About Us

Opera at Florham presents professional vocalists in recital, concert, and competition from Opera to American Songbook. We believe Opera is for everyone, and provide low-cost, high-quality events for the community.

Our Musicale Series is the only long running Opera recital series in the state of New Jersey. Each Musicale features three accomplished vocalists from across the United States. The artists perform classics and rarities of Opera and American Songbook enhanced by stories, history and facts about the music. Opera at Florham presents the Annual Opera at Florham Vocal Competition  where the best young talents in Opera compete for large cash prizes in front of a panel of renowned judges and a live audience. Competition winners regularly go on to achieve decorated international careers. The highlight of our organization is, of course, staged Opera. Our staged Operas are special events that showcase the best of what Opera has to offer: drama, passion, musical excellence, and story.

Opera is an art form with a rich history that reaches out to us in the present world. With vivid music, characters, and acting, it engages the senses, emotions, and intellect. It tells stories of fantasy and timeless stories of life, love, tragedy and hope. Join Opera at Florham to experience the best that this powerful music has to offer. – Joan Del Giudice, Opera at Florham President

Opera at Florham is in residence at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison Campus. All our events, unless marked otherwise, are held on-campus at the Mansion, inside the former great music room known as Lenfell Hall:

285 Madison Avenue, Madison, New Jersey, 07940

We are proud of our commitment to the community. We keep costs low, and artistic excellence high. Our programs keep the Opera art form alive and accessible to people of all backgrounds, education, and ages. We regularly provide outreach concerts for seniors, students, and underserved communities.

We are proud of our commitment to artistic excellence. We present professionally trained talent in unparalleled performances and provide opportunities for qualified young artists to develop their careers.

Opera at Florham is a 501c(3) non-profit charitable organization and has been since 1995.
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Our Mission

  • Provide all sectors of the community with affordable, accessible Operatic and related musical performances
  • Educate the community about Opera through outreach programs and act as a cultural vehicle
  • Maintain a high level of professional artistic excellence
  • Provide performance opportunities to qualified young artists, including the annual vocal competition

Our Board of Trustees

Title Name
President Joan Del Giudice
Vice President Mary Pinto
Treasurer Albert Wickens
 Secretary Patricia Wickens

Our History

In 1982, Violetta DuPont co-founded Opera at Florham at the Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, NJ, as an extension of its Music Department under the guidance of its Chair, Dr. Charles Del Rosso. In its initial years, Opera at Florham provided recitals in the stately on-campus Mansion, Lenfell Hall, and two annual Operas at the campus theater, Dreyfuss. The performers were a combination of professional artists, musicians, and students. 1987 marked the inaugural Violetta DuPont Vocal Competition. Opera at Florham continues this as an annual competition where young Operatic talent compete for large cash prizes in front of a panel of renowned judges and a live audience. In 1995, Opera at Florham became a separate, incorporated, 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization and continues to be affiliated with Fairleigh Dickinson University. Since then, Opera at Florham provides the community with world-class, affordable performances by professionally trained operatic vocalists in a variety of settings: Opera recitals, called “Musicales”, fully staged Operas with orchestra, semi-staged Operas in concert, an annual Vocal Competition, and outreach programs.

Our Home

Opera at Florham is in residence at Fairleigh Dickinson University located just four miles from the center of Morristown. Our events take place in Lenfell Hall, the former music room of the Mansion located in the center of campus. This 120-year-old Gilded Age masterpiece includes winding staircases, large hand-carved marble fireplaces, and high ceilings making it an elegant and relaxing environment.

Click here to learn more about the mansion.