The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey will open its annual Summer Music Festival on Sunday, August 7, with a rousing production of Mozart’s famous opera, The Marriage of Figaro.  The opera begins at 3 p.m. at Dolan Hall, Annunciation Center, College of Saint Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road, Morristown.  The production will be under the direction of Dr. Robert W. Butts, founder and artistic director.
 
The production, billed as “A New Take on an Old Tale,” features soprano Dominika Zamara of Italy, as Susanna; Timothy Maureen Cole as Countess; Aiden Kim, The Count; Jason Adamo, Figaro; Teresa Giardina, Cherubino; Hanne Ladefoged Dollase, Marcellina; Don Kalback, Dr. Bartolo; Kevin Peters, Don Basilio.
 
The opera, featuring a narration format, will last about 2 ½ hours (with intermission). It will highlight international and local singers. “These talented performers will bring Mozart’s glorious music to life,” said Dr. Butts.
 
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With the opening of its annual Music Festival, which runs through Sunday, August 21, the Orchestra is observing its 20th anniversary season.  Founded in 1996 by Dr. Butts, the Orchestra has grown from a small community group to a renowned musical association, performing throughout the metropolitan New Jersey/New York area. A composer, writer, and lecturer, Dr. Butts has conducted performances in Italy, England, France, and Romania.
 
The highlight of the 20th anniversary celebration comes at 3 p.m., Sunday, November 13, at Dolan Hall, College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown, when renowned pianist Paul Zeigler will premiere his Piano Concerto #2.  Zeigler’s multifaceted careers as a pianist, composer, teacher, and lecturer, have taken him on performances throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.  An elaborate gala reception will follow the concert.  
 
Tickets for the opening performance of the Festival are priced at $40, adults; $30, seniors; and $5, students under 22 with ID.  Purchases can be made online at www.baroqueochestra.org; by calling the office at 973-366-8922; or at the door the day of the concert.