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Basking Ridge Crowd Gives Standing Ovation for the New Jersey Festival Orchestra & the Opera at Florham Sunday Afternoon Concert


Basking Ridge, NJ- Ridge Performing Arts Center on the Campus of Basking Ridge High School hosted the New Jersey Festival Orchestra, led by internationally acclaimed Music Director and Conductor, David Wroe. The NJFO ‘s 213th concert was a collaboration with the Opera at Florham; “Love Triangles — Comic and Deadly.” The concert featured two interpretations of jealousy: Scarmolin's  Interrupted Serenade and Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana. Scarmolin taught and conducted at Emerson High School in Union City from 1919 to 1949.

The opera experience began before a single note was played. Dr. John Sichel, musicologist and life-long resident of New Jersey, presented a pre-concert lecture on the history of Opera and shared insight on the two pieces being performed. 

Metropolitan Opera Tenor Raúl Melo, baritone Joshua Jeremiah, sopranos Maria Todaro, Kristin Sampson and Claire Kuttler and mezzosoprano Benedetta Orsi rounded out the cast of singers in this afternoon performance.

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“Love is complicated, as we all know, and these two highly accessible operas come together to provide two completely different in-concert takes on the theme of jealousy,” Wroe explained.

The production has been made possible through the generous support of the A Louis Scarmolin Trust, the NJ State Council on the Arts and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, according to the NJFO.

 The NJFO next concert The Wheel OF Fortune: Strauss Four Last Songs and ORFF Carmina Burana

Saturday May 30 at 7pm The Presbyterian Church, Westfield

Sunday May 31 at 3pm  Ridge Performing Arts Center, Basking Ridge

David Wroe conductor
International guest soloists
Pro Arte Chorale
New Jersey Festival Orchestra

For Ticket information call 908-232-9400 (Westfield performance) or call 973-408-3978 (Basking Ridge performance)


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