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    "Canti di Consolazione" Tour sponsored by the Embassy of Italy, Wellington

    March 8, 2020, 3:30pm - The Piano, Ōtautahi Christchurch

    March 15, 2020, 5:00pm - St. Luke's Church, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

    POSTPONED TBD - Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington

    POSTPONED TBD - Ōtepoti Dunedin

    with Luca Manghi, flute, and Dylan Lardelli, guitar

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    The Octagon Ensemble Presents "Long Nights"

    August 13, 2023, 2:00pm - St Paul's Cathedral, Ōtepoti Dunedin

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    Silence Is - An Operatic Premiere

    October 12, 2023, 8:00pm - Hanover Hall, Ōtepoti Dunedin

    October 13, 2023, 8:00pm - Hanover Hall, Ōtepoti Dunedin

    with Te Oti Rakena, voice, Ruby Solly, cello & taonga pūoro, Leon Reynolds, flute

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    The Octagon Ensemble Presents "Handel's Gems"

    October 22, 2023, 2:00pm - St Paul's Cathedral, Ōtepoti Dunedin

    with Yuka Eguchi, violin


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    A native of Syracuse, New York, mezzo-soprano Tessa Romano holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado Boulder, a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, and a Bachelor of Arts in Italian from Princeton University. Currently, Tessa works as Tenure Track Lecturer in Voice at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. Tessa has studied with Jennifer Bird-Arvidsson, Freda Herseth, Christopher Arneson, Richard Lalli, and Helen Boatwright.


    Tessa Romano began their singing career under the auspices of renowned soprano Helen Boatwright in 2002. Having learned and performed many of the late Howard Boatwright’s works early in their career (a student of Paul Hindemith), Romano became an enthusiastic performer of new and contemporary music. In 2012, Romano took on the role of Jenna in Anthony Davis’ premier of Lear on the Second Floor at Princeton University. Romano later premiered the “Song for Judy Feder” by Alan Fletcher, CEO of the Aspen Music Festival, in 2013. In the summer of 2017, Tessa was one of four fellows at the University of Colorado New Opera Workshop program singing new operatic works by four student composers at CU Boulder. Their passion in working with composers will result in four premiers in 2020 alone.


    Past opera credits include Jenna (Lear on the Second Floor, a premier) at Princeton University, Amahl (Amahl and the Night Visitors) with Syracuse Open Hand Theater, Fru Fru (The Merry Widow) with Oswego Opera Theater, Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors), Drei Knaben (Die Zauberflöte), Jade Boucher (Dead Man Walking) and Tolomeo (Giulio Cesare) with the University of Michigan, Mother Marie (Dialogues des Carmélites) with Eklund Opera CU Boulder, covering Nettie/Aunt Bea (A Wedding) with the Aspen Opera Center, and Dame (Dame, Not Lady) with CU NOW.

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    As a concert performer, Tessa has been a soloist for the Syracuse and Hartford symphonies, the American Handel Society Festival, the Boulder Bach Festival, and the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra. Tessa has been a finalist in the Classical Singer Summer Competition, and a first-place winner of The Art of Art Song Competition, the Florida Grieg Competition, the Franco-American Vocal Academy’s Grand Concours Prize and the Isidore & Helen Sacks Memorial Prize.


    As an avid proponent of music across cultures, Tessa has presented recitals of Norwegian song as well as recitals in which they perform in the Hindustani and Carnatic classical styles in order to juxtapose Western “orientalist” compositions with Eastern musical traditions. Their Norwegian recitals have featured works by Agathe Backer-Grøndahl, Geirr Tveitt and Edvard Grieg. Recitals featuring Hindustani and Carnatic styles amongst Western traditions have included compositions by Fukai, Ibert, Harbison, and Mirabai bhajans set to melodies in Raga yaman and saraswati. Tessa has also conducted original research on and performed recitals of Jewish-Italian composers persecuted by fascism in tandem with works by fascist composers such as Francesco Santoliquido.


    Tessa Romano has worked as a professional choral singer with renowned British ensemble VOCES8 (www.voces8.com) in their USA Choral Scholars program with which Tessa toured the country performing in concert with VOCES8 and VOCES8 co-founder Paul Smith, presenting workshops on the VOCES8 Method, and recording with Minnesota Public Radio. Additionally, Tessa has worked with numerous professional choirs in New York City, including the Trinity Wall Street Choir.


    Prior to their singing career, Tessa Romano conducted original research on sixteenth-century Italian ghettos. They continue to conduct original research, having recently completed a doctorate with the dissertation "The Singing Voice During the First Two Years of Testosterone Therapy".




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