Since I was born in Newark, went to St Benedict’s Prep, and received a Certificate from Essex County College as Arts Editor of The Ecco, and Literary Editor of Shapes of Things. At Ramapo College I produced a Classical Concert Series featuring Emmanuel Ax; Fred Sherry; Ursula Oppens and Joyce Mathis when they were Young Concert Artists.
My career began after a dual degree from Intercultural Studies and Contemporary Arts at Ramapo College. I then went to grad school at the American University and worked at the Kennedy Center.
At LaScala I as a guest of Claudio Abbado in Milan, Italy. At the Kennedy Center as an usher I saw every performance of LaScala and the Paris Opera at the Kennedy Center. I was overwhelmed by their work. I also saw the Deutsche Oper premiere of Wieland Wagner’s LOHENGRIN there the previous year.
Later I was a guest of Aer Lingus as a producer at the Dublin Theatre Festival in Ireland, and guest directed THE GIGLI CONCERT in Rome. Subsequently I was a guest of French Cultural services in Lyon, France for my 5 year Festival with the City of Paterson.
My 25 year Off-Broadway Award winning career is detailed in Exits+Entrances (Amazon.com or B+N).com.
Opera and Concert Series could be dedicated to Maria Jeritza for NJPAC in 2019–20. Jeritza was a superstar at the Metropolitan, Vienna, Czech, + LaScala Opera Companies. Jeritza also premiered Opera’s by Puccini, Strauss, + Janacek. Jeritza also loved, lived, and retired, to her home in Newark NJ.
The New York Times noted in their obituary she was a star of Opera’s Golden Age in the 20th century. She was an Opera Diva, who lived, retired, and died In Newark in 1982 at 94. She attended and supported opera at The Mosque Theatre and Symphony Hall in Newark, NJ. Her appearances would generate instant applause at each performance with her blond hair and blue tinted glasses.
Homage to Maria Jeritza, who resided In Newark and made opera andmusic history in Brno, Newark, The Met, Vienna and inspired and workedwith Giacomo Puccini, Leos Janacek, and Richard Strauss in her career.,MARIA JERITZA, STAR OF OPERA’S ‘GOLDEN AGE,’ DIES AT 94 …
www.nytimes.com/1982/.../maria-jeritza-star-of-opera-s-golden-age-dies-at-94 .- Maria Jeritza, the internationally renowned soprano who has beencalled … Miss Jeritza was one of the great artists of opera’s’’golden age,’’ (1887–1982) longtime resident of Newark,NJ who sang for Richard Strauss, Leos Janacek, and GiacomoPuccini :Premiere’s at the Met, Vienna, Brno, LaScala in her illustrious career in Europe and the United States.
Richard Strauss wrote 4 Last Songs (and one last song for Maria(Jeritza ) who retired to Newark after her international opera careerfrom Vienna to The Met.
Puccini loved Jeritza as his favorite TOSCA. Maria started thetradition of Tosca laying prone on the floor to sing “Vissi d’arte.”Jeritza premiered Janacek’s JENUFA among other highlights from Brno,Vienna and Milan. Her legendary musical soirees occurred at her homein North Newark. It should be an Historic Site and turned into a OperaMuseum while it still stands though now in private hands. Her postretirement appearances at The Met and Symphony Hall (formerly theMosque Theatre) garnered a rash of applause from the opera audience.
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Our Awards: The Irish Institute, Short Play Festival, OBIE Award asco-producer, + Making History from City of Paterson, NJ.
Book reviews in The Montclair Times (4/3/08) + The Record (9/5/04). HonoringLabor < http://irishecho.com/2012/08/honoring-labor/ >
Scholarship + Certification from Nonprofit Executive & Emerging LeaderInstitute at Rutgers University, Newark, NJ (2015)