MADISON, NJ — Opera at Florham presents its next Musicale ‘That’s Amore’ on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 3 p.m. in Lenfell Hall, Hennessy Hall, The Mansion, featuring a variety of famous opera arias and Broadway songs. This Musicale will take place at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham, Madison, NJ.
The venue, Lenfell Hall located in Hennessy Hall, was the drawing room of the Twombly family when they lived in the 100-room mansion.
The Musicale will feature several distinguished performers; soprano, Ashley Kerr, tenor, Hak Soo Kim, and bass-baritone, Matthew Burns.
Praised for her “plush and seductive" tone, rapidly emerging soprano Ashley Kerr returns to Lenfell Hall after winning 3rd prize in Opera at Florham’s 2014 Violetta Dupont Vocal Competition. In 2014, Ms. Kerr made her Lincoln Center debut in concert in Eve Queler and Friends with the Opera Orchestra of New York at Alice Tully Hall under the baton of Eve Queler. Her most recent performances include role debuts of Mimì and Musetta in La bohème and a return to Le nozze di Figaro as Countess Almaviva. In 2013, Ms. Kerr sang the title role in Carlisle Floyd's Susannah in the United States and Tel Aviv, Israel. Ms. Kerr was a regional finalist in the 2010 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and in 2014 received encouragement awards from the Giulio Gari and the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundations.
Korean-American tenor Hak Soo Kim is a graduate of the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program at Los Angeles Opera. Rapidly garnering high remarks both in Europe and America for his interpretation of the Bel Canto repertoire, Mr. Kim made his European debut in 2010 as Conte Libenskof in Il Viaggio a Reims at the Festival Giovane of Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Italy,where he collaborated with Maestro Alberto Zedda. Count Almaviva is one of his favorite roles, having performed at Sarasota Opera this past season as well as at Los Angeles Opera, Opera Southwest and Opera New Jersey. Last year, he made notable debuts in Verdi roles as well, singing the role of Duca di Mantova in Rigoletto and Edoardo di Sanval in Un Giorno di Regno, of which he world-premiered the critical edition, in collaboration with Dr. Francesco Izzo at American Institute for Verdi Studies. As a concert artist, he appeared in numerous concert venues such as Hollywood Bowl and Ravinia Festival under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel, James Conlon and Plácido Domingo.
Declared as “having a beautiful bass-baritone voice” by the New York Times, Matthew Burns is a dynamic performer known for his unique portrayals of opera’s most acclaimed bass-baritone roles spanning the repertoire from dramatic roles to buffo roles, and everything in between. Career highlights include Paolo in Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten with Los Angeles Opera; Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Florida Grand Opera; Leporello in Don Giovanni with Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Cleveland, and Opera Omaha; Pish-Tush in The Mikado, Lord Gualtiero Valton in I puritani, and Titta in Martín y Soler’s Una cosa rara with Opera Theatre St. Louis; and a number of leading roles with Wolf Trap Opera and Bard SummerScape Festival.
The Musicale will present some of the most beloved and celebrated songs of love from the operatic and Broadway stages. The song list will include Rossini’s “La Calunnia” from The Barber of Seville, “Song to the moon” from Dvorak’s Rusalka, Richard Rodger’s “With A Song In My Heart” and favorite arias and duets from La bohème, La traviata, and L’Elisir d’Amore.”
David Wroe, Opera at Florham’s Artistic Director, will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the Musicale. He is also Conductor and Artistic Director for the New Jersey Festival Orchestra, Westfield, NJ.
Light refreshments will be served at intermission.
Everyone is encouraged to bring children and grandchildren to Opera at Florham’s events as this is a wonderful way to introduce them to the beautiful and varied world of opera! There is no charge for children under 12 years old when accompanied by an adult.
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, and $10 for students. Special rates are available for Groups of 10 or more at $25 per ticket. Tickets can be ordered by calling 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., Madison, NJ. For more information, visit www.operaatflorham.org