Boheme Opera NJ is thrilled to offer a concert of three rising star tenors sharing one passion: singing. They will present a spectacular array of opera arias, duets and trios – topped off with iconic Broadway and Neapolitan song favorites. With a premiere on Boheme Opera YouTube set for Saturday, June 26 at 7:00pm, The Next Generation of Tenors features the extraordinary talent and hard work that demonstrates the power and beauty of the human voice.
Tenor John Easterlin has rapidly established himself as one of international opera’s most exciting performers. A four-time Grammy Award recipient with four listings in the Guinness Book of World Records, his international opera credits include multiple productions with the Metropolitan Opera; New York City Opera; Opéra National de Paris; Wiener Staatsoper; Royal Opera House Covent Garden; English National Opera; Teatro Real, Madrid; Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow; Canadian Opera Company, Toronto; New Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv; Beijing Opera, China; and the Sydney Opera House, Australia. Additionally, his US credits include major roles at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Seattle Opera, Washington National Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and Dallas Opera.
Tenor Errin Duane Brooks is quickly gaining career momentum. In 2019, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Mingo in its acclaimed production of Porgy and Bess. He has performed with numerous companies in the United States including Michigan Opera Theatre, South Shore Opera, Toledo Opera, Utah Festival Opera, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago, among others. His early success has given him heightened recognition with wins in multiple competitions, including the George London- Kirsten Flagstad Grand Prize Award for promising Wagnerian Singer, the Grand Prize in The Bel Canto Competition, and first place in the Michael Ballam Concorso Lirico Competition at the Utah Opera Festival. The latter competition sent him to the National Semi-Finals in Alessandria, Italy, where he was able to advance to the National Finals, place 4th, and win the Audience Favorite Award.
Tenor Jeremy Brauner was a finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition North East Region 2019. beginning his opera career as a baritone starring in Rossini’s La scala di seta and La cambiale di matrimonio. In 2016, he transitioned from baritone to tenor, making his tenor debut as Alfredo La Traviata with Dell’Arte Opera Ensemblé, where he later performed as The Schoolmaster in The Cunning Little Vixen. He originated a new work with the
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International Brazilian Opera Company and performed the role of Belcore in L’elisir d’amore with DiCapo Opera, as well as originating the role of Prince Hjalmar in the world premiere of Princess Maleine produced by Dell’Arte Opera Ensemblé. Later he worked with Amore Opera, starring as Fernando in the North American premiere of Donizetti’s La zingara and as Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca.
Accompanying the artists is pianist Sandra Milstein Pucciatti, who has appeared as a soloist, duo-pianist and featured performer with orchestras, chamber music ensembles and in master classes in the United States and Canada. A career professional accompanist, she co-founded Boheme Opera NJ with her husband, Joseph Pucciatti, in 1989 and has been its Managing Director since 1997, performing with emerging artists of great potential in regional opera outreach concerts.
BONJ Artistic Director and Conductor Joseph Pucciatti will interview the tenors during two intermissions as they share candid opera experiences.
The Next Generation of Tenors was filmed at The Church of Saint Ann in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.
Videographer Johannes Lang of White Brow Recording filmed and edited the presentation.
Sponsors for this virtual event to date include NJM Insurance Group, Boheme Opera NJ Guild, Princeton Friends of Opera, Investors Foundation, Libby Goldschmidt, Jo-Ann Hoagland, George and Diane Goeke, and Elizabeth Proctor. Additionally, Boheme Opera NJ programming is funded in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State.