DuPont Competition Brings Opera Talent to FDU and the Community

Madison, NJ – April 8, 2010 – Ten opera finalists are vying for recognition, prestige and prizes at the 23rd Violetta DuPont Opera Competition on Saturday, April 24 on Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham, 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, N.J. The competition, in Hennessy Hall (The Mansion), begins at 7 p.m., Admission remains $30, $10 for students under 22. For ticket reservations, call 973-443-8620.

The ten finalists were chosen from a field of 56 applicants by preliminary judges. Each entrant will offer one selection.

The first prize of $5000 has been underwritten by the Gerda Lissner Foundation in honor of Ms. Violetta DuPont, for her vision, support and tireless work on behalf of Opera at Florham. Second and third prizes are $3000 and $1500.

In addition to cash prizes, the competition’s goal is to support the growth and development of opera talent and present an opportunity for singers to perform publicly with Opera at Florham in recital or in an opera production. A previous winner, Angela Meade, recipient of the first prize in 2006, has performed at the Met Opera this year singing The Countess in “The Marriage of Figaro.” James Valenti, a winner in 2004, made his Met debut on March 29, 2010 singing the role of Alfredo in “La Traviata.”

Finalist judges are members of the opera community, from schools and opera companies in the area.

In addition to sponsoring the annual vocal competition, Opera at Florham, a professional company in residence at Fairleigh Dickinson University, sponsors four cabarets and a staged opera each season. This year, it will present “Rigoletto” on Sunday, June 6 at 3 p.m. Maestro Robert Butts, one of the judges, will lead a “Rigoletto” Operalogue on May 23 at 3 p.m.  For more information about any of these events, visit operaatflorham/contactus or call The Opera at Florham office, 973-443-8620.

For Immediate Release

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