New Jersey Opera Theater’s SummerFest

by Press Release | May 29, 2006
New Jersey Opera Theater’s SummerFest People who love the vocal arts should be thrilled to learn that New Jersey Opera Theater’s SummerFest will again showcase the talents of opera’s rising stars through inventive and lively full productions on the McCarter Theatre’s Berlind stage. Billed as “Four Comedies of Love,” this year’s theme is decidedly romantic and fun. To mark New Jersey Opera Theater’s third season of opera in Princeton, this year’s SummerFest presents three evanescent masterworks, one exciting newer opera, and a bounty of concerts in June and July.

To create the perfect atmosphere for love, mutability and some high-class hanky panky SummerFest will offer Mozart’s captivating Così fan tutte in celebration of his 250th birthday. The second production is Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, which serves up a draught of romantic longing soothed by one furtive tear and an old-fashioned happy ending. The final double bill begins with Puccini’s one act Gianni Schicchi, charting the demise of one Buoso Donati and the hilarious shenanigans of his would-be heirs. Can the cunning scalawag Gianni Schicchi save the inheritances? Will love triumph? Only Puccini will tell. Or will Buoso’s Ghost, created by Michael Ching in 1996, finally reveal the long-held secrets of Puccini’s funniest dead man? Opera lovers will be given the first opportunity on the east coast to compare Puccini’s one-act masterpiece with Ching’s lively and highly entertaining one act sequel.

The grace notes to SummerFest’s opera season include several free vocal concerts in some of New Jersey’s most romantic settings, exciting masterclasses and lectures, plus some lively and eclectic concerts at the Berlind for a small fee.

New Jersey Opera Theater, founded in 2002 and based in Princeton, seeks to be nationally recognized as a leader among regional opera companies – providing opera for all and arts education for a lifetime. Through high quality opera performances, sustainable education programs and related activities, NJOT will (1) stimulate, promote and satisfy interest in opera in the community, (2) create new and sustained audiences for the art form of opera and (3) foster the development of emerging artists.

For a full schedule and more information, visit or call (609) 799-7700.

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