Spotlight: Boheme Opera NJ

Boheme Opera NJ enters its milestone 35th season of enriching the region with accessible, affordable and artistically professional opera through productions, educational and outreach programs and community involvement. Highlights of the 2023-24 include the company’s annual fundraising gala on November 5th, A Night in Seville, Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors and Georges Bizet’s Carmen.

A Night in Seville on November 5th will whisk guests away to an evening in sultry Spain with fine food, an exciting silent auction and the mesmerizing flamenco of the Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre. In December, audiences will be rapt by Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors – an uplifting, inspirational opera of two children joined by faith on the eve of the Nativity.

A poor mother and her disabled son, Amahl, who has a penchant for tall tales, open their humble home to the Three Kings on their westward, star-guided quest. What begins as a respite on the road to Bethlehem becomes a journey of learning, love and healing.

Come spring, Boheme Opera NJ will set the stage ablaze with Georges Bizet’s Carmen. Director Stefanos Koroneos sets the torrid tale of lust and vengeance in Spain’s volatile 1940s – when Franco ruled with an iron fist and the world was engulfed in war.

It is within this inferno that Carmen lives – and passions burn. Boheme Opera NJ will continue its long-standing performance lecture series at Monroe Township Library with a quartet of events ranging from the greatest hits of Rodgers and Hammerstein to a preview of a new opera, Lily, based on Edith Wharton’s novel The House of Mirth.

Other community-based appearances will be at the Porch Club of Riverton and Salon 33 in Princeton. Dates, times, details and ticketing information for these and additional events can be found at

PHOTO CAP: From the finale of Boheme Opera NJ’s 2019 production of “Amahl and the Night Visitors.”

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