College of St. Joseph will hold its 19th annual Night of Opera from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 15, in Tuttle Hall on the CSJ campus. This year’s event will feature five professional performers and a silent auction.

The silent auction begins at 7 p.m., and the performance begins at 8 p.m. There will also be a 50/50 raffle drawing at intermission.

“The Night of Opera is important to College of St. Joseph for two reasons; it gives us an opportunity to open our doors to the public for a wonderful cultural event and it raises money for student scholarships,” said Bates Childress, director of development and alumni relations.

Tickets for the performance are $30 per person. All of the proceeds from the auction, raffle, and ticket sales will go to the CSJ Annual Fund for student scholarships. Call (802) 776-5264 for tickets or more information check out

The event brings top-notch opera professionals to Rutland.

“The members of this cast have performed all over the world.  College of St. Joseph is deeply appreciative of the event’s core group of loyal sponsors who help underwrite the cost of bringing the performers to Rutland, keeping ticket prices affordable,” Childress said


Sponsorships for the event are available at the following levels: The Friend of the Opera sponsorship at $100 includes two reserved seats and a listing in the sponsor area of the program. The Patron of the Opera sponsorship at $200 includes four reserved seats and a listing in the sponsor area of the program. The Major Event Sponsor at $500 includes six reserved seats and a listing in the sponsor area of the program. The Platinum Event Sponsorship at $1,000 includes eight reserved seats and a listing in the sponsor area of the program.

This year’s performers are:

William Hicks (Pianist and Musical Director)

Hicks, conductor, pianist, and voice coach, recently completed his recording of 127 pieces by Victor Herbert, now available on six CDs in two albums from New World Records.

From 1995 to 2001 Mr. Hicks served as Assistant Conductor for the Metropolitan Opera, and made his Metropolitan Opera stage debut as the concert pianist Lazinski in Giordano’s FEDORA. He has also served as Associate Conductor for the Santa Fe Opera, The Canadian Opera Company, the Cincinnati Opera, and the New York City Opera.

Suzanne Kantorski-Merrill (Soprano)

Kantorski-Merrill is one of today’s most versatile performing artists. She has appeared in leading Operatic roles, as a concert soloist, and in New Music compositions with notable companies worldwide.

Suzanne was a full-scholarship student, and graduate of The Manhattan School of Music, with further studies at the Schulich School of McGill University. This year, Ms. Merrill will star as Mimi, in the feature film, The Bohemians, set in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, portraying an edgy adaptation of Puccini’s La Boheme.

A native Vermonter, Suzanne has served as Voice Faculty at Castleton State College since 2004, and is one of the founding members of the college’s newly established Artist in Residence Program with the Burlington Ensemble.

Jonathan Hare (Baritone)

Praised in previous productions for his robust voice and comic flair, North Carolina-born Baritone Jonathan Hare is based in New York City.

He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music.

Recent performances include Trigorin in Chekhov’s The Seagull, also with the Dicapo Opera Theatre, which was staged in New York and at the Szeged National Theatre in Hungary.

Sara Louise Petrocelli (Mezzo-soprano)

Sara Louise Petrocelli, mezzo soprano from New Jersey, makes her debut this summer with the dell’Arte Opera Ensemble as Sesto in La clemenza di Tito. In 2012, she covered the title role of Ciro in Babilonia at the Caramoor Festival, and performed the roles of Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with New Rochelle Opera, and Teresa in La Sonnambulaat the Altamura Center for the Arts.

Kevin Ginter (Tenor)

In the spring of 2010, Mr. Ginter finished a masters program at the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College. While at the conservatory, Mr. Ginter sang leading roles in Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen, Weill’s Down in the Valley, Offenbach’s Ba-ta-clan, Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, and Bizet’s Carmen.

Mr. Ginter has attended the prestigious IVAI young artist programs in Tel Aviv Israel and Blacksburg Virginia since 2009. In the fall of 2009, Mr. Ginter made his Carnegie Hall debut singing in The Remarkable Theater Brigade’s production of Opera Shorts.