Performance opportunities for singers. 
Social justice through arts accessibility. 
Musical education outreach.


Opera Theatre of Montclair FREE Holiday Concert
Friday, December 21 - 5-5:45 PM
First Congregational Church, 40 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair

Opera Theatre of Montclair will perform a FREE outdoor concert as part of Make Music Montclair's Winter Solstice Celebration. Join the fun with parades, food and 
other live performances. 


OTM will perform the finale of Hansel and Gretel with its children's chorus, excerpts from La Boheme, Spanish carols and other Christmas classics.

Dress warmly! The "stage" will be the front foyer of the church with the doors open to the front sidewalk.

Lucas Barkley - piano
The Children's Opera Chorus of Montclair

Florianna Heun, soprano
Hanna Lee, soprano
Luisa Fernanda Munster, soprano
Mia Riker-Norrie, soprano
Christine Rauschenbach-Nevill, mezzo soprano
Ravon Middlebrooks, tenor
Jay Stephenson, baritone
A Special Showing of the new highly-acclaimed documentary film 


Monday, November 19, 7:30 PM

Bow Tie Clairidge Cinemas

486 Bloomfield Avenue

Montclair, NJ

With a post-screening discussion led by OTM's General Director, Mia Riker-Norrieand principal soprano/stage director Sabrina Palladino

This is a special Montclair Film members-only event that is being extended to fans and friends of 

Opera Theatre of Montclair. Please join us for the post-viewing discussion of the film which will include anecdotes, personal reflections and audience interaction. 

Tickets are $12/each for Montclair Film members and fans of OTM. 

If you are not a Montclair Film member, go to Montclair Film and use the following login info: 


Password: Callas58 

You should then be able to enter your personal information and purchase your tickets. If you run into difficulties, please directly contact Rebecca Sokol at Montclair Film: 973-679-8271 or

Another option, pending availability, is to purchase tickets at Montclair Film's box office on Friday, 11/16, beginning at 7PM, on Saturday, 11/17, starting at 1:30 PM or the night of the screening. The box office is located at 505 Bloomfield Avenue. 

Sabrina Palladino, soprano/director of stage and screen, studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute before entering television commercial production and a career behind the camera, first as a producer and then a director. Sabrina directed Opera Theatre of Montclair's first production, Verdi's Nabucco. About her recent performance as Puccini's Manon Lescaut, said:  "Her soprano, which has delicacy, color and grace, commands intimacy and pathos. Ms. Palladino’s impeccable diction and vivid acting brought Manon’s plight to one and all. Ms. Palladino’s interpretation was unforgettable. It simply stays with you in memory and won’t let go."

Mia Riker-Norrie founded Opera Theatre of Montclair with the mission of providing professional opportunities for young or underutilized singers and orchestral musicians, practicing social justice through arts accessibility with low ticket prices and intimate productions, and creating interactive educational productions to inspire a love of opera in children. OTM is the 2018 Winner of the People's Choice Award as New Jersey's Favorite Opera Company.  Mia was recently named a winner of the first AC2 Awards by 
2018 Montclair Design Week. As a soprano, she has received praise from 
Opera News and The New York Times

Opera Theatre of Montclair presents its family-favorite shortened version of Mozart's THE MAGIC FLUTE at the renowned Van Vleck House & Gardens on Thursday, July 27, 2017, 7 PM. Child volunteers from the audience will take up the "roles" of dragons, forest animals, spirits, The Second Lady and baby birds. It will be presented on the rear patio and lawn of this beautiful historic estate.  Bring your picnic basket and blanket/lawn chair, and be sure to arrive early to tour around the exquisite gardens. This fun interactive show is presented, in part, by a grant from The Montclair Foundation. RAIN OR SHINE! In the event of rain, the show will be brought inside the mansion where the audience will "follow" the cast around - a unique operatic experience either way! Tickets are available through Eventbrite below or at the door.

CAST of July 27, 2017:

Papageno:  Brian Alvarado, baritone

Tamino:  Ravon Middlebrooks, tenor

Pamina: Jennifer Whennen, soprano

Queen of the Night: Heather Bobeck, soprano

Sarastro: Jim Pierce, baritone

First Lady: Stacey Canterbury, soprano

Third Lady: Ema Mitrović, mezzo soprano

Papagena: Aine Hakamatsuka, soprano
The next FREE preview of Opera Theatre of Montclair's upcoming production of Rossini's
LA CENERENTOLA will be on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 7 PM, at Little Falls Public Library,
8 Warren Street, Little Falls, NJ.  Bring the kids!

Come experience the joy of Rossini’s classic comedic opera LA CENERENTOLA (Cinderella) in this formal preview performance of Opera Theatre of Montclair’s full mainstage production, which will be staged at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Assembly Hall, 73 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, on September 15, 16, 22 and 23, 2017. OTM will perform semi-staged arias and excerpts with a witty narration for the patrons of Montclair Public Library on June 18, 4 PM. This concert will feature members of the all-professional cast and will be fun for the whole family. Learn how Rossini’s version of Cinderella differs from the Grimm and from the Disney. Mingle with the cast. A perfect way to spend Father’s Day afternoon. Click above to register. FREE!

Cast for June 18 Preview:

Angelina (Cinderella):  Cornelia Lotito, mezzo soprano

Prince Ramiro:  Alexey Kukharskiy, tenor

Dandini: Brian Alvarado, baritone

Don Magnifico:  Sheldrake Lukas, bass

Alidoro:  Mark Watson, bass-baritone

Clorinda:  Mia Riker-Norrie, soprano

Tisbe: Andrea Howland, mezzo soprano

ANOTHER Preview Performance has just been added on Wednesday, July 19, 7 PM, at

Little Falls Public Library, 8 Warren Street, Little Falls, NJ.

Mark Watson's FREE Monthly Master Class 

for the Singers of Opera Theatre of Montclair

Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 

7-10 PM

The Assembly Hall of 

St. Luke's Episcopal Church

73 South Fullerton Avenue

Montclair, NJ

Open to the General Public

In keeping with the mission to serve its artists, Opera Theatre of Montclair is so pleased to present international bass-baritone Mark Watson in a FREE monthly master class series. The pianist this month will be Giovanni Longo.

The next class will meet in the Assembly Room of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 73 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, on Monday, April 17, 7:30-10 PM. (The Assembly Room is located in the building attached to the church proper on South Fullerton Avenue next to a driveway. Go up the exterior flight of stairs to enter. Parking and easy public transportation from NYC available. From Port Authority Bus Terminal, take the #33 Decamp Bus to North Fullerton Ave or #66 to Montclair YMCA. Both are a short walk to the church.)

This class represents a SAFE space for artists to work through a piece with a caring, highly-experienced teacher/coach. Singers will benefit through performance and observation. The public is invited to observe.

Mark's class is fun, and you will be introduced to ideas that are useful in auditions and performance. Please bring a short, memorized operatic aria or a song from musical theatre, and bring an extra copy of the sheet music. Wear comfortable clothing.

If you would like to sing, please send your materials to and put PERFORMANCE CLASS in the subject line. The class is open to all levels, from young students (minimum age 13 please) through established professionals. We all have something to learn and share with other artists. If professional, please send resume/photo. If college or high school student, please send resume/photo (if available), name of teacher, how many years studied and age.

About Mark Watson: 

Trained on full scholarship at The Juilliard School. Winner of several international vocal competitions. Concerts, operas and oratorios in Israel, Italy, Belgium and on national television in Japan. Appearances at Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and Carnegie Hall in NYC; Annenberg Center in Philadelphia and the Meadow Brook Music Festival in Michigan. In 2014, Mark was presented as Artist of the Year at the Max M. Fisher Music Center (Orchestra Hall, Detroit) where he premiered David DiChiera’s hauntingly beautiful, A Letter to Sarah, an eight-minute concert aria for voice, trumpet and piano. "The most consistently enjoyable performance came from Mark Watson who sang Leporello with a voice of intriguing, vibrant texture and easy presence…their scenes together (with the Don) were dramatically and musically the most satisfying of the night." NEW YORK TIMES "Watson, a real singing actor, displayed an impressive well-focused voice, impeccable articulation, absolutely liquid runs and expert dynamic control." OAKLAND PRESS. Teachers/Coaches - Alberta Masiello, Renato Capecchi, Vera Rozsa, Enza Ferrari, Daniel Ferro, Randolph Mikelson, Joan Dornemann, Corradina Caporello, Albert Fuller and Håkan Hagegård. 

SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 2017, 3 PM
735 JFK Boulevard, Bayonne, NJ
or by mailing a check to 32 Cloverhill Place, Montclair, NJ 07042.

The professional singers and Opera Orchestra of Montclair will be conducted by Maestro Robert Butts. This performance will serve as a fundraiser for the nonprofit Opera Theatre of Montclair and Temple Emanu-El.

Free parking will be available courtesy of St. Henry's Church, on Avenue C between 28th and 29th Streets, Bayonne (one block away). Temple Emanu-El is also easily accessible via public transportation.


$35/adults, pre-purchase ($40 at the door, day of performance)

$10/children 10 and up

FREE - children under 10

Group sales - $30/ticket for 10 or more

50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ

Opera Theatre of Montclair presents its abridged version of Mozart's THE MAGIC FLUTE at the auditorium of the Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ, on Saturday, February 25, 2 PM. This staged, costumed interactive (audience participation) performance is the perfect introduction to opera for all ages. It is offered as a FREE community service.

OTM is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization which survives on donations. Please consider giving to offset the costs of this performance and to fund next season:

Cast for 2/25/17:

Tamino: Tai Collins, tenor
Pamina: Patricia Vital, soprano
Papageno: TBA
Queen of the Night: Heather Bobeck, soprano
First Lady: TBA
Second Lady: TBA
Third Lady: Cornelia Lotito, mezzo-soprano
Papagena: Allison Mion, soprano
Monostatos: Ian Castro, tenor

Rebecca Eng, piano
Mia Riker-Norrie, narrator

Saturday, January 28, 7-10 PM

Experience the grandeur of the music of Richard Wagner in a most unusual setting - the beautiful living room of a prestigious Montclair home.  Tickets for the one-hour concert plus two-hour catered reception are only $50.00.

or mail a check to 32 Cloverhill Place, Montclair, NJ 07042.

Enjoy a VERY unusual event - arias and ensembles by the inimitable Richard Wagner in an INTIMATE setting, a beautiful Montclair home.  This event will help to support the artists of Opera Theatre of Montclair during its 2017 season.

Program to include excerpts from

Der Fliegende Holländer





Die Walküre

Stacey Canterbury, soprano

Jeanai La Vita, soprano

Julia Rolwing, soprano

Alan Smulen, baritone

Steven Fredericks, bass

Additional singers to be announced.

Rebecca Eng, piano

Mia Riker-Norrie, narrator

The exact location of the prestigious Montclair home will be revealed upon ticket purchase.

This event will serve as a fundraiser for Opera Theatre of Montclair's 2017 season which will include several outreach performances of its popular abridged version of Mozart's THE MAGIC FLUTE, a revival of its production of Handel's ACIS AND GALATEA, which will be presented outdoors at the famous Van Vleck House & Gardens and a full mainstage production of Rossini's LA CENERENTOLA (Cinderella) in September 2017.  OTM is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization of the State of New Jersey.  All donations are tax-deductible.


On Saturday, January 14, 2017, beginning at 2 PM, internationally-renowned countertenor, Baroque expert and stage director Nicholas Tamagna will give an open master class sponsored by Opera Theatre of Montclair.  Singers will have a chance to be evaluated by Nicholas and try out an aria in public. A pianist will be provided. The fee to participate is $50.  Auditors will be charged $10. While Nicholas is happy to hear any repertoire you choose, his main areas of expertise are Baroque, bel canto and contemporary opera.  The class will be held at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Assembly Hall, 73 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ.  Very EASY public transportation from NY Port Authority is available via Decamp Bus #33 or #66 ( .

SINGER REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED - Payment may be made via PayPal below or by mailing check to 32 Cloverhill Place, Montclair, NJ 07042. Please send email to with the subject line MASTER CLASS.  Include in the text your name, voice type and 3 choices of arias. Also include cell phone please.  Auditors may pay at the door.