Opera Arias - Charles Buttigieg, baritone and Michael Davidman, piano
Sunday, January 12, 2020
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Villa dei Fiori
An afternoon of thrilling opera arias and brilliant piano works with nineteen year old vocal phenomenon Charles Buttigieg, baritone from Malta and returning virtuoso pianist Michael Davidman share an afternoon of musical delights.
Michael started piano at age five in Greenwich House Music School ,then from 2005-2015 piano performance with Efrem Briskin at Manhattan School of Music precollege and conducting in the college division from 2013-2015. He completed his Bachelor’s degree with Robert McDonald at The Curtis Institute of Music and in the fall of 2019, Michael began his Master of Music degree studies at The Juilliard School under the guidance of Jerome Lowenthal and Stephen Hough.
Michael completed the four-year scholarship program with The Chopin Foundation of the United States, awarded Gina Bachauer and Theodora J. Nichols Piano Scholarships from Juilliard and from The Manhattan School of Music: The Constance Keene Piano Award, Rosetta Goodkind Scholarship, and The Dianne Danese Flagello Scholarship.
He has appeared on Philadelphia WHYY "On Stage at Curtis", NPR’s “From the Top” and has been a frequent performer on New York WQXR’s “Young Artist Showcase” with host Robert Sherman. Michael has performed at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Kimmel Center, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Sandler Center, Field Concert Hall, The Music Shed, Hahn Hall, Symphony Space, Merkin Hall, DiMenna Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Steinway Hall, Bechstein Hall and recitals in Italy, Spain, and Russia.
An opera enthusiast, Michael has accompanied opera singers since early childhood during opera night at a local New York City restaurant and enjoys sharing historical opera recordings on his YouTube channel with many subscribers.
Charles Buttigieg, 20 year old baritone from Gozo, Malta started singing at an early age and joined the Chorus Urbanus under the direction of John Galea in 2011. He has been studying Voice since then with Juliette Bisazza from Te Royal College of Music, London. Charles has attended the Mediterranean Opera Studio & Festival in Caltagirone where he was chosen by Jack Li Vigni to perform La bohème in Teatro Eschillo, Gela and in Agrigento. Currently, Charles is studying at the famed The Curtis Institute of Music with Patricia McCaffrey. Charles recently was featured at a private fundraising concert in New York City, with Metropolitan chair Ann Ziff, Renee Fleming and Dolora Zajick. At Curtis he has performed the roles of Masetto in Don Giovanni, Mr. Fogg in Sweeney Todd and Spirit in Dido and Aeneas.