Major fundraiser for charity features top performances.

As the 28th of September draws near, Nick D’Ambrosia, president of the North Haven Rotary Club, has announced yet another generous volunteer who will make a special appearance in North Haven to share his world renowned voice with the community at the 13th annual Day of Wine & Roses. The club had already announced plans to feature prestigious vocalists Raymond Suntino and Rich DiPalma, but the club’s CEO continued his quest to continually make the local event memorable.

D’Ambrosia recently stated, “It is indeed my pleasure to announce that tenor Roberto Iarussi has offered a special performance for this year's major Rotary fundraiser. We are so fortunate to have one of the most gifted singers in the country offer to perform for the benefit of our service club charities. He has sung for Maestro Luciano Pavarotti and trained at Juilliard and has recently appeared at the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He will sing a variety of Neapolitan and opera favorites, closing with ‘Nessun Dorma’. I encourage everyone to attend this great event.”

Many may recall reading that when popular New Haven Register reporter Ann DeMatteo passed away, after a long battle with breast cancer, her close friend tenor Roberto Iarussi went out of his way to attend her funeral where he sang the “Ave Maria”, thus fulfilling her personal request.

The performing artist’s website reveals, “Iarussi trained at The Juilliard School, and went on to win many awards, including the first Andrea Bocelli Fellowship, awarded to him by Bocelli himself in 2005, and raised his voice at a birthday gala for Luciano Pavarotti in 2004, a rendition of “Nessun Dorma” that brought that great tenor to tears and the crowd of 3,500 to its feet.”

In regard to his charitable work it reads, “Charity figures in Roberto Iarussi’s life because he is a man of faith. His CD, I Believe, to be released early in 2014, is his paean to faith’s saving grace.”

PHOTO: Obtained from the website of Roberto Iarussi.