Join soprano Kirsten Chambers and bass-baritone Andrew Richardson at the season opener of Opera at Florham, Viva Verismo: Exploring the realism in opera. The concert will take place on Sunday, September 25 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Margaret’s Church in Morristown, New Jersey. The program features selections of operas with relatable stories reflecting real-life drama. Reality and truth are revealed through dramatic scenes of opera and musical theater.
The singers are accompanied by organist Frank Fano and pianist Mary Pinto. The narration is provided by Mariana Karpatova, voice professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Artistic Director Mary Pinto explains the theme of her program: “After a season of COVID, I felt the audience needed to experience something ‘real’ at opera. I have chosen selections in which our heroine and our hero experience realistic emotions in the dramatic musical scenarios of the opera. Scenes and arias by Verdi Nabuco, Ernani and Don Carlo and Puccini Tosca are sung by Metropolitan Opera soprano Kirsten Chambers and the powerful voice of bass-baritone Andrew Richardson. Leave your worries behind and enjoy the drama of happiness, hypocrisy and revenge all in one afternoon.
Kirsten Chambers, soprano, is best known for her interpretation of Salome, made her Carnegie Hall debut on just two days notice and sang the role of Maria in Friedenstag. She joined the Metropolitan Opera roster in 2016 when she sang on the cover for Isolde in Tristan and Isolde and then joined the list of Die walking.
Andrew Richardson is a bass-baritone with a “powerful and beautiful” voice, reminiscent of the older generation of opera greats. He developed a true Bel Canto technique which opened up his current dramatic repertoire, including the Flying Dutchman, Amfortas (Parsifal), Wotan (Das rheingold), Scarpia (Tosca), Philip II (Don Carlos), Silvio (Ernani), Count Almaviva (The Marriage of Figaro), Escamillo (Carmen), and many more.
Marie Pinto, Opera at Florham’s Artistic Director, is a renowned accompanist and vocal coach who has worked with international opera singers and major US opera companies for over 25 years. In 2021, Ms. Pinto coached and directed stages at the Summer Opera Festival in Morelia and coached at the Queens Summer Vocal Institute. In the fall of 2020, she performed at the Black Opera Tribute to honor Jessye Norman’s 75th birthday.
Tickets are $ 25 for adults and $ 10 for students. They can be purchased online or at the door. A season pass for 5 events, including the annual International Singing Competition, costs $ 100.
Aware that COVID is not over, Opera at Florham’s is concerned about the safety and well-being of our patrons and artists. The concert takes place in a large, airy hall that meets COVID guidelines. Masks are mandatory.
Our 2021-22 concert series continues with La Vie de Bohème on November 7, Winter Show on December 5, Love, Death and Redemption on March 27 and International Singing Competition on May 1.
Opera at Florham also offers a series of fall opera lectures with Lou barrella Saturday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to noon on September 25 (Morris County Library), October 16 (Morris County Library) and November 13 (Madison Public Library). The lectures are free. Walk-ins are welcome.
Opera in Florham, located in northern New Jersey, features professional singers in recital, concert and competition from opera to musical theater. Artists perform classics and rarities from opera and related musical repertoire, enriched with stories, stories and facts about the music.
A 501 (c) 3 non-profit founded 39 years ago, the mission of the opera company is to bring opera to everyone by delivering high quality events at low prices at home and in the community ; and supporting young professional singers through performance opportunities and singing competitions.
Funding was made possible in part by Morris Arts Council funds through the New Jersey State Council of the Arts / Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.