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.
Opera News 2015-2016 Season
As the 2015-2016 season begins, I wish to thank the people who have once again come forward to support The Opera Project with their donations. It would not be possible to continue our mission without them, which is true of every major and minor opera company from the Metropolitain to the smallest regional company. Ticket sales alone hardly cover the cost of the halls. I also wish to thank our president, Fred Cushman, for his efforts at fundraising have been invaluable.
There is always a core of people in every organization that make the wheels turn. That core at The Opera Project is Petra Liana, Aodan Peacock, Fred Cushman, Richard McIntyre, Stephanie McCue, Rick Tocce, and Sherry MacNicoll.
Also, our special thanks go to Scott MacNeill, local artist, for his help with advertising and poster art, and finally, the singers themselves for all of their hard work and dedication. It is through their talents that we hope to keep opera and classical singing alive and flourishing in Hunterdon County.
Our season starts with Opera Night in Frenchtown, a benefit concert for the Frenchtown Presbyterian Church on 4th Street in Frenchtown, NJ, on Saturday, September 26, at 7:30 PM. It is an evening of arias and art song.
Saturday, October 17th finds us at the Stockton Presbyterian Church, 225 Main Street in Stockton, NJ, with a Benefit Recital at 7:30 PM as part of the Stockton Church's Italian Night.
An Autumn Afternoon Concert will be held on october 25th at 3:30 PM at the Prallsville Mills in Stockton, NJ. Beautiful music for a beautiful afternoon presented in our intimate cabaret style.
Our Harvest Home Concert on November 28th at 8 PM at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church on York Street in Lambertville will mark the ninth consecutive year of the company's connection to St. Andrew's Church. Like the swallows returning to Capistrano, The Opera Project was formed and gave its first concert here nine years ago.
January 9th at 7:30 PM we will be having our annual Rent Party. Always a lot of fun, we invite other musicians to join us in a crossover concert for the benefit of The Opera Project. In past years, we have had J.B. Kline, Bob Cole and his ensemble, The Stockton Strings, Bob Liana, Dennis Liana, bagpipers, and of course, our own singers. It's quite an interesting mix of performers and styles.
The Art of the Song on March 20th at 3:30 PM at the Virginia Napurano Art and Cultural Center in Sergeantsville features the company presenting an afternoon of art songs from all over the world.
April in Paris Encore, April 17th at 3:30 PM at the Prallsville Mills, is an afternoon of all things French: French opera, art songs, and some modern songs as well. It has been one of our most popular concerts over the years.
The Memorial Concert, May 22nd at 3:30 PM, is given every year in memory of our beloved friend and teacher, one of the three founders of The Opera Project: Deborah Maher. This concert marks the end of the season. In years past, an award has been given in Deborah's name, The Deborah Maher Award. Also, the Lynn Cushman Award has been presented. We will have to wait to find out what the Fates will allow.