Public Outreach

Final Outreach Event to Celebrate the completion of Boheme’s 27th Season:

Dinner & an Evening of Light Opera & Broadway at Diamonds of Pennington!

Wednesday, June 22 at 6:00pm                                   Diamonds of Pennington                                                     25 Route 31 South                                              Pennington, NJ  08534


Soprano Michele Sexton, Former Miss New Jersey, Just back from Hawaii Opera Tenor Luke Grooms, Met artist and Piangi on tour in Phantom of the Opera               Baritone Darik Knutsen, Recent Carnegie Hall debut, Justreleased first solo album


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, Verdi’s Violetta in 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.


Luke Grooms has quickly earned a name for himself in both opera and musical theatre with a focus in the Bel Canto repertoire including Tonio, Elvino, Lindoro, Almaviva, Ramiro, and Nemorino just to name a few.  Performances have brought him to The Metropolitan Opera (cover artist), Glimmerglass Opera, Lyric Opera of Baltimore, Opera Orchestra of New York, New York City Opera, Mississippi Opera, and others.  Musical theatre roles include Piangi on the National tour of The Phantom of the Opera, Jerry Springer: The Opera at Carnegie Hall playing Dwight/God, Jean Valjean in Les Miserables with Skylight Music Theatre and Red Mountain Theatre Company, as Beadle Bamford with the Fulton Theatre and Hawaii Opera theatre, and as Chef Louis in The Little Mermaid with Arkansas Rep.  In October Luke With tour Korea with Jekyll and Hyde, in the role of the Bishop.  For more information:


Darik Knutsen, baritone from McLean, VA, began singing as a boy soprano at the age of 9, with the National Cathedral Boys’ Choir. Mr. Knutsen celebrated his Carnegie Hall debut with the North American premiere of Carl Jenkin’s The Bard of Wales with D.C.I.N.Y.  He returned to the Phoenicia Festival in July as Carl Magnus in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. Other performances include: Silvio in I Pagliacci with Sarasota Opera, Dandini in La Cenerentola with Shreveport Opera, Eugene Onegin with The Opera Company of Middlebury, VT. Darik made his International debut as Marcello in La Bohème with Maestro Maazel in Oman. Mr. Knutsen he has also worked at the Santa Fe Opera, Madison Opera, The Castleton Festival, Chicago Opera Theater, and The Chautauqua Institute of Music. He is the recipient of numerous awards including Second Place Winner in the Central Regional Finals of the Metropolitan Council Auditions, Winner of the American Opera Society Scholarship, First Place in the Bel Canto Foundation Chicago, and Grant Award Winner from The Sullivan Foundation.
Gather in the Diamonds Sapphire Room for a wonderful mid-week break with a sumptuous dinner and comfortable ambience. Dinner includes:
Italian House Salad, Penne Pasta with Diamond’s Marinara Sauce with imported Romano Cheese, Choice of entree — Broiled Tilapia in lemon wine sauce, Chicken cutlet sauteed with marsala wine and fresh mushrooms or Eggplant Parmigiana, followed by special homemade dessert, Lavazza Coffee, Shangri La Tea, Iced Tea and Soda

$75 per person ($37.50 tax-deductible)      Cash Bar

Please send reservation checks payable to Boheme Opera NJ, PO Box 4157, Trenton, NJ 08610 in order to claim your seats!  Additionally, provide us with your choice of entree(s). There will be an email confirmation of your reservation(s).  Thank you for your support!


Stay informed about Boheme Opera’s free community programming on its Public Outreach page. There’s something for everyone.  Summer and Fall 2016 events to be announced.



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. 



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 27th season outreach events were memorable:

  • Thursday, August 13, 2015 – Outdoor Concert – Music in the Park Series – 7pm, Joseph Lawrence Park, Bordentown, NJ
  • Sunday, September 27, 2015 – Outdoor Concert – 4pm, Mercer County Italian American Festival in Mercer County Park, West Windsor, NJ: Starring soprano Eve Edwards and tenor Patrick Miller accompanied by the Boheme Opera Orchestra, Joseph Pucciatti conducting.
  • Tuesday, October 6, 2015 – 10:30am: The Birth of Broadway through Operetta, Ann’s Choice, 30000 Ann’s Choice Way, Warminster, PA  18974
  • Friday, October 16, 2015 – 7pm:  The Operas of Puccini, Wellington Manor, Lawrenceville, NJ
  • Wednesday, October 21, 2015 – 1pm:  The Birth of Broadway Through Operetta, Monroe Township Library, 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe Township, NJ  08831   (732) 521-5000
  • Wednesday, November 18, 2015 – 1pm:  Shakespeare in Opera, Monroe Township Library, 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe Township, NJ  08831   (732) 521-5000
  • Wednesday, December 9, 2015 – 1pm: Opera on the Russian Steps, Monroe Township Library, 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe Township, NJ  08831  (732) 521-5000
  • Friday, March 4, 2016 – 12:30pm – Brown Bag presentation: CARMEN, The Story Behind the Opera,  Mayo Concert Hall, TCNJ, 2000 Pennington Rd, Ewing, NJ 08628  (609) 771-2775
  • Sunday, March 6, 2016 – 4pm: Femme Fatales in opera: CARMEN, Dorothea’s House, 120 John Street, Princeton, NJ  08542   (609) 924-9713
  • Saturday, March 12, 2016 – 7pm: World’s Greatest Arias, Stonebridge at Montgomery, 100 Hollinshead Spring Road, Skillman, NJ  08558  (609) 683-8355
Some Boheme Opera outreach artists throughout Boheme’s 27th season:
Lyssandra Stephenson is a New Jersey based soprano. Recent performances include A Little Night Music (Mrs. Anderssen) with Light Opera of NJ; La Boheme (Chorus) with Boheme Opera NJ; The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Chorus) at the Papermill Playhouse; The Gondoliers (Casilda) with LONJ.   In 2014, Lyssandra was awarded the “Rising Star Award” from the Continuo Arts Foundation, and was invited to sing as an Artist in Residence and soloist with their choirs.  She has received honors from Central New York NATS and from the Mendelssohn PAC.  Lyssandra holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and Crane School of Music.
Soprano Eve Edwards has performed over 35 leading roles in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, including Mimi, Violetta, Desdemona, Pamina, Butterfly, Donnas Anna and Elvira and Suor Angelica, with the Amato Opera, Delphi Opera, Amici Opera, Delaware Valley Opera Company, Concert Operetta Theater, Center Stage Opera, Blue Planet Opera, Pennsylvania Lyric Opera Theater and more.
Bass-Baritone Edward Bogusz  Edward’s career began in Italy for two years of study and performance, where he was a coaching and opera student of the incomparable basso Italo Tajo. Returning to this country, he began singing as guest artist with many of the prestigious orchestras and opera companies in the USA. He has appeared with San Francisco Opera, Virginia Opera, Mississippi Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Opera Delaware, Pennsylvania Opera Theater, Buffalo Opera, and, for twelve seasons, with Des Moines Metro Opera, where he sang over 25 roles in well over 150 performances. One of the popular singers to appear with Boheme Opera, he has sung in 14 productions with that company including a record four portrayals of “Sacristan ” (Tosca) in 4 different venues. This year, he returns to the title role Don Pasquale, which he first sang in 1991 with Boheme. Mr. Bogusz’s repertoire encompasses well over 100 operatic as well as nearly 80 oratorio-concert roles.  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.
Tenor Christopher Hodson holds a Master of Music in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College and a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Music from Western Michigan University.  His operatic roles include Sam in Floyd’s Susannah, Pelleas in Debussy’s Pelleas et Melisande, Chevalier de la Force in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmelites, Azael in Debussy’s L’enfant Prodigue, the title role in Bizet’s Le Docteur Miracle, Frederick in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, Fenton in Verdi’s Falstaff and Bill in Jonathan Dove’s Flight.  In addition to his opera experience, Mr. Hodson has also appeared as tenor soloist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the American Classical Orchestra under the direction of Tom Crawford, Mozart’s Requiem, Arvo Part’s Passio with the Michigan Bach Collegium, Handel’s Messiah and Howell’s Requiem.
Baritone Charles Schneider from New Jersey, has enjoyed a thriving operatic career of performing ove3r 30 roles in more than 15 opera houses on the regional and local level. He has sung roles with The Lyric Orchestra, The Princeton Festival, Des Moines Metro Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Opera New York, The OK Mozart Festival, Concert Operetta Theatre of Philadelphia, Anchorage Opera and Opera Iowa, among others.  Some of his most recent roles include:  Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Michele (Il Tabarro), Belcore (L’elisir d’Amore) and Hal in the world premiere of Grammy award-winning composer Libby Larsen’s Picnic.  He has sung solo song recitals in North Carolina, New Jersey and in Merkin Hall and The Liederkranz in New York City.  A frequent performer of oratorio, Mr. Schneider has appeared as a bass soloist with Ensembles including The North Carolina Symphony, The New York City Symphony of Viols, The New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra, The Greensboro Choral Society, Wagner College and The Princeton University Chorus.  Mr. Schneider currently serves as an adjunct professor of voice at Westminster School of the Arts of Rider University and the Lawrenceville School.