OUTREACH & EDUCATION
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.
The Joy of Opera Lectures
The essence of opera is the MUSIC by which the genius of a composer translates all the words, actions, thoughts and emotions of a drama
and its characters into the most understandable language of the SOUL!
Through the Opera at Florham outreach program, Music Educator Lou Barrella and other opera experts open up the world of opera to the public through recorded musical excerpts, video selections and narrative. Enjoy an experience of intellectual stimulation and musical pleasure that everyone can relate to.
Lou Barrella has been a dedicated music educator for over 40 years, specializing in Music and Opera Appreciation in schools and cultural organizations. He has given workshops and organized student trips for the Education Department of the Metropolitan Opera for 35 years and continues to do so.
One of the ways Opera at Florham fulfills its mission to educate the general public and in particular young people about opera is to offer background, stories
and narration by experts from the world of opera at musicales and outreach concerts. Our narrators include Opera at Florham's
PREVIOUS OUTREACH EVENTS
The Joy of Opera: A Reflection of Life
In 2019 at the Madison Library, Music Educator Lou Barrella delivered 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 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
Opera at Canal Walk
On an evening in 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 at Canal Walk adult living facility. Artistic director Mary Pinto narrated and accompanied the artists on piano.