Opera at Florham brings the Met Opera to Florham Park with its season opener, “September Song” at Lenfell Hall, The Mansion, Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey on Sunday September 23rd at 2 pm.

 

September Song: Afternoon at the Met & Evening on Broadway includes selections from the new season at the Metropolitan Opera, including arias from La Boheme, Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflöte, and Tosca. Singers are soprano Meryl Dominguez, bass-baritone Eric Delagrange, and tenor Matthew White, all resident artists at Academy Vocal Arts (AVA) in Philadelphia, PA. In addition to selections from the operas, pieces from the American Songbook that were inspired by the operas performed will be sung as well. Light refreshments will be served at intermission.

 

The venue, Lenfell Hall (located in Hennessy Hall), was the drawing room of the Vanderbilt-Twombly family’s beautiful, historic estate when they lived in the 100-room mansion. Lenfell Hall is handicap accessible and free shuttle service from FDU parking lots is available.

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In the first half, the performers will sing arias including Donde Lieta, O Isis, Madamina, and Recondita. The second half will open with piano solos performed by Mary Pinto; and transition into “Where One Goes After Attending a Matinee at the Met,” a mix of musical theatre and cabaret songs, including Some Enchanted Evening, Somewhere, and The Lady is a Tramp.


Bass-Baritone Eric Delagrange, a first-year Resident Artist at AVA, has been seen as Gideon March/Dashwood in Little Women with Opera in the Heights, received the Robinson Award from Shreveport Opera’s Competition, and first prize from The American Opera Society of Chicago.

Delagrange received his Master of Music Degree from DePaul University, and his Bachelor of Music Degree from Mercyhurst University.

Meryl Dominguez, soprano, is in her final year of residency at AVA. This summer she returned to Santa Fe Opera where she made her debut singing Naiade in Ariadne auf Naxos. For the AVA she performed a variety of roles including Violetta in La Traviata, Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, Die Königin der Nacht in Die Zauberflöte, the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor, plus other roles.

 

In the competition sphere, she was a winner in the inaugural Deborah Voigt/Vero Beach Opera Foundation’s International Vocal Competition, an Encouragement Award winner with The Gerda Lissner Foundation, as well as a being a Grant winner from the Giulio Gari Foundation.

 

Tenor, Matthew White recently made his debut as Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with the Princeton Festival. He is entering his fourth year at AVA, where he has been heard as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Werther in the Massenet’s Werther, Avito in Montemezzi’s L’amore dei tre re, and Faust in Lili Boulanger’s Faust et Helene among many other roles.

He has been featured with the NJ Festival Orchestra, MET National Council of Florida, Ocean City Pops, Palm Beach Opera, Vero Beach Opera, PORTopera, and Seagle Music Colony.

Among his competitions Mr. White lists Grand Prize of Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition, 1st place Deborah Voigt International Vocal Competition, 2nd place in the Metropolitan Opera mid Atlantic regionals, and the grand prize of the Mario Lanza Vocal Competition.

Mary Pinto, an acclaimed accompanist and vocal coach, has worked with international opera singers and major American opera companies for the past 25 years. She began her professional career as a rehearsal pianist for Dayton Opera, Omaha Opera, and August Opera. She went on to coach for the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center, preparing performances of Don Giovanni and Così fan tutte.

 

Ms. Pinto has worked as a private coach and accompanist on the faculty of Montclair State University since 2007, playing lessons, giving private coaching, and preparing students for opera productions. She has played for several NJ opera companies including New Jersey State Opera and Light Opera New Jersey. Since 2014, she has acted as the Vice President and Assistant Music Director for Opera at Florham.

Lou Barrella’s narrations will offer a valuable and informative insight into the background

of the opera and aria to be presented in September Song. Lou’s presentation will inspire and

create a desire for more of the Opera at Florham experience.

 

Lou Barrella’s narrations will offer a valuable and informative insight into the background of the opera and the aria to be presented in September Song. Lou’s presentation will inspire and create a desire for more of the Opera at Florham experience.

Lou Barrella’s narrations will offer a valuable and informative insight into the background

of the opera and aria to be presented in September Song. Lou’s presentation will inspire and

create a desire for more of the Opera at Florham experience.

 

Funding has been made possible in part by funds from Morris Arts Council through the New Jersey State Council of The Arts Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

Tickets for this event are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors, $10 students under 22 years of age and $20 for groups over 10.  Children under 12 years of age accompanied by an adult are admitted free.  Make check payable to Opera at Florham, P.O. Box 343, Convent Station, NJ 07961. Purchase tickets online at www.OperaatFlorham.org. Phone (973) 443-8620. Email: info@operaatflorham.org.