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BOHEME OPERA NJ INAUGURAL EVENT AT THE COLLEGE OF NEW JERSEY CENTER FOR THE ARTS A SUCCESS Event ushers in a new era for the arts in Central New Jersey

EWING, NJ – February 15, 2011 – On February 5, 2011, Boheme Opera NJ held its inaugural event at its new home, The College of New Jersey Center for the Arts. Marking its 22nd season, Boheme is one of the oldest opera companies in New Jersey, providing opera, concerts and outreach in the New Jersey/Pennsylvania region. The Center seeks to serve the regional arts community as an advocate and champion for the arts through programming and educational outreach.
 
These mutual goals were center stage at the Mildred & Ernest E. Mayo Concert Hall for performances of two comic chamber operasby Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, “La Serva Padrona” and “Il Maestro di Musica”. Boheme Artistic Director and Conductor Joseph Pucciatti noted the importance of performing these pieces in English instead of Italian. “We wanted the audience to understand the common theme – the push and pull of romantic relationships – and the related humor.” He continued, “Opera, happy or sad, is all about what it means to be human, which is something to which we can all relate. Boheme’s goal tonight – and throughout our history – was to ensure that our audience was entertained and walked away with an appreciation of that shared humanity.”
 
That entertainment and appreciation was evident in the laughter and applause during the performances and in comments by members of the near-sellout audience in attendance at the special post-performance reception. Patron Cathleen Boris-Smith enthusiastically offered, "If this is the inaugural event, I can't wait to see what is coming down the road!”
 
Generating the praise was a talented cast under the direction of Mr. Pucciatti. Soprano Jendi Tarde and baritone Grant Mech performed double duty: Ms. Tarde as the wily maid Serpina and Mr. Mech her stubborn master – and reluctant lover – Uberto in “La Serva Padrona”; and, in “Il Maestro di Musica”, with Ms. Tarde as the pouting ingénue/diva wannabe Lauretta and Mr. Mech as the lecherous impresario Signor Colaggiani. Tenor Brett Colby played Signor Lamberto, the frustrated, less-than-successful maestro – and object of Lauretta’s affections – in “Il Maestro di Musica”, while actor Jeffrey Stundel rounded out the cast of “La Serva Padrona” as the silent, put-upon servant, Vespone.
 
During the reception, John C. Laughton, Dean of the School of the Arts and Communication, commented on the relationship between Boheme and the Center. “Tonight’s performance was the first of the continuing opportunities to bring new audiences to Boheme and the TCNJ Center for the Arts. Congratulations on a very successful first show of the season.”
 
The opportunities continue on April 29 and May 1, 2011, when Boheme Opera NJ presents Giacomo Puccini’s “Tosca” on the Kendall Hall Main Stage at The College of New Jersey Center for the Arts. Tickets are available online at www.tcnj.edu/~arts/facilities/tcnjboxoffice.