Bio: Soloists

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Susan Hellman Spatafora, Soprano

Susan has performed with the St. Petersburg Opera Company, Palm Beach Opera, and as a soloist with Vermont’s Green Mountain Opera. At Glimmerglass Opera, Susan was soprano soloist in “The World of Offenbach” tour. She has sung with the Opera Theater Festival of Lucca, and EPCASO in Oderzo, Italy. Among recent concert work was the premiere of Allan Friedman’s With Perfect Faith at Duke University. She has been a soprano soloist with the Masterworks Chorus of the Palm Beaches and has sung with the Arrowhead Chorale in Duluth, Minnesota. She also spent several years as a soloist at the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati. Susan has received awards in the Palm Beach Opera Competition, NSAL Vocal Competition and Florida Grand Opera YPO Competition. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University and Master’s degree from the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati.

 

 

 

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Nebraska native Robyn Rocklein, known for her vibrant and flexible voice, has appeared as a soloist in England, Austria, Germany, and throughout the U.S. Robyn has performed with Arizona Opera, St. Petersburg Opera, Opera Tampa, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, and St. Andrew’s Bach Society. She has also performed with the Kronos Quartet, Barry Manilow, John William’s Star Wars in Concert, and Columbia Artists’ Lord of the Rings Symphony. Robyn was a finalist in the Meistersinger Competition (2009) in Austria and the Charles A. Lynam International Vocal Competition (2008), and has won numerous competitions in the U.S. She holds a D.M.A. in vocal performance from Arizona State University, and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern Florida and at the Ringling College of Art and Design.

 

 

 

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Adam Bielamowicz, Tenor

Adam has been the tenor soloist with the Central Florida Bach Festival and Gloria Musicae since 2014. He has played feature roles with Sarasota Opera and founded the Qol Quartet. The tenor’s 2013-2014 season took him to Carnegie Hall, where he performed Tulbek in Richard Strauss’ Feuersnot with The American Symphony Orchestra. In 2013, he received numerous accolades for his Wagnerian debut in the role of the Steersman. Perhaps the most eloquent summary of Adam’s versatility appears in Opera Today’s review of The Flying Dutchman: “Adam Bielamowicz’s appealing tenor has sweetness and clarion punch as [the Steersman].” A native Texan, Adam enjoys his Houston Grand Opera debut as the Burgess in Britten’s Peter Grimes and was the featured tenor soloist in three choral masterworks with The Lubbock Symphony: Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Mass in C Minor. Adam has a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Texas Tech University. He and his wife live in Sarasota.

 

 

 

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Todd William Donovan, Bass-Baritone

Todd has been described by critics as a singer full of confidence, dominating the stage. He is known for his powerful and resonant voice and expressive acting. He is comfortable both on the opera and musical theater stage where he has performed throughout the United States. He also has been the bass-baritone soloist at the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria, for the past six seasons. He has won numerous competitions, including the first-place Oxnard $12,000 Gold Medal Award and the Johnny Mercer Award in the American Traditions Competition at the 2009 Savannah Music Festival, singing in multiple music genres including songs from the American Songbook, jazz, musical theater, pop and opera. Tampa Bay Times Critic John Fleming has described Todd’s performances as “rich, passionate and powerful; a solid performer with splendid acting throughout, bringing down the house.”