For Immediate Release
January 10, 2024



Light Opera of New Jersey names Teresa Giardina new Director of Outreach and Community Engagement; 
will offer free tickets to The Barber of Seville through its Opera for All Initiative

Basking Ridge, NJ – Light Opera of New Jersey (LONJ) is pleased to announce the appointment of Teresa Giardina as the new Director of Outreach and Community Engagement.

According to Jason Tramm, Executive Producer, “Tess is extremely qualified for this position and has extensive experience working for arts companies like the New Jersey Symphony. We are delighted to have her leading this important initiative that seeks to open the power of the arts to all.” Tess has been involved with LONJ for several seasons as a performer and volunteer and is excited to continue to build relationships with various individuals and community groups in the region.

Opera for All was established by LONJ to provide 10% of mainstage tickets at no cost to groups experiencing disadvantages in New Jersey. Now in its second year, this innovative program was originally partially funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Individuals and organizations are invited to apply for free tickets to LONJ’s next performance of The Barber of Seville at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway, NJ on February 17, 2024 at 7:30 pm.

This beloved opera tells the story of Count Almaviva and his attempts to win the heart of the beautiful Rosina, with the help of the cunning Figaro, the barber of Seville. This production will be performed by an internationally acclaimed cast with period sets and costumes, and the Light Opera of New Jersey Chorus and Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Jason Tramm.

Qualified organizations or individuals interested in free tickets for this show should complete an application form: Click Here for Individuals or Click Here for Organizations. The deadline to submit an application is February 3, 2024. Seats are limited so apply quickly.

Light Opera of New Jersey (LONJ) is a premier regional musical theater company bringing numerous genres to life including musical theater, opera and operetta. We offer innovative and reimagined productions led by exceptional singers, actors and orchestral musicians. We aim to inspire audiences with accessible and entertaining productions that enrich the cultural life of our region.

For more information on Light Opera of New Jersey, visit


Light Opera of New Jersey
PO Box 402
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

Teresa Giardina
Director of Outreach and Community Engagement