Opera at Florham presents La Bella Musica di Bel Canto


On Sunday, November 3 at 2pm, Opera at Florham brings to the stage the music of Bel Canto (translation “beautiful singing”), a style of opera that has been thrilling opera goers for over a century. Baritone Samuel McDonald, soprano Brenna Markey and tenor Ian Matthew Castro perform a repertoire from Bel Canto composers Donizetti, Rossini and Bellini followed by selections from the world of art song and Broadway that emphasize the beauty of the human voice.

Soprano Brenna Markey
Tenor Ian Matthew Castro



Baritone Samuel McDonald
Pianist Mary Pinto











Artistic Director Mary Pinto provides piano accompaniment while narrator Mariana Karpatova provides insight into the history and meaning behind the Bel Canto style and the selections in the program.

Mariana Karpatova

The concert takes place in the classically beautiful drawing room of the former Vanderbilt-Twombly estate, The Mansion at Fairleigh Dickinson University, 285 Madison Ave, Madison, NJ.

Tickets are $30 General Admission, $25 Seniors, $10 Students, and $20 for groups of 10 or more. Purchase tickets online or by contacting us at 973-443-8620 or email. Tickets are free for children age 12 and under and students of Fairleigh Dickinson University age 22 and under. Walk ins are welcome. Contact OaF for group accommodations at 973-443-8620, info@operaatflorham.org.

Soprano Brenna Markey looks forward to returning to Opera at Florham where she was a finalist in the Violetta DuPont Vocal Competition in the spring of 2018. “Singing bel canto music is such a joy and is some of my most favorite repertoire! Singing this music satisfies my heart – I feel so connected physically and emotionally. Donizetti’s music in particular resonates with me. Whether it is comedy or tragedy, Donizetti’s music is both luxurious and exciting!

The 2019-2020 Musicale series continues with: Dec 1 Holiday Collaboration with Fairleigh Dickinson University Students, Apr 5 Crossing Genres and May 31 International Vocal Competition. And on Nov 16 from 11am to 1pm at the Madison Library, there will be a lecture on the Joy of Opera by Music Educator Lou Barrella.

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