The Lyric Tenor, Mark Daniels, and accompanist Rob Goodling, will be in Apalachicola on Sunday performing for the Ilse Newell INCONCERT program. The concert begins at 4 p.m. ET at Trinity Episcopal Church located at 79 6th Street.
Their concert program, “The Lyric Tenor, From Singing Waiter to Stage Star” has been playing to sold-out venues in New York. The duo began their collaboration in 2017, with a repertoire that ranges from popular opera arias, to favorite Broadway show tunes, and lively music from Italy.
Included in the performance will be Broadway music by Lerner & Lowe, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, and John Kander; arias from operas by Bizet, Puccini, and Tchaikovsky; and a number of favorite songs from Italy.
Daniels, a native of Kennebunk, Maine, did his early vocal studies with David Goulet, and made his professional debut in Lerner and Lowe’s Brigadoon. He then continued his studies at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY where he made his Eastman Opera Theatre debut in Carlisle Floyd’s opera Susannah.
He went on to perform in Italy in the role of Ferrando in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, and has sung roles with the Buffalo Opera Unlimited, the Genesee Valley Orchestra and Chorus, and the Finger Lakes Chorale. He sang the role of Bingley in the world premier performance and recording of Amanda Jacobs and Lindsay Warren Baker’s opera Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
The accompanist, Rob Goodling, made his professional debut as a violinist with the Elmira Symphony and Corning Philharmonic orchestras. But the larger part of his musical life has been coaching, accompanying, and training singers.
His vocalists and performance groups have won state and national honors that have resulted in musical tours and performances in Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Morocco and Spain. Among the most famous and notable of his students is soprano star Renee Fleming.
Daniels and Goodling have recently released their first CD, The Lyric Tenor in Recital, produced by Giovanni and Cindy Lidestri, which can also be heard online at Spotify. Several of the numbers being performed at the Ilse Newell Concert are on the new CD.
Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. for the 4 p.m. concert at Trinity Episcopal Church. Donations of $10 per person will be accepted at the door. Students are free. Immediately after the performance a reception will be held at Trinity’s Benedict Hall, where attendees can enjoy refreshments and meet the performers.
The Ilse Newell Fund for the Performing Arts, founded in 1985, brings outstanding performers to the Forgotten Coast each year, from December through April, in concerts featuring classical, jazz, and choral music.