About Annamaria Stefanelli
Recognized for her strong dramatic presence and true Italian lyric soprano sound, Annamaria Stefanelli infuses her performances with a passion for opera, Italian music, and Italian heritage. With over 500 performances to her credit, she has delighted a wide range of audiences and captured the hearts of music lovers of all ages.
Stefanelli's repertoire includes operatic arias, art songs, Neapolitan favorites, and Italian popular songs, as well as operetta and American musical theater classics. Audience favorites include Un Bel Di from Puccini's Madama Butterfly; Si, mi chiamano Mimi from Puccini's La Boheme; Sempre Libera from Verdi's La Traviata; If I Loved You, from Rogers and Hammerstein's Carousel; Summertime”from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess; “Portami Tante Rose and Chitarra Romana.”
Stefanelli's active career has included principal operatic roles, concerts, lecture-performances, fundraising events, and festivals. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, the 92nd Street Y, St. Peter's Church, and the Central Park Concert series in New York City. She has been a featured performing artist for the New Jersey State Opera Guild and the Mercer County (NJ) Italian American Festival, and has appeared with Ira Siff at La Belle Epoch in New York City. A first generation Italian American, Stefanelli believes in the power of music to capture the spirit of Italian heritage and culture. Her new CD, The Gifts of a Classical Christmas, contains 3 Italian pieces as a tribute to the influence that Italian music has had on her life.
With obvious joy in sharing the music she loves, Stefanelli sings from the heart straight to the heart of her audience.
Stefanelli was brilliant, revealing an opera singer with sublime gifts.”
— America Oggi
“An engaging lyric soprano. . . able to sing the Italian opera repertoire beautifully.”
— Dr. Marco M. Bruno
Center for Italian and Italian American Culture
“A passionate performer who brings a wonderful feeling of good will to her audience.”
— Carl H. Carabelli
Entertainment Chair for Mercer County
Italian American Festiva