Opera at Florham Presents “Bel Canto to Broadway"
Madison, NJ – November 1, 2006 – Opera at Florham presents a unique evening of music, “Bel Canto to Broadway,” presenting music from Rossini, Bellini, and Donizetti to Broadway favorites on November 18, at 8 p.m. This evening of “beautiful singing” will be held in Lenfell Hall, The Mansion, on the College at Florham Campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, N.J.
Soprano Maureen Francis, a multifaceted performer known for her bravura performances, is equally at home in concert, opera and musical theater. She recently performed as Dragonette in Eliot Goldenthal’s new opera “Grendel” at the Los Angeles Opera and the Lincoln Center Festival. Other recent performances include soloist in Gorecki’s “Symphony of Lamentation” with Catholic University in Washington, D.C. and Zerlina in “Don Giovanni,” under maestro Anton Coppola at the Metro Lyric Opera of N.J. In February 2007 she will make her debut singing Gilda in Chattanooga Symphony & Opera’s production of “Rigoletto.”
Tenor David Gagnon’s recently sang the lead, Grendal Shadow in “Grendal” at the Los Angeles Opera and the Lincoln Center Festival. Among his operatic stage appearances are Filch in “The Beggar’s Opera,” and Ferrando in Giorgio Strehler’s production of “Cosi fan tutte” in Athens, Moscow and Recacati, Italy. He has performed Lesgles and Enjolras in “Les Miserables” on Broadway for several seasons.
Baritone Kenneth Overton toured the British Isles as Porgy in “Porgy and Bess,” and will perform this role for the first time in North America with Opera Memphis in 2007. He also makes his debut this season with “Stadttheater Klagenfurt” as Jake. Some of his appearances have been with the Opera Memphis, Sacramento Opera, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Oratorio Society of New Jersey and Metro Lyric Opera of N.J. Recently he was the winner of the Liederkranz Competition and a national winner of the Leontyne Price Vocal Competition.
William Hicks, a conductor, pianist and voice coach, will accompany the performers. Hicks served as assistant conductor and voice coach for Maestro Lorin Maazel’s May 2006 production of Britten’s “Turn of the Screw” at Castleton, Virginia and at the Kennedy Center. He made his New York conducting debut in a Mozart/Beethoven concert at Alice Tully Hall in 2003. From 1995-2001, Hicks served as assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. As a longtime private voice coach and freelance pianist, he has worked with many opera favorites, such as Luciano Pavarotti, Roberta Peters, Anna Moffo, Regina Resnik, Judy Kaye, and Teresa Stratas, and has appeared with them on television, on stage in recital and master class settings, and in his private studio.
The cabaret begins at 8 p.m. Patrons may enjoy their tailgate menus from 7-8 p.m.; groups of ten may reserve a table. Light refreshments are provided during intermission.
Admission is $35; seniors 65+, $30, and students under 21 with ID, $10. Reservations are necessary. To order tickets or for more information, call the Opera at Florham office, 973-443-8620.