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Posted by on May 7, 2012 in News | 0 comments


NEW YORK, NY – On Friday, May 18, legendary American opera soprano Lauren Flanigan, known for creating memorable contemporary opera roles, stars in “Lauren Flanigan’s 4th Annual 50th Birthday Bash,” presented by American Opera Projects and Music and Mentoring House. The evening is a marathon concert of fifty-four (54) rarely-heard songs performed by Flanigan and friends. Harlem’s historic Italian bistro Ristorante Settepani, 196 Lenox Ave. at 120th St., will serve a special menu of Lauren’s favorite appetizers and entrees. Tickets are $54 ($39 tax-deductible) and must be purchased in advance at or at Proceeds go towards American Opera Projects’ Composers & the Voice program that commissions, develops, and presents contemporary opera.

Lauren Flanigan has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera and New York City Opera. Her association with American Opera Projects (AOP) began in 2003 with the world premiere of Deborah Drattell’s Marina, directed by Anne Bogart (recent recipient of the Doris Duke Artists award). Using the “Viewpoints” acting tools popularized by Bogart, Ms. Flanigan created and led a training program for opera singers with AOP, focusing on character development and performance. In 2008, she created the role of Myra during AOP workshops of Séance on a Wet Afternoon by Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Wicked). Séance premiered with Ms. Flanigan at Opera Santa Barbara in 2009 and had a ten performance run with New York City Opera in 2010. Ms. Flanigan inaugurated AOP’s partnership with Opera New Jersey in 2011 with a workshop of the opera-in-development The Family Room, written for her and soprano Catherine Malfitano by composer Thomas Pasatieri and librettist Daphne Malfitano.

Settepani’s menu will include selections chosen by Lauren and restaurant founder Leah Abraham, with a birthday cake baked on the premises featuring somewhere between one and fifty-four candles (with pending approval of Fire Marshal).

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