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Thursday, June 8, 2023

6:00 – 7:00 PM

Dilworth Park

1 S 15th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19102

East Passyunk Opera Project returns to The Arts on Center Stage at Dilworth Park for an evening of the greatest hits from opera and musical theater in the impressive shadow of Philadelphia's City Hall!

The concert stars three vocalists who perform all over the world and have made Philadelphia their home: soprano Aubry Ballarò, mezzo-
soprano Kathryn Leemhuis, and tenor John Viscardi, accompanied by ePOP Music Director Aurelien Eulert.

Performance from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. | Free and open to the public

Bring-your-own blanket or chair encouraged. Seating in the Greenfield Lawn is limited.

Supported by PNC Bank

The Arts on Center Stage is generously supported with funds
from the Center City District Foundation (CCDF).

Programs are weather permitting and subject to change.




Aurelien Eulert,
Pianist/ePOP Music Director



To be announced. . . 


Artist Biographies

Aubry Ballarò, soprano

Quickly gaining attention as a lyric coloratura soprano with exceptional bel canto technique, soprano Aubry Ballarò recently made her international debut as the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor with State Opera Stara Zagora. Soon after, Ms. Ballarò joined The Princeton Festival to sing the role of Madame Herz in their 2022 production of The Impresario.

In 2023, Ms. Ballarò returned to State Opera Stara Zagora to debut the role of Violetta Valéry in Verdi’s La Traviata, and joined Opera Columbus to debut the role of Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto.

Under the baton of Steven Mercurio, she has appeared twice at the Festival de Musique de Saint Barthélemy, singing Micaëla in their 2020 production of Carmen, and popular operatic selections in their 2021 concert with orchestra. Ms. Ballarò was a Finalist in the 2021 Vincerò World Singing Competition in Napoli, a winner of the 2019 Bologna International Vocal Competition, as well as a District Winner of the 2022 Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition.

Ms. Ballarò is a recent graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts, where she was seen performing roles such as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Musetta in La bohème, Juliette in Roméo et Juliette, and Oscar in Un ballo in maschera.

Aurelien Eulert, pianist/music director

Hailing from Alsace, France, Aurelien Eulert made his U.S. house debut in 2014 with Palm Beach Opera as diction coach for their production of Les Contes d’Hoffmann and head coach for the Young Artist Program. Since then, he has been on the music staff of Charlottesville Opera, Opera Memphis, Opera Roanoke, Palm Beach Opera, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, USC Thornton Opera, UCLA Alpert School of Music, Pacific Opera Project and the Los Angeles Opera Education department. Aurelien has played for acclaimed singers such as Marilyn Horne, Phyllis Curtin, Dawn Upshaw, Frederica von Stade and Rod Gilfry. He has assisted and performed under conductors such as James Conlon, Robert Spano and John Williams. In 2019, Aurelien was named Head of Music Staff at OperaDelaware, and was instrumental in launching the company’s Young Artist Program. He had previously held the position of Chorus Master and Principal Pianist since 2017. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020, he was instrumental in OperaDelaware’s switch to digital and outdoor performances and continues to manage the acclaimed Pop-Up Opera program with outdoor presentations on the company’s mobile stage. Aurelien’s 2021/22 season included a return to the theatre stage with OperaDelaware’s productions of Don Pasquale, The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro, and a debut with Opera Southwest for Pelléas et Mélisande. His 2022/23 season includes debuts with Opera Baltimore and Intermountain Opera Bozeman. Aurelien holds degrees from the Conservatoire National de Strasbourg, Syracuse University and the University of Southern California, and attended the Tanglewood Music Center in the summer of 2010.

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Kathryn Leemhuis, mezzo-soprano

American mezzo-soprano Kathryn Leemhuis has performed with international opera companies such as the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Dallas Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Teatro Colón, Fort Worth Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Florentine Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Ash Lawn Opera, and Annapolis Opera, among others. One of her most notable roles is Dorabella in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, for which Kathryn has been hailed as “ravishing,” adding that “her sheer vocal beauty allied to nimbleness and an astonishing range of dynamic and coloristic nuance,” (Dallas Morning News). Her other prominent roles include Suzuki in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Dido in Pucell’s Dido and Aeneas, Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, the Mother in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, Paquette in Bernstein’s Candide, Hänsel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, Giulietta in Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann, Amaltea in Rossini’s Mosè in Egitto, and Florence Pike in Britten’s Albert Herring. 

On the concert stage, Kathryn has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Ravinia Festival, the Grant Park Music Festival, the Boise Philharmonic, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the Tanglewood Music Festival. She performed with Chicago’s Music of the Baroque in both Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis and Mass in the Time of War, with the Apollo Chorus of Chicago in Händel’s Messiah, and with Gloriae Dei Cantores in Mozart’s Requiem and Vaughan Williams’ The Pilgrim’s Progress. She has also performed multiple times with the Richmond Symphony, presenting Berlioz’s Les nuits d'été, Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette, and Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht.

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John Viscardi, tenor

John Viscardi has moved audiences around the world with his vocal beauty and dramatic intensity, having performed with Santa Fe Opera, Opera Philadelphia, New York City Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Des Moines Metro Opera, and Opera Carolina.

Winner of both the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition and Concorso Internazionale F.P. Tosti, Mr. Viscardi has appeared in both recital and concert at venues that include Carnegie Hall (New York), Geffen Hall (New York), Tokyo Opera City (Tokyo), Verizon Hall (Philadelphia) and Avery Fisher Hall (New York).

In October of 2022, Mr. Viscardi made his tenor debut in Puccini's Tosca as Cavaradossi with Opera Carolina. Of the performance, Afton Wooten for OperaWire remarked, "Viscardi did not hold back. His 'Recondita armonia' soared through the auditorium as it seemed he sang these endearments from his heart. The fullness of Viscardi’s sound blended beautifully with the orchestra – using a wide range of dynamics swelling to fortissimo and gradually back to sweet pianos."

The remainder of the 2022/23 season sees Mr. Viscardi as Pélleas in Pélleas et Melisande with LA Opera (cover), Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus with Opera San Louis Obispo, in concert with East Passyunk Opera Project at Philadelphia's Dilworth Park, at Carnegie Hall in the Hardin Requiem, and with Classic Lyric Arts at Merkin Hall.  Mr. Viscardi is a 2023 Artist Fellow with the Philadelphia Center of Psychoanalysis.

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