“The Music Lives On: A Tribute to Pasquale Caputo and Joanna Moore” took place Sunday, Sept. 25, presented by Chelsea Opera.
Performers included Chelsea co-founder Leonarda Priore, mezzo soprano; Bill Doherty, piano; Dominick Corbacio, tenor; and Mary Molnar, soprano.
Utica-native Caputo, an operatic tenor and former Mount Carmel parishioner, died in 2017 at age 82. He became leading tenor with the Tri-Cities Opera in Binghamton. He performed in concerts around the world and had a long career as an Italian teacher as well as Department Head of Foreign Languages at Thomas R. Proctor High School.
Frankfort-native Moore died in 2020, at age 85. She taught music at St. Mary’s School in Clinton and the Westmoreland and New Hartford Central school districts and served as music director for numerous high school musical productions with the Clinton and New Hartford schools. She performed lead roles in many productions staged by the former Utica Opera Guild and was a member of the B Sharp Music Club for more than 50 years.
Photos courtesy of A.J. Valentini