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OPERA THEATRE OF MONTCLAIR

Opera Theatre of Montclair's production of Verdi's NABUCCO has been listed by The Montclair Times as the NUMBER 1 best arts event of 2015.

NOW CASTING

Opera Theatre of Montclair announces CASTING for its February 2016 production of Mozart's "Die Entführung aus dem Serail". It will be performed in German with English dialogue and orchestra which will be conducted by Markus Grae-Hauck. Performance dates are 2/12, 13, 14, 18, 19 and 20. It will be triple cast (currently partially cast) with alternate casts serving as covers. All performances will take place at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair in New Jersey. Rehearsals will also take place in Montclair beginning in January (very easy and frequent public transportation). A stipend covering local travel will be paid. At this time, we seek VIDEO submissions for all principal roles. The video need not be professionally produced (a cellphone video will suffice). To be considered, the video must demonstrate your character and have a clear image so that one's technique can be properly assessed. Special consideration will be given to singers who perform an aria from Abduction. Submit your video link to [email protected] . Please put the name of the role for which you would like to be considered in the subject line. Please submit headshot/resume and if you have any local performances coming up of any kind. Also, please submit names and contact info for references of persons who can attest to how you work with your colleagues. If you have already performed with OTM, please just send an email with your interest. Note that OTM does NOT charge singers audition fees.

All That Glitters


A Fundraiser to Benefit Opera Theatre of Montclair
The Sorrelli Store, 20 Church Street, Montclair, NJ

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 7:30-9:30

TICKETS HERE

Opera Theatre of Montclair's professional opera singers will present a program of arias featuring the theme of "Jewels" and including music of Beethoven, Bernstein, Bizet, Gounod, Menotti, Moore, Offenbach, Puccini, Verdi and Wagner. OTM's artists will "model" Sorrelli pieces as they perform. Join us for a fun evening of music, shopping, wine and cheese in an elegant, intimate space. Sorrelli will generously donate 5% of all sales on the evening of the event to OTM.


Opera Theatre of Montclair is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations are tax-deductible. 

Space is limited. Reserved seats are $20.00.


PROGRAM:


Rebecca Eng, piano


Glitter and Be Gay - Candide - Bernstein (1956)

Mia Riker-Norrie, soprano


Ah! je ris de me voir si belle en ce miroir - Faust - Gounod (1859)

Charlotte Detrick, soprano


Ah! ah! Liberi!...Ah! Manon, mi tradisce - Manon Lescaut - Puccini (1893)

Allyson Carvajal, soprano, and Benjamin Sloman, tenor


Non piangere, mia compagna - Don Carlo - Verdi (1867)

Jennifer Behnke, soprano


This is My Box - Amahl and the Night Visitors - Menotti (1951)

Kevin Courtemanche, tenor


All That Gold - Amahl and the Night Visitors - Menotti (1951)

Ema Mitrović, mezzo-soprano


Au fond du temple saint - Les pêcheurs de perles - Bizet (1863)

Emmanuel Cruz, tenor, and Kevin Pruner, bass-baritone


Scintille, diamant - Les Contes d’Hoffmann - Offenbach (1881)

Samuel Bolshoi, baritone


The Silver Aria - The Ballad of Baby Doe - D. Moore (1956)

Tricia Lobo, soprano


D'amor sull'ali rosee - Il Trovatore - Verdi (1853)

Charlotte Detrick, soprano


Vissi d’arte - Tosca - Puccini (1900)

Allyson Carvajal, soprano


Hat man nicht auch Gold beineben - Fidelio - Beethoven (1805)

Kevin Pruner, bass-baritone


Lugt, Schwestern! - Das Rheingold - Wagner (1869)

Jennifer Behnke, soprano, Jessica Burr, soprano, and Ema Mitrović, mezzo-soprano


Montclair Make Music Day 2015

On Sunday, June 21, 1:30 PM, OTM presented its abridged Magic Flute as part of Montclair Make Music Weekend 2015. This interactive family-friendly abridged opera was semi-staged and costumed outside of The Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ. It was another FREE outreach event with most of the singers and musicians donating their time as a public service. It was sung in German with a fun English narration.  As a special added treat, OTM's Principal Harp, Violetta Norrie, gave a recital immediately following the opera.  We had a very nice crowd sitting on the lawn in front of Terra Tea Salon.  Very special thanks to Greg Pason, the Chair of Make Music Montclair, and Grace Grund for assisting us to set up in front of her beautiful cafe.

Opera Theatre of Montclair Performed at
Renaissance Middle School
- June 5, 2015

This event was sponsored in part by a grant from the Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence (MFEE).

 
Opera Theatre of Montclair artists had a wonderful time working with the students of Montclair's Renaissance Middle School during this past school year. With the generous help of Joyce Korotkin, visual arts teacher, and Dr. Marcia Heard, dance teacher and choreographer, OTM prepared a collaborative performance of Mozart's The Magic Flute. The kids created masks, scenery, dances, raps and portrayed the "roles" of the The Ladies' Attendants, Forest Animals, Dragons, Fire and Water. OTM hopes to expand this unique music education program through private donations and further grant funding.

(This event has PASSED)


Sunday, April 12

6-7:30 PM


NARRATED 

SCENES: 


Puccini's 

La Bohème (1896) & Larson's Rent (1996)

Opera Theatre of Montclair presents a fundraising event featuring narrated scenes from Giacomo Puccini's "La Bohème" and Jonathan Larson's "Rent". Part of the evening's proceeds will be donated to Montclair High's School of Visual & Performing Arts who will be presenting six performances of "Rent" in May 2015. Learn how Jonathan Larson cleverly incorporated musical themes, plot twists, and even lyrics of the opera into his Tony Award-winning rock musical. OTM's professional opera singers will be joined by several young talented actors of SVPA performing corresponding scenes from each work.

The Montclair Women's Club
82 Union Street, Montclair, NJ


Mia Riker-Norrie, soprano - Narrator/Musetta
Sabrina Palladino, soprano - Mimì
Oswaldo Iraheta, tenor - Rodolfo
Gustavo Morales, baritone - Marcello
Ilberto Lagana, Colline
Alan Smulen, baritone - Schaunard

Fiona Kennon, Mimi
Sam Norrie, Roger
Jason Smith, Collins

Rebecca Eng, piano

CAUTION: "Rent" features mature themes and may not be appropriate for children.

Opera Theatre of Montclair cannot begin to express its gratitude to Maestro Daniele Tirilli. In addition to leading OTM through its first full production, he took the time to teach a master class in Montclair the very night before his flight home to Perugia, Italy, on March 25. Singers and orchestra alike commented that he is one of the very best conductors they have ever worked with. In addition to his musical gifts we were blessed by his kindness, generosity of spirit and humility. We hope he will consider working with OTM again in the years to come.  Bravo e grazie, Maestro!

Despite dangerous weather conditions on March 1, Opera Theatre of Montclair's loyal fans filled the pews at The Church of the Immaculate Conception for its Highlights presentation of Mozart's The Magic Flute. Colin Oettle led the Vari Musicisti chamber orchestra.

OPERA THEATRE OF MONTCLAIR offers its sincere thanks to our audiences who filled The House every night of our successful production of Verdi's NABUCCO. We are so pleased to report that it exceeded our expectations in every regard. We owe a tremendous debt to the artistry of our principal and ensemble singers, our distinguished orchestra, our stage director Sabrina Palladino, our brilliant costume director Lisa Krizner-George, art directors Theresa DeSalvio and Joyce Korotkin, many backstage and front-of-house volunteers. We are overwhelmed by gratitude that Maestro Marco Daniele Tirilli chose to share his generosity of spirit, humility and ingrained knowledge of the music of Verdi in the interest of raising up this new opera company. Grazie mille!

Testimonials:


"Just saw Nabucco last night because a member of the orchestra gave us 3 of her comp tickets. Great idea to give the orchestra comp tickets because #1 I live in Montclair and never heard of the Opera Theatre of Montclair, #2 even if I did, I would have never attended Nabucco as I didn't think I liked opera and would have not bought a $50 ticket just to find out. Well, I LOVED IT! And I just made a donation to show my appreciation for the quality of the production, my anxiousness to see whatever comes out of the Opera Theatre next and the savviness of whoever decided to give out comp tickets. You've won a new supporter! Thanks for a great night. Eileen Percevault"


"Just a note - saw the production of 'Nabucco' by Giuseppe Verdi tonight at the Unitarian Church at 67 Church Street and if you like opera, you will love it. If you've never seen 'Nabucco,' you will enjoy it. If you don't like opera, you will be surprised at how wrong you have been, and you will enjoy the full and terrific orchestra (39, I counted them in the program) directed by Marco Daniele Tirilli, and the music. The costuming is great - and the set, simple but timely. There are English subtitles you can see easily. You will also be seeing the beginnings of the Opera Theatre of Montclair and this first full production. Almost an intimate experience - the Met is nice too, but everything is very far away in the seats I get. The singing is great - and the famous chorus 'Va Pensiero' is grand (you have heard that before). The Italians almost use it as a National Anthem. This Opera Theatre is all due to the founder, Mia Riker-Norrie, and she has brought a marvelous experience to Montclair. I encourage you to see this really marvelous event. The press was there, I'm sure there will be more adequate reviews than my really enjoying it, but this is an experience - and local! Adriana O'Toole"


"OK – there are a number of new young opera companies that have come into existence over the last several years. One of the newest is the Opera Theatre of Montclair. Montclair? Yup – and it’s about a 45-minute drive, but there is also a bus line and train service, and both come close to the performance venue. So – GO TO MONTCLAIR. Next Friday or Saturday, and see their performance of Nabucco. Now it’s not my favorite opera, but WOW. Beautifully performed. Large orchestra (39) and they’re wonderful. Large chorus –34 - makes for fairly static staging because there are so many people on stage they can barely turn around. But when they sing Va Pensiero in the final act, it’s as good as any recording you’ve ever heard. Too bad they didn't honor the tradition of the encore for that song. When the show was ending, I leaned over to the guy next to me (who also runs an opera company) and said they should change the name of the opera. To either Abigaille or even more, Fenena. Both women were lovely but the second was breath-taking. Stole the show. The men are good but lack the clarion ring that makes for really exciting singing. And finally the conductor – again, wow. From Italy, and he held a tricky score in the palm of his hand. Never a false moment, kept chorus and soloists and orchestra together as one lovely instrument. If you love Verdi, if you love opera, if you love just hearing young singers you will hear more about later on – go and see Nabucco. Ok, I’m raving. You’ll thank me. Different casts Friday and Saturday so who knows, you might even want to go twice.  Fr. John Sheehan"


"The newly born Opera Theater of Montclair gave its first full length, fully staged performance last night. The opera was 'Nabucco'. I thought it was a pretty impressive performance. The lead singers all had resumes that included performances in other provincial houses here in the US and sometimes in Europe. The chorus was wonderful. The ~35 piece orchestra was conducted by Marco Daniele Tirilli. Abigaille last night was Rosa D'Imperio. Tonight the role will be sung by Mithra Mastropierro. Next
week there will be two more performances. These are at the Unitarian Church at 67 Church Street in Montclair. The acoustics were excellent. No amplification is used. There are only about 150 seats and it was full last night. I purchase my ticket at the door. Opera Theater of Montclair is the child of Mia Riker-Norrie. I imagine she must be very pleased this morning by how this all came together. Michael Liebert, OPERA-L"