New Rochelle Opera will celebrate its 30th anniversary at the Company’s annual Spring Gala on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 6:30 pm at The Fountainhead, located at 55 Quaker Ridge Road, New Rochelle, NY. In conjunction with this milestone, the Company will honor renowned Metropolitan Opera basso Ferruccio Furlanetto. The annual event is the Company’s largest fundraiser.
“Its incredible to think New Rochelle Opera has sustained 30 seasons,” said NRO Artistic Director Camille Coppola of the event. “Our tireless efforts of bringing affordable opera to the local community has been a fulfilling endeavor year after year, and the continued support for NRO is overwhelming.” Ms. Coppola added, “We could not be more thrilled to welcome Ferruccio as our guest of honor this year.”
Ferruccio Furlanetto’s amazing international career began with the role of King Philip II in Verdi’s Don Carlo at the Salzburg Easter Festival under the baton of Herbert von Karajan in 1986. In the same year he debuted at the Salzburg Summer Festival with the role of Figaro in Mozart’s opera. His debuts on the leading opera stages happened earlier: Teatro alla Scala (1979), Metropolitan Opera (1980), Vienna State Opera (1985). He has collaborated with all leading orchestras and conductors and performs in concerts and recitals at the leading world’s concert halls, in the repertory ranging from Verdi’s Requiem to Russian songs and Schubert’s Winterreise.
In the seasons to come he will be appearing again in many productions at the world’s most famous opera houses as well as in recitals and concerts. Mr. Furlanetto is Honorary Ambassador to the United Nations as well as Kammersänger and Honorary Member of the Vienna State Opera.
Tickets are $150 each ($70 tax deductible), the cost of which includes a cocktail hour, concert, full dinner, dancing and silent auction. Tickets can be purchased online here or by sending a check to New Rochelle Opera, P.O. Box 55, New Rochelle, NY 10804. All tickets will be held at the door. For more information, please call (914) 576-1617 or (914) 576-0365.
New Rochelle Opera Company was formed for the purpose of presenting imaginative and appealing operatic productions to the Westchester community. It serves to create a deeper understanding and appreciation of live opera, and make it accessible and affordable to a diverse audience. The company presents the art form in various capacities–fully staged performances, concert, school programs, workshops and demonstrations–engaging aspiring young artists as well as experienced professionals. www.nropera.org