Manhattan Lyric Opera is uniquely devoted to presenting elegant, concise, user-friendly staged and concert versions of classic Operas, Operettas and Broadway works. They specialize in making the heart of this great music accessible to established large facilities as well as to smaller venues which might otherwise never have the resources to offer such artistic works in their entirety or in part.
Employing only top artists, (MLO) cuts down almost all of their productions to 90 minutes, adding supertitles and projected sets for a user-friendly and cost-effective approach. They perform a wide and varied repertoire and can customize a program to fit the needs and the tastes of any audience.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 45 - 120 minutes
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Hebrew
What to Expect
We provide full or cut down productions (90 minutes or more) and cabaret type shows. We provide, costumes, props, furniture props, projected sets and hire only top artists within the United States and abroad.
Ms. Tormela has been noted for her “secure technique, unfailing intonation and expression and clear and sensitive text.” (Ulrik Cold, Royal Danish Opera), her “ringing and strongly expressive voice with extraordinary vocal control.” (Leif Kramp,Critic/Lübecker Nachtrichten) and “negotiating the upper reaches (of her voice) with dazzling security” (David Syrus, Head of Music, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden). In June of 2014 Ms. Tormela covered Mariella Devia in the role of Elisabetta in Donizetti’s (Roberto Devereux) at Carnegie Hall with the Opera Orchestra of New York under the baton of Maestro Eve Queler. Ms. Tormela has performed the roles of Amina “She played the heroine Amina with thespian grace and penetrating vocal beauty.Her quality in the upper register of her voice was ravishing…” (John Paul Keeler, Hudson-Catskill Newspapers), Serpina (La Serva Padrona) , Mamette (La Coupe et les Lèvres) “In her big scene, her urgent phrasing conveyed Mamette's passionate nature.” (Fred Cohn, Opera News Magazine), Lauretta Gianni Schicchi) Frasquita, Kate Pinkerton ,Nanetta (Natchez Music Festival), Hanna Glawari (The Merry Widow), Adina (L’Elisir D’amore), Amalia (I Masnadieri), The Queen of the night and First Lady, (The Magic Flute), Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos), Rosalinda and Adele (Die Fledermaus), Ophélie (Hamlet), Violetta in (La Traviata), Gilda in (Rigoletto), Frasquita in (Carmen), Rosina in (The Barber of Seville), Cherubino in (Le Nozze di Figaro), Sophie in (Werther), Norina in (Don Pasquale), Musetta in (La Bohème) and most recently the role of Carolina in Cimarosa’s masterpiece (Il Matrimonio Segreto).
Ms. Tormela is an accomplished concert recitalist and has performed all over the world in Germany, Italy, France, Sweden, Israel and the United States. Ms. Tormela made her New York debut recital at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. In Germany she made her concert debut at Thronsaal auf Schlo§ in Schwerin; Stidtstheater, Wohnstift Augustinum in Bad Neuenahr, and Kammermusiksaal der Stadthalle Mülheim in Mülheim an der Ruhr. Ms. Tormela was a guest soloist in Italy with the Civitanova Marche Orchestra and has appeared as a guest soloist with the Lake Placid Sinfonietta Orchestra and toured the United States as a soloist with The New Sigmund Romberg Orchestra. In 2015 and 2016 she concertized in Italy and Poland at the Bytomiu Opera house and final concert in Krakow for the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
She has won numerous grants, awards and scholarships from venues such as The Rockefeller Foundation, International Vocal Arts Institute. In December of 2009 she performed excerpts of Zerbinetta and Sophie in the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s Master Class taught by Metropolitan Opera star Jane Marsh. In 2011 she won Third Prize and Audience Award in the Altamura/Caruso International Voice Competition.
In addition to Opera, Ms. Tormela is an avid athlete, swimmer and 4th degree Black Belt in Taekwon Do.
Additional Booking Notes
We can perform in simple settings with limited services however, if there is a full production at a theater we require lighting, sound feedback for the piano and depending upon the acoustics of the theater microphones or body microphones for the artists.
Influences & Inspiration
We were impressed by the artists and the groups from the early 1900s and the middle ages and Renaissance. The elegant chamber concerts that were abundant during the turn of the century during private home events before the age of Media.
Traveling Troubador composers and performers of Old Occitan lyric poetry during the High Middle Ages (1100–1350) and their devotion to craft were also an inspiration for our company Manhattan Lyric Opera.
My interest in Renaissance humanism was also a deciding factor on why to create our company. Humanists sought to uplift the average citizen through arts education with eloquence so as to "engage in the civic life of their communities and persuading others to virtuous and prudent actions."
Piano unless we are performing with taped accompaniment
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