Public Outreach

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.

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Some other Boheme Opera outreach artists throughout the season:

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.  He resides in Bucks County, PA with his wife, soprano Amanda Lee and their 18-month old son, Charles VI.

 
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