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Opera Saratoga Announces

Appointment of New Managing Director

Amanda Robie

 

Tuesday, February 26, 2019  -  Saratoga Springs, NY - Lawrence Edelson, Artistic and General Director of Opera Saratoga, announced today the appointment of Amanda Robie to the company's leadership staff as Managing Director.  A seasoned nonprofit arts administrator and former singer, Amanda has extensive experience in the opera field. Says Edelson of the appointment: "Over the past few years, Opera Saratoga has grown considerably. The expanded scope of our programs year-round has required us to restructure and strengthen our administrative staff. I am thrilled to welcome Amanda to Opera Saratoga. Amanda brings a wealth of experience in company operations and production, along with true passion for opera. She is also a distinguished alum of Opera Saratoga's Young Artist Program, so she knows first-hand the impact that Opera Saratoga has both on our community and nationally."


Amanda Robie comes to Opera Saratoga from Boston Lyric Opera, where she held the position of Production Operations Manager. Amanda grew up in New Hampshire, studied Music Education in undergrad at Bucknell University, and received her Master of Music in Voice Performance from The Boston Conservatory.  While living in Boston, she was one of the early members of Boston Opera Collaborative, a company run by singers to help provide performance opportunities to young singers in the Boston area.  After receiving her Master of Music, Amanda worked at The Boston Conservatory for three years as the Assistant Registrar while pursuing her singing career.  In 2011, she had the opportunity to join the Young Artist Program at Fort Worth Opera and was their resident mezzo-soprano for two years.  She then spent the summer of 2013 as an Apprentice Artist at Opera Saratoga, performing the role of Cousin Hebe in H.M.S. Pinafore.  The following year, she transitioned into arts administration and started working at Fort Worth Opera as Company Manager.  Over the next three years on the Fort Worth Opera staff, Amanda worked her way up to become the Director of Apprentice Artists & Education and then the Director of Artistic Operations, prior to her appointment at Boston Lyric Opera. 

 

Says Robie of her appointment: ""I am thrilled to return to Saratoga Springs, and to join the amazing Opera Saratoga team. It has been very exciting to watch the company's growth in recent years, and I look forward to working with the dedicated staff and board to build upon Opera Saratoga's commitment to artistic excellence, education, access, and serving communities throughout the region."

 

ABOUT OPERA SARATOGA

Opera Saratoga, formerly known as Lake George Opera, began with a production of Die Fledermaus at the Diamond Point Theatre on July 5, 1962, playing to an audience of 230. The Company now calls Saratoga Springs home and performs for more than 25,000 people annually. Opera Saratoga serves the communities of Saratoga Springs, the Lower Adirondack and New York State Capital areas by providing access to world-class opera through the production of an annual Summer Festival, as well as year-round activities including extensive educational programs, mentorship of emerging operatic artists, and unique opportunities for the public to experience opera in both our home theater and non-traditional venues that leverage and embrace the unique cultural, historic, and natural resources of the area. To date, the Company has performed over 90 different fully-staged works by over 50 different composers, including thirty-three works by American composers and six world-premiere productions. In 2014, the Board of Directors appointed Lawrence Edelson Opera Saratoga's Artistic and General Director. Edelson's leadership marked a new chapter in the company's history, with increased emphasis on community partnerships throughout the year, diversification of the company's repertoire, and a reaffirmed commitment to both the presentation of American opera and the mentorship of emerging artists as core activities in the company's programs each season. The 2019 Summer Festival marks the fifth season under his leadership. For more information, visit www.operasaratoga.org.


 

Opera Saratoga 2017 Season  | Open: 07/01/17 Close: 07/16/17
Saratoga Springs, NY - Opera Saratoga’s Artistic and General Director Lawrence Edelson announced today the three exciting new productions that will comprise the company’s 2017 Summer Festival, which will build on the company’s commitment to producing masterpieces from the operatic cannon, important American works, and works in which dance plays an integral role.

 

At the center of the 2017 Summer Festival will be a new production of Marc Blitzstein’s The Cradle Will Rock, directed and choreographed by Edelson, and conducted by noted Maestro John Mauceri, who has been responsible for many significant operatic restorations, including Blitzstein’s ReginaThe Cradle Will Rock has been almost exclusively produced with piano since its infamous opening night, which was shut down by the Federal Government in 1937. Both an attack on the abuse of political power by the wealthy and a paean to labor and poor people struggling to get by, “Cradle” is as timely now as it was when it premiered in 1937. Opera Saratoga celebrates the 80th Anniversary of Blitzstein’s revolutionary American labor opera in a new production that will be performed with Blitzstein’s original orchestrations – the first such performances since the 1960 production at New York City Opera.  Mezzo Soprano Ginger Costa-Jackson will be featured as Moll in her company debut, alongside baritone Christopher Burchett who returns to Opera Saratoga as Larry Foreman. 

 

The Festival will open on July 1st with a new production of Verdi’s comic masterpiece, Falstaff, which has not been produced by Opera Saratoga in 26 years. The production will be directed by Chuck Hudson, and will be conducted by Craig Kier. Featured singers will include bass baritone Craig Colclough, one of the country’s leading interpreters of Falstaff, and acclaimed soprano Caroline Worra in her role debut as Alice Ford.

 

Rounding out the season will be André Grétry’s Zémire et Azor (Beauty and the Beast), directed by James Ortiz, whose recent critically acclaimed production of The Woodsman was a sensation off-Broadway this past season. Grétry’s 1771 opera-ballet – a favorite of Mozart - will incorporate both dance and Ortiz’s signature use of puppetry in his opera-directing debut. The production will be conducted by Lidiya Yankovskaya, and will feature soprano Janai Brugger and tenor Andrew Bidlack in the title roles, all in their company debuts.

 

In making the announcement today, Edelson stated, “Every year, my goal is to put together a season that reflects the incredible power of opera to tell vivid and compelling stories through music in very different ways. I am also committed to ensuring we provide opportunities for some of the country’s most exciting emerging artists alongside preeminent artists from the world’s great opera houses – providing local audiences and visitors to Saratoga Springs alike with extraordinary experiences in our intimate theater in Spa State Park.”

 

The Cradle Will Rock is an incredibly powerful work that I feel has been unjustly neglected by opera companies,” Edelson continued. “It’s edgy combination of social commentary and popular culture of the time has influenced writers and works from Leonard Bernstein’s On the Town to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton.  While ‘Cradle’ has understandably become a favorite of theater companies, Blitzstein’s original orchestration deserves to be heard, and we are putting together a cast of some of the country’s most exciting singers to provide a fresh look at this American masterpiece.  Alongside ‘Cradle’ we will be presenting Grétry’s enchanting version of Beauty and the Beast, which builds on our commitment to present works that incorporate dance each season; and one of the greatest works in the operatic repertoire, Verdi’s Falstaff.  It is season that will showcase incredible music, phenomenal singing, and riveting theater.”

 

Complete casting for all three productions, along with additional concerts, master classes, and related Festival events, will be announced in the fall.

 

Subscriptions for the 2017 Summer Festival, as well as single tickets for Opera Saratoga’s current 2016 season (which runs through July 17th and features Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Catán’s Il Postino, and the American premiere of Glass’s opera-ballet The Witches of Venice), are on sale now at www.operasaratoga.org.  Single tickets for the 2017 Summer Festival will go on sale February 1st, 2017.

 

Opera Saratoga presents Le nozze di Figaro  | Open: 06/24/16 Close: 09/15/16
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO (The Marriage of Figaro)

Composer – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Librettist – Lorenzo Da Ponte

 

A cornerstone of the operatic repertoire and one of the most frequently performed operas around the globe, Le nozze di Figaro returns to Opera Saratoga for the first time in twenty years. Beaumarchais’ play, upon which the opera is based, serves as the sequel to Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville). In an already volatile political climate, the play created a stir by pitting witty servants against their masters. The opera adaptation was originally banned in Vienna because of the licentiousness of the play, but Mozart’s librettist Da Ponte managed to get official approval, after which the opera was written and became a tremendous success. It was the first collaboration between Mozart and Da Ponte, the partnership, which later brought us Don Giovanni and Così fan tutte.

 

Le nozze di Figaro continues the plot of The Barber of Seville several years later. The Count has married Rosina and made her the Countess, but their marriage has gone sour because of his philandering. Figaro has quit barbering and is now the Count’s major-domo. He is engaged to Susanna, who is Countess Rosina’s maid - and the Count’s intended conquest. Bartolo is back to seek revenge on Figaro for taking Rosina away from him, with the help of the conniving music-master, Basilio. Adding to the fun are an amorous teenager, a scheming old maid, a drunken gardener and his daughter. Much happens over the course a single “day of madness” in this beloved masterpiece.

 

From the first tremors of the overture, Mozart’s score is brilliantly meshed with Da Ponte’s libretto to become the true engine of the drama that unfolds. In the words of the great composer Johannes Brahms, "In my opinion, each number in Figaro is a miracle; it is totally beyond me how anyone could create anything so perfect; nothing like it was ever done again, not even by Beethoven.”

 

Chinese bass Peixin Chen makes his Opera Saratoga debut as Figaro, and soprano Chelsea Basler - an alumna of Opera Saratoga’s Young Artist Program previously seen as Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore – returns as Susanna, his bride to be.  The production also features the company debuts of soprano Katherine Whyte as the Countess and baritone Keith Phares as the Count. Andrew Bisantz makes his conducting debut with the company, along with director David Paul who helms this new production.

 

Performance Dates: June 24 @ 7:30pm; June 27 @ 2:00pm; July 9 @ 2:00pm;

July 15 @ 7:30pm.

 

Single Tickets and Subscriptions, including special packages for out of town visitors to see all three operas over a long-weekend, are on sale now at www.operasaratoga.org - or by calling 518-584-6018.

 

 

OPERA SARATOGA presents

The Witches of Venice – American Premiere

Music by Philip Glass, Libretto by Beni Montresor

Directed and Choreographed by Karole Armitage, Conducted by Viswa Subbaraman

Featuring members of Armitage Gone! Dance, and the Capital District Youth Chorale

July 2 – July 17, 2016

 

THE WITCHES OF VENICE – AMERICAN PREMIERE

Composer - Philip Glass; Librettist - Beni Montresor

 

The second production of the season will be the American premiere of Philip Glass’ The Witches of Venice - an opera-ballet originally written for Teatro alla Scala in Milan that premiered in 1995. This whimsical opera that incorporates dance throughout was composed in collaboration with illustrator and stage designer Beni Montresor, who adapted the libretto from his children’s book of the same name.

Based in the historical Venice of Carnival, The Witches of Venice is a whimsical tale about a boy grown from a plant in the King’s garden, who is looking for a little girl like him. He soon finds himself escaping captors, wandering dark hallways, fleeing monsters, and ultimately finding a friend. It is a heartfelt story, with underlying themes of self-acceptance and finding one’s place in the world.   The Witches of Venice is one of Glass’ most creative scores – a family-friendly opera featuring inventive songs, exhilarating dances, fantastical music portraying monsters and fairies, and savvy scoring that carries the story along.   Opera Saratoga is thrilled to introduce American audiences to an important and little known work by one of America’s most important composers, and to continue its commitment to presenting contemporary American work as well as operas in which dance plays an integral role. 

Internationally renowned director and choreographer Karole Armitage, who made her debut with Opera Saratoga this past summer creating the company’s critically acclaimed production of Dido and Aeneas, returns to direct and choreograph this American premiere production. Viswa Subbaraman, Artistic Director of Skylight Music Theater and former Artistic Director of the innovative contemporary opera company Opera Vista in Houston will conduct. Principal roles will be sung by members of Opera Saratoga’s Young Artist Program, the second oldest mentorship program for emerging professional singers in the country, directed by Laurie Rogers. Twenty-four singers were selected to participate in the program from over 1,000 applicants. Artists featured in The Witches of Venice include tenor Dominick Corbacio as The King, soprano Keely Futterer as The Witch Mother, baritone Jarrett Porter as The Ogre, mezzo soprano Emily Spencer as the Maid, and mezzo soprano Courtney Miller as The Wind.

As with last season’s production of Dido and Aeneas, members of the New York City based Armitage Gone! Dance Company will also be featured prominently in the production. In addition The Witches of Venice provides important opportunities for collaborations with other organizations in the region.  Opera Saratoga will collaborate with The Capital District Youth Chorale, upstate New York’s premiere children’s chorus under the direction of Diane Warner, as well The School of the Arts at The National Museum of Dance under the direction of Raul Martinez, to provide opportunities for local children to perform alongside professional artists in the opera, which includes a children’s chorus and extensive use of both child and adult dancers.

Performance Dates: July 2 @ 7:30pm; July 11 @ 2:00pm; July 17 @ 2:00pm

 

 

THE WITCHES OF VENICE

 

Internationally acclaimed American conductor, Viswa Subbaraman, is currently the Artistic Director/Music Director of The Skylight Music Theatre in Milwaukee, WI. In his inaugural season at the Skylight, highlights included  a number of critically and audience acclaimed productions including Beethoven’s Fidelio, which he both stage directed and conducted, Hans Werner Henze’s El Cimarrón, and Philip Glass’ Hydrogen Jukebox. Subbaraman recently conducted the world premiere of Somtow Sucharitkul’s The Snow Dragon, which became the Skylight Music Theatre’s first touring production to Thailand. Most recently, Subbaraman was selected by INKTalks in India as a 2014 INK Fellow, named by On Milwaukee magazine’s Dave Begel as one of Milwaukee’s 14 most influential people, and selected by the Milwaukee Business Journal as one of Milwaukee’s most influential 40 Under 40 for 2015. Equally comfortable in the orchestral realm as with opera, Mr. Subbaraman served as Assistant Conductor of the Orchestre National de France where he assisted Kurt Masur and such distinguished artists as Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Muti, and Colin Davis. Highlights of his tenure with the ONF include the world premiere of the Overture du Roi Lear by Paul Dukas and the French premiere of the Symphony for Trombone and Orchestra by Ernst Bloch, which has been recorded and released under the title Tranquille through the districlassic label.

 

Karole Armitage, director of the New York-based Armitage Gone! Dance Company, was rigorously trained in classical ballet. As a professional dancer she performed in Balanchine’s Grand Théâtre de Genève Company and in the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Armitage is renowned for pushing the boundaries to create contemporary works that blend dance, music and art to engage in philosophical questions about the search for meaning. She joins a legacy of process-focused experimental dance that embraces the ballet and modern dance heritage as well. She directed the Ballet of Florence. Italy (1995 - 99) and the Biennale of Contemporary Dance in Venice (2004), and served as resident choreographer for the Ballet de Lorraine in France (1999 - 2004). She has created works for many companies, from The Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow to the Tasmanian Dance Company in Australia. She has choreographed two productions for the New York Philharmonic, directed opera at important European Opera Houses including Teatro di San Carlo in Naples and  Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, two Broadway productions (Passing Strange and Hair, the latter earning her a Tony nomination), videos for Madonna and Michael Jackson, several films for Merchant Ivory productions and the Cirque du Soleil production Amaluna (2012). Ms. Armitage, the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, was awarded Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France’s most prestigious award in 2009, and an honorary Doctorate of the Arts from the University of Kansas in 2013. 

 

ABOUT OPERA SARATOGA

 

Opera Saratoga, formerly known as Lake George Opera, began with a production of Die Fledermaus at the Diamond Point Theatre on July 5, 1962, playing to an audience of 230. The Company now calls Saratoga Springs home and performs for more than 25,000 people annually. Opera Saratoga serves the communities of Saratoga Springs, the Lower Adirondack and New York State Capital areas by providing access to world-class opera through the production of an annual Summer Festival, as well as year-round activities including extensive educational programs, mentorship of emerging operatic artists, and unique opportunities for the public to experience opera in both our home theater and non-traditional venues that leverage and embrace the unique cultural, historic, and natural resources of the area. To date, the Company has performed over ninety different fully staged works by over fifty different composers, including thirty-four works by American composers and six world-premiere productions. Throughout its history, the Company's success has been shaped by visionary leaders, talented artists, and critically acclaimed productions. In 2014, the Board of Directors appointed Lawrence Edelson as the new Artistic and General Director. Edelson’s leadership marks a new chapter in the company’s history, with increased emphasis on community partnerships throughout the year, diversification of the company’s repertoire, and a reaffirmed commitment to both the presentation of American opera and the mentorship of emerging artists as core activities in the company’s programs each season. The 2016 Summer Festival marks the second season under his leadership. For more information, visit www.operasaratoga.org.

 

An Evening on Broadway  | Open: 07/14/16 Close: 07/14/16
OPERA SARATOGA presents

An Evening on Broadway

July 14th, 2016

 

Where have you always dreamed about going? The South Pacific, where Bali Ha'i will whisper on the wind of the sea... Brigadoon, blooming under sable skies... Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweeping down the plains.... The Secret Garden, where love grows free and wild... Somewhere, over the rainbow, way up high... Camelot, that most congenial spot... New York, New York, a helluva town, where the people ride in a hold in the groun'...The world is an endless array of wonders as Opera Saratoga celebrates An Evening on Broadway! Enjoy this special one-night-only concert with the Opera Saratoga Orchestra, members of Opera Saratoga's nationally acclaimed Young Artist Program, and surprise guest artists, featuring scenes from beloved musicals past and present on July 14 at 7:30pm.  For tickets and more information visit http://www.operasaratoga.org/an-evening-on-broadway/.

 

ABOUT OPERA SARATOGA

Opera Saratoga, formerly known as Lake George Opera, began with a production of Die Fledermaus at the Diamond Point Theatre on July 5, 1962, playing to an audience of 230. The Company now calls Saratoga Springs home and performs for more than 25,000 people annually. Opera Saratoga serves the communities of Saratoga Springs, the Lower Adirondack and New York State Capital areas by providing access to world-class opera through the production of an annual Summer Festival, as well as year-round activities including extensive educational programs, mentorship of emerging operatic artists, and unique opportunities for the public to experience opera in both our home theater and non-traditional venues that leverage and embrace the unique cultural, historic, and natural resources of the area. To date, the Company has performed over ninety different fully staged works by over fifty different composers, including thirty-four works by American composers and six world-premiere productions. Throughout its history, the Company's success has been shaped by visionary leaders, talented artists, and critically acclaimed productions. In 2014, the Board of Directors appointed Lawrence Edelson as the new Artistic and General Director. Edelson’s leadership marks a new chapter in the company’s history, with increased emphasis on community partnerships throughout the year, diversification of the company’s repertoire, and a reaffirmed commitment to both the presentation of American opera and the mentorship of emerging artists as core activities in the company’s programs each season. The 2016 Summer Festival marks the second season under his leadership. For more information, visit www.operasaratoga.org.
 

Opera Saratoga presents Il Postino  | Open: 07/07/16 Close: 07/07/16
OPERA SARATOGA presents

Il Postino

Music by Daniel Catán

Libretto by the composer, based on the novel by Antonio Skármeta,

and the film by Michael Radford

Directed by Lawrence Edelson, Conducted by James Lowe

Featuring Sandra López, Daniel Montenegro and Richard Troxell

July 7 – July 16, 2016

 

IL POSTINO

Composer - Daniel Catán; Libretto by the composer, based on the novel by Antonio Skármeta, and the film by Michael Radford

 

Based on the Academy Award-winning 1994 Italian film that became a surprise hit with audiences around the world, and also on the 1985 novel Ardiente Paciencia by Antonio Skármeta, Il Postino tells the story of a shy young postman in a tiny Italian fishing village, who discovers the courage to pursue his dreams through his daily deliveries to his only customer, the esteemed Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.  The role of Neruda was originally written for Plàcido Domingo, who sang the role at the opera’s premiere in 2010 at Los Angeles Opera – just months before composer Daniel Catán’s tragic death at the age of 62. 

 

Catán is known for a neo-romantic style that has been compared variously to Puccini, Ravel and Debussy, with lush orchestrations and lyrical melodic lines. Tonal and accessible, his work has proven immensely popular with audiences.

 

Il Postino will be the first Spanish opera performed in Opera Saratoga’s history. The cast will feature the company debuts of four international singers: tenor Daniel Montenegro will sing the title role of Mario Ruoppolo - the postman - a role he recently sang in Paris at the Théâtre du Châtelet; tenor Richard Troxell sings the role of Pablo Neruda; and soprano Sandra López sings the role of Matilde Neruda, the poet’s third wife. James Lowe also makes his company debut conducting the production, which will be directed by Opera Saratoga’s Artistic and General Director Lawrence Edelson.

 

Performance Dates: July 7 @ 7:30pm; July 10 @ 2:00pm; July 16 @ 2:00pm

 

BIOGRAPHIES OF FEATURED ARTISTS

 

A graduate of San Francisco’s prestigious Merola Opera Program, recent seasons for tenor Daniel Montenegro have included his European opera debut at the Théâtre du Châtelet as Mario in Daniel Catán’s Il Postino alongside Plácido Domingo, as well as a number of significant role and company debuts including Roderigo (Otello) with San Francisco Opera under Nicola Luisotti, Alfredo (La traviata) with Minnesota Opera, Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore) with Washington National Opera, Pang (Turandot) at the Hollywood Bowl under Dudamel and most recently Romeo (Roméo et Juliette) for Tulsa Opera and at the Castleton Festival. This season Daniel makes his role and company debut as the Prince in John Adams’ A Flowering Tree with Teatro Nacional de São Carlos and reprises the role of Mario with Opera Saratoga. As a San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow and former Resident Artist of the Minnesota Opera, Daniel has sung a wealth of roles including Liverotto and Rustighello (Lucrezia Borgia), Pong (Turandot), Remendado (Carmen), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Nick (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Flavio (Norma). He has also sung Steuermann (Der fliegende Holländer) with both Portland and Arizona Operas and the Shepherd in Peter Sellars’ production of Oedipus Rex at the Sydney Festival under Joana Carneiro.  An ongoing collaboration with Los Angeles Opera has brought appearances in several productions including the world premiere of Lee Holdridge’s Concierto para Mendez, La Traviata (released on DVD), Carmen, Luisa Fernanda and Il tabarro.

 

Tenor Richard Troxell has thrilled audiences in leading roles at opera houses and concert halls around the world, including Los Angeles Opera, Washington Opera, Sydney Opera, Houston Grand Opera, New York City Opera, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Boston Lyric Opera, L’Opéra Comique in Paris, Monte Carlo, and Toulouse. Mr. Troxell’s star turn as Pinkerton in Frederic Mitterand’s critically acclaimed film Madame Butterfly received high praise from both film and music critics alike following its 1995 Paris and 1996 New York premieres. Recent career highlights include Roméo with the Palm Beach Opera; Des Grieux in Massenet’s Manon with L’Opéra de Montréal; Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly with Opera Australia; Rodolfo in La Bohème with Opera Colorado; Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana with Opera Hamilton; the title role in Philip Glass’ Galileo Galilei with Cincinnati Opera and Portland Opera; and Don José in Carmen for his Italian debut at the Teatro Petruzzelli, as well as at the Castleton Festival with Maestro Maazel, and for Opera Australia, in Beijing and at Vancouver Opera. Equally at home on the concert stage, Mr. Troxell has been seen with the San Francisco Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Saint Louis Symphony as Tenor Soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana. Other concert engagements of note include Handel’s Messiah with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Mahler’s Die Lied von der Erde with the Detroit Symphony, and Mendelsshon’s Walpurgisnacht with the Denver Symphony.  Future engagements include a return to Vancouver as Pinkerton, a return to the Metropolitan Opera for Die Fledermaus and Lulu, and his debut at Opera Saratoga as Pablo Neruda in Daniel Catán’s Il Postino.

 

Soprano Sandra López captivates audiences around the world with critically acclaimed performances in a wide variety of roles including the title roles of Tosca and Suor Angelica, Cio-Cio San (Madama Butterfly), Nedda (I Pagliacci), Catherine (A View from the Bridge), Liù (Turandot), Micaela (Carmen), Mimì (La Bohème), Tatiana (Eugene Onegin), Marguerite (Faust), Violetta (La Traviata), with companies including the Metropolitan Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Opera de Oviedo, Palm Beach Opera, Fort Worth Opera, and Virginia Opera.

Recently, Ms. López appeared with the Finnish National Opera for her role debut as Elisabetta (Don Carlo) and with Teatro la Fenice as Mimì (La Bohème). She debuted with the Nuremberg Symphony and the Lithuanian National Opera and Orchestra, and she portrayed Juana Ines de la Cruz in the world premiere of With Blood, With Ink for Fort Worth Opera (released commercially on Albany Records in the fall of 2014). After winning the Metropolitan Opera National Council Award, Ms. López joined The Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program where she covered and performed roles such as Catherine (A View from the Bridge), Marguerite (Faust), Liù (Turandot), Roberta Alden (An American Tragedy – world premiere), Frasquita (Carmen), Tebaldo (Don Carlo), Fourth Maid (Elektra), and Flowermaiden (Parsifal). Highlights of 2015-16 include her debut with the Boston Symphony as the Fourth Maid in Elektra and two operas by Daniel Catán: the title role of Florencia en el Amazonas with Arizona Opera, and Matilde in Il Postino with Opera Saratoga.

 

A leading conductor of Opera and Musical Theater, Grammy nominated musician James Lowe is the Music Director and Conductor of the Broadway production of Les Misérables playing now at the Imperial Theater. He will make his San Francisco Opera debut conducting Sweeney Todd having conducted the same production at Houston Grand Opera. Mr. Lowe recently made his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut leading a new production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic Oklahoma and his Glimmerglass Festival debut leading Lerner and Loewe's Camelot. Mr. Lowe also appeared with the Jacksonville Symphony, Memphis Symphony and the Modesto Symphony. Mr. Lowe served as the Music Director and Conductor of the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of Cole Porter's Anything Goes, starring Sutton Foster and Joel Grey, and was Music Supervisor for the First National Tour of this production. He recently made conducting debuts with Utah Opera (Carlisle Floyd's Of Mice and Men and Daniel Catán's Florencia en el Amazonas) and the Jacksonville Symphony. He also returned to the Houston Ballet for The Nutcracker. At Houston Grand Opera he conducted the world premiere production and subsequent revival of The Little Prince, an opera by Academy Award-winning composer Rachel Portman. At HGO he has also led Carmen, Le nozze di Figaro, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Jake Heggie’s The End of the Affair (world premiere production), as well as the HGO Studio production of Copland’s The Tender Land. Mr. Lowe made his Pittsburgh Opera Center debut with Jonathan Dove’s Flight, and has led Sweeney Todd at Wolf Trap Opera.

 

Lawrence Edelson is highly respected not only as a critically acclaimed stage director, but also as a visionary company leader who has created programs in the areas of artist mentorship and new works development that have served as models of innovation for opera companies around the country. Lawrence is the Artistic and General Director of Opera Saratoga, and the Producing Artistic Director of American Lyric Theater in New York City. As a stage director, Lawrence’s critically acclaimed productions include Philip Glass’ Hydrogen Jukebox (Fort Worth Opera); the American Premiere of Telemann’s Orpheus (Wolf Trap Opera); the World Premiere of Jeff Myers’ Buried Alive (Fargo Moorhead Opera and Fort Worth Opera); the New York premiere of Fauré’s Pénélope (Manhattan School of Music); La Traviata (Minnesota Opera); Carmen (Toledo Opera); Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Hawaii Opera Theater); H.M.S. Pinafore and La Cenerentola (Opera Saratoga); Ariadne auf Naxos, Little Women, Eugene Onegin, Werther, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (IVAI Tel Aviv); and the world premiere of The ToyMaker Off-Broadway.  Lawrence is perhaps best known in the opera field as the founder of American Lyric Theater and the creator of he Composer Librettist Development Program, the only full-time mentorship initiative for emerging operatic writers in the country. A tireless advocate for emerging artists and the diversification of audiences for opera, Edelson also serves on the Strategy Committee for OPERA America, and continues to forge collaborations with opera companies across the country.

 

 

ABOUT OPERA SARATOGA

 

Opera Saratoga, formerly known as Lake George Opera, began with a production of Die Fledermaus at the Diamond Point Theatre on July 5, 1962, playing to an audience of 230. The Company now calls Saratoga Springs home and performs for more than 25,000 people annually. Opera Saratoga serves the communities of Saratoga Springs, the Lower Adirondack and New York State Capital areas by providing access to world-class opera through the production of an annual Summer Festival, as well as year-round activities including extensive educational programs, mentorship of emerging operatic artists, and unique opportunities for the public to experience opera in both our home theater and non-traditional venues that leverage and embrace the unique cultural, historic, and natural resources of the area. To date, the Company has performed over ninety different fully staged works by over fifty different composers, including thirty-four works by American composers and six world-premiere productions. Throughout its history, the Company's success has been shaped by visionary leaders, talented artists, and critically acclaimed productions. In 2014, the Board of Directors appointed Lawrence Edelson as the new Artistic and General Director. Edelson’s leadership marks a new chapter in the company’s history, with increased emphasis on community partnerships throughout the year, diversification of the company’s repertoire, and a reaffirmed commitment to both the presentation of American opera and the mentorship of emerging artists as core activities in the company’s programs each season. The 2016 Summer Festival marks the second season under his leadership. For more information, visit www.operasaratoga.org.
 

OPERA SARATOGA Announces

Season Subscriptions Now On Sale For Expanded 2015 Summer Festival

 Season Includes Three Operas and Wide Range of Additional Performances

 

New “Early Bird” Subscription Discount Offers Up to 30% Off Tickets

Prior to December 30, 2014

 

(Saratoga Springs, NY) -- Opera Saratoga announces subscriptions are now on sale for the 2015 Summer Festival, which will include three operas featuring guest artists from around the globe, and a wide-range of additional live performances and arts experiences. The three operas will take place over a three-and-a-half week period, from July 2nd to the 26th.

 

For the first time, Opera Saratoga is offering an “early bird” subscription discount, which provides savings of up to 30% off the price of single tickets for those who purchase subscriptions prior to December 30, 2014. In addition to the increased savings from previous years, the company is offering additional new benefits to subscribers, including discounts on a wide variety of additional concerts and events throughout June and July in Saratoga Springs. Information can be found on the Opera Saratoga website: http://www.operasaratoga.org/subscriptions/

 

The three operas being presented during the Summer Festival are all incredibly unique to one another. La Cenerentola (Cinderella) is a bubbling comedy by Rossini that features virtuoso singing to impress the most passionate opera lovers, and is also an ideal introduction to opera for family audiences. The presentation of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas will be Opera Saratoga’s first site-specific production, presented outside and under the stars, in partnership with the National Museum of Dance. The world-premiere of The Long Walk, by Jeremy Howard Beck and Stephanie Fleischmann - based on the critically acclaimed memoir of war and homecoming by Brian Castner - is presented in partnership with American Lyric Theater in New York City, marking a reaffirmed commitment to the inclusion of contemporary American opera as a regular part of the Company’s programming.

 

A full slate of additional concerts and events are being offered throughout June and July to enrich the community. Many of these events are free, while others are ticketed at a modest price of $20 dollars. Opera Saratoga will perform throughout Saratoga Springs, including events at The New York State Military Museum, The Saratoga Arts Center, Skidmore College, and Caffé Lena. Subscribers get 25% off those concerts ($15 dollars) and can purchase tickets to those events when they subscribe. Additional info can also be found on the website at: http://www.operasaratoga.org/summer-concerts-and-special-events/

 

Also new this season, there will be pre-performance and after-the-show talks where audience members will have the opportunity to interact with cast members. Artistic and General Director Lawrence Edelson said, “The guest artists joining us this season are truly extraordinary. They include artists who are performing leading roles at the world’s great opera houses, including The Metropolitan Opera, The Paris Opera and The Vienna Staatsoper… but there is nowhere else that you can enjoy them in such intimate and beautiful settings than Opera Saratoga.”

 

Subscriptions, including additional concert tickets, may be purchased by calling Opera Saratoga’s ticket office at 518.584.6018, or online at http://www.operasaratoga.org/subscriptions/

 

Single tickets for all performances will go on sale February 1, 2015. 

 

ABOUT THE 2015 SEASON OPERAS:

 

LA CENERENTOLA (Cinderella)

Music by Gioachino Rossini, Libretto by Jacopo Ferretti, Based on the Fairy Tale by Charles Perrault

Directed by Lawrence Edelson, Conducted by Gary Thor Wedow

Featuring Sandra Piques Eddy, Andrew Owens, John Brancy, David Kravitz, and Ryan Kuster

Performances:  Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 7:30pm; Saturday, July 11, Tuesday, July 14, and Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 2pm; Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 7:30pm.

 

DIDO AND AENEAS

Music by Henry Purcell, Libretto by Nahum Tate

Directed and Choreographed by Karole Armitage, Conducted by Nicole Paiement

Featuring Jennifer Johnson Cano and ArmitageGone! Dance Company

Presented in Partnership with the National Museum of Dance

All tickets include admission to the wonderful exhibits at The National Museum of Dance, beginning at 7pm. Seating is general admission, with seating beginning at 7:45pm for the performance beginning at 8:15pm.

Performances:  Monday, July 6, 2015; Sunday, July 12, 2015; Sunday, July 19, 2015; Tuesday, July 21, 2015

 

WORLD PREMIERE

THE LONG WALK

Music by Jeremy Howard Beck, Libretto by Stephanie Fleischmann

Directed by David Schweizer, Conducted by Steven Osgood

Featuring Daniel Belcher, Heather Johnson, Caroline Worra, David Blalock, Javier Abreu, Justin Hopkins, and Donita Volkwijn

Commissioned by American Lyric Theater

Performances:  Friday, July 10, 2015 at 7:30pm; Monday, July 13 and Friday, July 17, 2015 at 2pm; and Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 7:30pm.

 

ADDITIONAL 2015 PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCES:

 

FREE CONCERTS:

 

Stars of Tomorrow!

Saturday, June 6 at 8 PM

Dee Sarno Theater, Saratoga Arts Center

320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs

 

If it aint Baroque…

Sunday, June 21 at 2 PM

Mr. and Mrs. Ronald A. Riggi Theater

The National Museum of Dance

99 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs

 

Of Arms and the Man I Sing

Sunday, July 12 at 2 PM

The New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center

61 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs

 

2016 Season Preview

Thursday, July 23 at 2 PM

Spa Little Theater

 

 

 

TICKETED EVENTS:

A Master Class with Joan Dornemann

Sunday, June 14 at 2 PM

Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall

Arthur Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College

815 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs

 

Mr. Tambourine Man at Caffè Lena with soprano Caroline Worra

Friday, June 19 at 8 PM

Saturday, June 20 at 8 PM

Caffé Lena

47 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs

 

Songs of Longing and Desire with Mezzo Soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano

Friday, June 26 at 8 PM

Venue to be announced

 

A World War I Tribute with Baritone John Brancy

Thursday, July 16 at 8 PM

The New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center

61 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs

 

ABOUT OPERA SARATOGA

 

Opera Saratoga, formerly known as Lake George Opera, began with a production of Die Fledermaus at the Diamond Point Theatre on July 5, 1962, playing to an audience of 230. The Company now calls Saratoga Springs home and performs for more than 25,000 people annually. To date, the Company has performed ninety different fully-staged works by fifty-two different composers, including thirty-three works by American composers and five world-premiere productions. Throughout its history, the Company's continued success has been shaped by visionary leaders, talented artists, and critically acclaimed productions. For more information, visit www.operasaratoga.org.

 

ABOUT LAWRENCE EDELSON, ARTISTIC AND GENERAL DIRECTOR

 

Lawrence Edelson (Artistic and General Director, Saratoga Opera) is highly respected not only as a critically acclaimed stage director, but also as a visionary company leader who has created programs in the areas of artist mentorship and new works development that have served as models of innovation for opera companies around the country. In January 2014, Lawrence was appointed Artistic and General Director of Opera Saratoga, effective July 1, 2014. Lawrence is responsible for the oversight of both the artistic and administrative management of Opera Saratoga’s programs. As a stage director, Lawrence’s critically acclaimed productions include Philip Glass’ Hydrogen Jukebox (Fort Worth Opera), the American Premiere of Telemann’s Orpheus (Wolf Trap Opera), the World Premiere of Jeff Myers’ Buried Alive (Fargo Moorhead Opera), the New York premiere of Fauré’s Pénélope (Manhattan School of Music), La Traviata (Minnesota Opera), Carmen (Toledo Opera), Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Hawaii Opera Theater), H.M.S. Pinafore (Opera Saratoga), Ariadne auf Naxos, Little Women, Eugene Onegin, Werther, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (IVAI Tel Aviv) and the world premiere of The ToyMaker Off-Broadway.  Lawrence is perhaps best known in the opera field as the founder of American Lyric Theater (ALT), where he continues to serve as Producing Artistic Director concurrent with his role at Opera Saratoga. He has been responsible for assembling ALT’s Board of Directors, its world-renowned artistic staff, and implementing strategic operating and fundraising plans to ensure the long-term viability of the organization.  As Producing Artistic Director, he coordinates the diverse artistic programs of ALT, including The Composer Librettist Development Program, commissioning of new works, co-production relationships, and recordings. A tireless advocate for emerging artists and the diversification of audiences for opera, Edelson also serves on the Strategy Committee for OPERA America, and continues to forge collaborations with opera companies across the country.