The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice promotes the human voice as an instrument of healing, peace and artistic expression through presenting world class performances in Phoenicia, New York and surrounding areas. From opera to gospel, world music to Broadway, the Festival celebrates the human voice in all its multi-faceted glory. This year’s festival takes place July 30th through August 3rd.
One of the most beloved and celebrated musical ambassadors of our time, soprano Renée Fleming is loved for her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry, and compelling stage presence. At a White House ceremony last July, the President awarded Ms. Fleming the National Medal of Arts, America's highest honor for an individual artist.
Known as “the people’s diva” and winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo. Over the past few seasons, Ms. Fleming has hosted a wide variety of television and radio broadcasts, including the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series for movie theaters and television, and Live From Lincoln Center on PBS.
She will be performing at the Tanglewood opener on Saturday night and later this month, she will stay in the Berkshires to perform her first role in a play. She will make her debut at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Living on Love, playing an opera diva at odds with her husband over the people they’ve hired to ghostwrite their autobiographies. It runs July 16 through 26th.
Act one of award-winning opera composer Evan Mack's new work Roscoe will be part of Opera Saratoga's 2014 summer festival. The opera is based on the novel of the same name by Pulitzer Prize winning author, William Kennedy.
The 80 minute concert performance will give Saratoga audiences a first look at this brand new piece at The Arthur Zankel Music Center at Skidmore College on June 8th at 2pm.
Composer Evan Mack joins us along with Opera Saratoga's General Director, Curtis Tucker.
The Graduate Vocal Arts Program at The Bard College Conservatory of Music is a unique master of music program in vocal performance. Conceived, designed and led by renowned American soprano Dawn Upshaw.
The Fisher Center at Bard College is presenting two one-act operas performed by the Conservatory Graduate Vocal Arts program singers on March 14 and 16th. One of the operas, Payne Hollow by Shawn Jaeger, is a world premiere, and the other is Benjamin Britten’s beloved The Turn of the Screw.
Ars Choralis will present the new opera, Miracle in Bethlehem, for its annual “Welcome Yule” concert on Dec. 7th and 8th at the Overlook Methodist Church in Woodstock. The opera is composed by Ars Choralis Artistic Director, Barbara Pickhardt with lyrics by Johanna Hall.
The two-act opera features 40 choir members, 13 soloists and an instrumental ensemble that includes piano, cello, violin, horns and flutes and – as one might guess from the title – tells the story of the nativity.
Johanna Hall’s songwriting career began in 1970 and her songs have been recorded by Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor, The Doobie Brothers – and many others. She joins us to talk about Miracle in Bethlehem.
On Monday evening August 5th, Maureen O'Flynn and John Cheek - leading singers from the Metropolitan opera - will be among the performers in the return performance of the new opera Pearl, which is a modern retelling of The Scarlet Letter from the viewpoint of the daughter of Hester Prynne – now with new music and a new ending.
The project was initiated by the conductor Sara Jobin, a Berkshire resident and the first woman to conduct the San Francisco Opera, the composer is Amy Scurria and the libretto, written by Carol Gilligan and her son Jonathan Gilligan, based on her play, The Scarlet Letter, which was commissioned and produced by Shakespeare & Company in 2002.
Joining this morning, Librettist Carol Gilligan, Music Director and Producer Sara Jobin and soprano Maureen Flynn.
Bard SummerScape 2013 presents seven inspired weeks of opera, music, theater, dance, film, and cabaret. This summer Bard College, in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, presents their 24th annual Bard Music Festival with the theme "Stravinsky and His World."
A major highlight of the season, however, isn't by Stravinsky but is instead by Sergey Taneyev - a composer Stravinsky admired. Thaddeus Strassberger returns to SummerScape to direct Oresteia, with The American Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leon Botstein. Performances begin at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, July 26th.
Thaddeus and SummerScape Opera producer, Susanna Meyer join us to tell us more.
Carin Gilfry and Alex Lawrence met in 2011 as Young Artists with the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, NY. The mezzo-soprano and baritone fell in love, were married, and now get to balance those facts with their very busy and far-flung opera careers.
Alex is singing the role of Belfiore in Verdi's King for a Day at Glimmerglass this summer and during the year he has a contract with the Zurich Opera in Switzerland.
Carin recently performed in La Perichole with New York City Opera, and covered in Le Nozze di Figaro in Los Angeles.
The couple joins us now to talk about life as married opera singers and about The Glimmerglass Festival.
The Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF) will return to the Berkshires this summer with Almira, the first opera by the celebrated and beloved Baroque composer, George Frideric Handel in its first modern-day historically conceived production.
BEMF will offer three fully-staged performances of the production at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center on Friday and Saturday, June 21 and 22 at 7pm, and Sunday, June 23 at 2:30pm; all performances will be sung in German with English supertitles.
Three-time Grammy-nominated Artistic Co-Director Paul O’Dette joins us.