Opera in the Springtime

Sunday, March 23, 2014

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