The Opera Project
The Opera Project is a classical singers’ forum that supports singers in the community by offering performance opportunities for professionals, students, and emerging artists alike. A charitable non-profit organization, The Opera Project raised money during its first season for St. Andrew’s Church, Lambertville, New Jersey, to restore the historic Hook and Hastings organ. During the second year, The Opera Project raised money for Doctors Without Borders. In addition to the regular concerts of its third season, The Opera Project expanded its horizons with several concerts to benefit local benevolent organizations, including the Briteside Adult Day Center in Flemington, New Jersey.
2017 Fall Season
The Opera Project presents the International Verdi Society’s concert version of Verdi’s Aida with four singers: James Johnson as Radames, Sarai Cole as Aida, Meghan McGinty as Amneras, and Barry L. Robinson as Amonasro. They are joined by collaborative pianist Yoni Levyatov. The performance is scheduled for 8:00 PM on September 15, 2017, at the Prallsville Mills in Stockton, NJ.
In a Grove
Our own collaborative pianist and local composer Richard McIntyre will present the world premiere of his one act opera, In a Grove. The Opera Project will join with ArtYard at their center at 62A Trenton Avenue, Frenchtown, NJ 08825.
Two short stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, In a Grove and Roshomon, were the basis for the award-winning Akira Kurosawa 1950 movie Rashomon, perhaps the finest film ever to investigate the philosophy of justice. Both In a Grove and the film Rashomon will be presented at this premiere. Two performances will be held, one on October 20 and the other on October 21, both at 7:00 PM. The cast will be made up of many of the Opera Project’s own singers: Woodcutter, Leah Gaydos; Priest, John Villemaire; Old Woman, Susan Rheingans; Policeman, Steven Derek Brown; Tajomaru, Clayton Mathews; and Masago, Alex Garrido. This production will be presented with a nod to the Japanese Noh theatre style with costumes and masks made by the ArtYard artists.
The Harvest Concert
On Sunday, November 19th, the Opera Project will be back on stage with our traditional Harvest Concert at 3:30 PM at the Prallsville Mills in Stockon, NJ. This is our last concert of the 2017 season, a concert of arias, duets and art songs.
For more information, please call 908-268-1264, or visit www.theoperaproject.us.