WOODLAND PARK - The Alfred H. Baumann Public Library recently hosted a special library concert with Salvatore Chiarelli, renowned vocal tenor.

The Alfred Baumann Public Library in Woodland Park held their first ever musical performance, 'From Italy with Love,' which featured an array of Italian classical songs performed by renowned vocal tenor Salvatore Chiarelli. Pictured is Chiarelli, along with special guest soprano Elga Johannes.


The show, held at the municipal building to accommodate attendees, was titled "From Italy with Love." It featured a compilation of Italian/Neapolitan songs, love ballads, Italian opera, theater musical pieces and songs from movie soundtracks.

"This was the very first musical performance planned for the library and we've never done anything like this before," said Robert Lindsley, library director. "This was a fantastic event and we want to thank Salvatore for his wonderful performance."

Chiarelli, a native of New York City, was vocally trained in both Italy and New York City for the opera stage. He has performed on television and radio, as well as on stages in both North America and Europe. He's performed the lead role of "Turridu" in the opera "Cavalleria Rusticana" with the Brooklyn Repertory Opera and the West Side Opera in Manhattan.

Chiarelli received his master's degree in music education from Hunter College and is a New York State certified teacher. He has taught music in middle and high schools in New York City.

Appearing with Chiarelli was special guest soprano Elga Johannes. Also from New York City, Johannes sang several duets and a few solos.

"This special afternoon of music is part of Mr. Chiarelli's 2009-2010 East Coast concert series highlighting more than 60 performances," explained Lindsley. "Salvatore Chiarelli has been hailed as a very talented tenor who sings with a unique, operatic style displaying a rare combination of power and beauty with his unforgettable fantastic voice."

He had a great rapport with the audience, Lindsley said, and was able to make every feel at home, almost like he was singing in everybody's living room.

Lindsley said that another type of performance this fall and another show for the seniors with Chiarelli again over at the Veteran of Foreign Wars on Mount Pleasant Avenue.

"He brought people to tears" added Lindsley. "It was a great performance."