tenor

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Tenor Anthony Ciaramitaro, is a Florida native currently pursuing his master’s degree at Florida State University under David Okerlund, after having studied with Richard Owens at Rollins College, where he received his bachelor’s degree. He has recently performed the role of Alfredo from Verdi’s La Traviata and Don Ramiro from Rossini’s La Cenerentola with the Florida State Opera.

Mr. Ciaramitaro made his professional and company debut with Florida Opera Theatre* as Ferrando in Mozart’s Così fan tutte and in the ensemble of Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti. He has also been featured as Piquillo from Offenbach’s La Périchole with the Franco-American Vocal Academy in Périgueux, France.  In addition, he and performed various scenes in Oberaudorf, Germany with the Music Theater Bavaria Training program.

Last year, Anthony appeared as a studio artist with Wolf Trap Opera, performing the roles of Basilio from Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, The Messenger from Verdi’s Aida, and among the ensemble of Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles. He also performed the role of Uriel from Haydn’s The Creation with the Tallahassee Community Chorus.

During their 2016 season, Anthony was privileged to perform as a Studio Artist with Chautauqua Opera in the ensembles of Verdi’s La Traviata, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado, and Missy Mazzoli’s Song from the Uproar.  He has returned to the central Florida area to perform as the soloist for Handel’s Messiah with the Villages Philharmonic and also with the Messiah Choral Society.

Mr. Ciaramitaro has an avid love for the stage and is eager to one day have an illustrious career as a performer of opera, oratorio, and concert repertoire.

 Juan Tomas Martinez ~ Bass

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Baritone Juan Tomás Martínez was born in Carora, Lara, Venezuela. He has an extensive international singing career in oratorios, recitals, musicals, zarzuelas (Spanish operettas), and operas. Some of his most interpreted operatic roles have been Father Capulet (Romeo è Juliette), Michonet (Adriana Lecouvreur), Don Giovanni and Leporello (Don Giovanni), Conte and Figaro (Nozze di Figaro).

Juan Tomás began his musical training in his childhood with his father. He made his debut with the Simón Bolivar Symphony in 1978, after starting his voice education in Caracas that same year. In 1983, he won a scholarship to continue his studies in the United States. He went on to earn a degree in music from the University of Madison, Wisconsin, in 1988.

In 1995, he won the Latin-American Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition in Philadelphia. From 1995 to 1999, he performed many lieder recitals and oratorios, as well as many zarzuelas in the Americas. In addition to touring the United States, his operatic career has taken him to Korea, countries throughout Latin America and Europe, and Korea.

His accomplishments this century in Europe and Latin America include solos in Beethoven´s Ninth Symphony, Bach´s Cantata nº82: Ich habe genuchin, and roles in Werthe, Carmina Burana, and  Simone Boccanegra; Germano (Scala di Seta), Lescaut (Manon), Germont (La Traviata), Sharpless (Madame Butterfly), Escamillo (Carmen), Teather (Retablo de Maese Pedro); L´Elisir d´Amore and songs from a zarzuela anthology. Recently, he sang the title role in Rigoletto, Malatesta (Don Pasquale), and Roque, in the Spanish opera Marina; a role for which he was critically acclaimed.

Among his upcoming engagements are Sharpless (Madame Butterfly), an important participation in Pelayo in Jovellanos Theater in Gijón, and Marcello (La Bohème) in the Palacio de Festivales de Santander in a tour of Spain.

 

 

 

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