Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Fall, 2014

All performances take place on Long Island, New York

Suffolk County and Nassau County

Upcoming events: 

October 26th Opera Night in Garden City
Garden City Museum
for information: 516-746-8900

October 26, 3p.m. (Seating at 2:30) Opera for a Sunday Afternoon:
Production by Opera Night, Long Island. Tickets available at the A. T. Stewart Exchange on the lower level of the Museum. Call: 516-746-8900
Performers: Jessica Stolte Bender, soprano, Lorraine Helvick, mezzo soprano, Arthur Lai, tenor

November 7th, 7:30 pm
Opera Night in Northport
270 Main Street

November 23, 4:00 pm
Opera Night in Oyster Bay
61 East Main Street

December 5th, 7:30 pm
Opera Night in Northport
270 Main Street

December 7th, 2:30 pm
"A Classical Christmas"
Cocktail Reception, Tours of the Seminary
Seminary of the Immaculate Conception
440 West Neck Road
Huntington, NY
for more information: 631.423.0483 x 102

Opera Night honors:
Roz Joel, Feb.15, 1922-July 13, 2014

music philanthropist

photo above: Roz's 92nd birthday with friends. 

"Remembering Roz"
a celebration of Roz's life
Sunday, September 21st
109 Browns Road
Huntington, NY 
for reservations, call: 631-261-8808

Opera Night's July, 2014 concert in Oyster Bay

July 12th, 2014 Saturday 7:30 pm
 Opera Night in Oyster Bay
61 East Main Street

Ariana Warren, mezzo soprano
"Things Change, Jo" from Little Women
"Faites lui mes aveux" from Faust

Theresa Dunigan, soprano
Ain't it a pretty night (Susannah)
Si, mi chiamano Mimi (La bohème)

Jessica Stolte Bender
The Song to the Moon
"Chi'l bel sogno" (Doretta's aria) from La Rondine

Arthur Lai, tenor
"Vaghissima sembianza" by S. Donaudy.
"Ah si, ben mio" from Verdi's "ll Trovatore"
Duet with Lorraine: "Ai nostri monti" from "Il Trovatore" with me?

Mary DeMarco Lee, soprano 
Ebben! Non andro lontano, La Wally

Lorraine Helvick, mezzo soprano
Mon Couer s'ouvre a ta vois, Samson and Delilah, Saint Saens
Joan of Arc's Aria from Pique Dame

Jeanny Schwartz, mezzo soprano
Come away, Death, Roger Quilter
Barcarolle from Tales of Hoffman, duet Jacques Offenbach with Marie Sanfratello, soprano

Maurizio Caza, tenor
Il mio Tesoro -Don Giovanni
Questa o quella Rigoletto

Heather Wells, soprano
'Steal me Sweet Thief' from Menotti's the Old Maid and the Thief
'Les Filles de Cadix' by Leo Delibes

Dawn Zahralban, soprano
Poor Wandering One, Gilbert and Sullivan
Lo! Hear the Gentle Lark by Henry Bishop 
Leslie Strait, guest flutist

7:30 pm: pre-concert of piano selections performed by James Besser and Isabella Eredita Johnson. Mendelssohn's "Allegro Brillant" op.92, four-hand piano duet,
Debussy's "Clair de Lune" and Improvisation

Below: Past concerts include: 
Sunday, February 23, 2017

Friday, January 3rd, 2014
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A note from our assistant director:
What has become of our Opera House? 

Inisfada: 1920-2013
Nearly half of the immense, 93-year-old St. Ignatius
demolished, Dec. 2013

Dreams are never dashed, only transformed and created anew.  Adversity 
can empower us in our quest to further the good news about opera. All our 
patrons know that one of our biggest and most triumphant galas took
place in the Manhasset mansion "Inisfada" on May 19, 2013. How we 
dreamed and fantasized having our own Opera home there, made many 
phone calls and worked hard towards that goal. Although that majestic 
estate has been reduced to rubble, it only served to strengthen our resolve 
to shore up the new "Opera Night" series in many positive ways.  Our board
of directors have grown in numbers, and we hold brainstorming 
sessions often to see how we can change, grow and improve. Our schedule
 of events are planned in six month increments and are usually posted in 
the back of our programs.  The monies we raise are judiciously spent towards
 this end, many times on a shoe string budget.  We have gained our 
not for profit status and our generous contributors can accrue tax incentives 
by donating.  The stipends we can give our singers assures us of their 
professionalism and participation in our concerts. Our contacts are growing
 as is our wonderful reputation. 2014 will see additional venues, new
 singers, and excitement that grows with every performance.  We now can
 offer free passes to newcomers, with hopes that they fall in love with what we 
 do.  Let us know your ideas, help us fund our projects and bring friends to 
make a great night of it! 

"Art on the Vine" Opera Night performs for the Friends of the Seminary of Lloyd Harbor
Sunday, December 8, 2013

Opera Comes to Garden City
photos, click  here


November 17th:
Opera comes to Garden City
Garden City Historical Museum
Sunday at 3:00
Barbara Divis, soprano
Lorraine Helvick, mezzo soprano
Robert Murphy, tenor
Isabella Eredita Johnson, piano accompanist
reservations required.
Call:Garden City Historical Society Museum

109 11th StGarden CityNY 11530
(516) 741-4145

program: "Habanera" from Carmen by Georges Bizet
Lorraine Helvick, mezzo soprano
"Quanto e Bella" from L'elisire d'amore by Gaetano Donizetti
Robert Murphy, tenor
"O mio babbino caro" from Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini
Barbara Divis, soprano
"Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix" from Samson and Delila by Camille Saint Saen
Lorraine Helvick
"Un bel di vedremo" from Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini
Barbara Divis
"Ah, mes amis" from the Daughter of the Regiment by Gaetano Donizetti
Robert Murphy
Duet from Lakme by Leo Delibes
Barbara Divis and Lorraine Helvick

November 15th
Sons of Italy of Franklin Square
Celebration of Verdi's 200's birthday
Barbara Divis, soprano
Isabella Eredita Johnson, piano accompanist

for additional info: 631-261-8808

(read about our 10th year anniversary here)

Below: An Opera Night Highlight that took place
May 19th, 2013 
Opera Night Gala
at the "Inisfada" mansion in Manhasset

mansion: 1920-2013

more photos by Ed Lee, click here

This large body of professional operatic singers plus their piano accompanist will present an entertaining assortment of vocal excerpts from famous and beloved operas.
for information: vivaldi222@aol.com

pictured (above) Opera Night in South Huntington, December 1, 2012
Bethany Presbyterian Church

(Below) Pianist Roman Markovich plays Chopin 

Opera Night Gala
Sunday, October 28th, 2012

 Photo credit: Mike Krasowitz

Click here for more photos-- enjoy the many photos taken by Mike Krasowitz and Bruce Johnson.



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Who Are We?

Opera Night Long Island is a not-for-profit community-based arts organization. It started seven years ago when Isabella Eredita Johnson took command of a honky-tonk piano at Caffe Portafino on Main Street in Northport and invited a handful of residents each month to enjoy an evening of classical music. Since then, Opera Night’s audiences have grown substantially. Our performances now take place at St. Paul’s Church and other venues on Long Island. Audiences typically number between 100 and 200 people.

What Do We Do?

Nowadays, attending an opera or a classical music concert in New York City can cost a family hundreds of dollars. At Opera Night Long Island, we provide quality performances for a fraction of that amount at easily accessible local venues. Although our concerts focus primarily on opera arias, our professional artists also perform art songs, Neapolitan classics, show tunes, and piano pieces. Enthusiastic audiences enjoy listening to a variety of musical masterpieces.

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