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Apeldorn, Donna

Actress and alto who trod the boards of the Opera Company of Philadelphia and the Temple University Opera Theatre in the ‘70s and ‘80s.

Roles she has performed include Bessie in Das kleine Mahagonny, Suor Dolcina in Suor Angelica, and Susanna Walcott in The Crucible.  She even played a chicken in Leos Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen.

In 1987, she appeared as a member of The Philadelphia Singers on their Christmas album, Gloria!  Gloria!.  She has also performed with the Bux-Mont Chamber Orchestra.

The Philadelphia Singers recordings
Adeste Fidelis (Frederick Oakeley/John Francis Wade)
RCA 6559-2-RC
Soprano – Benita Valente
Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
Conductor – Michael Korn

Here’s the Philadelphia Singers performing with Benita Valente on “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” from Gloria! Gloria!…

Sources:

  1. http://www.buxmontchamberorch.org/ensemble.html
  2. http://frankhamilton.org/ph/ph3.pdf
  3. Liner notes:  Gloria!  Gloria!