Madame Galupe-Borszkh
Artistic Director
Stage Director for La Cenerentola
105 Year old diva segment
Aida Duet




Ira Siff is a native New Yorker who spent the better part of his adolescence on the standing-room line of the Metropolitan Opera worshipping the great singers of the time. While working toward a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Cooper Union, Mr. Siff began to study voice, and in 1970 made his debut as a tenor, creating roles for composer Al Carmines. After a decade of productions at Circle in the Square, Playwrights Horizons, The New York Shakespeare Festival, among others, Mr. Siff became a popular cabaret performer in New York, combining music with parody. In 1980 he founded La Gran Scena Opera Co., and has spent the past fifteen years leading the company in performances in New York and on tour, as well as performing administrative and artistic duties on the home front. Mr. Siff is a full-time vocal coach in New York and also works with singers privately in the preparation of roles and audition material. As Vera Galupe- Borszkh, Ira Siff has also appeared in his Second Annual Farewell Recitals in New York, London and Ireland, in several galas at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall; and on the Donahue Show on TV. He has received two MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets) Awards, and is particularly happy and proud that Gran Scena can count among its fans some of the very same opera stars for whom this show is a tribute. Mr. Siff made his debut in the Metropolitan Opera House where, as Vera Galupe-Borzskh, he entertained the Metropolitan Opera Club at their 100th Anniversary Dinner. After this, he performed Vera's Second Annual Farewell Recital in London's Covent Garden Festival. Last July Mr. Siff took Vera's Tenth Annual Farewell Recital to the Verbier Festival. He has also appeared with Opera Francais twice, guesting as Vera in Orfee aux Enféres and Les Mammelles de Téresias at Lincoln Center under the baton of Yves Abel.

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