On Sun. April 14th at 2 p.m., Opera at Florham presents its spring Musicale- a special tribute to opera legend Licia Albanese. “One of the most admired operatic sopranos of the mid-20th century. [Licia Albanese] was revered for a soaring top range and a passionate intensity on the stage.” (New York Times 08/17/2014).
She was an influential opera patron and avid supporter of aspiring opera singers and Opera at Florham was honored to have her serve as a jurist for several of our International Vocal Competitions.
Sopranos Mia Pafumi and Amber Daniel perform selections from some of her famous and favorite roles. They will be joined by baritone Matthew Ciufitelli and tenor Frederick Schlick, with piano accompaniment by Mary Pinto.
Lou Barrella will provide an audio-visual presentation highlighting Licia’s life. He is joined by Aldo Mancusi, friend of Licia and founder of the Enrico Caruso Museum, who will relate personal stories and display items from his Licia Albanese memorabilia collection.
The event will be held in Lenfell Hall, The Mansion at Fairleigh Dickinson University, 285 Madison Ave, Madison. Lenfell Hall (located in Hennessy Hall), was the drawing room of the gilded-age estate of the Vanderbilt-Twombly family when they resided in the 100-room mansion.
Lenfell Hall is handicap accessible. There is free parking and van shuttle service from the parking lots.
Tickets: Regular $30, Senior $25, Students (22 & under) $10, Groups 10+ $20/person, FDU Students (22 & under) admitted free. Introduce the next generation to the timeless music of Opera – children (12 & under) accompanied by an adult admitted free.
Tickets may be ordered online at www.operaatflorham.org or checks may be mailed to Opera at Florham, P. O. Box 343, Convent Station, NJ 07961. As always, tickets are available at the door on day of the event. Opera at Florham may also be contacted at 973-443-8620.
Mark your calendars for Sun. May 5 at 2 p.m. for our 31st Annual International Vocal Competition and Musicale Honoring Violetta DuPont.
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.