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 2015 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 to date:
Thursday, August 13, 2015 – Outdoor Concert – Music in the Park Series – 7pm, Joseph Lawrence Park, Bordentown, NJ – About the artists below**
Sunday, September 27, 2015 – Time TBA – Outdoor Concert – Mercer County Italian American Festival in Mercer County Park, West Windsor, NJ
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
“Voices for a Summer Evening 2015″ - About the Artists:
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.
A native of Philadelphia, tenor Justin Gonzalez began performing professional at the age of eleven. He has sung as a classical musician with The Philadelphia Singers, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, Opera Philadelphia, among others. His love of pop music led him to performances with Rod Stewart and Chubby Checker, as well as regularly appearing on the Philadelphia club circuit. A diverse entertainer, he has sung for Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Prime Minister Tony Blair and Prince Charles. Justin is an active member of the music education team for BridgeSet Sound, where he leads private lessons in voice, ukulele and music theory.
Baritone John-Andrew Fernandez is an engaging young singer who has been heard on opera and concert stages across North America and Europe. Recent performances include the role of Damaso in Noli Me Tangere at the Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C., an aria excerpt from Die tote Stadt performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Fiorello in Il Barbiere di Siviglia for Bel Canto at Caramoor, Giuseppe in The Gondoliers with Light Opera of New Jersey, Schicchi. He is frequently featured as the baritone soloist in Brahms’ Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Fauré’s Requiem and Händel’s Messiah. Fernandez has enjoyed six operatic world premieres, including creating the roles of Mercuzio and Prospero in Romeo e Giulietta and La Tempesta at the Teatro Avvalloranti, Italy.
Some other Boheme Opera outreach artists throughout the season: