Lauded as having “a pure and very special voice that is firm and creamy-rich across registers” soprano Deborah Berioli has thrilled audiences with her performances of roles such as The Countess Almaviva in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, the title role in Puccini’s Tosca, Amelia in Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera, Mimi in Puccini’s La Bohème, Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Cio-Cio-San in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.
On the concert stage, Ms. Berioli has performed in Carnegie Hall, Orchestra Hall with the Minnesota Orchestra, with Symphony Silicon Valley, Santa Cruz Symphony, Redwood Symphony, The Artist Series of Sarasota, Gulf Coast Symphony, Venice Symphony, Sarasota Pops Orchestra and with the highly acclaimed Mid-Summer Mozart Festival.
Originally from the town of Harmony, New Jersey she now resides in Sarasota, Florida and is the Founder and Artistic Director of Venice Performing Arts Series in Venice, Florida. She holds the position of Director of Music at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Venice in Venice, Florida, serving as organist, choir director and vocalist and is the Music Director for the internationally acclaimed Lemon Bay High School Theatre Troupe in Englewood, Florida.
Mezzo Soprano, Amy Jo Connours, also a Violist, is the current president of The Florida Voices with whom she sings and chorister with Belle Canto.
Ms. Connours holds a B.A. in Music from FSU with a minor in communications. Amy is a popular oratorio singer and has sung the Alto role in Handel’sMessiah with the Sarasota Choral Society on several occasions, sang Elijah at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church last season in addition to maintaining a happy, yet slightly crazy home life. Her current passion is mezzo soprano with Three Divas and the Dons with whom she is performing all around the state. She is the Music Director at Meadowland Worship Center.
Robert Beane, tenor, lives in Fort Myers, FL. He is the tenor section leader and soloist at the Moorings Presbyterian Church in Naples and is the tenor section leader for the Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers. In recent years, he has traveled to Europe and the Middle East and has done the tenor work in the Mozart Requiem, Verdi Requiem and in the Bulgarian Premier of Mendelssohn’s Elijah.
This season, Robert will be seen in Southwest Florida singing Handel’s Messiah with the Voices of Naples, at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Fort Myers, with the Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers, and with the Sarasota Choral Society. He will also sing Puccini’s Messe de Gloria, Dubois’The Seven Last Words of Christ, as Kaspar in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, Rheinberger’s Mass in C, and with the Naples Orchestra and Chorus performing exerpts from Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus. Robert is also scheduled to sing in a variety of other events throughout Southwest Florida.
An Iowa native, he studied at Wartburg College with Dr. C. Robert Larson.
Douglas Renfroe is a nationally acclaimed bass baritone who made his Lincoln Center debut in Schumann’s Paradise and Peri and his Carnegie Hall debut in Orff’s Carmina Burana. He has specialized in oratorio works and has performed throughout the United States and Europe the Beethoven Ninth Symphony, Brahms’ Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass. Conductors with whom he has sung include Leopold Stokowski, Leonard Bernstein and Loren Maezel.
Critics in Austria have said: “Douglas Renfroe’s virile bass, remarkably lyrical in the upper register, was equally rich in the dark deeps of the low sustained tones.” Regarding his theatre works, as Tevye it has been said: “Mr. Renfroe owns the role of Tevye. His rich vocal line is only matched by the warmth he displays as the father. He acts as if he talks to God on a regular basis.”
Dr. Renfroe has appeared at the Washington Opera with Placido Domingo, the Boston Opera directed by Sarah Caldwell, and has been a concert recitalist under Columbia Artist Management. From 1970-1974, he was the Director and Bass Soloist with the U.S. Navy Sea Chanters in Washington, D.C. In 2003, he made his Edinburgh Music Festival debut. He has been featured as soloist in several recordings with various symphonies throughout the world in addition to a solo recording of German lieder. In 2006 he returned to Bulgaria and Israel performing the Verdi Requiem and portrayed Tevye in Fiddler On the Roof. He returned to the Varna International Music Festival in 2007 and sang Elijah, prior to returning to Scotland for his fifth concert tour. In 2009 he presented his ninth European concert tour.