New Penn State faculty member Amy Petrongelli to perform first recital

November 06, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — New voice faculty member Amy Petrongelli, soprano, will perform a recital at 12:10 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9, in Eisenhower Chapel, as part of the weekly "Bach's Lunch" music series. Petrongelli will perform a 21st-century work by Brooklyn-based composer Chris Cerrone, and Samuel Barber's famed "Knoxville: Summer of 1915," a setting of an extended poem by American poet James Agee. Admission is free.


— Selections from "I will learn to love a person" (2013) — Chris Cerrone (with Jennifer Peacock, piano)

— Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24 — Samuel Barber (with Svetlana Rodionova, piano)

Lauded in the New York Times for her “admirable fluidity,” Petrongelli revels in singing music of all different periods and styles. Most recently, she premiered the role of Margie in Laura Kaminsky's opera, "Some Light Emerges," with the Houston Grand Opera. Other highlighted solo performances include an art song recital for the University of Michigan's inaugural "En Español" Latin American Music Festival, Despina in "Cosi fan tutte," and Haydn’s "Creation" at Carnegie Hall. 

In 2014, Petrongelli helped to found the contemporary music ensemble Khemia, with whom she has toured North and South America to help promote cultural exchange through contemporary music. Also an avid recitalist, she has appeared in recital for organizations such as the Casement Fund Recital Series in Brooklyn, New York, The Block in Muskegon, Michigan, the Contemporary Undercurrent of Song Project in Princeton, New Jersey, and AEPEX Contemporary Performance in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Petrongelli is an alumna of the Tanglewood Music Center (2011, 2012), New Music on the Point (2014, 2015, 2017), and the Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar (2016), and has worked with renowned musicians such as Martin Katz, Lucy Shelton, Tony Arnold, Dawn Upshaw, Kathleen Kelly, Samuel Ramey, Kayo Iwama, Alan Smith, Howard Watkins and John Harbison. Past operatic roles include Lauretta in "Gianni Schicchi," Amy in "Little Women," Tytania in "A Midsummer Night's Dream," Adina in "L'elisir d'amore," and Papagena in "Die Zauberflöte."

A passionate educator, she has maintained a successful private studio since 2005, and has taught at the University of Michigan, the University of Akron, Eastern Michigan University and Saginaw Valley State University. She holds degrees from Central Michigan University and the University of Michigan, and completed her doctorate in voice performance at the University of Michigan.

  • Amy Petrongelli, soprano

    Amy Petrongelli, soprano

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Last Updated November 06, 2017