ROSE GUCCIONE has performed several operatic works by Giuseppe Verdi, including, the title role in Aïda, Elisabetta in Don Carlo, Leonora in La forza del destino, Leonora in Il trovatore and has covered the roles of Elvira in Ernani and Amelia in Un ballo in maschera. Her Aïda was a Chicago Tribune Critic’s Choice which declared her “the genuine article of Verdi singers… Guccione’s voice was simply magnificent from top to bottom, beautifully nuanced in all dynamic ranges.”
Beyond the realm of verdian opera, Ms. Guccione has performed the roles of Musetta in Puccini’s La Bohème, Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen, Madame de la Haltière in Massanet’s Cendrillon, Elvira in Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri, Madame Flora in Menotti’s The Medium, Little Buttercup in Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore, Mrs. DeRopp in Thompson’s Sredni Vashtar, Anna Maurrant in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene and La Zia Principessa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica.
She has covered the role of Béatrice in Berlioz’ Béatrice et Bénédict for Chicago Opera Theater and has performed in “Fantasy of the Opera” and in supporting roles in Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, Britten’s Peter Grimes, Puccini’s Turandot, Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress for Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Her performances in operetta and musical theater include the role of Bébé in Abraham’s Ball at the Savoy (Ball im Savoy) directed by Kristen Barrett, Excellenz Hardegg in Lehár’s The Land of Smiles (Das Land des Lächelns) and Wilhelmine Kuhbrot (“Wimpel”) in Künneke’s The Cousin from Nowhere (Der Vetter aus Dingsda), both directed by Jeff-nominee Elizabeth Margolius, the Widow Piper in Herbert’s Babes in Toyland, Frau Kneipp and Königin Galatea in Lehár’s Peter and Paul in the Land of Nod (Peter und Paul reisen ins Schlaraffenland), Großherzogin Tina in Lehár’s Mitislav the Modern (Mitislaw der Moderne), with Chicago Folks Operetta. She performed the role of Carmen in Cambalache: A Tango Holiday Story and premiered the role of Paloma in Feathers: a Tango Journey with Tango 21 Dance Theater. She played the role of Martina in a musical about the real stories of Latin American immigrants and refugees written by Judy Veramendi, composed by Gerald H. Bailey, and directed by Ruth Camargo entitled Alegrías y lágrimas (Happiness and Tears) at the Instituto Cervantes de Chicago. She played the role of Inez, in The View UpStairs, a musical inspired by the 1973 UpStairs Lounge Fire, by Max Vernon, directed by Eric Hoff for Pride Films & Plays at the Center on Halsted. She performed the role of Cinderella’s Stepmother in Sondheim’s Into the Woods. She was the cover for the 2nd Pink Sheep in Bernstein’s Candide for Lyric Opera of Chicago.
In recital, Ms. Guccione sang Mieczysław Weinberg’s Jüdische Lieder, op. 17 in Teatr Żydowski for the 2011 Warszawa Singera Festival in Warsaw, Poland. At Ravinia, she performed in the 2014 inaugural Food Network in Concert hosted by Alex Guarnaschelli in “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant”, sang works by Verdi with South Shore Opera Company, and sang works by Strauss and Schubert in “German Songs” with CDI/Concert Dance Inc. She has performed works by Mozart in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and Berlioz and Ravel on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts series. Her South African recitals garnered headlines that read “Guccione rare and memorable” and “American soprano delights.” The Mercury‘s Sean Schulze wrote “Somehow, Ms Guccione succeeded in casting that spell that characterises a memorable and rare musical event,” and Anthea Johnston of the Sunday Tribune wrote “Her versatility was confirmed with Schumann’s song cycle Frauenliebe und Leben. To sing art songs well takes both vocal control, intelligence and acting skills and these Miss Guccione has in abundance…There were more than a few misty eyes when she finished.”
Stepping in last-minute for indisposed Metropolitan Opera star Margaret Jane Wray, Ms. Guccione’s performance at the St. Charles Music Festival, according to the Kane County Chronicle, “brought the house down. It was really an incredible concert, with multiple curtain calls… even got a standing ovation before the intermission.”
Ms. Guccione is the Grand Prize Winner of the Barnett Foundation Voice Competition, and a Gina Monastero Award recipient. She was a finalist in The Metropolitan Opera Auditions – Central Region, the Friedrich Schorr Memorial Performance International Prize in Voice, and the Bel Canto National Competition. She was one of forty singers chosen worldwide to compete in Plácido Domingo‘s Operalia at the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux and one of eight singers to take part in master classes with Niccolai Ghiaurov at the Centro Universale del Bel Canto (C.U.Be.C.) in Vignola, Modena, Italy.
Equally at home in spoken theater, Ms. Guccione recently played the role of Doña María Murtfeldt Triaca de Agustini in Judy Veramendi’s plays on the life of Uruguayan poetess Delmira Agustini entitled The Empty Chalices directed by Madrid St. Angelo, and Los Cálices Vacíos directed by Ruth Camargo at the Instituto Cervantes de Chicago, the role of Rosa in Octavio Solis‘ dramatic play Lydia at the National Pastime Theater directed by Cecilie D. Keenan, and the role of Lily in Obie Award-Winner Diane Rodriguez‘ Living Large in a Mini Kind of Way, directed by Ann Filmer at 16th Street Theater to critical acclaim. She has played the role of Dr. Pierce in Miracle on 34th Street directed by David Cromer. During her long association with Salsation Theatre Company, NFP, Chicago’s very own première Latino comedy group, she has written, composed, performed, produced and directed several productions.
Ms. Guccione owns the singing telegram company OperaGram.com®. Her company has been featured by the Chicago Tribune, NBC5 News Today with Zoraida Sambolin, Rob Elgas and Andy Avalos, The John Landecker Show on WLS AM 890, with John Records Landecker and Paula Griffin on WIMS AM 1420, The Kiki Vale Show on WJJG AM 1530, and the National Italian American Foundation publication Ambassador Magazine.
Ms. Guccione is an Adjunct Professor in the Theatre Arts and Music Department at Dominican University where she teaches courses in voice and arts entrepreneurship and has held teaching positions at Columbia College Chicago, Lyric Opera of Chicago OperaKids program and the Merit School of Music. She graduated from Northeastern Illinois University an Honors Scholar summa cum laude with a degree in Vocal Music Performance where she received several academic awards, including the Vincent Oddo Memorial Scholarship in Music, the Ruth Hanna Memorial Scholarship in Music, Music Talent Scholarship, Honors Program Scholarship, and High Academic Achievement Award. Her paper entitled “Crowdfunding: Leveraging Academic Creative Projects toward Post-Education Opportunities” is available in the university’s library. She completes a Master of Arts in Music degree in Applied Pedagogy this Fall from Northeastern through the generous support of the Graduate Music Talent Scholarship, Wilczynski Gill Scholarship, Nada Spasojevich Award Scholarship, Hamilton and Marilyn Viets Award in Music and the McGowan Award in Music.
In addition to her passion for music and teaching, Ms. Guccione is also a strong mentor and advocate for her students. She has intervened when students have had difficulty in meeting financial obligations toward graduation by teaching them to successfully leverage crowdfunding. She also advocates for undocumented students. Most recently, she spoke before River Forest’s Board of Trustees in favor of approving a resolution to formally become an open and welcoming community. River Forest is home to two universities and this resolution was crucial in alleviating the stress from the lives of #DACA recipients and their families.