A LOOK BACK AT HOLIDAYS 2015
“Boheme Opera Christmas Card”
Boheme Opera presented a collection of Christmas delights based upon familiar phrases to kick off the holiday season. The words of Yuletide favorites and standards offered an evening of fun to all ages: It’s the most wonderful time of the year, when you roast chestnuts, build a snowman, kiss someone under the mistletoe, deck the halls, let it snow, hear sleigh bells ringing, hang the stockings, trim the tree, and most precious of all – share peace and good will. We opened our Holiday Card, entertained by three talented Boheme singers during our Fourth Annual Grounds For Sculpture Holiday Presentation.
About Our Soloists:
Brynn Terry just finished making her debut with NYCO Renaissance singing Frasquita in Carmen this winter; a role that she will again be performing with Boheme Opera New Jersey this spring. Her most recent engagements in 2015 were performing the roles of Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute and Marguerite in Faust. Roles prior include; Konstanza in Die Entfurung aus dem Serail, Annina in La Traviata, Blonde in Die Entfurung aus dem Serail. Ms. Terry was a part of the 2014 Philadelphia Opera Fringe Festival where is sang multiple roles in a newer American work, Speed Dating Tonight. In 2013 she was a Resident artist at Opera Theater Pittsburgh where she sang Anne Egerman in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. She currently studies with Eduardo Chama and coaches with Joan Dornemann.
Maja Lisa FritzHuspen’s performing credits include: Bersi in Andrea Chénier, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, the Announcer in Gallantry, Suzuki in Madame Butterfly, Puck in Midsummer Night’s Dream, Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Meg in Falstaff, Mercedes in Carmen, Lay Sister and Nursing Sister in Suor Angelica, Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti, Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, La Chiesca in Gianni Schicchi, Mrs. Jenks in The Tender Land, Praskovia in Merry Widow, Wife of the Giant in Jack and the Beanstalk, and Mercy Lewis in The Crucible. She has performed with Opera Lancaster, Poor Richards Opera, Delaware Valley Opera Company, Cedar Rapids Opera Company, Center City Opera Theater, ConcertOPERA Philadelphia, Opera Manhattan and Bismarck Symphony Orchestra. She was awarded first place in The Schubert Club Intermediate Category competition. Maja Lisa has been a soloist in the Messiah, the Vivaldi Gloria, Mozart’s Sparrow Mass, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Vivaldi’s Magnificat. She will sing the role of Mercedes in Boheme Opera’s Carmen this spring. www.majalisafritzhuspen.com.
Charles Schneider, 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. Last season, Charles made his debut with Boheme Opera NJ as Schaunard in Puccini’s masterpiece, La Bohème. Charles has also been seen in such roles as: Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), Ford (Falstaff), Conte di Luna (Il Trovatore), Michele (Il Tabarro) and Scarpia (Tosca). Charles also enjoys a thriving teaching schedule and is on the voice faculties of Westminster School of the Arts of Rider University and The Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville NJ. He was just seen as Dr. Falke in Boheme Opera’s critically-acclaimed Die Fledermaus and will perform el Dancäire in Carmen in the company’s Carmen next spring.
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 35 years, she has accompanied, while her husband Joseph has directed, the Congregation Beth Chaim Choir of Princeton Junction.
Edward Bogusz, Reader
Blessed with a beautiful speaking voice, and one of the popular singers to appear with Boheme Opera, bass-baritone Edward Bogusz has sung in 14 productions with that company including a record four portrayals of “Sacristan” (Tosca) in 4 different venues. His repertoire encompasses well over 100 operatic as well as nearly 80 oratorio-concert roles, appearing with companies across the United States. In addition to his continued singing career, he is a producer (Philadelphia’s Ed Bogusz and Friends), coach, teacher and adjudicator within the opera field. Mr. Bogusz just appeared as the jailer Frosch in Boheme Opera’s Die Fledermaus.
Special thanks to Kathryn Chisholm, Rena Perrone and the entire staff
at Grounds For Sculpture for their efforts in preparation for tonight’s concert.