Luis Emilio Cabrera

Among the accolades attributed to Cuban born tenor, Luis Emilio Cabrera, are that “he possesses  a beautiful and agile lyric tenor voice that he uses effortlessly in a variety of musical genres, mainly Opera, Classical and Musical Theatre.”

His innate connection with the text at hand makes his performances very special indeed. Upon hearing Mr. Cabrera, the great Spanish tenor, Placido Domingo said, “You have exquisite taste for the art of singing”…Martina Arroyo, the superb international soprano said, “You are a wonderful artist.”

Mr. Cabrera studied at The Boston Conservatory of Music and is a graduate of Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts. He has been the recipient of the NFAA/ARTS AWARD, The Louis and Irene Simon Scholarship Fund and 1st Place winner of the NATS Voice Competition.  He has collaborated with international artists such as Licia Albanese, Anton Coppola, Alfredo Silipigni, Aprile Millo, Benton Hess, Pablo Zinger and Martina Arroyo just to name a few. Mr. Cabrera has performed with Teatro Grattacielo, New Jersey State Opera’s West Essex Chapter, The Jarvis Conservatory Zarzuela Festival, The American Chamber Opera Company, Pineda Lyric, Opera at Florham, The Paper Mill Playhouse, Martina Arroyo’s “Prelude to Performance,” The Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea and The Bach Ensemble of Naples, Florida.

Recently performed roles include Camille in The Merry Widow, Nemorino in L’elisir D’amore, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Prince Tamino in The Magic Flute, Alfredo and Gastone in La Traviata, Don Luis in El Barberillo de Lavapies, Don Narciso in Il Turco in Italia, Augusto and Marco in Zaza and The Emperor in Turandot.

In addition to Opera, Mr. Cabrera also sings Oratorio, Zarzuela, Art Songs and Musical Theatre. Zarzuela credits include Cecilia Valdez, Maria La O and El Barberillo de Lavapies. In Oratorio he has performed excerpts from Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Beethoven’s Mass in C.

Concerts and recitals have led to noted venues such as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, CAMI Hall, NYC’s The Town Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, The 92nd St. Y, The PNC Bank Arts Center, The Great Auditorium at Ocean Grove, The Heckscher Theatre, The Algonquin Arts Theatre and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. Recent performances and recordings can be seen or heard on YouTube at www.youtube.com/tenorcabrera.

Efrat Shapira – Violin, Viola, Piano, Vocal Music

Efrat Shapira possesses a wealth of professional experience in the music industry.  A graduate of both Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science  degree and of the University of Tennessee with a Master of Music degree, Ms. Shapira taught both private and group instruction for the past 15 years.  She draws upon Suzuki, American, Russian and contemporary schools for music education and includes technical development based on the study of movement and technique, including the Alexander and Feldenkrais techniques and physiology and physics.

In addition to teaching, Ms. Shapira is an experienced performer.  She recently completed the international Broadway tour of Oliver and has been the concertmistress for several Olivia Newton John concerts.  She has also played in numerous orchestras in New York, Tennessee, South Carolina, Indiana, Kentucky and Israel, and is the founder of JADE Quartet, an all-girl string quartet that plays all types of music, even jazz, with no arrangements.  They have recorded for such notables as Ja Rule and Ashanti.
An arranger, composer and performer, Ms. Shapira’s experience spans most genres of music such as classical, jazz, country, R&B, gospel, swing and musical theater.  Her credits include TV appearances, recording soundtracks, and appearances alongside various artists such as Zubin Mehta, Kurt Mazur, David Baker, Harry Whitaker, Joe Magnarelli, Rusty Holloway, Charlie Acuff, Mark O’Connor, Red Spyda, and Bobbie Eakes.