Boheme Opera NJ returns to Grounds For Sculpture on Sunday May 19 from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
in celebration of its 30th Anniversary Season.
Experience live recital performances by operatic voices during Boheme’s Reunion Concert commemorating this exciting milestone. WWFM, The Classical Network, joins Boheme as it broadcasts the concert LIVE on-air from the GFS East Gallery.
Boheme Artistic Director Joseph Pucciatti and WWFM Host of Sunday Opera Michael Kownacky will co-host the event, which will include on-air artist interviews. The concert is free with entry to the Grounds.
Featuring talented leading role singers from its past and recent main stage history, and accompanied by guest pianists, an array of live excerpts from various operas will be heard, presenting a thriving generation of artistry. Among the featured singers is tenor Ronald Naldi, who made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1983, having sung over 300 performances there, and whose repertoire comprises over 100 operatic roles in six languages, and more than 30 oratorios; fellow Metropolitan Opera baritone Daniel Sutin made his debut there in 2001 and has sung leading roles in opera houses throughout the U.S., Frankfurt, Darmstadt, Stuttgart, Monchengladbach, Basel and Zurich. Joining them are sopranos Valerie Bernhardt, Lorraine Ernest, Sungji Kim, Kristin K. Vogel, mezzo-soprano Amy Maude Helfer, bass-baritone Stefanos Koroneosand bass Martin Hargrove, among others.
Throughout its 30 years, Boheme Opera NJ has paved the way for young singers on their way to brilliant careers and has provided opportunities for established singers to debut new leading roles. Initiating its first main stage season in 1989, Boheme Opera performed for several years at the Patriots Theater in the Trenton War Memorial, then moving its main stage to The College of New Jersey in 2010.
In recent years, under the leadership of Boheme Opera President Jerrold Kalstein, the company has expanded its outreach programming thematically and geographically to demonstrate its performance versatility. Audiences in the New Jersey Counties of Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Burlington, Camden, and Hunterdon, as well as Pennsylvania’s Bucks Counties, have been fortunate to experience the operatic gifts that Boheme Opera has to offer. Life-long learning and youth education programs have also dotted Boheme’s history, while annual collaborations have been popular at such venues as Hamilton’s iconic Grounds For Sculpture, Monroe Township’s Cultural Commission at Monroe Township Public Library and Warminster, PA’s premiere adult community Ann’s Choice.
Funding for Boheme Opera NJ programs is made possible in part by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, The Mark David and Anne Kupferberg Pepper Family Foundation, Dorothea Van Dyke McLane Association, Roma Bank Community Foundation, Investors Bank Community Foundation, corporations, businesses, individuals and collaborative contributions.
For more information about Boheme Opera NJ’s Reunion Concert and other programming, visit www.bohemeopera.com.