Bring Your One-and-Only to Hear a ‘Bouquet of Musical Valentines’

Madison, NJ (January 19, 2012) — Celebrate Valentine’s Day early with The Opera at Florham on Sunday February 5 for its 15-song “Bouquet of Musical Valentines” Cabaret. Tailgating begins at 2 p.m. in Lenfell Hall in Hennessy Hall (The Mansion) and the show begins at 3 p.m.

Michelle Trovato, tenor Benjamin Sloman, soprano Cassandra Marie Lambros, and local pianist John Pivarnikwill perform classic opera favorites such as Quel guardo il cavaliere from Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, Come scoglio from Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, and Adele’s Laughing Song from Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermau. The venue, elegant Lenfell Hall located in Hennessy Hall, was the drawing room of the Twombly family when they lived in the 100-room mansion.

The audience will also be treated to Vesti la giubba from I Pagliacci, Ain’t It a Pretty Night from Susannah, Non ti scordar di me by Ernesto de Curtis, E lucevan le stele from Tosca, and O soave fanciulla from La Boheme, among others. Additionally, Maestro Dr. Robert W. Butts will speak on Verismo: Italian Passion in Song and Aria.

Trovato has sung the title roles in Anna Bolena and Lucia di Lammermoor, as well as Violetta in La Traviata, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Norina in Don Pasquale, and Micaela in Carmen.  Recently, she won the Liederkranz Foundation’s Bertha Koempel Award when making her Carnegie Hall debut, and Third Prize at the Marie Kraja International Opera Competition in Albania. She recently performed with the Crimea Philharmonic in Yalta, Ukraine. Coming up, she will perform with the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra in NYC singing Mimi in La Boheme (Act I) 

Sloman’s recent operatic credits include Ismaele in Nabucco with Taconic Opera, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor and Riccardo in Un Ballo in Maschera at the Lincoln Center in New York City. He has also recently performed the roles of The Duke in Rigoletto, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Don Jose in Carmen, Avito in L’Amore dei Tre Re, Macduff in Macbeth, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Siegmund in Die Walküre, Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana, and Canio in Pagliacci. On the concert stage, Sloman has made numerous appearances including featured performances at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, the Levitas Hall in Southampton, the Summer Nights Concert Series at Brighton Beach, and a recital honoring Puccini's 150th Anniversary at the 92nd Street Y Tisch Center for the Arts.

Lambros has sung Frasquita and Adele with Pacific Opera scenes, covered Giannetta with the Opera for Humanity and performed in the ensembles for New Jersey State Repertory Opera and Bleecker Street Opera. In 2009, she created the role of Deb in Dennis Hyam’s The Golden Arrow for The Opera Project. In 2008, she won the Hellenic Music Foundation Scholarship and Irving Ludwig Young Artists Auditions in 2007. Later this month, she will perform at the New Jersey State Opera’s  47th Winter Gala Concert.

Pianist John Pivarnik of Madison, NJ is organist/choirmaster at Christ Church in Short Hills and also works as a freelance instrumental and vocal accompanist and performs solo recitals frequently in the metropolitan area. He teaches piano privately at his home studio and at Christ Church.

Refreshments of coffee, tea, juice, and cookies are provided.

Tickets are $35, Seniors $30, Students (up to 22) $10. There is also a discount for groups of 20.  Tickets can be ordered by calling 973-443-8620.  Checks can be mailed to Opera at Florham, P. O. Box 343, Convent Station, NJ  07961.

The College at Florham of Fairleigh Dickinson University is located at 285 Madison Ave., Madison, NJ. For more information, visit

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