Operatic Duo To Be Featured in November Opera at Florham Cabaret

Madison, N.J. – September 29, 2008 – Zuzanne Vinnik, soprano and Elise Quagliate, mezzo-soprano, will be featured at Opera at Florham’s November 15th cabaret in Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham’s Lenfell Hall, Hennessy Hall (The Mansion), at 8 p.m. Pianist William Hicks will accompany the duo.

Soprano Suzanne Vinnik was already involved in opera as a chorus member in Hansel and Gretel at the age of 8.  Later she sang the dew fairy in that same opera. By 2005 she was clearly involved in expressing her talent in opera as well as other musical venues.  Her performances include Mozart, Puccini, Donizetti, as well as 20th century Pasatieri, jazz, and salsa. She has composed her own recital music, in addition to music for the film “The Headsman.” She has performed in jazz venues in several major cities in Italy and is planning her upcoming recital debut at Carnegie Hall in 2009.

Elise Quagliate has attracted notice for her wide range of operatic roles, such as Carmen and the pants role on Nicklausse (Les Contes d'Hoffmann). She has proven her success in singing in Czech (Jenufa), German (Mahler's “Ruckert Lieder”), Brahm's “Alto Rhapsody,” Spanish (El Amor brujo) and the Italian composers, Rossini (La Cenerentola), and Puccini (Madama Butterfly) and in English, Handel (Xerxes), Gilbert and Sullivan, Cole Porter. This season brings a recital in Weill Recital Hall and a joint recital with the composer-pianist Jake Heggie at the University of Connecticut, and this winter an appearance with the Westfield Symphony.

Hicks served as assistant conductor and voice coach for Maestro Lorin Maazel’s May 2006 production of Britten’s “Turn of the Screw” at Castleton, Virginia and at the Kennedy Center. He made his New York conducting debut at Alice Tully Hall in 2003, in a Mozart/Beethoven concert. From 1995-2001, Hicks served as assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

Cabaret patrons may bring their tailgate menus at 7 p.m.; groups of ten may reserve a table. Light refreshments will be provided.

Admission is $35; students under 21 with ID, $10; groups of 20, $30. Reservations are necessary. To order tickets or for more information, call 973-443-8620.


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