Award-winning soprano Rayanne Gonzales will appear in concert with pianist Patrick O’Donnell at Christendom College on April 15 at 7 p.m. The concert is part of the college’s Beato Fra Angelico Fine Arts Program and will be held in the St. Lawrence Commons.
Entitled “Music for a Spring Evening,” the concert will feature music from Puccini, Mozart, Bernstein, and Gershwin, among others.
Rayanne Gonzales possesses “a big, accurate voice that she uses sensibly but fearlessly” (Washington Post). Locally she’s appeared in ¡Viva Zarzuela!, Paper Moon: Remembering Harold Arlen, La Verbena de la Paloma and other productions with the In Series and Bohemios with Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia. Gonzales made her Broadway debut in The Phantom of the Opera. Opera credits include Boston Lyric Opera (Merkhataten in Akhnaten), Longwood Opera (Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni), American Center for Puccini Studies (Magda in La Rondine). Her theatre credits include North Carolina Theatre and Casa Mañana (Bloody Mary in South Pacific), Geva Theatre (Alma Hix in The Music Man), Natchez Festival (Serena in Porgy & Bess) and First National Tour of In the Heights. She has presented recitals for the Arkansas, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia Federations of Music Clubs, The Society of the Cincinnati at Anderson House, and Weill Recital Hall. Soloist appearances include the Reston Chorale, Annapolis Chorale and Chamber Orchestra, Stow Festival Chorus & Orchestra and New Bedford Symphony. Born and raised in Virginia to parents from Trinidad & Tobago, Gonzales attended Aquinas School, Gar-Field Sr. High School and the VA Governor’s School for the Arts at Radford University. She is a graduate of Boston University, the Longy School of Music, and trained at OperaWorks, LA, and The Banff Centre.
Patrick O’Donnell earned his BA from Yale University, his MM in Piano Performance from the University of Maryland, and his DMA in Chamber Music and Vocal Accompaniment with Martin Katz and Eckart Sellheim at the University of Michigan. Concert appearances include the White House, The Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater and Millennium Stage, and the Embassies of France, Italy, Monaco, Columbia, and Brazil.
O’Donnell and Gonzales have collaborated throughout the Washington, DC, area, appearing at National City Christian Church, The Lyceum Museum, The Mansion at Strathmore, and other venues.
The Beato Fra Angelico Fine Arts Program offers students an opportunity to experience directly the higher and more aesthetically praiseworthy aspects of Western civilization and our contemporary culture through live performances, lectures, art exhibitions, and other on-campus events throughout the academic year.