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Armonk Singer Stars In 'The Sorcerer' At Norwalk Concert Hall

John Matilane of Armonk (Dr. Daly) and Brett Kroeger of Riverside (Constance), are in Gilbert and Sullivan’s "The Sorcerer," to be performed April 16 and 23 in the Norwalk Concert Hall.
John Matilane of Armonk (Dr. Daly) and Brett Kroeger of Riverside (Constance), are in Gilbert and Sullivan’s "The Sorcerer," to be performed April 16 and 23 in the Norwalk Concert Hall. Photo Credit: Contributed

ARMONK, N.Y. -- John Matilaine of Armonk will sing the role of Dr. Daly when Troupers Light Opera performs Gilbert and Sullivan’s "The Sorcerer" on April 16 and 23 in the Norwalk Concert Hall at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. 

A bass role, Dr. Daly is one of the main characters in the opera who, under the influence of the Sorcerer’s magic potion, falls in love with the wrong woman, with typically comic Gilbertian results. 

Matilaine is a veteran of operatic performance, having sung solo roles nine times already with Troupers Light Opera, and also in Curtain Call’s production of "My Fair Lady," as Colonel Pickering. Matilaine also appears regularly with the Taconic Opera in Yorktown Heights. He 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, The Netherlands, Istanbul, and South America with the Yale Alumni Chorus. He will be touring with the Yale Chorus again this coming June in Vietnam and Singapore. 

"The Sorcerer" is Gilbert and Sullivan’s first full-length comic opera, first performed in 1877, satirizing the British class system. 

The Sorcerer will be performed at the Norwalk Concert Hall, 125 East Ave. in Norwalk. Tickets are available at their website or by calling 800-838-3006.

Starting out in 1946 as an informal group that put on Gilbert and Sullivan operas in private homes, Troupers Light Opera had by 1950 become so popular that they recruited members of the Norwalk Symphony for the orchestra and began building sets for the performances. 

Today, Troupers is a large enterprise, performing with a live orchestra, costumes, and complete stage sets. Talented performers from throughout the tri-state area audition for roles, and Troupers welcomes new members each year.

This year Troupers is under the professional stage and musical direction of Dan Montez and Jun Nakabayashi, with full orchestra, period costumes, and professional set design. 

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