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A celebration of 40 years of continuous music with tributes to founders Charles Del Rosso, Violetta DuPont and Steve DeMaio and a performance by soprano Alexandra Razskazoff, baritone Matthew Ciuffitelli, mezzo-soprano Shanley Horvitz, tenor Frederick Schlick and acclaimed accompanist Mary PintoMusical commentary by Mariana Karpatova

Special guest host, celebrated opera singer Diana Soviero.

Opera at Florham 40th Anniversary

Opera at Florham 40th Anniversary

Opera at Florham 40th Anniversary
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“Mira, o Norma” from Norma at Opera at Florham

“Mira, o Norma” from Norma at Opera at Florham

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Nedda/Silvio Duet from Pagliacci at Opera at Florham

Nedda/Silvio Duet from Pagliacci at Opera at Florham

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“Parigi, o cara” from La Traviata at Opera at Florham

“Parigi, o cara” from La Traviata at Opera at Florham

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OAF Founders

Opera at Florham Founders

Violetta DuPont

In 1982, Violetta Pollara DuPont co-founded Opera at Florham at the Fairleigh Dickinson University Madison campus as an extension of FDU's Music Department under the guidance of its Chair, Dr. Charles Del Rosso. In 1987, the Opera at Florham Vocal Competition was established by the Opera Guild to honor Violetta DuPont for her vision and her tireless work on behalf of OaF. The Guild acted in concert with the OaF mission - Violetta's vision - to provide young artists on the threshold of promising careers with the opportunities to gain role and stage experiences and to advance their careers through a variety of programs.

Violetta loved opera, singing and piano. She was a vocalist and pianist who performed throughout her life.

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Benefactor Marty Jeiven

Opera at Florham is extremely grateful to our guardian angel Marty Jeiven who is the primary sponsor for our 40th Anniversary event.  As an Opera at Florham supporter since its founding, Marty donated a major award to our 2022 Vocal Competition and contributed additional compensation to our concert artists.

Sponsors

Joseph DuPont in honor of his mother Violetta DuPont

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Host and Artists

Artists Anniversary
Diana Soviero at Opera at Florham

DIANA SOVIERO

Host

Proclaimed by Opera Magazine as “One of the world’s great singing actresses,” Diana Soviero is one of the most recognized American opera singers of the 20th century. She became a compelling interpreter of the verismo repertoire in performances at leading international Opera houses and is renowned for her interpretations of Puccini’s heroines, including Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly, Mimì and Musetta in La bohème, Liù in Turandot, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, and the title roles in Tosca, Manon Lescaut, and Suor Angelica.

Now dedicated to teaching both private lessons in her Manhattan Studio and Master Classes across the country, she is also a member of the voice faculty at the Mannes School of Music and conducts Master Classes with prestigious companies and festivals.

 

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ALEXANDRA RAZSKAZOFF

Soprano

Alexandra Razskazoff has been acclaimed by The New York Times as a “richly faceted, slinky soprano,” whose “soprano [is] rich, distinctive of timbre, and penetrating, and possess[es] a lovely bloom on top” (Opera News). Alexandra was recently named a Grand Finals Winner in the 2022 Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition.

 

In 2022, Alexandra made significant house debuts performing Beethoven's 9th Symphony with Bozeman Symphony, Mimì (La bohème) at Teatro Municipal de Santiago, Chile, reprising Violetta (La Traviata) with Out of the Box Opera, as well as Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) with Teatro Grattacielo at the Phoenicia International Festival of The Voice. In the 2021-22 season, Alexandra debuted as Suzel in Teatro Grattacielo's production of Mascagni's L'Amico Fritz and covered Micaëla (Carmen) and Hanna Glawari (The Merry Widow), and sang Giannetta (L'elisir d'amore) at Palm Beach Opera. 

 

Alexandra has garnered acclaim at multiple vocal competitions. In 2021, she was a semifinalist in the prestigious Operalia vocal competition and received 1st Place at the James Toland Vocal Arts Competition. Earlier, she won top prizes in the Giovanni Consiglio International Competition, the PARTNERS for the Arts Competition, the Orpheus Vocal Competition, the Premiere Opera Foundation + NYIOP International Vocal, and in National Opera Association’s C. Bailey and D. Argento Vocal Competition. In 2019, she won prizes in the Premiere Opera Foundation + NYIOP International Vocal Competition, the Dorothy Lincoln-Smith Vocal Competition and Opera at Florham’s Violetta DuPont Vocal Competition (1st Place!). More...

 

Alexandra Razskazoff completed her formal training as a Resident Artist with the Academy of Vocal Arts and Minnesota Opera. She was a Young Artist with San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program and an Apprentice Artist with Santa Fe Opera. 

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SHANLEY HORVITZ

Mezzo-soprano

Shanley Horvitz, an American mezzo soprano, has been reviewed "to spin lovely, warm legato phrases, replete with ease of emission, dynamic variety, elegance, yet holding obvious power in reserve.” Shanley had a fruitful competition season in 2022 winning 1st place at the International Orpheus Competition, 2nd place Opera San Jose Irene Dalis Competition, 2nd place Pasadena Vocal Competition, 1st place Houston Gilbert & Sullivan Career Grant Competition, 3rd place Opera Florham, 1st place 2021 Mario Lanza Institute Competition, 1st place Vienna Summer Music Festival, and Encouragement Award MONC Laffont competition at the Pittsburgh District.

 

Shanley recently debuted the role of Anacoana in Franchetti’s Cristoforo Colombo with Teatro Grattacielo, Jezibaba in Dvorak’s Rusalka, and the title role in Bizet’s Carmen with Vincerò Academy, a role she will debut at Carnegie Hall. Recently she debuted Donna Elvira in Vienna Summer Music Festival’s production of Don Giovanni at Palais Ehrbar, where she was seen in concert with the PolyMuse Orchestra under Maestro Anton Yeretsky.

 

Shanley is from the Philadelphia area and spends time in Liguria, Italy. She is a graduate of Westminster Choir College. 

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FREDERICK SCHLICK

Tenor