Whether you have experienced live opera or not, you must admit that it is a large theatrical undertaking.
It offers opportunities for extraordinary fledgling talent, introduces young students to something unique, and fulfills on-site senior programming like no other entertainment.
Boheme Opera NJ is a regional production company in its milestone 30th season, keeping opera vibrant and contemporary in Central New Jersey.
Throughout its history, it has expanded its geographic impact in Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Burlington, Camden, Hunterdon and Somerset Counties, and Bucks County, PA.
To celebrate its milestone, this spring Boheme Opera will fully stage one of opera’s most exotic and well-known masterpieces: Giuseppe Verdi’s AIDA.
Taking place in ancient Egypt, this is a powerful story of the fierce love of Radames, captain of the Pharaoh’s guard, for Aida, a princess of Ethiopia and daughter of Egypt’s worst enemy, King Amonasro. Completing a love triangle, the Pharaoh’s daughter, Amneris, covets Radames for herself, causing intense moments of jealousy and bitterness.
Famous music, choruses and ballet sequences create a sensational theater experience for audiences.
Boheme Opera NJ performances are Friday, April 5th at 8:00pm, and Sunday, April 7th at 3:00pm, Kendall Main Stage Theater at TCNJ in Ewing, NJ.
The outstanding cast that Boheme has assembled will put you on the edge of your seat with vocal fireworks.
Conductor is BONJ Artistic Director Joseph Pucciatti, Stage Director is Eve Summer, with the Boheme Opera Chorus and Orchestra, and dancers from Princeton Youth Ballet.
Starring in the title role is lyrico spinto soprano Marsha Thompson, who gained attention for her voice as First Prize Winner of the Opera Orchestra of New York Vocal Competition.
Contralto Alison Bolshoi will make her role debut as Amneris, having made her Carnegie Hall debut in May 2018 with MidAmerican Productions.
Making his role debut as Radames is tenor Todd Wilander, having sung over 70 opera roles throughout the USA and in 15 countries.
Baritone Kenneth Overton makes his role debut as Amonasro, with his 2017 New York Philharmonic and San Francisco opera debuts.
Following Aida, Boheme Opera is hosting its 30th Anniversary Reunion Concert on May 19th at 3:00pm, in the East Gallery of the beautiful Grounds For Sculpture.
To be live broadcast by WWFM The Classical Network, audiences will be treated to performances by many of Boheme Opera’s past main stage artists.
If live opera is on your bucket list, don’t miss Boheme Opera’s production of Giuseppe Verdi’s AIDA.
For tickets, link to https://tinyurl.com/BONJ-Aida or call the TCNJ box office at 609-771-2775.
PHOTO CAP: The leading lady who will sing the title role of Boheme Opera’s production of “AIDA” – soprano Marsha Thompson.