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MOTHER'S DAY with PEABODY PERFORMERS

  • Sotto Sopra Restaurant 405 N. Charles Street Baltimore (map)

Peabody Performances 5 p.m. to 8 pm

Ala Carte Menu plus specials / Open Reservations:  410 625 0534 or www.OpenTable.com

On Mother’s Day celebrate those special women in your life, celebrate Italian style. Sotto Sopra Restaurant will be offering our Northern Italian ala carte dinner menu along with specials, something for everyone's taste.

 Also on this Mother's Day, we invite you to join us for dinner and show at Sotto Sopra Restaurant from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a vocal program by Peabody Conservatory’s students dedicated to mother figures.  Tess Ottinger, Soprano, and Madilyn Crossland, Mezzo Soprano, will be joined by pianist Monica Daly to perform selections from multiple genres: opera, operetta, musical theatre, and contemporary music themed to invoke an appreciation for this special day.

 Baltimore’s Peabody Conservatory – Johns Hopkins University’s school of music and dance is where young talent comes honing their craft.  The internationally respected school has a roster of many notable graduates that dot the cultural landscape:  Andre Watts - pianist, James Morris - vocalist, Angelin Chang – pianist, Michael Hedges – guitarist, Richard Cassilly – vocalist, Joe Byrd –bassist and many others. 

 We are excited to continue our Peabody Nights where our performers are students of the Peabody Institute at the Johns Hopkins University who study with world-renowned teachers, coaches, and directors.  Sotto Sopra is pleased to be a conduit for showcasing the vocal talents of Peabody’s graduate students. 

 Tess Ottinger, Soprano: Tess Ottinger, soprano, is a first year Master of Music student at the Peabody Conservatory of the John’s Hopkins University pursuing her degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy. In her previous instruction at Virginia Commonwealth University, Tess received both a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and Vocal Music Education. Tess recently performed the role of Nella in Peabody Opera’s production of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi in 2019. Tess is pleased to announce she will also be performing the role of Lauretta, as well as covering the role of Nella, in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, with Opera Susquehanna this summer. Recently, Ms. Ottinger performed the role of Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro as a Guest Alumni Artist at VCU. Her previous operatic roles include Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Suor Genovieffa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Fiametta in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers, and covered the role of Sonia in Lehár’s The Merry Widow. This past year, Ms. Ottinger performed as a member of the Richmond Symphony Chorus and was a featured soloist with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra in 2016 and 2018. Ms. Ottinger has also performed as a soprano soloist with the Williamsburg Choral Guild for Mozart’s Requiem, and Bach’s Magnificat in 2017 and 2018.

 Madilyn Crossland, Mezzo Soprano: Mezzo Soprano Madilyn Crossland has a passion for engaging audiences with her versatile voice and her evocative acting. A California native, she graduated with a BM from Chapman University. She is pursuing her MM at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore with Elizabeth Futral. In 2018, she was a soloist and street singer in Leonard Bernstein’s Mass, under the baton of Marin Alsop. In 2017, she was seen as the alto soloist in Haydn’s Harmoniemesse with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra. In 2019, she will play the role of La Ciesca in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi with Peabody Opera Theatre. Miss Crossland is a dedicated ensemble singer and passionate about musical outreach as well, performing educational operas at the Kennedy Center, Segerstrom Center, and Opera Delaware. As a songwriter and cover artist, she strives to create a unique sound and release as much of her passion projects as she can to the public.

 Monica Daly, Pianist: Monica is a collaborative pianist currently earning a Graduate Performance Diploma in Vocal Accompanying at the Peabody Institute, where she studies with Eileen Cornett. She was awarded a full tuition graduate assistantship with the Peabody Opera Theatre and has since been the rehearsal and orchestra pianist for Bernstein’s MASS and Puccini’s Il Trittico. She has a Bachelors in Piano Performance from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, where she studied with Dr. Carl Cranmer and Dr. Patricia Powell. She graduated with a Masters in Collaborative Piano from the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA, where she studied with Brian Moll. She has played in master classes for Dawn Upshaw, John Harbison, and Tara Erraught. Monica’s rehearsal and performance pianist credits include Argento’s Miss Havisham’s Wedding Night with Boston MetroWest Opera; Boston Opera Collaborative’s annual “Opera Bites;” and Dan Shore’s one-act operas The Beautiful Bridegroom and An Embarrassing Position. She served as a rehearsal pianist for BOC’s productions of Gounod’s Faust and Puccini’s La Rondine, and with Boston Midsummer Opera for Donizetti’s Il Campanello and Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz. In 2015, she attended the Alpenkammermusik Festival in Liesing, Austria co-directed by Randall Scarlata and Tanya Bannister. She has been awarded a Young Artist Vocal Coach position at Opera Steamboat for the Summer 2019 season where she will perform Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel.