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A Soaring Soprano

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About Dolores Ferraro

Lyric soprano, Dolores Ferraro, has performed in opera, as soloist with orchestras and in recital.  Early in her career, she was a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Auditions and studied with that company’s legendary soprano, Licia Albanese.


Ferraro’s performing repertoire encompasses all traditional areas but her main focus has been on contemporary American music. This has resulted in recordings, interviews on classical, public radio stations and many first performances of songs and operas in venues including Carnegie Recital Hall, Sala Baldini in Rome, Academy of Music in Philadelphia and Hunter College in New York City.  


Her strongest interest is in the music of her late husband, Romeo Cascarino, recipient of two Guggenheim Fellowships in Composition and bringing his works to audiences in Europe and throughout the United States.  In Saumur, France, she presented musical excerpts from his three-act opera, "William Penn", and delivered a paper on the genesis of the opera.  Ferraro was the first interpreter of the role of Penn’s wife, Gulielma, in the staged world premiere of that work.  In Italy, she sang the European premiere of his song cycle "Pathways of Love" and has presented these and Cascarino’s other vocal works in concert halls and colleges in the United States, the UK and France.  A teacher, as well as a performing artist, she is adjunct professor at Immaculata University.

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On "Pathways of Love"

“Your voice is extraordinary and the songs are exquisite.”

JoAnn Falletta, Conductor Buffalo Philharmonic, Virginia Symphony, Guest Conductor London Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra


As Gulielma in "William Penn"

“Ferraro has a lovely lyric/spinto soprano voice and…sings the role with gripping conviction.”

Henry Fogel, Fanfare

“...sang with great sensitivity to the meaning of her part.”

Michael Caruso, Delaware County times


As Rossignol in "The Nightingale and the Rose"

"Miss Ferraro's soaring soprano had no fears in the high register....Perfectly suited to the role of Rossignol was Dolores Ferraro, whose flowing and expressive soprano cast light on each tender nuance.”

Tom Draper, Courier Post, New Jersey

As Gilda in "Rigoletto"

“Her Caro Nome showed superb coloratura work and a dulcet tonality that indicated her keen feeling for the role.”


As Mimi in "La Boheme"

“..a sense of timing and phrasing that is the mark of a true musician…and she is an actress!”

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Events Diary

December 15, 2019

Lower Merion Symphony

Soloist, Romeo Cascarino's "Pathways of Love".

February 15, 2020

Mission Chamber Orchestra of San José

Soloist, Romeo Cascarino's "Pathways of Love".

2019 through 2020

Various venues, Philadelphia and environs

Chamber Music Recital - Voice, Clarinet, Bassoon and Piano. Music of Schubert, Chausson, Cascarino, Finzi.

Spring 2020

Immaculata University

Faculty Recital

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