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New Rochelle Opera Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Metropolitan Opera basso Ferruccio Furlanetto.
Metropolitan Opera basso Ferruccio Furlanetto. Photo Credit: Contibuted

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – The New Rochelle Opera will celebrate its 30th anniversary at the company’s annual Spring Gala at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 24 at The Fountainhead, 55 Quaker Ridge Road, New Rochelle.

In conjunction with this milestone, the company will honor renowned Metropolitan Opera basso Ferruccio Furlanetto. The annual event is the company’s largest fundraiser.

“It’s 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.

“We could not be more thrilled to welcome Ferruccio as our guest of honor this year," Coppola continued.

Furlanetto’s 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 in Teatro alla Scala (1979), Metropolitan Opera (1980) and the Vienna State Opera (1985). He has collaborated with all leading orchestras and conductors, and performs in concerts and recitals at the world’s leading concert halls.

In the seasons to come, he will be appearing again in many productions at the world’s most famous opera houses, as well as recitals and concerts. Furlanetto is honorary ambassador to the United Nations, holds the title of Kammersänger and is an 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, call (914) 576-1617 or (914) 576-0365.

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