Opera Season To Open At FDU In Madison

Opera at Florham will open its 35th Season on Sun., Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. in Lenfell Hall on Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Florham Campus in Madison.

The Musicale features a variety of famous Verdi opera arias as well as those from other composers that were influenced by Verdi, plus Broadway songs.

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 will be available to our attendees.

The Musicale will feature several distinguished performers: Soprano Jasmina Halimic; baritone Ethan Simpson and tenor Mackenzie Gotcher. They will be accompanied by Mary Pinto, vice president of opera at Florham’s Board of Trustees and noted voice coach. Included are two arias from Verdi’s Don Carlo and three from Puccini’s operas. From the Broadway scene, there will be Maria from West Side Story and the Impossible Dream, Man of La Mancha, among others. The program will conclude its first segment with a trio from Act II of Tosca and its second segment with the trio Be My Love from The Toast of New Orleans.

Tickets are $30 for regular admission, $25 for seniors, and $10 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, visiting http://www.operaatflorham.org, or purchasing at the door. Checks can be mailed to Opera at Florham, P. O. Box 343, Convent Station, NJ 07961. 

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