Opera at Florham celebrates its 35th Anniversary this season with an all-star gala at Lenfell Hall, The Mansion at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, on Sunday Oct. 15 at 2 pm.
Special honorees for this event are New Jersey residents James Morris, bass-baritone Met Opera Star, and Susan Quittmeyer, mezzo-soprano and faculty member at Rutgers Opera Institute.
The hostess for the event will be PBS/WQXR Commentator Midge Woolsey.
The company will celebrate its history with a concert, reception and dinner, including wine and dessert.
The program will include operatic favorites performed by distinguished singers soprano Maria Natale, tenor Fanyong Du, baritone Ricardo Rivera and will be led by Mary Pinto on the piano. The repertoire, carefully chosen for the occasion, will consist of arias and ensembles from “La Bohème,” “I Puritani,” “Faust,” “Eugene Onegin,” “Simon Boccanegra” and “Le Nozze di Figaro,” all operas the honorees have sung throughout their careers.
The venue, Lenfell Hall, was the drawing room of the Vanderbilt-Twombly family’s gilded-age estate when they lived in the 100-room mansion. Lenfell Hall is handicap accessible and free van shuttle service from parking lots will be available to our attendees.
Tickets for the event are $50 and may be reserved by sending a check payable to Opera at Florham to P.O. Box 343, Convent Station, NJ 07961. They may also be reserved by telephone at (973)443-8620 or online at www.OperaatFlorham.org.