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"Audiences can expect a roaring good time"
- Maestro David Wroe
.Verdi's soaring arias have long made La Traviata one of the most popular operas of all time. Internationally acclaimed guest soloists from NY Metropolitan Opera and beyond and Artistic Director Maria Todaro join NJFO to present, acted and in costume, this powerful romantic drama that will melt the coldest heart!
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Metropolitan Opera soprano Jessica Sandidge stars as Violetta, the fallen woman (“ La Traviata”) who sacrifices her last chance for love. Lauded by Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times as having “a melting soprano voice”, Ms. Sandidge recently featured in the New York Metropolitan Opera production of Janacek’s Jenufa.
Acclaimed tenor Cody Austin returns to NJFO to co-star as Alfredo, the young man who is willing to risk everything for Violetta. With his “ warm and rich” voice, Mr. Austin is quickly becoming one of the most promising singing actors of his age and has performed leading roles with Opera Santa Barbara, Lyric Opera Virginia, Utah Opera, and Opera Grand Rapids and more.
Metropolitan Opera baritone Louis Otey, sings the role of Giorgio Germont, Alfredo’s father, who disapproves of Violetta’s lifestyle, but is moved by her plight. Described by the NY Times as “ardent and moving” with a baritone that “blooms,” Mr. Otey has performed countless leading roles in prestigious opera companies and theaters worldwide.
With a rich timbre and effortless coloratura, soprano Elena T. Bird is a versatile, accomplished artist who brings vocal clarity and energetic character to the stage. Recent starring roles include Lucy in The Telephone with the Performing Arts Society of the Kenai Peninsula, as well as numerous lead roles with Fargo-Moorhead Opera.
Performance also features
RACHELLE PIKE ( Flora) JOSEPH FLAXMAN (Baron)
OLIVER SEWELL (Gastone) BRIAN MONTGOMERY (Doctor)
SATURDAY MARCH 4 at 7PM | PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH | WESTFIELD
SUNDAY MARCH 5 at 3PM | DREW UNIVERSITY | MADISON
Tickets start at $28 (students U18 $15)
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