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Let’s Duet: Happy Holidays!
December 1, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
After their wildly successful Let’s Duet concert last May, Preservation New Jersey welcomes back husband and wife duo Scott and Bridgette Johnson in concert, in their program, Let’s Duet: Happy Holidays!
After meeting in the mountains of Central City, Colorado, these two award-winning singers have enjoyed national and international careers and now bring their love of the stage (and each other!) to the 1867 Sanctuary. Joined by pianist Martin Néron, they will present favorite songs and duets of the holiday season, including I’ll Be Home for Christmas, O Holy Night, White Christmas, and many more, with a special guest appearance by the Pennington Studio Singers! Join them for an evening of laughs, love, and holiday cheer!
Praised by the Washington Post for her “gorgeous singing,” soprano Bridgette Gan is quickly establishing herself as a vibrant interpreter in the musical realms of opera, concert and crossover works. Recently, Ms. Gan made an acclaimed last minute debut for an indisposed Erin Morley as Marie in Palm Beach Opera’s production of La fille du régiment in which she successfully sang the company’s Matinee Youth Performance followed by the Mainstage performance within the same day. Critics called her portrayal “a tour de-force…vocally beautiful and consistent with a rich tone and sparkling high notes… a great star turn for a young singer who has a world of potential in front of her.”
Ms. Gan’s recent engagements include a debut with Pacific Symphony as Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, a return to Opera Orlando as both Musetta in La Bohème and a guest soloist for their 2018 Gala, and a joint recital with pianist Mun-tzung Wong and her husband, baritone Scott Johnson. The 2016/2017 season included her role debut of Norina in Don Pasquale with Opera Orlando, as well as her company and role debut with St. Petersburg Opera as Adina in L’elisir d’amore. In concert she returned to the South Florida Symphony, and was featured at the Newport Music Festival during the summer of 2016.
In the 2015/2016 season, Ms. Gan made a strong debut with Opera Orlando in their modern production of The Impresario as the “vocally and comically sparking” Bethany Squills. She also returned to Palm Beach Opera for her role debut as Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, and made her mainstage debut with the world renowned Santa Fe Opera, creating the role of Lila in the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain, a live recording of which was released by Pentatone and was recently nominated for a Grammy. In concert she appeared twice with the Toledo Symphony for their “Rodgers and Hammerstein Celebration” concert tour, the South Florida Symphony for their “And the Tony Goes to” concert tour, and appeared as a guest artist for Palm Beach Opera’s Opera on the Waterfront concert. Previous seasons include her debut with the Center for Contemporary Opera as Jackie Kennedy in a reading of Chandler Carter’s new opera Bobby, and the soprano soloist in Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the U.S. Marine Chamber Orchestra.
Ms. Gan was a resident artist with Palm Beach Opera from 2013-2015, where she covered Musetta in La bohème, Yadwiga in the world premiere of Enemies, A Love Story, sang Stella in Les contes d’Hoffmann, and sang Morgana in Palm Beach Opera’s “Opera in One Hour” production of Alcina. Ms. Gan is also an alumna of numerous apprentice programs, including the programs at Santa Fe Opera, Central City Opera, and Opera Theatre of St. Louis, with assignments that included Frasquita in Carmen, the cover of Madame Herz and The Cook in The Impresario/Le Rossignol, the cover of Sandrina in La finta giardiniera, Venus and Eurydice in Orpheus in the Underworld, Madeline/Isabel in The Face on the Barroom Floor, and Celie in Signor Deluso. Bridgette has also distinguished herself in numerous prestigious vocal competitions throughout the country. She has won top prizes from the Gerda Lissner Foundation, Central City Opera, the Licia Albanese-Pucinni Competion, Giulio Gari International Vocal Competition, Opera Index Vocal Competition, Violetta DuPont Vocal Competition, the Philadelphia Orchestra Albert M. Greenfield Competition, the National Opera Association Voice Competition and was a Grant nominee for the 2015 and 2016 Sara Tucker Award.
Praised for his “handsome baritone” and “the clarity and nobility of both his sound and his interpretive choices,” Scott Johnson, Baritone, is an active performer in the stage, concert, and sacred arenas. A recipient of the Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshanna foundation, he holds voice performance degrees from the University of Southern California (BM) and the University of Wisconsin – Madison (MM).
Recent highlights include appearances with Opera Philadelphia in their production of Cold Mountain, Florentine Opera for both La bohème and L’italiana in Algeri, and Nashville Opera for La Fanciulla del West. In 2012 he was the recipient of two scholarships from The Opera Foundation to perform with the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Teatro Regio di Torino, where he performed multiple roles, including an appearance with the Staatsballett Berlin as the baritone soloist in Peer Gynt. He has also been a frequent performer with Central City Opera, appearing as Mr. Lindquist in A Little Night Music, Diesel in West Side Story, Jupiter in Orpheus in the Underworld, and Prince Yamadori in Madama Butterfly. In concert, he has appeared with the Milwaukee Symphony for Handel’s Messiah and in a solo recital for Florentine Opera. He is a 3rd prize winner for the Fritz and Levinia Jensen Foundation Competition, and was a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
Canadian pianist Martin Néron is acclaimed for his performances of art song repertoire and research in linguistics. Praised as “an attentive partner” (Opera News), he has accompanied vocal recitals at Lincoln Center, CAMI Hall, the Kosciuszko Foundation, the United Nations, the Metropolitan Room, the Onassis Center, and the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, among other venues. As a recording artist, Martin has released albums with the One Soul, Romanos, and Babinis labels. He has also recorded several concerts for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Martin’s research in English, French, and German lyric diction and French mélodie has been featured in Australian Voice and The Journal of Singing publications. His book, Francis Poulenc: Selected Song Texts, was distributed by Leyerle Publications in 2010. A frequent clinician, he has conducted masterclasses and lectures at the New Jersey N.A.T.S. chapter’s Doris Lenz Festival, Ohio State University, Washington State University, The College of New Jersey, and the Settlement Music School of Philadelphia. His students have won several honorable distinctions, including first prize at the New Jersey N.A.T.S. chapter’s Festival of Song. He also serves as vice president of the Joy in Singing Foundation. Martin holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music (DMA.), Westminster Choir College (MM), and Université de Montréal (BM).
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- $20 for General Admission
- $15 for Friends of the Sanctuary
- $5 for School and College students with ID
- $15 per person for Groups of 10 or more**
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