Welcome to Central Jersey’s opera family and our growing website. We love the music, the voices, the stories, the characters, the spectacle and the world behind the stages of opera theater. Let Boheme Opera NJ transport you to somewhere exotic, mystical, magical, poignant or just plain fun – discover regional opera at its best!
Boheme Opera 27th Season Brings Familiar Operetta and Opera to its Main Stage for Newbies and Veteran Audiences Alike:
Start your holiday season off with a bang and join us for a beautiful concert staging of Johann Strauss’s DIE FLEDERMAUS: One performance only, Sunday, November 22, 3pm
Full Main Stage Production of Georges Bizet’s CARMEN: April 8, 8pm and April 10, 3pm, 2016
Join our new Boheme Post-Opera Appeal 2015 – it’s easy and so greatly appreciated. Just click on this link:
Boheme Opera NJ’s 26th Season Feature in Review:
Opera is a complex musical genre, and sometimes simplicity is the best approach. This past weekend, Boheme Opera NJ used simplicity to its advantage in its production of Giacomo Puccini’s La Boheme, bringing together a cast of experienced and polished singers to make the most of an opera which did not have the best of premieres, but which has become a favorite of the repertory since then. Soprano Erica Strauss as Mimi was in total control of the role, proving that she could float high notes well, spinning the sound until the ends of the phrases. Tenor Benjamin Warschawski as Rodolfo sang with such ease that one felt his voice could go on forever. Baritones Eric Dubin as Marcello soared over the accompaniment and Charles Schneider as Schaunard played the role with good character and lyrical singing, while bass Martin Hargrove as Colline proved the richness of his voice as he commanded the stage in the fourth act [coat] aria. Marcello’s love interest Musetta, sung by soprano Sungji Kim, came onstage in Act II as a saucy and presumptuous character with a real vocal edge to her sound. Ms. Kim’s waltz aria Quando m’en vo quickly endeared her to the audience as she lured Marcello into her web. To accompany the opera, Joseph Pucciatti had assembled a full orchestral ensemble which kept the musical pace moving along. In return, the lead singers were exact in their rhythms with the players. Boheme Opera NJ has established a new relationship with Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart to provide singers for the children’s chorus, which Erin Camburn had well prepared to sing cleanly and energetically. Digital set designer J. Matthew Root made simplicity work on the stage of the Kendall Theater, providing elegant graphics of starlight, snow and other backdrops. From Town Topics/Nancy Plum, 4/29/15
We applaud our 26th Season Gala Sponsors, who helped to make our November 7, 2014 event so unique and memorable!
NOTRE DAME LEAD SPONSOR
LATIN QUARTER SPONSORS
- The Honorable Brian M. Hughes, Mercer County Executive, as he congratulates Mercer County Freeholder Anthony P. Carabelli
- A. Pennacchi & Sons, Inc.
- Elisabeth L. Van Buskirk
- Howard & Tina Zogott
- Mercer County Community College
- NJM Insurance Group
- Pisauro, Levy & Palumbo CPAS PA
- Rabbi Eric Wisnia & Cantor Stuart Binder of Congregation Beth Chaim
More outreach events than ever. Visit our “Public Outreach” page to find out what free events will attract you and your friends in our 27th Anniversary Season. Discover the amazing world of opera and meet the next generation of opera artists and professionals!
A Proud Look Back at our Milestone 25th!
Our 25th Anniversary Season was quite exciting, with our largest audiences since 2009, expanded outreach activity that took us to several new venues in Central New Jersey and Bucks County, and continued exploration into virtual design and animation on our main stage.
We brought a celebration of Verdi’s 200th Birthday to Princeton’s Richardson Auditorium.
Our Reunion Operathon, featuring 13 main stage artists from Boheme Opera’s history with live-broadcast and commentary by WWFM The Classical Network, was one of the most unique events to be seen and heard in the region in years.
Our LA TRAVIATA attracted the largest audiences since we moved our productions to Kendall Main Stage Theatre on the campus of The College of New Jersey. Here were some highlights:
- Spectacular Principal Cast
- Exciting performances by Boheme Opera Orchestra and Chorus
- Cinematic Digital Set Design and Animation
- State-of-the-Art Lighting
- Original Costumes, Makeup and Choreography
- Updating of characterization to give a new “fashionista” look at the legendary Violetta Valery and her world
We succeeded in our first Kickstarter fundraising effort last season, entitled Virtual Stages: Boheme Opera NJ’s New Vision, reaching and surpassing our goal on July 6, 2014. We thank the Kickstarter community and our backers for their support and belief in the project.
SILVER SEASON SPONSORS:
STARK & STARK
ATTORNEYS AT LAW
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.
Boheme Opera NJ is a proud member of ArtPride New Jersey, MIDJersey Chamber of Commerce and Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce.