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Armonk Singer To Star In Herbert's 'The Red Mill'

Armonk’s John Matilaine (left) stars as the Burgomaster, along with Jim Cooper of Wilton in Troupers Light Opera’s upcoming performance of “The Red Mill” April 6 and 13.
Armonk’s John Matilaine (left) stars as the Burgomaster, along with Jim Cooper of Wilton in Troupers Light Opera’s upcoming performance of “The Red Mill” April 6 and 13. Photo Credit: Troupers Light Opera

ARMONK, N.Y. – Armonk resident John Matilaine will sing the bass and star role of “The Burgomaster” when the Troupers Light Opera performs Victor Herbert’s “The Red Mill” on April 6 and 13 in the Norwalk Concert Hall.

There will be four performances, with 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. showings on each Saturday.

Matilaine is a veteran of operatic performance, having sung solo roles seven times already with Troupers Light Opera, in The Mikado, Yeomen of the Guard, Ruddigore, H.M.S. Pinafore, and The Gondoliers, and also in Curtain Call’s production of My Fair Lady (as Colonel Pickering).

He has also appeared regularly with the Taconic Opera in Yorktown Heights, where he most recently was the bass soloist in the Gounod Requiem.  He currently sings with the Charis Chamber Voices, the Hoff  Barthelson Festival Chorus, Collegium of Westchester and the TreasureHouse Chorale, and has toured China, Russia, England, South Africa, and South America with the Yale Alumni Chorus.

Directed by the Troupers by Taconic Opera director Dan Montex and conducted by Jun Nakabayashi, “The Red Mill” is known as one of Herbert’s first big successes ever since it premiered on Broadway in 1906. Set in 20th century Holland, the musical comedy follows star-crossed lovers who plan to elope during a series of unexpected revelations.

Tickets are available at www.TroupersLightOpera.org or by calling 800-838-3006.

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