opera


  In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue their series of conversations about quoting, sampling, borrowing in music.

Berkshire Opera Festival continues its second season, featuring Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos this weekend. Following its widely-acclaimed inaugural season, BOF will present three fully-staged performances August 26, 29, and September 1 at The Colonial Theatre.

To tell us more, we welcome Co-Founder and Director Jonathon Loy, and performers Sam Schultz and Adriana Zabala.

Since the opening of the Fisher Center at Bard, Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra have been responsible for championing and restoring to the stage a growing number of important but long-neglected operas.

This year’s Bard SummerScape festival features the long overdue American premiere of Antonín Dvořák’s Dimitrij in an original new staging by award-winning director Anne Bogart. Dimitrij runs for five performances between today and August 6.

Dvořák’s work includes no fewer than twelve operas but his grand opera, Dimitrij, is rarely staged outside the Czech Republic.

Here to tell us more is Choral Director, James Bagwell. 

Now in its 8th season, the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice will celebrate all things French at this year’s celebration August 4-6.

Remaining true to its mission of bringing together some of the world’s greatest vocal talent to audiences in the Catskills region, this year’s Festival will host internationally acclaimed performers and composers in a series of unforgettable open-air summer concerts that all share the alluring theme of French culture – including the star event, the beloved opera La Boheme. 

The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice is a one-of-a-kind music event that allows audiences to experience world-class talent, often only seen in metropolitan venues, in a more intimate setting while relishing the stunning beauty of the surrounding Catskills Mountains.

We are joined now by General Director Maria Todaro and Artistic Director, Louis Otey.

Francesca Zambello, Glimmerglass Festival Artistic & General Director
Claire McAdams / Glimmerglass Festival

 The Glimmerglass Festival, which presents four mainstage productions of opera and musical theater as well as many events every summer, is now underway in Cooperstown, NY.

The 2017 Festival includes main-stage productions of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, Handel’s Xerxes, and Donizetti’s The Siege of Calais.

The season also includes the world premiere of Stomping Grounds, a piece from Victor Simonson and Paige Hernandez that blends hip-hop, spoken word and opera, and Derrick Wang’s opera Scalia/Ginsburg, starring 2017 Artist in Residence William Burden.

And yes, festival guests include William Burden, Theodore Chapin, Paige Hernandez, Stephen Schwartz, David Sedaris and more. To tell us all about it we welcome Francesca Zambello - Glimmerglass's Artistic & General Director,

  

Seagle Music Colony in Schroon Lake, NY presents the first full performances of the new comic opera, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead.

The opera features a score and libretto by composer Herschel Garfein and is based on the play by the renowned Tom Stoppard. The play and the opera expand on the exploits of two minor characters from Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

The action of Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead takes place mainly "in the wings" of Hamlet, with brief appearances of major characters from Hamlet who enact fragments of the original and memorable scenes by The Bard.

Here to tell us more are Seagle Music Colony’s Artistic Director, Darren Woods, composer of Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead, Herschel Garfein.

Dawn Upshaw
Brooke Irish

There will be a Centennial Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald on Sunday night at 8PM at Tanglewood’s Seiji Ozawa Hall. The Tanglewood Music Center Vocal Concert will feature mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, Pianist Lee Musiker, musicians of the Boston Pops, TMC Vocal Fellows and our next guest - Dawn Upshaw.

Dawn Upshaw is the Artistic Director of Bard College’s Conservatory of Music as well as the Charles Franklin Kellogg and Grace Ramsey Kellogg Professor of the Arts and Humanities.

She has been at Bard since 2004. The winner of three Grammy Awards; she is featured on more than 50 recordings. She is also the first singer to be named a “Perspectives” Artist by Carnegie Hall. 

The Sembrich Museum, the former teaching studio of Metropolitan Opera prima donna Marcella Sembrich. Situated on a wooded peninsula in Lake George, the studio contains memorabilia of a distinguished international operatic career spanning more than 50 years.

Throughout the summer, The Sembrich presents a series of concerts, lectures, films and recitals featuring some of today's finest performing artists. The Sembrich’s Artistic Director Richard Wargo, joins us.

  In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, we continue to learn about the music of Thea Musgrave.

One of William Kennedy's acclaimed novels has been transformed into an amazing opera. Roscoe: An American Grand Opera is tragic, comic, and poignant and it will be performed with the Albany Symphony Orchestra at the Palace Theatre in Albany on Saturday Night at 7:30PM. Evan Mack is the composer, Josh McGuire the librettist, Maestro David Alan Miller conducts the symphony with special guests Deborah Voigt (Soprano) and Jeffrey Williams (Baritone).

Roscoe Conway, after years as the motor of Albany's political machine, longs to retire. But just when he thought he was out, things pull him back in. The opera features the radiant voice of opera superstar Deborah Voigt.

Deborah Voigt joins us along with the composer of Roscoe, Evan Mack.

  This morning we talk with a brand new performing arts company in our region. The Berkshire Opera Festival’s inaugural season features a new production that takes a fresh look at Puccini's masterpiece Madama Butterfly. It is timeless love story, featuring beautiful music sung by a world-class cast.

Taking place in an apartment overlooking Nagasaki Harbor, director Jonathon Loy's production moves the action to the 1960s and sets it against the backdrop of Japan's "Golden Sixties" economic boom. Joining us this morning: Artistic Director, Co-Founder and Conductor; John Cheek, bass, singing the Bonze; and Sarah Larsen - mezzo soprano, singing Suzuki.

Renée Fleming
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  This Thursday at 8pm the Philadelphia Orchestra, under the baton of its music director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, will take the stage at SPAC and be joined - for her first time at that venue - by opera star, Renée Fleming.

Ms. Fleming joins us to discuss that concert, travel, language, and her role as Kennedy Center Artistic Partner.

Berkshire Opera Festival 2016 Poster
Berkshire Opera Festival

The Berkshires are a cultural hotspot for theater, music, art and dance, offering plenty to entertain residents and visitors, especially in the summer. But is something missing? WAMC caught up with a group that thinks there is.

  The Seagle Music Colony in Schroon Lake is presenting the world premiere production of a new opera by composer Evan Mack and librettist Joshua McGuire based on the novel Roscoe by Pulitzer Prize winning author William Kennedy.

With music that draws from many popular 20th-century styles, the story follows the character Roscoe Conway, a king-pin in the mid 1940’s Albany political machine, as he navigates his way through a multitude of political and personal challenges, both past and present.

Performances take place from August 3rd through the 6th. To tell us more we welcome composer Evan Mack, librettist Joshua McGuire, Seagle Music Colony Artistic Director Darren Woods and Pulitzer Prize winning author William Kennedy. 

  Stephanie Blythe is on the vocal faculty for the Tanglewood Music Center, and has been coaching vocal Fellows for the “Sing America: Songs of Travel” vocal concert at 5 p.m. during Tanglewood on Parade.

The program features the TMC Vocal Fellows and Stephanie singing mostly classic American travel songs from the largely from the late 1800’s and early 1900s, including “Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis,” “California, Here I Come,” “Caroline in the Morning,” “Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland,” and “I Want to Go Back to Michigan.” The audience will also be encouranged to sing along during a portion of the program.

Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe is considered to be one of the most highly respected and critically acclaimed artists of her generation.

  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.

This year’s festival - running August 4th through the 7th – celebrates Shakespeare and the British Isles.

We are joined by world renowned opera singers, Executive Director Maria Todaro and Artistic Director Louis Otey. 

James Darrah
Simon Kessler

  Bard SummerScape’s 2016 season presents seven weeks of opera, music, theater, dance, film, and cabaret. 

The prime focus of these offerings is the 27th annual Bard Music Festival, exploring the life and times of Italian composer Giacomo Puccini. The rich arts and culture of turn-of-the century Italy inspires a revival of Pietro Mascagni’s art nouveau opera, Iris. 

The production at Bard boasts a new staging and sleek, edgy design and is directed by James Darrah.

  Nadine Sierra makes her debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and her first appearance at Tanglewood tomorrow night as part of the festival’s opening weekend concerts. Tomorrow night’s concert will hear the American singer in her acclaimed account of the soprano soloist’s role in Orff’s Carmina Burana. Jacques Lacombe will conduct the performance.

Praised for her vocal beauty, seamless technique, and abundant musicality, Sierra is being hailed as one of the most promising emerging talents in the opera world today. She is already making a name for herself through her performances with top opera companies and symphony orchestras around the world.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "The Marriage of Figaro"

Jun 30, 2016
Principal Artists of The Marriage of Figaro
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Troy Record theater reviewer Bob Goepfert takes a look at Opera Saratoga's production of "The Marriage of Figaro."  

  Il Volo, the critically acclaimed trio, will play the Palace Theatre in Albany, NY tonight.

Il Volo is comprised of members Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble and have released four albums so far, starting in 2011: two studio albums, a live album, and a Christmas album. Recently, Il Volo won the "Big Artist" Award at the prestigious Sanremo Music Festival in Italy, which led them to go 3x Platinum in Italy with their latest EP and contributed to their sold-out summer tour.

Piero Barone joins us.

  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.

This year’s festival - running July 29-August 2 - will be a Celebration of the Diverse Voices of America. We are joined by world renowned opera singers, Executive Director Maria Todaro and Artistic Director Louis Otey. 

Courtesy of Bard College, Peter Aaron '68/Esto

  Now in its 13th season, Bard SummerScape presents eight weeks of stellar events in opera, music, theater, dance, film, and cabaret.

The prime focus of these offerings is the 26th annual Bard Music Festival, which this year examines the life, times, and creative output of the 20th century Mexican composer, conductor, and educator Carlos Chávez. whose compositions synthesize Indian, Spanish, and Mexican elements together with trends in European musical modernism.

  Marcella Sembrich, internationally known Polish soprano, first sang with the New York Metropolitan Opera in its initial season in 1883. She retired in 1909 and sang concert tours until 1917. Her teaching studio, built in 1924 is located in Bolton Landing, NY and has been a operating as museum in her honor and to commemorate opera during the summers since 1937 – two years after her death in 1935.

Each summer's schedule at The Sembrich centers around a theme artfully crafted by Sembrich's artistic director, composer Richard Wargo. He joins us now to tell us what is on tap for this season, the theme of which is “On Wings of Song: The Marriage of Music and Poetry.”

  The new opera The Long Walk is based on Brian Castner’s critically acclaimed book of the same name. The opera is a deeply personal exploration of a soldier’s return from Iraq where he served as an officer in an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit and his battle with what he calls “the Crazy” as he tries to reintegrate into his family life upon returning from the war.

Opera Saratoga at the Spa Little Theatre is presenting the world premiere of The Long Walk in partnership with American Lyric Theater. Internationally renowned theater and opera director David Schweizer makes his Opera Saratoga debut.

Grammy Award winning baritone Daniel Belcher returns to Opera Saratoga to create the role of Brian, alongside mezzo-soprano Heather Johnson, who makes her company debut as his wife Jessie. The two performers join us for this interview.

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  The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, MA is marking its 10th anniversary season with performances by, among others, Graham Nash, Art Garfunkel, Audra McDonald, Don McLean and many, many others.

The Castle Street theatre came alive 10 seasons ago and now Mahaiwe Executive Director Beryl Jolly says they are ready for the next phase in the theatre’s development.

Three years ago the Mahaiwe’s Board of Director’s set a goal of raising $2.2 million to stabilize the Mahaiwe to the next level of programming excellence and financial stability as part of their Impact campaign. Since then they have raised $1.9 million towards that goal. With just $250,000 to go, they are turning to their loyal audience to help complete the historic campaign.

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The Caravan Stage Company has a most unique theatre venue — a 90 ft tall ship, the Caravan Stage Tall Ship Theatre. After 20 years of touring contemporary professional theatre the Caravan now tours its innovative theatrical productions on to the deck of the Amara Zee, a unique Ship Theatre.

This summer they present Hacked: The Treasure of Empire -- a operatic theatre fantasy featuring a Band of Virtual Pirate Hacksters who have deleted the “Treasure of the Empire”.

Jaime Alvarez

  Hamilton Fish II was a descendant of one of the most prominent families in New York State. Hamilton “Albert” Fish was a psychopath and a most notorious child murderer. They died one day apart in 1936. A newspaper editor becomes obsessed with the coincidence of their shared names after publishing their obituaries on his front page.

The Lives of Hamilton Fish is a cinematic rock opera inspired by that true story. Rachel Mason wrote, directed and stars in the film, much of it was shot on location at historic sites in the Hudson Valley.

Opera fans in Saratoga Springs will have the ability to ask questions and hear about the future of one particular arts organization this weekend.

10/20/14 Panel

Oct 20, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Political Consultant Libby Post and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
Texas Hospital Apology
Catholic Church Gay U-Turn
NY No Gun List
Voter ID Decision
Black Vote for Senate
Opera Protest

  Berkshire Theatre Group is presenting a week-long opera festival in Stockbridge, MA through this weekend.

Part of the workshop festival is a fully-staged production of the Verdi opera La Traviata. It will have performances at Berkshire Theatre Group’s Unicorn Theater Friday August 29th at 8:00pm and Sunday Aug 31st at 2:00pm.

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