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Songs I’ll Never Sing, Roles I’ll Never Play – A Miscast Cabaret
September 22, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Preservation New Jersey invites you to join us for a fun-filled evening of classical, operatic, and Broadway solos and duets with Rachel Cetel, soprano, Cecelia Tepping, soprano, and Sandra Pucciatti, piano for a unique program in the beautiful acoustics of the 1867 Sanctuary.
Sopranos Rachel Cetel and Cecelia Tepping became friends while working for an opera company and soon came to realize how nicely their voices blended together. Often cast together in operas, they have shared the stage many times over the last nine years. It’s an obvious choice when asked to present a program to collaborate with talented colleagues. After all, two sopranos are better than one!
Two Sopranos and a Piano present a Songs I’ll Never Sing/ Roles I’ll Never Play, a miscast cabaret. There is a wealth of repertoire that Cecelia and Rachel love to sing, but they could never feasibly be cast in the corresponding roles due to race, gender, or age. This collection of “forbidden” repertoire became the inspiration for their program, after they noticed the best songs from most musicals are sung by men.
Sandra Milstein Pucciatti is an accomplished pianist and accompanist with a 43-year career in the music industry. She has performed, accompanied and rehearsed in many formats of music, most notably classical solo piano, professional classical duo-piano, soloist with orchestras, accompanying of voice and instrumental literature of all styles, professional and community choral accompanying and pit orchestra piano for community-based Broadway. Over the past 27 seasons, she has been pianist for countless opera rehearsals and presentations for the company she co-founded with her husband Joseph, Boheme Opera NJ. In recital, she has been fortunate to have collaborated with several notable accomplished opera artists, including the legendary bass Jerome Hines. Sandra has also been a private piano teacher for over 38 years, and served as a private and ensemble coach for the former New Jersey Governor’s School of the Arts Division from 1993-2000. An opera lecturer and presenter of young artists pursuing careers in opera and opera theater, she has been Managing Director of Boheme Opera NJ since 1997 and is the guiding force behind the company’s educational outreach programming. She has also accompanied, while her husband has directed, the Congregation Beth Chaim Choir in Princeton Junction, New Jersey for the past 36 years.
Cecelia Tepping, soprano, was born in Virginia and raised on the Connecticut shoreline. A graduate of Syracuse University, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, and a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance. Prior roles include Berta in The Barber of Seville, First Lady in The Magic Flute, and Annina in La Traviata (all for Boheme Opera NJ), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Despina (Cosi fan tutte), and Frasquita (Carmen), as well as Santa Chiara in the premiere of Il Poverello, in Assisi, Italy. Central New York audiences have acknowledged Ms. Tepping as an accomplished Gilbert and Sullivan performer for her portrayals of Aline (The Sorcerer), Josephine (HMS Pinafore), and Pitti-Sing (The Mikado).
Ms. Tepping has frequently been seen in the chorus of Boheme Opera NJ, in Tosca, Faust, La Boheme, Die Fledermaus, and most recently their 2018 production of Cavalaria Rusticana and I Pagliacci. Other local chorus involvement includes Die Fledermaus and Carmen, both for Opera New Jersey.
To Purchase Tickets
- $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**
Tickets can be purchased online or reserved at the box office for payment by cash, check or credit card by calling 609-392-6409 or emailing email@example.com. Tickets may also be purchased at the door as space allows. (Sorry – we don’t mail tickets. Tickets will be held at the box office and a receipt will be emailed from PayPal if purchased online.)
**GROUP RATES (10 or more people). Group rates apply only to advance online sales and must be purchased in quantities of 10 or more within a single purchase. Group rate tickets cannot be purchased at the box office prior to the concert.
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