Opera at Florham Welcomes Spring with Cabaret on March 29
Madison, NJ – March 12, 2008 – Opera at Florham presents an evening of music from operatic masters at the spring cabaret, in Hennessy Hall, (The Mansion), on the College at Florham campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University. The program begins at 8 p.m.
Baritone Jesse Blumberg will join soprano Meredith Hoffmann-Thomson and tenor Jose Luis Ortega in an evening of favorite arias from Bizet, Mozart, Puccini and Leoncavallo. Pianist William Hicks will conduct.
Soprano Thomson performs in opera, oratorio and recital venues. She has sung with the Sarasota Opera, Opera McGill in Montreal and the New Jersey Concert Opera.
Baritone Jesse Blumberg is equally at home on opera, concert and recital stages. He has participated in young artist programs at The Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, the Ravinia Festival and Chicago Opera Theater. He was recently awarded first prize in the 2007 International Hilde Zadek Singing Competition in Vienna.
Lyric tenor Jose Luis Ortega, a native of Chihuahua, Mexico, did not discover his talent until his early thirties. He was discovered in 2003 by Professor Elaine Cencel of the University of Arkansas and was chosen as one of the few vocalists to study under the tutelage of opera legend Carlo Bergonizi, in Busseto, Italy. Currently he is finishing his Bachelor of Voice Performance studies at the Manhattan School of Music.
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, 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.