Above: Anthony Laciura singing "If I Were a Rich Man" from Fiddler on the Roof in Fleischmanns on Saturday. Photo courtesy of the Festival of the Voice and Spillian: A Place to Revel.
Anthony Laciura, a veteran Metropolitan Opera tenor who played a tragic German mobster on HBO's Boardwalk Empire, was the star attraction at a masked ball in Fleischmanns on Saturday. The ball was a fundraiser for the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice, held at the Spillian retreat center on November 2.
Laciura played Eddie Kessler, the loyal German assistant to Steve Buscemi's Nucky Thomspon, on HBO's Prohibition-era gangster show for four seasons.
Laciura, who has sung with the Met for 30 years, is working with the Voice Festival on an educational project this year, according to an email from Maria Todaro, one of the festival's founders.
On Saturday night, Laciura joined a bevy of masked revels in tuxedos and opera gowns at Spillian to raise funds for the 2014 version of the festival, which Todaro says will be a "Spanish Celebration" featuring flamenco, works by Manuel de Falla, Sephardic music, and the opera The Barber of Seville.