Maestro Robert Butts Discusses Differences at Opera Cabaret

Madison, NJ – March 4, 2010 – Maestro Robert Butts, musical director of Opera at Florham, takes the helm for his spring cabaret, “Differences: Opera, Grand Opera and Operetta” on Saturday, March 13, at 8 p.m. in Hennessy Hall (The Mansion), on Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham. The campus is located at 285 Madison Avenue (Route 124), Madison, N.J.

Soprano Alejandra Garrido, tenor Steven Snow, and pianist/composer Richard McIntyre will enhance Maestro Butts’ commentaries.

Lyric Soprano Alejandra Garrido has performed with various opera companies throughout New Jersey, including Rutgers Opera and Opera Festival of New Jersey. Her many stage credits include Violetta in “La Traviata,” Mimi in “La Boheme,” Susanna in “The Marriage of Figaro,” Yum-Yum in “The Mikado” and Madam Silverpeal in “The Impressario.”

Equally at home in concert repertoire, Garrido has performed as the soprano soloist in Brahms’ “Requiem,” Schubert’s “Mass in G,” Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” and Mozart’s “Coronation Mass.” In January, she was the featured soprano in the Morris Choral Society’s all-Bach concert.

Tenor Steven Snow appeared as Cavaradossi in “Tosca” last spring with Opera at Florham. He sang Mime in Wagner’s “Siegfried” with the Baroque Society of New Jersey as well as the title role in “Don Carlo” and Edgardo in “Lucia di Lammermoor.” Comfortable in lighter work as well, he has toured the United States and Canada as Juan Peron in “Evita” and as Giuseppe in David Bell’s “Phantom.” He has performed numerous roles at Light Opera of Manhattan and the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players.

Robert McIntyre’s work includes conducting choral and instrumental ensembles, teaching courses in music theory, guitar and music history and composing. Among his compositions are three chorale preludes for organ based on early American hymn-tunes, a string quartet in three movements, and a one-act chamber opera “A Jubilee” (based on Chekhov’s farce) for four singers, woodwinds, piano and strings.  Currently serving as organist at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Pittstown, NJ, he is also a long-time member of the five-piece dance band, “The Twi-Liters.”

Patrons may bring their tailgate menus at 7 p.m.; groups of ten may reserve a table. Light refreshments will be provided.

Admission is $35; seniors $30, students under 22 with ID, $10. Reservations are necessary. To order tickets or for more information, call the Opera at Florham office, 973-443-8620.


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