Traditions at Newton's Landing

Cody Austin returns to Newton's Landing
Date:  4/29/2017

                           Social Committee Co-Chair Sue Kauffman introduces Cody Austin; accordion accompanist Pasquale D'Auria to her left 

By Joseph Busler

Tenor Cody Austin made a triumphant return to Newton's Landing Friday night, performing operatic arias, religious songs and several Canzoni napoletane (Neapolitan songs).

Eighty-two residents and other guests attended the performance in the Clubhouse, where sparkling wine (Wilm Blanc de Blancs Brut) and hors d'oeuvres were served.

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The Voorhees-based tenor first appeared at Newtons Landing three years and a month ago to the day, and his return was long awaited and long in the making.

Returning with Austin was accordionist Pasquale d'Auria, providing accompaniment, along with keyboardist Michelle Scanlon.

Also returning was 15-year-old soprano Marleigh Paige, a mere waif of 12 three years ago when she sang  "O mio Bambino caro" ("O my dear Baby") from the opera Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini. This time, she soloed “O Mio Babbino” from Giacomo Puccini's one-act opera, Gianni Schicchi and George Gershwin's “Summertime.” She also performed two duets with Austin. Together, they sang the religious song, “The Prayer” and Andrew Lloyd Webber's “All I Ask of You” from Phantom of the Opera.

Austin performed:

  • “Libiamo ne' lieti calici,” from Giuseppi Verdi's La Traviata 
  • “Amore o Grillo,” from Giacomo Puccini's Madame Butterfly
  • “Dein is mein ganzes Herz,” from the 1929 operetta The Land of Smiles, with music by composer Franz Lehár and words by Fritz Löhner-Beda and Ludwig Herzer 
  • “Core 'ngrato,”  a 1911 Neapolitan song by emigrant American composer Salvatore Cardillo with lyrics by Ricardo Cordiferro
  • “Torna Surriento,” a Neapolitan song with music by Ernesto De Curtis and lyrics by his brother Giambattista
  • “O Sole Mio,” another Neapolitan song, this one with lyrics by Giovanni Capurro and music by Eduardo di Capua
  • “I'll Walk with God,” a 1954 popular song written for the movie The Student Prince with music by Nicholas Brodzsky and lyrics by Paul Francis Webster  
  • “La donna e Mobile,” from Giuseppe Verdi's opera Rigoletto 
  • “Maria,” from West Side Story, with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim 
  • “Be my Love,”  a popular song with lyrics by Sammy Cahn and music by Nicholas Brodzsky. Published in 1950, written for Mario Lanza 
  • “Nessum Dorma,” from Giacomo Puccini's opera Turandot 

The 2009 graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts' career has taken off, with appearances with operas around the country and abroad, as far away as China.

“Recent engagements include the Duke in Verdi’s Rigoletto for Opera Santa Barbara, Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata and Roméo in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette for Virginia Opera, Alfredo for Utah Opera, Lensky in Eugene Onegin for Des Moines Metro Opera, Don Jose in Le Tragedy de Carmen for Shreveport Opera, and Belmonte in Abduction from the Seraglio with Opera Grand Rapids,” reads his page on the Piper Anselmi Artists Management Web site. “In 2015-16 he performed the role of Faust in Boito’s Mefistofile with Knoxville Opera, Ottavio in Don Giovanni and Alfredo in La Traviata for Opera Tampa, and made his debut as Pinkerton with the Northern Lights Festival this summer. Engagements this season include Alfredo in La Traviata with Pittsburgh Opera, and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Pa Skaret Opera in Sweden and Gulf Coast Symphony and Opera, as well as Traviata with New Jersey Festival Orchestra. Next season he debuts the Florentine Opera as Camille in Lehar’s The Merry Widow.”

Austin is the father of three girls, and two of them, very early their musical careers, performed the kindergarten perennial, “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.”

The cost of the evening was $30 for residents, $35 for guests.

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