Anastasia Robinson, soprano, (Pittsburgh) with Francesca Tortorello, collaborative pianist (Cleveland) presenting opera favorites by Mozart, Puccini and Verdi, and Barber’s poignant Knoxville: Summer of 1915.
Anastasia L. Robinson, soprano, is equally at home with opera, oratorio and art song. Her operatic roles include Queen of the Night and First Lady in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Annio in La Clemenza di Tito, the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor, and Brigitte in Tchaicovsky’s Iolanthe. Her oratorio repertoire includes, Carmina Burana, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Cantatas 51 & 211, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, and numerous Mozart sacred works. She has performed with Pittsburgh Opera Outreach and Chorus, The IN Series, Carroll County Opera, Bel Cantanti Opera, New England Conservatory Opera Theater, Opera By the Bay, the University of New Hampshire Opera, and the ensembles of Washington Concert Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, The Washington Chorus, and Opera Boston. Ms Robinson was a resident artist with the Ash Lawn Opera Outreach Program. Ms. Robinson holds a Masters of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music.
Francesca Tortorello regularly performs recitals in the Northeast and Midwest and collaborates with a wide variety of instrumentalists and singers. She has worked with members of the Cleveland Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and has been heard on Minnesota Public Radio performing on Talking Volumes. She collaborated with renowned soprano Susanna Phillips at Twickenhamfest in 2011, and gave the Midwest premier of Samuel Barber’s lost violin sonata with violinist Dr. John Gilbert in July 2014. Francesca has a BA in Piano Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music studying under Antonio Pompa-Baldi. She received a Masters degree and Professional Studies certificate in Collaborative Piano from CIM, studying with Virginia Weckstrom. She obtained a Doctorate in Collaborative Piano and Coaching at the University of Minnesota under Timothy Lovelace. Francesca and her husband, Pittsburgh Symphony cellist Michael DeBruyn, have been performing as a professional duo since 2004.