is a unique musical treasure offering the dramatic music of opera right here in the Morristown area.
Coming on Nov. 4, 2018, at 2 pm, The Demonic and Debonair: Men We Love and Hate in Opera features three dynamic young vocalists performing emotionally charged opera arias and theme-related songs from American theatre.
The stage is set in the stunning, historic Mansion at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison.
Baritone Matthew Ciuffitelli returns to the Opera at Florham stage (seen above singing a duet with Roy Hage from Puccini’s La Boheme at the May 2018 concert).
The three artists will sing arias and duets from Rossini’s Barber of Seville, Donizetti’s Elixir of Love and Don Pasquale, and Gounod’s Faust; American song selections from Ragtime and Camelot; and finish the concert with a full company rendition of “Que voulez vous messieurs?” from Faust.
Mary Pinto, the program organizer and creative director, accompanies the vocalists and plays a Beethoven medley on piano.
Music educator Lou Barrella offers insight into the background of the operas and arias.
Says Schlick, “My role in Demonic and Debonair runs the emotional gamut. The duet from L’elisir d’amore exudes hopeful love as Nemorino fights to win the affections of Adina.
“The cavatina from Faust is a serenade to the beautiful Marguerite. He idealizes her as a pure being of nature, however, his acts of love are non-sustaining.
“And Nebbie by Respighi is about a solitary man who has ambiguously lost someone very dear to him. He contemplates his mortality as he walks through the mists [nebbie].”
About his role in Faust, Heday reveals, “Méphistophélès is one of the very unique characters in opera. He is strong, powerful and evil, but the same time, charming and playful. He is one of my most favorite characters that I have played. I’m so excited to be given the chance to perform this role again!
“Phillipe 2 [in Don Carlo] is one of my future dream roles. This aria, Ella giammai m’amo, shows his pain and sorrow. To be able to deliver his pain – his wife never loved him and now his son betrayed him – requires strong vocal technique and acting ability. This is a great challenge for me. I cannot wait to sing this beautiful aria!”
Opera at Florham is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that presents low-cost, high-quality vocal events that reach beyond opera aficionados. The organization is supported by donors, fans and grants such as Morris Arts.
There are 5 musicales per season, including the internationally acclaimed Vocal Competition on May 5, 2019. Upcoming programs in the 2018-19 series include: Dec 2 Celebrating the Holidays featuring opera performers and a chorale; and Apr 14, 2019, A Tribute to Opera Legend Licia Albanese.
Musicales are performed in residence at Fairleigh Dickinson University, 285 Madison Ave., Madison. Venue is handicap accessible. Plenty of parking with a shuttle.
Tickets are available online or at the door: general admission $30, seniors $25, students (22 & under) only $10! FDU students (22 & under) and children (12 & under) FREE. Groups 10+ $20 per person (call to make arrangements, buses are welcome). Four musicale subscription, call 973-443-8620 or email here.