Janet Villas, escaped diva from the New York City Opera
chorus, appeared with George Shirley in "Transcendant Voices" by
Darnell Jones at Columbia University. She was a lead Soprano. She performed her
solo cabaret act"...but not for me!" at Don't Tell Mama's, in 2000.
Stephen Vasta was the music director. Linda Heard was the lighting designer.
This was Janet's second cabaret show. Her first show "Always" was performed at the Ballroom in NYC and was seen throughout New Jersey. Her benefit performance at Drew University in Madison, NJ for the Names Project raised over $850 for the AIDS memorial quilt in 1994.She has also performed benefits for "Hearts and Voices, "the Jewish guild for the Blind" and "The Race for the Cure". Janet has been involved with NY City Opera for 17 years. She is an accomplished soloist in the classical repertoire.
She was given the nickname "la Villas" by Greg Moore during a chorus job in 1984, to help Janet feel the inspiration of "La Callas", Maria Callas!
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