Opera at Florham Celebrates "La Fanciulla del West"
Opera at Florham opens its 2010 season by celebrating the 100th anniversary of Giacomo Puccini’s masterpiece opera, “La Fanciulla del West” (The Girl of the Golden West) on Saturday, September 25 at 8 p.m. in Hennessy Hall (The Mansion), located on Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham, 285 Madison Avenue, in Madison, N.J.
“This dramatic opera, set in the American West, captured the heart and soul of American Western music of the 19th century and set the standard for Western music scores for the past 100 years,” comments Maestro Robert W. Butts, musical director of Opera at Florham. “The fresh melodies and rich Puccini harmonies have been ‘borrowed’ by later composers for their own hit songs.”
Soprano Karole Lewis will sing the role of Minnie, the saloon owner; tenor Steven Snow sings Dick Johnson, the bandit, and bass-baritone Kevin Pruner sings Sheriff Jack Rance. Pianist John Pivarnik will accompany the artists.
As an added treat, a trio of musicians from the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey will perform chamber music for tailgaters at 7 p.m. Seating is cabaret style and parties of 10 may reserve a table. Light refreshments of coffee, tea and juices will be available.
Ticket reservations are necessary. General admission is $35; $30 seniors 65+; students under 22 with ID, $10. For advance reservations or more information, call the opera office, 973-443-8620.