Monthly Archives: January 2014

Violetta DuPont Vocal Competition

Come hear extraordinary young singers from around the United States who are pursuing careers as vocal artists.  Grand prizes are awarded.  Fancy refreshments served at intermission.
If you’d like to support our fundraising efforts, join us for our hot buffet luncheon including a lovely musical presentation by a previous vocal competition winner.
 
Lunch (12:30pm) & Competition: $75
Competition only (3:00pm): $25

Tickets $25

2014 Violetta DuPont Vocal Competition Flyer

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26th Annual Violetta DuPont Competition Program

 

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Arias for the Summer

Opera at Florham’s Musicales, open to the public, feature two hours of opera arias and Broadway songs sung by professional artists in The Mansion’s lovely Lenfell Hall, at the Madison, NJ campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University, Sundays at 3pm. Lenfell Hall, the former Ballroom, was recently restored to its original 1890’s elegance interiorly and exteriorly. You are welcome to come at 2pm and bring light fare to enjoy with friends prior to Musicales.  Light refreshments are served at intermission.

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Location

Lenfell Hall, The Mansion, Fairleigh Dickinson University, 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940

Tickets

Single $30, Senior $25, Student (under 22) $10, Groups (10 or more) $20 each

Senior Care Facilities

There are special prices available for residents who come in the facilities’ vans.
Call Opera at Florham Box Office for more information 973-443-8620

Subscriptions for Musicales (4)

Early Bird discounts are available at the beginning of each season, payable by September 1st : Seniors $85 (savings $15) and regular $100 (savings $20)

Ticket & Information

Call Opera at Florham 973-443-8620; a volunteer will return your call, or use the form below to purchase your tickets online.

Program

The June 15th Musicale season Finale showcases a team of powerhouse and seasoned singers from the professional operatic stage. Returning after her triumphant debut in the title role of ‘Aida’ with OAF and the NJ Festival Orchestra last fall, soprano Lisa Daltrius is one of the most distinguished artists to have partnered with OAF. Similarly, Met. baritone Louis Otey who has sung with most of the leading opera houses in America and Europe, will sing some of the classic dramatic baritone arias from Verdi, Puccini, Wagner and more. Supple and seductive French mezzo Maria Todaro (daughter of famed tenor Jose Todaro) will demonstrate some of the classic French repertoire, as well as classics from Mozart and Rossini.

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Opera in the Springtime

Opera at Florham’s Musicales, open to the public, feature two hours of opera arias and Broadway songs sung by professional artists in The Mansion’s lovely Lenfell Hall, at the Madison, NJ campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University, Sundays at 3pm. Lenfell Hall, the former Ballroom, was recently restored to its original 1890’s elegance interiorly and exteriorly. You are welcome to come at 2pm and bring light fare to enjoy with friends prior to Musicales.  Light refreshments are served at intermission.

Location

Lenfell Hall, The Mansion, Fairleigh Dickinson University, 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940

Tickets

Single $30, Senior $25, Student (under 22) $10, Groups (10 or more) $20 each

Senior Care Facilities

There are special prices available for residents who come in the facilities’ vans.

Subscriptions for Musicales (4)

Early Bird discounts are available at the beginning of each season, payable by September 1st : Seniors $85 (savings $15) and regular $100 (savings $20)

Ticket & Information

Call Opera at Florham 973-443-8620; a volunteer will return your call, or use the form below to purchase your tickets online.

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Featured Soloists

Lianne Coble, Soprano

Soprano Lianne Coble has soloed with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, the New York City Chamber Orchestra, and several others. She has performed lead operatic roles with Apollo’s Fire, Syracuse Opera, Opera Colorado, the Ash Lawn Opera Festival, and Berkshire Opera Company. As a collaborative singer, Ms. Coble is on the choral rosters of Musica Sacra, the Clarion Music Society, Seraphic Fire, and the Metropolitan Opera extra chorus. She received awards from the Jensen Foundation Competition, the American Bach Society Vocal Competition, Shreveport Opera’s Singer of the Year Competition, and the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions. 

 

Stephanie Melzi, Mezzo Soprano

Mezzo Soprano Stephanie Melzi recently returned from Arezzo, Italy where she studied with famed vocal coach Enza Ferrari, former pianist and vocal coach of Maria Callas. She recently sang in a concert courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera at the Columbus Citizens Foundation in NYC.   Her roles include Polina in Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame, Bizet’s Carmen, Giannetta in Donizetti’s L’elisir D’amore, and Flora in Verdi’s La Traviata. Miss Melzi recently sang the role of Hansel in Hansel and Gretel with Opera at Florham’s outreach program. Stephanie is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where she studied vocal performance under the tutelage of iconic Metropolitan Opera Baritone Edward Zambara.   Other teachers include Metropolitan Mezzo Blanche Thebom and William Stone of the Academy of Vocal Arts. 

 

 Daniel Ihn-Kyu Lee, Baritone

An exceptional young lyric baritone Daniel Ihn-Kyu Lee has attracted the attention of opera companies and orchestras with his rich bel canto voice and musicality. Mr. Lee joined the rosters of the Metropolitan Opera in the 2010-2011 season. The New York Times reviewed his appearance in L’Arlesiana with Opera Orchestra of New York, saying “The award for completeness should go to another baritone, Ihn-Kyu Lee, well sung and well conceived.”
Recently, he sang Il Carpentiere in Il Piccolo Marrat and with Teatro Grattacielo at Lincoln Center Avery Fisher Hall. The New York Times praised his performance as “a substantial success”, and Opera magazine hailed him,”best vocal actor of the whole cast.” Mr. Lee made his successful European debut recital at Prinzregententheater in Bell’Arte Concert Series in Munich in 2007 and Süd Deutsch Zeitung acclaimed him as “The Asian Thomas Hampson, with a magnificent voice that melds profound with lyrical fluidity.”
Among his operatic roles, he has sung Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, the title role in Gianni Schicchi, Count in Le Nozze di Figaro, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Neri in La Cena Delle Beffe, Cascart in ZaZa, Peter in Hansel und Gretel, Seid in Il Corsaro, Don Ferrante in La Forsa Amorosa, and Abayaldos in Dom Sebastien, and Hutsin in L’Oracolo, Zurga in Les Pecheurs de Perles, Silvio in Pagliacci, Il Carpentiere in Il Piccolo Marat, Sergio in La Nave. He appeared in the opera Pagliacci as Silvio with New Jersey Festival Orchestra at PNC Bank Arts Center last fall, 2008 New Year’s Concert for the Newly Elected President of South Korea with Korean Symphony Orchestra at Seoul Art Center with Soprano Su Mi Jo, New Jersey State Opera 40th Anniversary Concert, Vaughan Williams’ Cantata DonnaNobis Pacem with New England Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, UN 60th Anniversary Concert with New York AAC Symphony Orchestra at United Nation, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen by Mahler with New York AAC Symphony Orchestra at Lincoln Center Alice Tully Hall, Hutsin in L’Oracolo with Teatro Grattacielo at Lincoln Center Avery Fisher Hall in New York. He has received numerous awards, including the Caruso International Voice Competition, the Puccini Foundation International Voice Competition, Connecticut Opera Guild Competition, Opera Index Competition, San Antonio Opera Competition, and the career grants from Olga Forrai Foundation, the Puccini Foundation and Opera Index. Mr. Lee received full scholarships to The Juilliard School, where he graduated from the Professional Studies Program and studied with Daniel Ferro. He earned master’s and bachelor’s degrees in music from the Korean National University of Arts. He has also graduated in Santa Cecilia Opera Studio in Rome and Renata Scotto New York Academy with Renata Scotto Scholarship.

Douglas Martin – Piano/Accompanist
During 2002-2004 Mr. Martin conducted over 100 performances of Baz Luhrmann’s La Boheme of Broadway in San Francisco, New York, and in a sold-out three-month run in Los Angeles. August 2012 marked Mr. Martin’s debut with the rising Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice, near Woodstock, NY; leading the atmospheric and complex Concerto for Choir, and the humorous Go for Broke by Peter Schickele. In 2011, Mr. Martin conducted a highly successful production of Il Barbiere di siviglia with the talented Stage Director Dean Anthony for Opera on the James in Lynchburg, Virginia.

PROGRAM

Rejoice greatly Messiah – Handel………………………………. Lianne
Voi che sapete Marriage of Figaro – Mozart………………..Stephanie
La ci darem Don Giovanni – Mozart ………………….Lianne, Daniel
Lo morro Don Carlo – Verdi………………………………………….Daniel
Sull’aria Marriage of Figaro – Mozart……………..Lianne, Stephanie
Deh, per questo La Clemenza di Tito – Mozart……………..Stephanie
Pronta io son Don Pasquale – Donizetti ………….. Lianne, Daniel
I n t e r m i s s i o n

E sogno Falstaff – Verdi………………………………………………….Daniel
Faites-lui mes aveux Faust – Gounod………………………….Stephanie
Apparition Quatre chansons de jeunesse – Debussy………….Lianne
O Nadir Pearl Fishers – Bizet…………………………………………Daniel
No so piu Marriage of Figaro – Mozart……………………….Stephanie
L’ultima canzone – Francesco Paolo Tosti…………………….. Daniel
Vocalise – Rachmaninov…………………………………………………Lianne
With a song in my heart
– Rodgers…………………………….Ensemble

 

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“That’s Amore!” Songs and Arias of Love

Read about this event at the DailyRecord.com.

Please join us for our upcoming musicale on 1/26/14. Our cast will consist of Tenor Mikhail Yanenko, Soprano Tatiana Poletskaya, Baritone Ricardo Rivera, Pianist Karen Linstedt Delavan. This musicale will feature a variety of romantic songs and arias. The list of songs that will be performed include Libiamo (Brindisi) from Verdi’s La Traviata, O Mimi tu piu non torni from Puccini’s La Boheme, The Count’s aria from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, Some Enchanted Evening from Rodgers’ South Pacific, and Be my Love by Brodsky. As always, a few famous Broadway tunes are included in the program and refreshments will be served. The January 2014 Musicale is dedicated to the loving memory of Bruno Di Paolo who passed away November 9, 2012 at the age of 93. Bruno’s love of opera brought him to Opera at Florham since its inception 31 years ago as a very active, tireless volunteer and officer. He served the Board of Trustees as Treasurer, Secretary, Chairman of many Snow Ball Galas and in other capacities as needed. Just as he served in the US Army for many years, he dedicated himself unselfishly to OAF. Even in the past few years he served behind the scenes as a consultant to several Board Chairmen in verifying financial documents and letter writing. We owe him a lot and he will be missed. We are also indebted to Bruno for eventually bringing Theresa to OAF where she too has served tirelessly in many positions and is now Membership Chairman and member of the Board. It was Bruno and Theresa’s wish that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Opera at Florham, which we are very grateful.

Tatiana Poletskaya, Soprano
tatiana Tatiana Poletskaya was born in Moscow, Russia. In 2007, Tatiana graduated from Gnessin Music College in Moscow, Russia where she earned her degree as the Artist of the Choir and Ensemble. In 2012, she graduated from Gnessin Moscow State Academy of Music and received a B. A. in Vocal Art. In that same year, she was recognized as a scholar of the Music Fund of Composers’ Union of Russia and would go on further to win the 40th competition of the graduates of Russian Music Institutions held in St. Petersburg. Later that year she participated in Marcello Giordani (Competition held in Fano, Italy) where she advanced to the semi-final round.  In addition, she was recognized as a member of the Fund, “Talents of the World” by David Gvinianidze.
Mikhail Yabenko, Tenor
mihailMikhail Yanenko was born in Serpukhov (Moscow Region), Russia. In 2007, Mikhail Yanenko graduated from Gnessin Music College in Moscow, Russia where he earned his degree as the Artist of Choir and Ensemble and he completed the traineeship in the Galina Veshnevskaya’s Opera Center.  In 2012, he graduated from Gnessin Moscow State Academy of Music and graduated with a B. A. in Vocal Art. Mikhail launched his career in 2007 and since 2011, he has been working as the soloist at the Boris Pokrovsky Chamber Musical Theater in Moscow, Russia. During that time, he studied and worked on numerous musical roles. Mikhail has toured with the theater in different countries throughout Europe, such as Italy, Moldova, Estonia, and Austria.
Ricardo Rivera, Baritone
ricardoRicardo Rivera will return to Santa Fe Opera as an Apprentice Artist in 2014 where he will sing Moralès and cover Escamillo in Carmen.  He will also make his role debut as Marcello in La Bohème with the El Paso Opera in April of 2014. In the 2012-2013 season, with the Santa Fe Opera, he performed Thomas Martin and the Hotel Managers in the world premiere of Oscar and covered Germont in La Traviata. Other performances included Mathieu with the Opera Orchestra of NY in Andrea Chenier, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with the Opera company of Middlebury, and Ashby in La Fanciulla Del West with Knoxville Opera.
Karen Delavan - Piano/Accompanist
Delavan earned her Masters in Music in collaborative piano from The Juilliard School. She has worked as a coach and recital accompanist for over ten years. Delavan is an adjunct faculty member at Long Island University and The Hartt School of Music. She has also held music staff positions with several opera companies including Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Boston Lyric, Michigan Opera Theater and others.
David Wroe, Music Director
DavidWroeMr. Wroe is a native to Great Britian and in the past conducted with NY City Opera. Currently he is Music Director of the New Jersey Festival Orchestra New Jersey, Opera at Florham, New Jersey, and from 2007-10 Principal Conductor at New York University. He has also conducted with respected orchestras across the globe.

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