Boheme Opera NJ provides and enriches the region with accessible, affordable and artistically professional opera performances. The Company is committed to preserving and promoting the operatic art form and introducing it to new and diverse audiences through productions, educational and outreach programs, community involvement, business partnerships and collaborations with other arts organizations.
The Company has been recognized by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts with three Citations of Excellence and has consistently featured unprecedented diversity in its casting, offering main stage opportunities to persons with disabilities.
Boheme Opera NJ was conceived and founded in 1981 as a musicians' guild in an unassuming parking lot of Trenton's St. Joachim's Church (today one of the two churches that comprises Our Lady of the Angels Parish, along with Immaculate Conception Church). The Company's evolution into a professional production company took place over the course of eight years, culminating in 1989 with its inaugural main stage season featuring fully staged productions of Verdi's La Traviata and Puccini's Tosca. Click here to read more of our history.
Joseph R. Pucciatti, area composer, conductor and teacher, and Sandra Milstein-Pucciatti, noted area concert pianist, opera lecturer and teacher founded Boheme Opera NJ in 1981. The husband and wife team continue to imbue the Company with their passion for giving audiences creative opera experiences, as well as providing young singers and professionals opportunities to hone their crafts. Click here to read their full biographies.
Boheme associates with several of Manhattan's prestigious artist management agencies, and presents many of the emerging stars of opera's national circuit. Exciting debuts have dotted Boheme's history from the very start, with remarkable careers thus blossoming: baritones Mark Delavan, Daniel Sutin and Constantinos Yiannoudes; tenors Allan Glassman, Antonio Nagore and Benjamin Warschawski; sopranos Paula Delligatti, Lorraine Ernest, Adina Aaron, Othalie Graham and Olga Chernisheva; and mezzos Grace Echauri and Mika Shigematsu; among others. Legendary 20th century artists from the Metropolitan Opera have graced Boheme's stage and have collaborated in gala and special events, including bass Jerome Hines, tenor Franco Corelli, sopranos Licia Albanese and Roberta Peters.