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Monday, September 1, 2014
Rockville Centre residents support Madison Theatre with opera preview
Courtesy Molloy College
Long Island Opera’s Jennifer Caruana, of Rockville Centre, accompanied by Musical Director Fábio Bezuti on piano, performed at the “For the Love of Opera” event.

Rockville Centre residents Marty and Sue Bevilacqua recently opened their home to nearly 100 guests for an intimate performance by Long Island Opera.

The “Cocktails and Arias: For the Love of Opera” event introduced community members to Long Island’s oldest opera company and provided a preview into the company’s debut performance of Rigoletto at the Madison Theatre at Molloy College on Oct. 6 at 8 p.m.

“For the Love of Opera” guests enjoyed an intimate performance of famous arias and duets performed by professional opera singers.

Over the years, Bevilacqua has been to many performances, even taking his wife Sue to see “Die Fledermaus”on their first date. An avid support of Long Island Opera, he is eagerly anticipating the upcoming performance at Madison Theatre. He urges those who may be on the fence about attending the opera to give it a chance.

“Opera is a beautiful art form that combines the richest vocal abilities, the most intimate depictions of human drama and magical orchestral music that stimulates imaginations and awaken passions,” Bevilacqua said. “If you think you would like to give opera a try, this production of Rigoletto will be the right one to start with. An intense story about love, lust, revenge, and sacrifice is weaved together by powerful, familiar music and then ignited by truly talented artists dedicated to making a lasting impact on Long Islanders.”

Set in northern Italy in the town of Mantua during the 16th century, Rigoletto is a tale of love, loyalty, revenge and tragedy. The opera is focused around Rigoletto, a hunchbacked court jester cursed by the Count of Monterone. Despite his attempts to defy the count’s curse, Rigoletto cannot fool fate and loses the most important person in his life, his daughter, Gilda.

Ted Labow, a professional baritone and cantor at Temple Isaiah in Smithtown, will star in the title role. Additionally, Rockville Centre’s own Jennifer Caruana, a mezzo soprano, will make her Long Island Opera debut as the sultry “Maddalena” while tenor Paolo Buffagni will star as the “Duke of Mantua’ and soprano Mary Thorne will take on the role of “Gilda.”

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