Opera Legend Aprile Millo Releases Single, ‘AVE MARIA (For the Children of Haiti)’ to Benefit Victims of Hurricane in Haiti




Opera Legend Aprile Millo Releases Single, ‘AVE MARIA bwwclassical.png(For the Children of Haiti)’ to Benefit Victims of Hurricane in Haiti

Classical Music News Desk Dec. 9, 2016

Opera Legend Aprile Millo Releases Single, ‘AVE MARIA (For the Children of Haiti)’ to Benefit Victims of Hurricane in Haiti

Opera legend Aprile Millo has teamed up with dynamic young soprano Maria Vetere for a new holiday release, a new AVE MARIA to benefit the victims of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti.

When Classical Music Editor of BroadwayWorld.com Peter Danish heard from the pastor of a local Haitian church that donations were down significantly because of the bad press surrounding the Red Cross and devastating toll on resources all over the world,  Danish contacted opera legend Aprile Millo with an idea. He suggested Millo record a spiritual prayer in song, a special  AVE MARIA for the holidays, with 100% of the net proceeds from the sale of the recording to go to Hurricane relief. Millo, one of the world’s best-loved sopranos, called “the high priestess of that old time operatic religion,”  for her authentic Italian soprano and riveting stage actress, has had a career spanning 30 years on the world’s greatest operatic stages. Millo agreed and they went to work. Time was extremely short for a Xmas release, but Danish found everyone he reached out to gladly offered to help.

aprile millo extra.png
A GLOBAL VIRTUAL ORCHESTRA: Danish enlisted help of musician friends and in a little over two weeks over 20 musicians from 8 countries contributed their time and talents to the song: a choir in Venezuela, a string quartet in Israel, a cellist from Croatia, flautist from the Netherlands, and the list goes on and on. Millo reached out to the wonderful young Canadian soprano Maria Vetere to join her in a duet of the track.

Maria Vetere headshot (1).jpg


“The out-pouring of offers was completely overwhelming!” said Danish. “The difficulty was that I hadn’t even written parts for all of these instruments. But we won’t turn anyone down that wants to help. We’ll make it work. It’s been crazy, but good crazy and for a great cause.”

The prayer in song, AVE MARIA holds a very special significance for the people of Haiti.
“Since Peter first played the song for me, the melody has haunted me!” said Millo of the song, which hits the stores this week just in time for holiday gift giving.

“At holiday time, it’s especially important to remember those who are less fortunate than us. Think about the kind of Christmas the children of Haiti are going to have this year,” said Dordy Joseph, of the Church of God, in Nyack, NY. “We at Nyack Church of God are thrilled that Aprile Millo, Maria Vetere and Peter Danish have given so unselfishly of their time to help the kids. Every little bit helps.”

The song is  available on iTunes and Amazon.com as well as several other download services worldwide.



~ by aprilemillo on December 15, 2016.

%d bloggers like this: