Public Outreach

NEXT EVENT:   Wind, Water, Stone – A Holiday Collaboration

Friday – December 9 – 7:00pm

Boheme Opera NJ brings its 5th Annual Holiday Presentation to the East Gallery at Grounds For Sculpture, reflecting the contemplative exhibit of renowned stone sculptor and archeological site photographer Elyn Zimmerman currently on display at the venue.  Interspersing opera arias and classic songs relating to the exhibit, along with familiar carols, this will be a warm and memorable evening to usher in the holiday season.


Eve Ewards, soprano  
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.
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. _____________________________________________________________________________________  

A memorable concert…

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!



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 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 – 1:00pm: 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 GalaLucia’s Castle Wedding 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    FREE concert with entrance fee to the Grounds.  For details,
  • 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
  • Monday, January 9, 2017 – 6 to 9pm – Introducing Boheme Opera to Cherry Hill – Fundraising dinner at Cherry Hill’s popular Caffe Aldo Lamberti Restaurant. $70 pp, all inclusive, cash bar.  Hear Boheme Opera artists and meet co-founders up close and personal as a pre-cursor to the company’s semi-staging of The Barber of Seville on February 4 at Cherry Hill West High School. For reservations and details, call (609) 581-9551 or email to


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.


Boheme Opera was chosen for a feature about its 2015 “La Boheme” by Culture Vultures Arts Weekly of DJA’s Great press like this is priceless, showing Boheme’s passion and diversity.