OUR CANTORIAL SOLOIST, ROSE LOPATER

 

 

Cantorial Soloist Rose Lopater

 Our Cantorial Soloist



Rose Lopater is a native of New Haven, Connecticut. Rose grew up in a home filled with music, listening to opera at home on Sunday mornings to sounds of Mario Lanza and such, with her father Anthony, who sang along.  Piano lessons and voice lessons followed, along with family gatherings with her brother on piano and Rose singing for family and friends.

“My mother had a lot of family dinners and parties. I remember my mother saying, Rose, sing Oh Mio Babbino Caro, that’s my favorite.”  Dinners and entertainment, parlor songs, Italian Folk songs, art songs… music was a big part of everyday life.

“I remember in the evening after dinner I’d go up and sing in my room with my cassette recorder. First the vocal exercises and then the art songs and arias that I was learning. Upstairs in my room I’d look out the window and I could see the neighbors one by one coming out with their lawn chairs to listen.  That’s what it was like in those days.“

Rose started taking piano lessons at age 10 and started to sing at 13. After a few years of study, Rose auditioned for the town’s most prestigious voice teachers and so began the start of her singing on the stage and competing in vocal competitions.

At 17 Rose won the Gianna D’Angelo opera competition in Bristol, CT, singing the aria, Un Bel Di, from Puccini’s Opera, Madame Butterfly. Rose also received a full scholarship to attend college. Her first love being anything and everything Italian, Rose attended Southern Connecticut State University majoring in Italian education.

Rose has sang and performed with the Connecticut Opera, Yale Glee Club, the Bell Telephone Hour, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, and Woolsey Hall.  Rose was featured on Sunday mornings with the Italian Radio hour.  “I remember the listener’s calls requesting Rose Langello, ti voglio tano bene.”

At age 18 Rose met her future husband David, and Judaism entered Rose’s life. This opened a whole new world of Jewish music and religious singing to her. She became a soloist at the Mishkan Israel Temple in Connecticut and a soloist with their High Holiday Choir.

In 1980 David and Rose made Aliyah to Israel, and she continued her singing career there. She studied at the Ulpan in Jerusalem, which is where she learned Hebrew. She has performed with the Jerusalem Symphony and the Jerusalem Concert Choir.

In 2007, Rose moved to Florida, and started performing at the Delray Beach Playhouse. While attending a service at Congregation L’Dor Va-Dor, she was approached by the Musical Director and was asked if she would become the Cantorial Soloist for the Congregation.  She has been the Cantorial Soloist ever since.

In 2011 Rose met Sandy Lopater, a member of Congregation L’Dor Va-Dor and a professional tuba player. Their relationship blossomed into love and in 2015 they were wed. Music continues to be a large part of their lives, with Sandy and Rose singing together in the Robert Sharon Chorale.

Rose has never stopped singing, performing and studying, with luminaries such as New York Metropolitan Opera star Marilyn Mims and world famous concert pianist Robert Sharon. She has also soloed with the Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches and the Royal Palm Beach Concert Band, where her husband Sandy plays the tuba. She has traveled the world singing all the way, performing all the beautiful music from Italian arias to Israeli music.

In addition to her Cantorial career, Rose is also a Certified Notary Public. She currently has a wedding business, where she marries Jewish and Interfaith couples. She also provides for life events and Jewish holidays. She is also singing in local restaurants, providing a wide range of melodies to the diners. When not singing Rose enjoys spending time her husband Sandy, and with her two children, Daniel and Rebekah, who live nearby.