“Spring Potpourri” Cabaret Offered by Opera at Florham in April
April 5, 2007 – Opera at Florham presents an evening of music from operatic masters and Broadway favorites at the April 21 cabaret, “Spring Potpourri,” in Lenfell Hall, The Mansion, on the College at Florham campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University. The program begins at 8 p.m.
Bass-baritone Khary Laurent will join soprano Yulia Frenkel and mezzo-soprano September Bigalow in an evening of music from Bizet, Mozart, Puccini, Leoncavallo, Lerner and Loewe, Gershwin, Cole Porter and Rodgers and Hammerstein. William Hicks will conduct.
Khary Laurent began his career in musical and theatrical groups in and around the Chicago area, with the Lyric Opera Children’s Choice and the Chicago Children’s Choir. His European debut as Basilio in “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” in Treviso, Italy, was followed by a successful performance of Massetto in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” with the Opera Festival di Roma.
Yulia Ezova Frenkel has sung Nella in “Gianni Schicchi” with the Opera Santa Barbara, Mimi in “La Boheme” and Micaela in “Carmen” with the Amato Opera Theatre.
September Bigelow is equally at home in opera and in musical theatre. She appeared with Connecticut Grand Opera as Marcellina in “Le Nozze di Figaro,” as Lola in “Cavalleria Rusticana” with the Catskill Symphony Orchestra, and as Maddalena in “Rigoletto” with the New Rochelle Opera. Oratorio engagements include her Carnegie Hall debut she sang Bach’s “Magnificat (D Major) and alto solo in Musica Sacra’s Bach Magnificat (Eb Major). She was featured soloist in an “Evening of Kurt Weill” at Alice Tully Hall and performed in Lincoln Center’s production of “Sweeney Todd,” which is a Grammy nominated recording.
Pianist William Hicks will accompany the performers. Hicks has 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 in a Mozart/Beethoven concert at Alice Tully Hall in 2003. From 1995-2001, Hicks served as assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. As a longtime private voice coach and freelance pianist, he has worked with many opera favorites, such as Luciano Pavarotti, Roberta Peters, Anna Moffo, Regina Resnik, Judy Kaye, and Teresa Stratas, and has appeared with them on television, on stage in recital and master class settings, and in his private studio.
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; seniors 65+, $30 and students under 21 with ID, $10. Reservations are necessary. To order tickets or for more information, call 908-273-5045.