Boheme Opera NJ returns to Grounds For Sculpture East Gallery for its 5th Annual Holiday appearance on Friday, December 9 at 7:00pm.
“Wind, Water, Stone”
Boheme Opera NJ is proud to partner with The Grounds For Sculpture in this collaborative presentation. The concert will highlight the photographic exhibition of Elyn Zimmerman entitled, “Wind, Water, Stone” being shown in the Dom Arts Mezzanine and East Gallery.
Featured will be opera arias/duets and classic songs that will enhance the emotions and senses while viewing the exhibit. Some selections will focus on the exotic locales of these photographs. Other selections will represent both the healing and destructive powers of the basic elements represented by the title of this exhibit.
There is both a time and a timelessness in both the photographs in this exhibition and in opera. Wind and Water are timeless. Stone represents a time and place. The same can be said for opera. The stories are set in a specific time and place. The beauty of the music is timeless.
The traditional sing-a-long will take place after Boheme Opera’s presentation as we celebrate the synergy of art and music.
Ms. Edwards has performed extensively in the mid-Atlantic region. Her repertoire features over 40 leading roles including Mimi, Violetta, Desdemona, Pamina, Marguerite, Donna Elvira, Donna Anna, Micaela, Rosalinda, Antonia, Luisa Miller, Alice Ford, Butterfly, Countess Almaviva, and many others. Companies with which she has appeared include The Amato Opera of New York, Pennsylvania Lyric Opera, Delphi Opera, Delaware Valley Opera Company, Amici Opera, Concert Operetta Theater, Edward Bogusz & Friends, Center Stage Opera, Piccola Opera of Philadelphia, and others. Recently Ms. Edwards was a featured singer in Boheme Opera NJ’s opening concert of their 25th Silver Anniversary Season as well as their concert, The Jewish Experience in Opera. She has also been a featured performer with Pendle Hill, Greater Trenton Choral Society, Philadelphia Chamber Chorus, Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, and Chestnut Hill Orchestra. Ms. Edwards is also the founder of Delphi Opera. www.EveEdwardsSoprano.com
John Villemaire, tenor
In the 2016/17 season, John Villemaire will sing the tenor solo in Händel’s Messiah with the Lawrenceville Concert Orchestra, and will perform in concert with the Newtown Chamber Orchestra and sing the title role in Faust with Center Stage Opera. Last season, he appeared as Ferrando in Così fan tutte with Opera at Rutgers, Oronte in Alcina in a Cantanti Opera production with the Dorian Baroque Ensemble, Ernesto in Don Pasquale with Opera Company of Brooklyn, and Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore with Center Stage Opera. In concert he sang excerpts from Auber’s La Muette de Portici and Rossini’s Le Siège de Corinthe with The Opera Project, and was the tenor soloist in Carmina Burana with the Hunterdon Symphony. In previous seasons, John Villemaire has shone in Rossini’s repertoire, performing Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Idreno in Semiramide, Giannetto in La Gazza Ladra, Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola, and Lindoro in L’Italiana in Algeri. He was popularly acclaimed as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Il Duca di Mantua in Rigoletto, Tonio in La Fille du Régiment, Arturo in I Puritani, Leicester in Maria Stuarda, Romèo in Romèo et Juliette, Nencio in Haydn’s L’Infedeltà Delusa, Captain Dick in Naughty Marietta, and the title role in Albert Herring. He has covered Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Elvino in La Sonnambula, and Nadir in Les Pêcheurs de Perles.
Charles Schneider, baritone
Baritone Charles Schneider has performed more than 30 roles throughout the country since his professional debut in the summer of 1999 as the Baron in Verdi’s La Traviata with The Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts in Little Rock, Arkansas. Since then, Charles has settled nicely into the
Italian repertoire performing such roles as: Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), Ford (Falstaff), Conte di Luna (Il Trovatore), Schaunard (La Boheme), Michele (Il Tabarro) and Scarpia (Tosca) with opera companies including: The N.J. Associationof Verismo Opera, The Lyric Orchestra, The Princeton Festival, Des Moines Metro Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Concert Operetta Theatre of Philadelphia, Anchorage Opera, Opera Iowa and National Opera Company. Equally at home as an interpreter of art song and lieder, Charles has performed numerous solo recitals along the east coast including such venues as: Merkin Hall (NYC), The Liederkranz (NYC) and The Broward Center (FL). On top of being
a professional artist, Charles devotes most of his time towards his passion of vocal education and is on the voice faculties of Westminster School of the Arts of Rider University and The Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, NJ.
Sandra Milstein-Pucciatti will return at the Petrov grand.
Sandra began her life-long musical pursuits as a young piano student of Curtis Institute artist teachers, later enjoying a 10-year association with German master teacher Karl Ulrich Schnabel. A concert performer as solo pianist, soloist with orchestra, chamber musician and professional accompanist, her career featured a 1980’s national tour by the East-West Piano duo, formulated with her Temple U colleague Sylvia Ho. During her more than 40 years as a professional accompanist, she has collaborated with many vocal and instrumental artists in recital, most notably with the late Met Opera bass Jerome Hines. In 1989, together with her husband Joseph, she co-founded Boheme Opera NJ for which she has been Managing Director since 1997. For the past 36 years, she has accompanied, while her husband Joseph has directed, the Congregation Beth Chaim Choir of Princeton Junction.
Special thanks to Kathryn Chisholm, Rena Perrone and the entire staff
at Grounds For Sculpture for their efforts in these holiday concerts.