Who We Are
Alfred O. Lembo, Jr.
President, Board of Directors
Al Lembo is a business owner for 40 years in the automotive and construction industry. He is past President and Chairman of the Board of the Columbian Foundation and a current Board Member of St. Lucy's Church in Newark, NJ. Mr. Lembo was born and raised in Newark and attended schools and college there. He has a profound love for opera and his goal is to keep it alive.
"Being President of the New Jersey State Opera has been one of my greatest honors and I will serve it well. New Jersey State Opera is the People's Opera. We at the New Jersey State Opera owe it to the people and youth of New Jersey and America."
Edward Perretti, educator, operatic performer, director and orchestral conductor is a lifelong resident of New Jersey. Mr. Peretti has spent over forty years in the music profession making his professional New Jersey debut with the NJSO in 1979 in a production of Verdi's "La Forza Del Destino," directed by Maestro Alfredo Silipigni, then director of the company. His professional New York debut was with The New York Grand Opera, under the direction of Vincent La Selva in Central Park, as Radames in Verdi's "Aida". He has been a leading tenor with that company since, not only singing almost every major tenor Verdi role, but the tenor leads in operas by Pucchini, Bizet, Mascagni, Boito, Donizetti, Giordano, Leoncavallo, Ponchielli, Bellini and Gounod. He was also the first tenor in the metropolitan area to sing the role of Eleazar from Halevy's "La Juive," since Cruso last sang it at the Met in his 20s, and before its Met revival. During the performance he also wore one of Caruso's costumes! Under the tutelage of his vocal coach, Armen Boyajin, Mr. Peretti has amassed a repertoire of over forty leading tenor roles. He has sung at venues throughout the world and is particularly remembered for his portrayals of Canio in "I Pagliacci" and "Otello". He is looking forward to his association with the company working with new artists and adding his knowledge of opera, opera production, vocal interpretation and technique.
Mr. Stanziano is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory where has also served as an Assistant Professor. He received his Master Degree in piano performance from The Julliard School. A founding member of the Ariadne Piano Trio, he has done numerous recital programs with eminent violinists and cellists, and also toured extensively in Europe as a soloist. In addition to his duties with the New Jersey State Opera Company, he is a faculty member at the Military Academy at West Point.
A longtime resident of Clifton, New Jersey, Mr. Stanziano is passionate about his work as an accompanist and vocal coach to an international roster of singers, preparing them for both recital and opera. He has adjudicated for many years for both the Puccini Foundation and the New Jersey State Opera Silipigni Vocal Competition.
Wednesday | February 22
Saturday | February 25
Nola Rehearsal Studios
Saturday | March 4
Saturday | March 25
Tuesday | March 28
The Institute of New Dimentions
Tuesday | April 11
The Institute of New Dimentions