Opera At Florham Offers Public An Afternoon of Music

Madison, NJ – January 29, 2010 – Treat your special valentine to Opera at Florham’s afternoon of romantic music on February 14, 2010 at 3 p.m., in Hennessy Hall (The Mansion) on Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham, 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, N.J.  Tailgate begins at 2 p.m. Featured in this “Valentines for the Young N.J. Artists” cabaret are the winners and contestants of the Violetta DuPont Vocal Competition and a graduate of the Mannes School of Music.

Soprano Yunmi Choo is currently a second-year Master’s student at Manhattan School of Music (MSM), studying with Neil Rosenshein. She is also a candidate of Master of Art in Music and Music education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She graduated magma cum laude from The Hartt School, University of Hartford with a major in Voice and minor in Business.
Last spring, Yunmi Choo appeared as Rotrude in Agostino Steffani’s Baroque opera, “Tassilone” at MSM. Her current study focuses on the roles including Liu, Mimi, Pamina, Margeritte, and Michaela. While at Hartt School, she performed roles including Adele, Yum-Yum and Fleta. She has pursued summer study at Intermezzo Young Artist Program.

Mezzo-soprano Alexandria Shammas, as a resident artist with Connecticut Opera, sung Gretal in “Hansel and Gretal” and Countess Ceprano in “Rigoletto.”  She has studied with the famed soprano Mignon Dunn and has performed with the American Symphony Orchestra and the Manhattan School of Music.

Tenor Brian Ernstes, a newcomer to Sussex County from the Midwest, has sung numerous operatic roles with Lyric Opera of Kansas City and the Kansas City Civic Opera, and solo tenor roles in the Verdi Requiem and Messiah with the Houston Choral Society. A winner of the New Jersey State Opera Vocal Competition 2002, he sang the leading tenor roles in “Cavaleria Rusticana” and “Pagliacci” in Opera of the Highlands productions. His roles in opera, operetta and musical comedy range from “Aida,” “La Traviata,” “Le Nozze di Figaro,” “La Boheme,” to “Billy Budd,” “Ballad of Baby Doe,” “Hello Dolly” and “Ragtime.”

A professional company in residence at FDU’s College at Florham, Opera at Florham sponsors an opera, an opera vocal competition and cabarets each season. Cabaret style reserved seating is available with groups of eight, tailgate menus are encouraged and light refreshments are available.  General admission is $35, $30 seniors and $10 for students under 22. Call 973-443-8620 for reservations.

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