26th Anniversary Season Kicks Off with a Free Concert!

“VOICES FOR A SUMMER EVENING”                                                                 Bordentown’s Joseph Lawrence Park                                                                             317 Ward Avenue , Bordentown, NJ  08505                                                          THURSDAY, AUGUST 7 at 7PM

Starring Soprano Sungji Kim, Tenor Christopher Hodson and Baritone Charles Schneider , accompanied by Boheme Managing Director and Pianist Sandra Milstein-Pucciatti    

Bring a lawn chair or a blanket on the grass, or gather with your friends at picnic tables under the performance canopy.  Enjoy well-known gems from such works as Rigoletto, La Traviata, Carmen, La Boheme, The Barber of Seville, South Pacific, Carousel, West Side Story, Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera.  Co-sponsored by Bordentown Township, Sid and Charyl Morginstin and People Papers.  
SUNGJI KIM, soprano      
A “silvery voiced” singer (Opera Magazine), soprano Sungji Kim won the numerous prestigious competitions such as Liederkranz Foundation, Kosciuszko Foundation, Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition, James Parkinson Opera Foundation, Little Italy Soprano Competition, Paul Robeson Vocal Competition and German Lieder Competition.
   A graduate of Curtis Institute of Music as well as an alumnus of Merola Opera Program of the San Francisco Opera, she sang numerous roles such as Pamina (Die Zauberflote), Norina (Don Pasquale), Gilda  (Rigoletto), Nannetta( Falstaff), Adina( L’Elisir d’Amore), Olympia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), and Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos).  
While she was pursuing her Doctorate at Rutgers University, her two opera performances as Cendrillon in Cendrillon and Nannetta in Falstaff were recognized as a winner of the School Opera Division of the National Opera Association. In addition, Ms.Kim’s several performances have been broadcast on WWFM across North America.
  A native of South Korea, she was invited to sing the role of the fire from L’enfant et les sortileges with Maestro Lorin Maazel at the Castleton Festival and recently was featured at the United Nations in NY.

 CHRISTOPHER HODSON, tenor          

Tenor Christopher Hodson holds a Master of Music in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College and a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Music from Western Michigan University. His operatic roles include Sam in Floyd’s Susannah, Pelleas in Debussy’s Pelleas et Melisande, Chevalier de la Force in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmelites, Azael in Debussy’s L’enfant Prodigue, the title role in Bizet’s Le Docteur Miracle, Frederick in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, Fenton in Verdi’s Falstaff, and Bill in Jonathan Dove’s Flight.
In addition to his opera experience Christopher has also appeared as a soloist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the American Classical Orchestra under the direction Tom Crawford, Mozart’s Requiem, Arvo Pärt’s Passio with the Michigan Bach Collegium, Handel’s Messiah, and Howells’ Requiem.
CHARLES SCHNEIDER, baritone              
Charles Schneider is a baritone from New Jersey who has enjoyed a thriving operatic career of performing over 30 roles in more than 15 opera houses on the regional and local level. He has sung roles with The Lyric Orchestra, The Princeton Festival, Des Moines Metro Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, The Princeton Festival, Opera New York, The OK Mozart Festival, Concert Operetta Theatre of Philadelphia, Anchorage Opera, Opera Iowa, National Opera Company, and The Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Some of his most recent roles include: Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Michele (Il Tabarro), Belcore (L’elisir d’amore), and Hal in the world premiere of Grammy award-winning composer Libby Larsen’s, Picnic. He has sung solo song recitals in North Carolina, New Jersey and Merkin Hall and The Liederkranz in New York City. A frequent performer of oratorio, Mr. Schneider has appeared as a Bass soloist with ensembles including, The North Carolina Symphony, The New York City Symphony of Viols, The New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra, The Greensboro Choral Society, Wagner College and The Princeton University Chorus.
Mr. Schneider currently serves as an adjunct professor of voice at Westminster School of the Arts of Rider University and the Lawrenceville School. As a vocal instructor, Mr. Schneider is a specialist in the vocal pedagogies of the 18th and 19th-centuries. His studies have drawn a direct line from the father of modern vocal pedagogy, Manuel Garcia II, to the last great master of the singing voice, Cornelius Reid. His students have gone on to various professional careers in major opera houses, Broadway, and as recording artists. Currently, Mr. Schneider resides in Central New Jersey with his wife; mezzo- soprano Amanda Lee, and their 18 month old son, Charles VI.

Preview of 26th Season Major Events: 

The Jewish Experience in Opera      Headlined by Tenor Benjamin Warschawski and Friends – Sunday, October 26, 2014 – 3:00pm, Monroe Township Senior Center – Ticket Information Soon Available


Christmas Memories of Bygone Years:  A Good Ole-Fashioned Holiday in Carol and Song - Friday, December 12, 2014 – 7:00pm, Grounds For Sculpture East Gallery


Love’s Music from the Opera Stage - Thursday, January 15, 2015, 7:30pm, Richardson Auditorium at Alexander Hall on the campus of Princeton University



LA BOHEME        

Friday, April 24, 8pm & Sunday, April 26, 4pm                                           Kendall Main Stage Theatre at The College of New Jersey


Stay informed about Boheme Opera’s free community programming on its Public Outreach page. There’s something for everyone.  More events to be announced.