For Immediate Release January 2015 26th Anniversary Season Contact: Sandra M. Pucciatti (609) 581-9551 BOHEME CROWNS THE NEW YEAR WITH LOVE’S MUSIC FROM THE OPERA STAGE AT PRINCETON UNIVERSITY’S RICHARDSON AUDITORIUM Fast becoming a mainstay in the Princeton landscape is Boheme Opera’s annual concert in Richardson Auditorium at Alexander Hall on the campus of Princeton University. On Thursday, January 15 at 7:30pm, the company will present a vocal feast for the ears. The four featured artists have sung internationally and include soprano Kristen K. Vogel, mezzo-soprano Ryu-Kyung Kim, tenor Won Whi Choi and baritone Gustavo Ahualli. Accompanied by the Boheme Opera Orchestra with Joseph Pucciatti on the podium, they will sing well known lovethemed arias and duets from The Marriage of Figaro, I Pagliacci, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Rigoletto, Pearl Fishers, Madame Butterfly, Die Fledermaus, The Tales of Hoffmann and more. Concert host for the evening is Michael Thomas Kownacky, producer for The Sunday Opera at WWFM The Classical Network, which presents operas from around the world as well as those that are locally produced. He has been a part of the WWFM family for over thirty years as volunteer host, with Ted Otten, of The Dress Circle, which has been nationally syndicated for over ten years. Michael also hosts a themed classical program entitled A Little Night Music. Performing in well over 100 theater productions in the local region, he has been a proud member of Actors’ Equity for over a decade. Kristin K. Vogel is a nationally known soprano from Seattle who has performed to rave reviews on opera stages throughout the United States. Her starring roles include Nedda in I Pagliacci, both Donna Anna and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica, and for Boheme Opera NJ, as Marguerite in Faust and as Pamina in The Magic Flute. She has also starred in a number of operetta and Gilbert & Sullivan performances. Ryu-Kyung Kim is a native of Korea and has delighted audiences world-wide with a blend of dark luscious voice and powerful stage presence. Ms. Kim has starred as Suzuki in Madame Butterfly, Brangane in Tristan und Isolde, Flora in La Traviata, and for Boheme Opera NJ as Maddalena in Rigoletto. She also appeared in Boheme’s 25th Season Reunion Operathon early this year. She has also performed as a concert and oratorio soloist internationally and in the United States. -Over- Boheme Opera Love’s Music Concert Press Release Continued Page 2 Won Whi Choi is also a native of Korea whose current season includes the roles of Rodolfo in La Boheme, Edgardo in Lucia Di Lammermoor and the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto. His past leading roles include Hoffman in The Tales of Hoffman, Alfredo in La Traviata and Don Jose in Carmen. He has also performed internationally as a concert and oratorio soloist. Gustavo Ahualli is a native of Argentina who has delighted audiences throughout the world with his rich, powerful voice. His leading roles include Escamillo in Carmen, Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Enrico in Lucia Di Lammermoor, the title role in Don Giovanni, both the Count and Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro, both Marcello and Schaunard in La Boheme, Figaro in The Barber of Seville and many Verdi baritone roles. Tickets for Love’s Music from the Opera Stage at Richardson Auditorium are available online 24/7 throughout the holiday season at www.princeton.edu/utickets or through the homepage link on www.bohemeopera.com. Starting January 5, tickets are available as well by phone through Princeton University Ticketing at (609) 258-9220, M-F, 10am-6pm, or in person at Frist Campus Center Box Office, 100 Level, directly across the hall from the Welcome Desk. The Center is located on Washington Road, between Prospect Avenue and Ivy Lane. For the first time in 12 years, on April 24 and 26, Boheme Opera will present Giacomo Puccini’s iconic La Boheme. This fully-staged new production by New York director Eric Gibson, to be performed at TCNJ’s Kendall Main Stage Theater, will feature an almost all-debut cast, the Boheme Opera Orchestra and Chorus, a Children’s Chorus assembled from Princeton’s Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, and more innovative digital sets by J. Matthew Root. For details on the concert and main stage production, as well as a listing of BONJ’s additional outreach events, visit www.bohemeopera.com. Major support for Boheme Opera NJ programs is made possible by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, Roma Bank Community Foundation and Boheme Opera Guild, Inc.