December 6, 2017 through December 14, 2017

Holiday Tea Musicale

Overview

Limited availability! Please call the Box Office at 914.232.1252 Monday–Friday 10:00am–4:00pm to reserve your seat.

The magic of the season is tangible throughout the Rosen House! Take part in Caramoor’s great holiday tradition of Yuletide-inspired performances by exceptional musicians, a tour of the Rosen House decked out with festive decorations, and tea service in the majestic Music Room. Enjoy an assortment of finger sandwiches, scrumptious holiday treats and a variety of teas (hot chocolate with marshmallows for the little ones). View the Menu.

For a more luxurious experience of the Holiday Teas, book the VIP option, which includes preferred seating, artisanal chocolates, and more.

December 6 Wednesday
Sales Closed

Rafael Porto, bass-baritone
Derrick Goff, piano

December 7 Thursday
SOLD OUT

Rafael Porto, bass-baritone
Derrick Goff, piano

December 8 Friday
Sales Closed

Kelly Smith Slawson, soprano
Derrick Goff, piano

December 9 Saturday
SOLD OUT

Kelly Smith Slawson, soprano
Derrick Goff, piano

December 10 Sunday
Sales Closed

Courtney Ruckman, soprano
Derrick Goff, piano

December 13 Wednesday
Sales Closed

Courtney Ruckman, soprano
Derrick Goff, piano

Courtney Ruckman, soprano
Derrick Goff, piano

Menu

Filet of beef with onion jam and Cambozola cheese on white bread

Turkey and arugula with cranberry aioli on seven grain bread

Coronation chicken with golden sultanas on brioche

Salmon with chive cream cheese and capers on rye bread

Minted cucumber on pumpernickel bread

Cranberry-orange scones from Balthazar’s Bakery with crème fraiche and jam

Pumpkin spice tartlet with cream cheese frosting

Linzer tart cookie

Chocolate dipped apricot

Black tea, Earl Grey decaf tea, Peppermint herbal tea

    Schedule

    1:00pm  Tour of the historic Rosen House

    2:00pm Concert

    2:50pm Holiday Tea is Served

    Sales close Friday prior to the event

    Schedule

    1:00pm  Tour of the historic Rosen House

    2:00pm Concert

    2:50pm Holiday Tea is Served

    Sales close Friday prior to the event

Derrick Goff

Derrick Goff, piano

Derrick Goff is a coach and conductor based in New York. Recent productions include Idomeneo and Don Pasquale with the Princeton Opera Alliance and Don Giovanni with Lawrence Opera Theatre in Kansas. He returned for a sixth summer to Bel Canto at Caramoor as pianist, coach, and chorusmaster for Il pirata, having presented several recitals with Young Artists and Apprentices in past years. Derrick has enjoyed returning to Caramoor several times a year to present concerts in the Music Room with former Young Artists and Apprentices. Mr. Goff studied organ and church music at Westminster Choir College, where he also completed a M.M. in Voice Performance and Pedagogy.

 

 

 

 

Rafael Porto

Rafael Porto, bass-baritone

Brazilian bass-baritone, Rafael Porto, most recently made his debut with Nashville Opera playing the Sacristan and Jailer in Tosca. He is graduate of Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and a festival artist at The Glimmerglass Festival where he began to hone his craft in the early stages of his career. As a result, he has been twice honored as an advanced participant by the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the National Orpheus Vocal Competition, National Society of Arts and Letters, and the Eleanor McCollum Competition of Houston Grand Opera among others.

Porto made his professional debut with Indianapolis Opera as the Commissioner in Madama Butterfly and later returned as Billy Jackrabbit/Castro in La fanciulla del West. In the fall of 2016 he was again engaged with the company to sing the role of Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia. This season, Porto returns to Indianapolis Opera in Man of La Mancha, travels to Nashville Opera, and is in residence at Florida Grand Opera where he performs the role of the Capitán in Florencia en el Amazonas and covers Riolobo; is the 1st Nazarene in Salome and covers the role of Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor.

He has worked under the baton of Emanuele Andrizzi, Joseph Colaneri, David Effron, Arthur Fagen, Raymond Leppard, Paul Nadler, Joseph Rescigno and Alberto Zedda; and has worked with directors Chris Alexander, Garnett Bruce, Candace Evans, John Hoomes, Peter Kazaras, E. Loren Meeker, and Bernard Uzan.

 

Courtney Ruckman

Courtney Ruckman, soprano

Praised for her “arresting vocalism” by the Spokesman Review, soprano Courtney Ruckman recently appeared with the Walla Walla Symphony as the soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah. Having an aptitude for new music, she created the role of Jessie in the world and New York City premieres of Masquerade (Paterson) with Nashville Opera and American Opera Projects, respectively. Additionally, she covered the Youth in the world premiere of After Life (Cipullo) with Music of Remembrance.

Other notable role debuts include both Pamina and First Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Frasquita (Carmen), Gilda, (Rigoletto), and Sophie (Werther). In concert, she commissioned and debuted a collection of songs entitled Images de Noël (Theisen). In upcoming engagements she collaborates with Theisen again for the world premiere of Klage, written for soprano and saxophone orchestra.

Mrs. Ruckman is an alumnus of the young artist programs of Nashville Opera, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, and Central City Opera and a winner of the Washington District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

 

Kelly Smith-Slawson

Kelly Smith Slawson, soprano

Possessing a sensational voice that is equal parts power, finesse, and versatility, soprano Kelly Smith Slawson is enthralling audiences on both operatic and concert stages.

As an Resident Artist at Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Ms. Smith Slawson covered the roles of Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Liù in Puccini’s Turandot, Pat Nixon in John Adams’s Nixon in China, and was a Handmaiden in Turandot. She has been a Bonfils-Stanton Young Artist at Central City Opera working with esteemed vocal coach and maestro John Moriarty. Other vocal coaches include internationally renowned pianist and coach, John Wustman, Rachelle Jonck, and Derrick Goff. Voice teachers include legendary dramatic mezzo-soprano Joyce Castle, baritone Nathan Gunn, and her late mother, Vicki Werner Smith, whose teaching has been most influential to her technique and artistry.

Ms. Smith Slawson made her professional main-stage debut singing Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte with Chamber Orchestra Ogden in Utah, and role debuts as Lia in Debussy’s L’enfant prodigue and Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Lawrence Opera Theatre in Lawrence, Kansas. Ms. Smith Slawson made company and role debuts singing Elettra in Mozart’s Idomeneo with the Princeton Opera Alliance in Princeton, NJ; and in summer 2015 was an apprentice artist with Bel Canto at Caramoor in Katonah, NY. She made her Tulsa Opera debut singing the title role in Daniel Catán’s opera Florencia en el Amazonas as a guest artist in their Resident Artist production and returned to Bel Canto at Caramoor for their 2016 summer festival, where she was a featured soloist in concerts and covered Leonore in Beethoven’s Fidelio.

Ms. Smith Slawson has had the honor of returning to Caramoor as a concert soloist for “Spring Renewal,” an intimate afternoon concert with collaborative pianist, Derrick Goff. She is thrilled to join Mr. Goff again in ushering in the holiday season at Caramoor with two festive programs!