Rockville Centre residents support Madison Theatre with opera preview
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For Bevilacqua, support of Long Island Opera stems even deeper than his love for the art. As owner of Oceanville Mason Supply, Bevilacqua played a prominent role in the construction of the Madison Theatre, donating the bricks to build the Public Square building, which houses the state-of-the-art playhouse on Molloy College’s Rockville Centre.
“The Madison has superb acoustics and clear sightlines from every seat. It is an intimate space of nearly 600 seats so all will feel a connection to the performers,” said Bevilacqua.
With the theater’s mission to provide a versatile, first-class facility that will offer a diverse range of world-class entertainment for the South Shore and greater Long Island region, Bevilacqua is also working to see Long Island Opera establish its home at the Madison.
Long Island Opera was established over 50 years ago as an adult education course offered in Floral Park by Nino Luciano, a leading tenor of New York City Opera and today the non-profit organization remains the oldest opera company in existence on Long Island.
Last month, the opera company presented a stellar performance of George Bizet’s Carmen at Guild Hall in East Hampton and, the Oct. 6 performance of Rigoletto will not only be Long Island Opera’s debut at Madison Theatre but also its first full-staged with orchestra performance in over a decade.
“This production of Rigoletto will be the ‘litmus test’ of Nassau County’s desire to experience opera,” assured Bevilacqua. The Madison Theatre at Molloy College is located 1000 Hempstead Ave. in Rockville Centre. opera lovers,” he said.
Tickets for Rigoletto are $75 (limited VIP reserved seating and pre-show wine reception); $35 (orchestra); and $20 (balcony). Additionally, $20 tickets will be available to groups of 20-plus. To purchase tickets for the Oct. 6 performance of Rigoletto, visit the Madison Theatre website at www.MadisonTheatreNY.org or call the box office at (516) 678-5000.