music inspired by the heart of Italia
Mara Adler O'Kelly, soprano
Oswaldo Iraheta, tenor
Patricia Lazzara, flute
Dave Malyszko, piano
St. Augustine is quoted to have said that to sing is to ‘pray twice.’ Ensemble Bella Luce intends to bring people, of every age group, culture and opinion to a sacred place where music can heal the soul. Our performances on concert series, in churches, schools and senior communities unite and bring people together in both the United States, Italy and Europe. The heart of our ensemble is in both the East Coast and Assisi, Italy, and we have a passion to serve both communities.
Like the ancient stones that one can stumble upon underneath the Piazza Comune in Assisi that transport you to another time, bringing you suddenly to another world, we hope our music will do the same!
With the rich repertoire of the operatic world to classical and jazz, Ensemble Bella Luce provides varied programs to suit any taste or theme. We look forward to sharing our talents with you!
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A musical momprenuer, is the term best used to describe Mara Adler-O’Kelly who is an active soprano, business owner and newish mom. Having been given the gift to make her own operatic debut (San Francisco Opera) at 13 years old, her passion since then has been to help the next generation learn to love and gain joy from music. Credits include Garden State Opera, Opera Theater Montclair, Opera Company of Brooklyn, the Caramoor Festival, and most recently the Assisi Performing Arts Festival. Mara is the co-owner of the Music Teaching Company called MusicWise NJ which serves northern and central New Jersey with mobile music lessons. She teaches preschool music programs and is in the process of creating a student-led preschool music curriculum. Mara holds a BM in voice from Oberlin Conservatory and an MM in Music Education from Teachers College. She can be heard almost every Sunday at Saint Paul’s where she serves as soprano section leader or frequently with the Garden State Opera.
Salvadoran-American tenor Oswaldo Iraheta recently made his European Solo Recital debut at the Assisi Performing Arts Festival in Italy, as well as his operatic UK debut singing Alfredo in Verdi's "La Traviata". Oswaldo made his international debut at the Royal Opera House Muscat with Maestro Lorin Maazel. He has performed various roles in the US and abroad including Rinuccio/Gianni Schicchi, Aeneas/Dido & Aeneas, Ferrando/Così fan tutte, Don Ottavio/Don Giovanni and Rodolfo/La bohème.In concert, Oswaldo has had the opportunity to perform with Marvin Hamlisch at Severance Hall and the premiere of song cycles and his Chicago recital debut as part of the Sounds of the South Loop music series. Born and raised in Chicago, Oswaldo is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and North Park University-Chicago. He transitioned up from baritone to tenor. Currently, Oswaldo studies with Bill Schuman. He was a member of the Aspen Opera Center, the Castleton Festival, and has performed with the Martina Arroyo Foundation in New York City. This season, Oswaldo has operatic and concert performances in the United States and abroad. More information at www.oswaldoiraheta.com
Patricia Lazzara, flutist, has distinguished herself as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. She is a three time winner of the Artists International competition in New York City and gave her critically acclaimed New York recital debut at Cami Hall. Patricia’s newest CD – “Radiance” has been (June 2018) released to rave reviews. The album is a celebration of spiritual transformation and new creation with 3 newly commissioned pieces written specifically for the album. In July of each year, Patricia performs at the Assisi Performing Arts Concert Series in Assisi, Italy, premiering works written for her. Ms. Lazzara is a prolific recording artist, with her latest album "Timeless" released November 2019. She is also honored to be a Miyazawa Flute Artist, (www.miyazawa.com). Ms. Lazzara is a founding member of UpTown Flutes (UTF), one of the premier flute ensembles performing today. UpTown Flutes has performed at Carnegie's Weill Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and they were invited to perform at several National Flute Association Conventions. UTF has released 4 albums with a 5th one in the planning stages. Patricia is also a founding member of Light Stream Orchestra (LSO), a quartet of flute, violin, guitar and piano that focuses on meditative music inspired by Spirit. Ms. Lazzara collaborates with harp, guitar, piano, vocal and string partners in many chamber music performances and in different genres. She is the conductor of the Ridgewood HS Flute Ensemble, is on the faculty of the Encore Music Program in addition to full studio of private students. She attended Carnegie Mellon University and received a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Hartt School of Music where she studied with John Wion, has appeared in master classes with Jean Pierre Rampal among others and has coached with Jeanne Baxtresser, Michael Parloff and Bart Feller. She also studied with Paige Brook and David Williams. For more information and to contact Ms. Lazzara, please visit www.PatriciaLazzaraFlutist.com
Dave Malyszko– pianist/keyboardist, has served as soloist, accompanist, and ensemble member for a wide variety of performances in a multitude of genres. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Jersey City State College Symphonic Orchestra, the Jersey City Symphony of Winds and Percussion, and the Assisi Performing Arts Concert Series in Assisi, Italy. As a collaborative pianist, Dave has accompanied numerous singers and instrumentalists in venues such as college and high school theatres, performing arts centers, houses of worship, and libraries. He has also played for various classes and auditions at the Paper Mill Playhouse, Montclair State University, New Jersey City University, Middlesex County College, and Plays in The Park in Edison, New Jersey. Dave has extensive experience in many other styles of music, including musical theatre, jazz, pop/rock, and R and B. He has worked on more than 50 different musicals either as keyboardist, musical director, or assistant musical director, presented at community theaters, high schools, colleges, regional theater, and Off-Broadway. As an ensemble member, he has played with diverse artists such as Dave Valentin, Debbie Reynolds, Connie Francis, Bobby Rydell, and Charlie Vox in locations such as the State Theatre, PNC Arts Center, Count Basie Theatre, as well as several outdoor venues and NYC area clubs.
Dave holds a B.A. in Music Education from Jersey City State College as well as an M.A. in Performance from New York University. He also studied with Gabor Fuchs as well as jazz pianist Morris Nanton. Dave has been on the adjunct faculty of Jersey City State College, and teaches Music Technology and Production at East Orange Campus High School.