Boheme Opera and Grounds For Sculpture Continue Collaboration with a Second Free Holiday Concert
Friday – December 13, 2013 – 7:00pm East Gallery
“Broadway & Film Holidays”
Starring Soprano Erica Cochran and Tenor Dana Wilson in an array of holiday classics and unique selections from the Broadway stage and the silver screen. BONJ Managing Director will join the artists at the beautiful GFS Petrov grand piano.
Grounds For Sculpture Entry Fee: $6pp before 6pm; $12pp after 6pm. The concert is free! Start your holidays off with a healthy dose of music and fun from Boheme Opera NJ!
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Soprano Erica Cochran: In the spring of 2013 soprano Erica Cochran made her debut with Skylight Music Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as Lily in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Cochran was last seen with Boheme Opera singing Papagena in The Magic Flute in 2012. She received critical acclaim singing the role of Marie in La Fille du Régiment with Union Avenue Opera in St. Louis, MO. Past operatic engagements have included Eurydice in Orpheus in the Underworld, Despina in Così fan tutte, Nella in Gianni Schicchi, Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica, Sylviane in The Merry Widow, Clorinda in Cinderella, and Zerlina in Don Giovanni. She’s worked with companies including Opera Vivente, Opera Memphis, Kentucky Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Aspen Opera Theater and regional American orchestras. This year, she was a finalist for New Jersey State Opera’s Alfredo Silipigni Vocal Competition. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and a Master of Music degree from Florida State University. She has also studied at the Luxembourg Conservatory of Music. Cochran resides in Philadelphia and is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana.
Tenor Dana Wilson: Dana Wilson’s performance repertoire extends from early renaissance to contemporary jazz. Mr. Wilson earned his education at the Loyola College of Music and Fine Arts in his native New Orleans. He now performs throughout the US and internationally in opera, operetta, oratorio, and in recital. Dana has appeared as a soloist with many regional symphonies and orchestras in the US and in Europe and has recorded with 5 time grammy nominated chamber ensemble Conspirare under the Harmonia Mundi label. This season, Dana will sing as the guest international soloist with the Auckland Symphony and Chorale in Haydn’s Mass in Time of War in New Zealand, and has been invited to compete in an international competition in Trujilio, Peru. His most recent engagement was a recording and performance of the Evangelist in Bach’s Johannes Passion in Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center. Dana is also an active voice instructor having held voice faculty positions at The University of Mobile, and Delgado Community College in New Orleans. In addition to his music work, Dana is a collegiate baseball and football official and is a reptile and stranger critter enthusiast.
Pianist Sandra Milstein Pucciatti
Philadelphia-born pianist and opera lecturer, Sandra Milstein Pucciatti has appeared as piano soloist, as duo-pianist, and as featured performer with orchestra, in chamber music ensembles and in master class in the United States and Canada, highlights of which include New York’s American Landmark Festival, the Torrance Performing Arts Center in California and the Ignatieff Theatre in Toronto. She performed a national tour with the East-West Piano Duo, formed with her long-time colleague Sylvia Ho Lau. As a professional accompanist, Sandra has collaborated with some of opera’s most distinguished artists in recital, most notably the late legendary bass Jerome Hines. A faculty piano and ensemble coach with the NJ Governor’s School of the Arts Music Division for 8 consecutive summers, she is the creator of Boheme’s curriculum-based Inside Opera Program.. A Summa Cum Laude graduate of both Temple University School of Music and Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey), she is a protégé of Karl Ulrich Schnabel. She is Boheme Opera NJ Co-Founder with her husband Joseph. In her role as Managing Director, Sandra has established working collaborations with many of New York’s well-known artist management agencies, seeking out and discovering emerging artists of great potential to perform with Boheme Opera. This year, Sandra and Joseph complete 33 years as accompanist and director for Princeton Junction’s Congregation Beth Chaim Choir, under Joseph’s direction.