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Bronxville Women's Club To Hit The Right Note With Italian Opera

The Westchester Italian Cultural Center and the Bronxville Women's Club is inviting the public to "An Evening With Verdi - Opera Arias" on Nov. 8.
The Westchester Italian Cultural Center and the Bronxville Women's Club is inviting the public to "An Evening With Verdi - Opera Arias" on Nov. 8. Photo Credit: Courtesy Bronxville Women's Club

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- The Westchester Italian Cultural Center and the Bronxville Women's Club is inviting the public to "An Evening With Verdi - Opera Arias" on Nov. 8.

The concert is set to start at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Bronxville Women's Club at 135 Midland Ave. in Bronxville. The evening concert will celebrate "the 200th of the great Italian opera composer, Giuseppe Verdi," according to a news release.

Soprano Michelle Pretto, mezzo-soprano Brooke Larimer, tenor Paolo Buffagni and baritone Joshua Jeremiah are scheduled to perform during the evening. The singers will be accompanied on the piano by Michael Fennelly, according to the release.

Pretto is from New York City and "is a favorite soprano at the Amore Opera Company in NY where she has performed leading roles in La Boheme, La Traviatta, Die Zauberflote, and Tosca. Ms. Pretto has performed throughout the United State in many opera companies including the role of Desdemona in Otello and Leonora in Il Trovatore with the Italian Academy Foundation in Yonkers," according to the release.

Larimer "has been hailed for her 'convincing physical realization of character' (Boston Musical Intelligencer)" and recently made her international debut as Sadie in the European premiere of William Mayer's A Death in the Family produced by the Center for Contemporary Opera, according to the press release.

Joshua Jeremiah's "career operatic highlights include Don Pedro (La Périchole) with New York City Opera, Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas) with Mark Morris Dance Group; Athanaël (Thaïs) with Opera Company Middlebury; Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) and Junior (A Quiet Place) understudies with NYCO; and the title role of Volpone with Wolf Trap Opera, which received a 2010 Grammy nomination for Best Opera Recording," according to the release.

Fennelly comes from California and "has the distinction of being named a Bösendorfer Artist, and he recently represented the US on a tour of Japan for the State Department," according to the release.

Tickets are $35 for WICC and BWC members and $45 for non-members. For more information, residents are asked to call (914) 337-3252 or visit The Bronxville Women's Club website .

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