Arts & Entertainment

Sparta High School Alumnus Debuts Opera at Princeton

9e06c82e3ba3a3415c1a_musiccomposition_thumbnails_stephanie_566.jpg
4bec18a0bc7103cfcdcf_12961607_10209356594171053_7038667030446739571_n.jpg
9e06c82e3ba3a3415c1a_musiccomposition_thumbnails_stephanie_566.jpg

PRINCETON, NJ – What did you do in college?  A recent Sparta High School graduate is attending Princeton where her opera debuts this week end.  Stephanie Leotsakos is the composer, librettist, conductor and producer of “an original chamber opera titled OMG.”

The soon-to-be graduate of Princeton University will leave campus with a B.A. in Music with a concentration and certificates in Vocal Performance and Teacher Preparation.  OMG is her senior thesis.

For those unable to get to the theater, the program will be streamed live

Sign Up for E-News

Leotsakos has been a lifelong resident of Sparta, attending Sparta’s public schools.  In 2012 she was honored with the title of Miss Sparta. 

She originally arrived at Princeton as a violinist, performing in the university orchestra for two years before discovering her “passion for the stage and for solo soprano performance in the world of opera.”  Her experiences as a soprano include having performed in operas with the New York Lyric Opera Theatre, OperAverona in Verona, Italy and with the Princeton University Music Department Opera Theatre. 

On the Princeton campus Leotsakos is the Student Assistant Conductor of the Glee Club, with which she also performs.  Her voice can be heard in the Princeton University Chamber Choir, Opera Company and Orange Pan-Hellenic Association.

 Donnacha Dennehy, Associate Professor of Music at Princeton, and Stephanie’s Thesis Advisor, said, “Stephanie has been enormously devoted to her Senior Thesis this past year, and I am delighted to see and hear it take flight. She has been super clear from the word go about her intentions in this piece and it has been a thrill to see the work develop.”

As she prepares to graduate she is completing a book to accompany her opera.  She will also be giving a Senior Solo Vocal Recital on May 15 in the Taplin Auditorium at Princeton.

For those unable to get to the theater, the program will be streamed live this evening from the Taplin Auditorium beginning at 3 p.m.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Sparta

Sparta Police: Man Used Brother's Name to Evade Arrest

February 25, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta man was picked up on active warrants, despite trying to deceive police by using his brother’s name.  On February 18 around 2:45 a.m. Sparta Cpl. Marc Rubino saw a white Chevy drive through a red light at the intersection of Main Street and Woodport Road, police say.

When Rubino stopped the truck the driver said he had left his wallet with his ...

Sparta Man Arrested on Phoned in Tip to Police

SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta man was arrested following a tip called into police about a possible drunk driver leaving the Sparta Theatre Center.  On February 17 around midnight Sparta Police Officer Thomas Snyder found the truck that had been reported, police report.

Snyder, joined by Cpl. Rubino, Police Officer Lippencott and Police Officer Porter, stopped the Ford pickup truck on ...

Sparta Police: Rear End Collision After Two Mimosas Too Many

SPARTA, NJ – A car accident on Winona Parkway left two Sparta residents injured and another facing driving while intoxicated charges.  On February 18 around 7:49 p.m. Sparta Police Officer Steven Guido went to the scene of the accident along with Sgt. Schomp and Cpl. Antonello, police report.

Lisa Degraw, 55 had run into the back of Mark Iussig, 41 who was stopped at the red light ...

Can Frelinghuysen At Least Stand with Working Families On His Way Out?

February 25, 2018

On January 29, Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen announced his decision to retire.  Presumably he is now free to vote his conscience rather than blindly go along with his party’s agenda against the interests of the working class in America.

On February 14, he voted to support a bill that allows usurious credit card rates to apply when loans are sold from one institution to another.

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_2f5911ae032b7193cdd2_girlscout_logo

Tue, February 27, 6:30 PM

Sparta United Methodist Church, Sparta

Girl Scout STEAM Program

Arts & Entertainment Education

Carousel_image_54f5549c693ec0512950_thedrowsychaperone_flyer

Fri, March 2, 7:00 PM

Wallkill Valley Regional High School, Hamburg

The Drowsy Chaperone

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_563fe88c2c7424a0dce9_newton_rotary

Sat, March 3, 7:00 AM

First United Methodist Church, Newton

Newton Rotary Pancake Breakfast

Food & Drink

Carousel_image_54f5549c693ec0512950_thedrowsychaperone_flyer

Sat, March 3, 7:00 PM

Wallkill Valley Regional High School, Hamburg

The Drowsy Chaperone

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_14cc3d525dfcf0ba8056_2.18_fundraisers

Sat, March 3, 7:00 PM

Sparta Elks Club Lodge, Sparta

Elks Comedy Night For Charity

Arts & Entertainment

Paterson's Poet Laureate

February 13, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- The City of Paterson has given birth to famous athletes, business leaders, actors, and now, a poet laureate.

Born and raised in Paterson, Talena Lachelle Queen told TAPinto Paterson that she has been writing since she was five-years old, and, as she grew older, realized that when it came to pursuing studies and a career in writing, she “didn’t have a choice.” ...

How to Talk with Kids About the Florida Shooting

February 15, 2018

The tragedy of the Florida school shooting is devastating, leaving 17 killed and 15 injured. Our children can easily identify with what occurred yesterday. It will be the topic of conversation today in schools everywhere. School administrators are doing all they can to provide support and guidance. The shootings affect children, teachers, and school personnel. The school shooting ...

Don't Miss This OPEN HOUSE Saturday for a 3BR Parsippany Trophy Home

Treat yourself to this newly-priced trophy home in majestic Puddingstone Estates in Parsippany, NJ!   See the details here or stop by the OPEN HOUSE on February 24th, 1 to 3 pm. If you can't make it, call Team Nest Builder's Lynn Garafola at 973-222-3777 for a private tour. 

You must experience this beautiful home to believe it!  It's ...

Where Does YOUR School District Rank in Safety?

Family safety remains paramount when it comes to choosing a new home and community in New Jersey, so Team Nest Builder wants to help you know where top local school districts rank.

Niche.com, which specializes in all different types of consumer rankings, provided a list of the safest school districts in the United States and New Jersey. Below find a list of the 200 safest school ...

Top 5 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Professional When Buying or Selling in NJ

Team Nest Builder knows that whether you are buying or selling a New Jersey home it can be quite the adventure, which is why you need an experienced real estate professional to guide you on the path to achieving your ultimate goal. But in this world of instant gratification and internet searches, many sellers think that they can ‘For Sale by Owner’ or ...

Does Marriage or Mortgage Come First?

According to the National Association of REALTORS most recent Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, married couples once again dominated the first-time homebuyer statistics in 2017 at 57% of all buyers. Team Nest Builder knows it's no surprise that having two incomes to save for down payments and contribute to monthly housing costs makes buying a home more ...

Height during childhood associated with increased stroke risk in adulthood

Researchers in Denmark studied the health records of more than 300,000 people born between 1930 and 1989 and found that those who were shorter than average height between ages 7 and 13 had a greater risk of stroke as adults. The results of this study were published in the February 15, 2018 issue of the journal Stroke.

Summary: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320922.php

Journal ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 12

On this week’s episode of AtlantiCast, decade of excellence makes headlines, as Atlantic Health’s place on Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For List leads off the newest episode of AtlantiCast. Also on this week’s show, check out the newest “hybrid” operating room at Morristown Medical Center and find out how Atlantic Health is helping local ...

Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders February 14 2018 Meeting Video

NEWTON, NJ - Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders February 14 2018 Meeting Video 

 

Sparta Friends and Neighbors March General Meeting

February 25, 2018

Chief Neil Spidaletto will be addressing the Sparta Friends and Neighbors on Thursday, March 8th, at the Sparta Ambulance Building at 10:00 A.M.  A lifelong resident of Sparta, Spidaletto has served on the Sparta Police Department since 1999.

He will be discussing challenges today in law enforcement in general and locally, and how the Sparta Police Department makes use of modern ...