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EDUCATION & OUTREACH

All of our musicales include an educational component - an informative introduction to the songs, the performers and to the world of opera at large. In addition to performing In Residence at Fairleigh Dickinson University, our singers and music educators visit outside organizations presenting opera selections, recitals and lectures. 

 

We are proud of our commitment to the community. Our programs keep the opera art form alive and accessible to people of all backgrounds, education, and ages. We regularly provide outreach concerts for seniors, students, and underserved communities. We offer discounted rates to seniors and students, group rates, parking for buses, handicap accessible facilities and a parking shuttle. We work with schools, senior living communities and social organizations to facilitate attendance at our venue, or we can bring Opera at Florham to you.

Opera at Florham was founded as an extension of the Fairleigh Dickinson University Music Department. Now an independent nonprofit, we continue to perform on the Madison campus and to involve FDU students and faculty in our operations and performances.

Outreach programs from recitals to lectures make the beauty of opera accessible to the outside community.

 

In line with our mission to educate the public about opera, we thread compelling narration throughout  our concerts.

Community Outreach

 

The Joy of Opera: A Reflection of Life

On November 16, 2019 from 11am to 1pm at the Madison Library, Music Educator Lou Barrella will deliver an opera history and appreciation lecture with music and video for both seasoned opera lovers and new-comers alike. 

A Tribute to Licia Albanese

In April 2019, Opera at Florham presented a special Tribute to Opera Legend Licia Albanese with four vocalists and pianist Mary Pinto captivating the audience as they performed famous and favorite roles of opera great Licia Albanese, a friend to and Vocal Competition jurist at OaF. A personalized audio-video presentation highlighted her life and career, and on display was memorabilia and personal reflections of times spent with Ms. Albanese.

 

Opera at Florham has curated a special version of this Musicale for outreach. 

Bringing Opera to the Chathams

In April 2019, soprano Mia Pafumi and jazz pianist Gil Scott Chapman performed an hour-long program of opera and the American songbook at the Senior Center of the Chathams. Program

Opera at Canal Walk

On an evening in January 2019, soprano Amelia Burshe, mezzo-soprano Kathleen Shelton, tenor Frederick Schlick and baritone Matthew Ciuffitelli performed A Little Night Music as part of the Canal Walk concert series. Artistic director Mary Pinto narrated and accompanied the artists on piano. Program

Canal Walk is a 55+ adult living facility located in Somerset, New Jersey.

 

In the Schools

In 2014, Opera at Florham and NJ Festival Orchestra collaborated on La Cenerentola (Cinderella) performed at JFK School for the Developmentally Disabled, Newark Arts High School and Marie Duffy Grammar School in Wharton.  Specially designed for the enjoyment of children, this operatic romp included costumes, antics and audience involvement.