"Opera Night" was born out of an innocent, post-jazz-gig conversation with DiGiovanni's owner, Gerri DiGiovanni, who mentioned her desire to someday bring back the "old opera night performances we used to do here". Guitarist, Carl Reichelt, immediately interjected, "Jen sings opera!"... at which point "Jen" noticed a few butterflies in her stomach at the very thought of this light-hearted chat evolving into an actual, scheduled event. Two months later, on April 28, 2013, Jennifer Cooper (accompanied by guitarist Carl Reichelt, and pianists Michael Santana and Jonah Yeh) was perched in front of a sold-out audience at DiGiovanni's Italian Restaurant in Solomons, MD, ready to utter her first operatic sounds since the end of her former professional opera career, twelve years prior. The evening was an enormous success, which led to another sold-out performance of the same program on July 14.
Demand remained high for still more "Opera Night" performances as word spread and waiting lists swelled. At this point, it's fair to say that the program is becoming a series, one that consistently books beyond capacity a full month prior to the performance date, and offers a unique program of carefully selected art songs and arias (spanning 400 years), combined with an award-winning, authentic Italian menu, specially created by Venician chef, Annamaria DeGennaro. See below for upcoming scheduled events.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2014 (5pm) at Back Creek Bistro (Solomons, MD):
Back by enormous popular demand! Jennifer Cooper and guests Michael Santana, Jonah Yeh, Carl Reichelt, Bethany Yeh, and Marcie Dixon will break into song spanning Opera to Broadway! As always, you’ll also enjoy a prix-fixe meal of award-winning cuisine, luscious libations and mouthwatering desserts! These showcases sell out quickly, so don’t delay! Contact Richard at 410-326-9900 or [email protected]. Specify “Opera/Broadway Night” in the subject line!
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2013 (5pm) at DiGiovanni's (Solomons, MD):
Introducing "Broadway Night!" with vocalist Jennifer Cooper, guitarist Carl Reichelt, pianist Jonah Yeh, and special guest vocalist Michael Dezort! Also, featuring Bethany Yeh and Marcie Dixon! This talented ensemble will bring you a fun-filled, and certainly dramatic, program of Broadway favorites, spanning six decades and countless characters. This performance is already SOLD OUT, however, we strongly recommend that you add your name to the waiting list. Last-minute cancellations are typical, which allow anxious wait-list-ers to be admitted! Call Gerri now at DiGiovanni's to reserve your spot! 410-394-6400
BROADWAY NIGHT will also feature...
Jonah Yeh (piano) Marcie Dixon (vocal) Carl Reichelt (guitar) Bethany Yeh (vocal)
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2013:
"Opera Night 2" was an enormous success! Featuring all new repertoire performed by mezzo-soprano Jennifer Cooper, guitarist Carl Reichelt, pianist Jonah Yeh, and special guest baritone, Shouvik Mondle! We enjoyed multiple standing ovations from a sold-out audience for an unforgettable evening of grand opera and authentic Italian cuisine. Repertoire included art songs and arias by favorite composers, including Bononcini, Brahms, Faure, Meyerbeer, Mozart, R. Strauss, Wagner, and more! See photos from the performance, further below!
"La scala di seta" - Rossini
Florida Grand Opera
Shouvik Mondle, baritone Carl Reichelt, guitar Jonah Yeh, piano
"Amarilli, mia bella" (Caccini) - performed by Jennifer Cooper and Carl Reichelt