Opera at Florham Combines Two Traditions in March Cabaret

Madison, NJ – February 22, 2006 – Opera at Florham presents a unique evening of music featuring “Bel Canto” tradition in it’s March cabaret, “East Meets West” on Saturday, March 18, 2006 at 8 p.m., in Lenfell Hall, The Mansion, on the College at Florham Campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, N.J. Music from Mozart, Bellini and Verdi will be featured.

Two rising Korean stars, mezzo-soprano Jae-Eun Paik and soprano Eunjoo Lee will perform duets, including their favorites from the Korean musical tradition.

Jae-Eun Paik has received accolades for her emotional interpretations and performances, especially in her role of Suzuki in “Madame Butterfly.” Opening the 77th season of Chautauqua Opera (2005) in this role, the Buffalo News said, “…The voice of Suzuki is not only exquisite, it is intense. (Paik’s) dark mezzo spoke eloquently of doom.” Paik studied at the Mannes College of Music after graduating from Seoul National University. She has completed Master Classes with Regine Crespin, Regina Resnik, and Renata Scotto.

Soprano Eunjoo Lee has performed in “La Boheme,” “The Merry Widow,” “Le Nozze di Figaro,” and in many choral works, including Puccini’s “Messa di Gloria,” and Handel’s “Messiah.” Eunjoo Lee began her studies in early childhood in the Sun-Hwas Special Music School and earned a bachelor of music degree at Kyung-Hee University. She continued her studies in New York at the Manhattan School of Music, where she received a master’s degree. Her teachers have included Hilda Harris and Raymond Beegel.

The cabaret begins at 8 p.m. Patrons may bring tailgate menus at 7 p.m.; groups of ten may reserve a table. Light refreshments of tea, coffee and cookies will be provided during intermission.

Admission is $35; seniors 65+, $30 and students with ID, $10. Reservations are necessary. To order tickets or for more information, call the Opera at Florham office, 973-443-8620.

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of state, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

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