MADISON, NJ - Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham will present a holiday opera concert on Sunday.

Opera at Florham presents its holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 3 p.m. in Lenfell Hall, the Mansion, featuring a studio adaptation of Rossini’s La Cenerentola. The opera will be presented in concert form, abridged to approximately an hour, and sung in English with artists in costumes. The cast of professional artists will bring to life the familiar tale of Cinderella, as depicted by composer Gioacchino Rossini.

Portraying the lead role of Cenerentola is Sarah Nelson Craft, a mezzo-soprano who participated in “The Song Continues: Paris Residency,” a series of recitals and master classes in Paris with Marilyn Horne presented by Carnegie Hall. Last season, she made her main stage debut with the Caramoor Festival as Ninetta in Verdi’s Les vêpres siciliennes and her recent performance of Giunone in Handel’s Agrippina with Operamission in New York drew critical acclaim for her performance.

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David Wroe, Opera at Florham’s Artistic Director, will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the concert. He is also Conductor and Artistic Director for the New Jersey Festival Orchestra, Westfield.

Holiday refreshments will be served following the performance, along with a seasonal sing-a-long around the piano.

There is no charge for children under 12 years old when accompanied by an adult.

This production will be repeated three times to students on Monday, Dec. 15 as part of Opera at Florham’s and New Jersey Festival Orchestra’s Student Outreach Program, a program designed to bring this inspiring art form to students from undeserved neighborhoods. These performances will take place at Newark Arts High School and John F Kennedy High School in Newark and Marie V. Duffy School in Wharton are made possible in part by the generosity of a member of the Opera at Florham Board of Trustees. 

Funding has been made possible in part by funds from the 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 are $35 for regular admission, $30 for seniors, $20 for Opera at Florham members, $10 for students, and free for children. Special rates are available for Groups of 10 or more at $25 per ticket. Tickets can be ordered by calling Opera at Florham, 973-443-8620 or on the website http://www.operaatflorham.org. Checks can be mailed to Opera at Florham, P. O. Box 343, Convent Station, NJ 07961. 

The College at Florham of Fairleigh Dickinson University is located at 285 Madison Ave. For more information, visit www.operaatflorham.org