Mercer County Italian American Festival – Sunday, September 25 – 4:00pm Boheme Opera Orchestra and Two Artists Perform Italian Opera and Neapolitan Favorites, Joseph Pucciatti conducting.
Starring Soprano Michele Sexton
Ms. Sexton’s repertoire of operatic roles includes Mozart’s Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Elettra in Idomeneo, Fiodiligi in Cosi fan Tutte, Countess Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Konstanze in Entfuhrung aus dem Serail, First Lady in Die Zauberflote, Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata, Leonora in Il Trovatore, and Alice Ford in Falstaff, Mimi and Musetta in La Boheme, as well as Antonia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Juliette in Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette, Micaela in Carmen, and the title characters in Richard Strauss’ Arabella and Daphne. The world of operetta finds Michele at home in the roles of Hanna in The Merry Widow, and her critically acclaimed portrayal of Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus.
Ms. Sexton has performed extensively with opera companies, festivals, theaters, and musical groups throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, including a six-week concert tour of China as the soprano soloist with the Hollywood Concert Orchestra and critically acclaimed portrayals of the Beggar Woman in Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd” with the Hawaii Opera Theater and the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. Upcoming engagements include find Michele in recital singing works of Mozart, Strauss, and more for the Spring Lake Summer Concert series, concert performances of “It’s a Grand Night for Singing” with Broadway veteran William Michals, and a turn as Mozart’s Elettra in Idomeneo for the Metropolitan Opera Guild Lecture series at Lincoln Center in the fall of 2016.
Starring Tenor Peter Scott Drackley
Mr. Drackley has performed throughout the United States in opera, concert, oratorio and with symphony. Operatic roles include Macduff in Macbeth at Loft Opera, Il Duca di Mantova in Rigoletto at Anchorage Opera, Benvolio in Romeo et Juliette at Lyric Opera Baltimore, Remendado in Carmen at Venture Opera, Spoletta in Tosca at Skylight Music Theatre, Rodolfo in La Boheme at Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre, Don Curzio in Le Nozze di Figaro and Herald in Don Carlos, both at Sarasota Opera, and Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte at Maryland Concert Opera, among others.
Concert and Oratorio appearances include tenor soloist in Mozart Requiem with Lancaster Symphony, Schubert Mass in G with MidAmerica Production, Beethoven Missa Solemnis with Helena Symphony (MT), The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace DCINY at Carnegie Hall, Haydn Creation with National Cathedral Choral Society, Beethoven 9th Symphony with Concert Artists of Baltimore (MD), Mendelssohn Elijah with Baltimore Choral Arts Society, and Orff Carmina Burana with Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theater, and more.
Stay informed about Boheme Opera’s free community programming on this Public Outreach page. There’s something for everyone!
A LOOK BACK AT PUCCINI’S LA BOHEME:
Boheme Opera was chosen for a feature about its 2015 “La Boheme” by Culture Vultures Arts Weekly of DJA’s JerseyArts.com. Great press like this is priceless, showing Boheme’s passion and diversity.
ON TOUR IN THE REGION
Boheme continues to bring its opera magic to libraries, senior centers, adult communities and other venues throughout the the Central Jersey region. Dates are being planned in fall 2017 to learn more about the music and history of an art form that is attracting more young artists and professionals than ever. Most presentations feature live performances.
Boheme’s 28th season outreach events planned to date:
Thursday, July 21, 2016 – Outdoor Concert – Music in the Park Series – “Seriously Broadway” – 6pm, Thompson Park in Monroe Township, NJ FREE
Sunday, September 25, 2016 – 4:00pm: Outdoor Concert – Mercer County Italian American Festival in Mercer County Park Amphitheater, West Windsor, NJ: Starring soprano Michele Sexton and tenor Peter Scott Drackley, accompanied by the Boheme Opera Orchestra, Joseph Pucciatti conducting. FREE
Monday, October 17, 2016 – : The Birth of Broadway through Operetta, Part II, Monroe Township Library, 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe Township, NJ 08831 (732) 521-5000 FREE
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 –10:30am: The Most Beautiful Music in the World – Bel Canto Opera, Ann’s Choice Community, 30000 Ann’s Choice Way, Warminster, PA 18974 (800) 431-0605
- Saturday, November 12, 2016 – 6:00pm: 28th Season Gala – Lucy’s Wedding Invitational – Trenton Country Club, Ewing, NJ, Celebrating Boheme Opera NJ’s new spring 2017 production of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor – For details, (609) 581-9551
Monday, November 14, 2016 – 1:00pm: From the Director’s Chair, Monroe Township Library, 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe Township, NJ 08831 (732) 521-5000 FREE
Friday, December 9, 2016 – 7:00pm: Wind, Water, Stone – Collaborating on the photographic exhibit by Elyn Zimmerman - Fifth Annual Holiday Presentation, East Gallery at Grounds For Sculpture, 80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton, NJ 08619 (609) 586-0616 For details, www.groundsforsculpture.org
Monday, December 12, 2016 – 1:00pm – The Most Beautiful Music in the World – Bel Canto Opera, Monroe Township Library, 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe Township, NJ 08831 (732) 521-5000 FREE
Remembering great moments…
Princeton Friends of Opera honored Boheme Opera NJ on May 14, 2016 with “Princeton Strikes Gold” featuring the theme of The Golden Age of Opera, and a quartet of outstanding Boheme Opera soloists: soprano Valerie Bernhardt, mezzo Ryu-Kyung Kim, tenor Raul Melo and baritone Eric Dubin, accompanied by Boheme Managing Director, pianist Sandra Milstein-Pucciatti. The event took place at the exquisite Princeton home of well-known author/historian Michael Curtis and noted photographer/artist Judith Brodsky. With added special PowerPoint presentations and a theme-related feast, this was a glorious tribute to opera and the community that treasures the art form.