James Allen 2016.
Sage DiPalma, lirico-spinto soprano, is from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania and currently resides in Philadelphia. In December 2015, Ms. DiPalma graduated from Temple University's Boyer College of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance. Since then, she has taken on singing opera in the Rider's University' Voice Program in Florence, performing at an annual festival in Molise, Italy, singing arias in restaurants and preparing two opera roles.
While at Temple University, DiPalma studied with soprano Sheryl Woods. Upon finishing her education at Temple, she began instruction with distinguished soprano Benita Valente. DiPalma's first voice teacher, Ukranian soprano Pauline Domanski, taught her classical vocal technique and repertoire for 10 years before she entered college. DiPalma has performed and covered roles of Contessa di Boissey from Carlos Gomes' Lo Schiavo, Giannetta from Donizetti's L'elisir D'Amore, Ann from Stephen Hatfield’s Ann and Seamus, Gretel from Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, and Arline from Michael Balfe’s The Bohemian Girl. In 2009, DiPalma had the honor of singing at the Pennsylvania Democratic Presidential Inaugural Ball in Washington DC. Experience as a soprano soloist in choral works include R. Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music and G.F. Handel's Messiah, among others. DiPalma has sung in masterclasses with soprano Kiera Duffy, contralto Amy Zorn and bass-baritone William Stone. Her choir performances include venues at Allentown (Miller) Symphony Hall, Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall, Carnegie Hall, and as a soloist at Lincoln Center's Avery Fischer Hall with the Distinguished Concerts International NY. Her experience as a professional musician and solo performer includes concerts, sacred services, back-ground vocals at live performances, festivals and recordings for over a decade. Her performance repertoire includes genres opera, classical, sacred music, and jazz.
True to her musical roots, DiPalma enjoyed learning many styles of instrumental music growing up, formally studying both violin and classical piano. Later, she began writing original compositions and improvising on jazz piano. DiPalma studied composition during high school and college, with the late Margaret Garwood and Matthew Greenbaum. Her compositions have been performed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She has finished multiple works that focus on voice and has written Instrumental and chamber work. Her work has been performed and recorded with Temple University's student composers club Contemplum. DiPalma taught voice and piano lessons throughout high school and college to students ranging in ages from preschool to retired.
DiPalma's diverse musical lineage dates back to her paternal great uncle Severino Siani, who traveled upon request from Naples, Italy, to play as first chair Bassist with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of renowned conductor Leopold Stokowski. In the 1940's, DiPalma's maternal grandmother sang on weekly radio broadcasts from the standard popular American Songbook and just recently retired as music director and organist of her church at age 84. Her mother is a multi-award winning songwriter and performer. Discovering her love of singing opera after imitating a recording of Cecilia Bartoli singing "Batti Batti, O bel Masetto" from Mozart's Don Giovanni, Ms. DiPalma announced to her family that she was going to be an opera singer, and has never looked back.
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