“Opera in the Springtime” Arrives at FDU on March 12


Madison, NJ – February 25, 2011 – Opera at Florham presents a variety of musical selections from operatic masters at its Spring Cabaret, “Opera in the Springtime” on Saturday, March 12 in Hennessy Hall, on Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham, 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, N.J. The program begins at 8 p.m., tailgating at 7 p.m.  Light refreshments are provided.

Maestro Dr. Robert W. Butts, Music Director and Conductor of Opera at Florham and The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey, has selected four artists to perform selections from “Lucia di Lammermoor,” “La Traviata,” “Figaro,” and “Carmen” and popular melodies from musical theater, including “My Fair Lady,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “West Side Story,” and “Carousel.” They are George Cornelius, tenor, Iris Karlin, soprano, Matthew Knickman, baritone, and Jessica Renfro, mezzo-soprano.

George Cornelius made his tenor debut this season as Don Jose with New Jersey’s Stony Hill Players.  A former baritone, his roles have included Leporello, Giovanni, Guglielmo, Onegin, Escamillo, Rossini’s Figaro and Danilo in “The Merry Widow.”  He has apprenticed with Fort Worth Opera, Pine Mountain Music Festival and the Utah Festival Opera.

Soprano Iris Karlin began her operatic experience with the New Israeli Opera.  Since moving to the States, she has been performing with Light Opera of New York and Pacific Opera. Her performing credits include the roles of Pamina, Despina, Norina, Musetta and Marietta.  She has been seen in “Two Blind Beggars” with the Metropolis Opera, in an Operatic Gala Concert at with Pacific Opera in Carnegie Hall and with Amici Opera in Pennsylvania.

Baritone Matthew Knickman has performed with ensembles Fuma Sacra, Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Quebec, Trinity Choir and the Antioch Chamber ensemble.  His operatic roles include Figaro, Marullo in “Rigoletto,” Sid in “Albert Herring,” Dr. Blind in “Die Fledermaus,” and often as The Businessman in “The Little Prince.”

Jessica Renfro has performed over thirty leading and supporting roles with such companies as Jacksonville Lyric Opera, Baltimore Opera center, and the Belcantanti Opera.  She debuted at Carnegie Hall with the Pacific Encore Performances, singing excerpts from “Carmen” and “Samson et Delilah.” DiCapo Opera, in New York City, has engaged her as Resident Artist for the current 2010-2011 season.

Cabaret admission is $35; $30 seniors, students under 22 with ID, $10. Groups of 20 receive a 10% discount; groups of ten may reserve a table with payment in advance. To order tickets or more information, call 973-443-8620.

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