This past weekend the concert hall had not one, but two senior recitals. On Friday, April 5 at 8 p.m. soprano Nicolette Boillotat (’19) performed her recital titled “Nic at Night.” The first half was mainly classical pieces. One of the most notable was “Un Moto Di Gioia” from Mozart’s Le Nozze Di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro). Boillotat also performed two selections from Liederkreis, “Die Stille” and “In der Fremde,” which were both artfully sung. During the intermission, Boillotat changed her outfit, as well as the style of music. The second half featured pieces from musical theater. Her performance of “How ‘Bout a Dance” from Bonnie and Clyde by Frank Wildhorn was the perfect way to end the set and recital. Boillotat performed this piece about a year ago at a Music at Noon event and her performance of it has only improved since then.
Aside from taking vocal lessons since seventh grade, she is also in the co-ed acapella group All of the Above and has served as the Tour Manager and PR Agent for the group for the past two years. She has also been in a number of main stage productions in the theatre department, including starring as Heather Duke in the production of Heathers the Musical. She recently played Wendla and was the assistant director of a production of Spring Awakening in Montclair, N.J. Boillotat has also been auditioning and performing staged readings of Houdini Among the Spirits, which is a musical written by one of Drew’s professors Chris Ceraso.
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The next day, Saturday, April 9 at 3 p.m. Ashlie Sicilia (’19) performed her vocal recital. Sicilia has been a member of the Choirs at Drew since 2016, and she has been the Vocal Studies Assistant since 2017. One of her friends, Brandon Johnson Douglas (’19), introduced her before the start of the recital. Sicilia began the recital with a piece from La Molinara titled “Nel cor più non mi sento” by Giovanni Paisiello. It was the perfect piece to start the program as it instantly captivated the audience. She finished the first half of her recital with a classic, “Green Finch and Linnet Bird” from Sweeney Todd. To end her recital with a bang she belted out “Fly, Fly Away” from Catch Me if You Can by Marc Shaiman. Before releasing the audience for a reception in the rotunda of the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, she gave a tearful and heartfelt thank you to her family and friends that came out to support.
Sicilia was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. She has been performing in choirs since a very young age and been taking vocal lessons since she was ten. She attended Professional Performing Arts High School as a voice major. After graduation, she plans on performing professionally and eventually wants to obtain a Ph.D. in voice performance and pedagogy.