A Cornucopia Of Opera And Song At Lenfell Hall

Opera at Florham presents its next Musicale set for Nov., 6 at 2 p.m. in Lenfell Hall, the Mansion. The recital, “A Cornucopia of Opera and Song” presents professional vocalists from across the United States and abroad.

The artists will perform a medley of Italian, Polish, and French opera and song enhanced with stories, history and facts about the music.

The Musicale will take place at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College.  The venue, Lenfell Hall located in Hennessy Hall, was the drawing room of the Twombly family when they lived in the 100-room mansion.

Light refreshments will be served at intermission with the chance to mingle and meet the artists. Attendees are encouraged to bring children and grandchildren, who will be given the opportunity to meet and take pictures with the artists. Children as always admitted free of charge and must be accompanied by an adult.

The program features three young singers who specialize in the music from Italy, France, and Poland. Soprano, Mia Pafumi, will present an array of Italian arias from the great composers Puccini and Donizetti. Tenor, Piotr Buszewski, will present a unique collection of Polish songs, complimented by a solo piano performance of a Chopin Prelude by pianist, Mary Pinto. Bass-baritone, André Courville, will round out the program with the famous Gounod arias and a selection of French art songs.

Mia Pafumi, a soprano originally from Westfield is a Studio Artist with Knoxville Opera. Pafumi made her professional debut with Opera Orchestra of New York in 2013 and has performed regularly with the renowned group ever since.

International Vocal Competition, and the Giulio Gari Foundation International Vocal Competition. Polish tenor, Piotr Buszewski, is currently a resident artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia where this season he will sing the role of Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor.

André Courville, praised by Opera News for his "splendid, lush bass-baritone, is quickly himself as one of America’s foremost young singers. He has garnered attention for his recent role debut as Méphistophélès in Faust at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, where he is a resident artist.

Accompanying the vocalists on piano is Mary Pinto. An acclaimed accompanist and vocal coach, Mary Pinto has worked with international opera singers and major American opera companies for the past 25 years.

Funding has been made possible in part by funds from the Morris Arts Council through the New Jersey State Council of the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tickets are $30 for regular admission, $25 for seniors, and $5 for students. Special rates are available for Groups of 10 or more at $20 per ticket. Tickets can be ordered by calling 973-443-8620 or on the website https://www.operaatflorham.org. Checks can be mailed to Opera at Florham, P. O. Box 343, Convent Station, NJ 07961. Tickets can also be purchased at the door on the day of the event.

For more information, visit www.operaatflorham.org

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