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Opera Saratoga

(518) 584-6018
19 Roosevelt Dr. Suite 215
Saratoga Springs , NY 12866

Opera Saratoga is one of the great cultural assets of the region, producing a world-class opera festival every summer in Saratoga Springs, with guest artists from around the globe.

Join us for our 54th season, July 2 -- July 26, 2015!

Featuring...

LA CENERENTOLA Gioachino Rossini and Jacopo Ferretti

July 2: 7:30 pm // July 11: 2:00 pm // July 14: 2:00 pm // July 18: 2:00 pm // July 26: 7:30 pm

Magical enchantment, over-the-top situations, and toe-tapping melodies abound in this version of Perrault's classic fairytale, Cinderella.

DIDO AND AENEAS Henry Purcell and Nahum Tate

July 6: 8:15 pm // July 12: 8:15 pm // July 19: 8:15 pm // July 21: 8:15 pm

This heartbreaking Baroque opera combines exquisite vocal music and extensive use of dance and is being performed on a unique outdoor stage at The National Museum of Dance.

THE LONG WALK Jeremy Howard Beck and Stephanie Fleischmann

July 10: 7:30 pm WORLD PREMIERE // July 13: 2:00 pm // July 17: 2:00 pm // July 25 7:30pm

A deeply personal exploration of a soldier's return from Iraq. This new opera is based on Brian Castner's critically acclaimed book of the same name.

Subscriptions go on sale October 31, 2014 at http://www.operasaratoga.org, or by calling (518) 584-6018.      Single tickets go on sale February 1, 2015.

Opera Saratoga is thrilled to present the first Baroque opera in the company’s history in a truly unique production under the stars!
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Upcoming Events

When: Fri, May 29, 2015 at 6:30 PM to 11:00 PM
Where: Canfield Casino
Cost: $150
A world of romance and fantasy will unfold at the 13th Annual Opera Saratoga Gala, Cinderella’s Ball, which will be held at The Canfield Casino on Friday, May 29. This magical evening is not only the kick off for our spectacular season; it is also the kick off of the Saratoga summer social season. The Gala combines a silent auction cocktail reception, an elegant dinner feast catered by Mazzone Hospitality Group, a live auction with auctioneer Chris Ward, and dancing after dinner with Kid DJ.
When: Sat, Jun 6, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Where: Dee Sarno Theater, Saratoga Arts Center
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
Opera Saratoga's Young Artist Program is the second oldest mentorship program for emerging professional singers in the country, also providing opportunities for gifted young conductors, pianists and directors. This season, we received over 1,000 applications for 24 spaces - making the selection process more competitive than getting into Harvard! The singers that we have selected represent some of the most gifted young artists in the country. Join us for this very special program where you will have a chance to get to know the incredible young artists who will be a part of our community this summer. We promise, one day you'll be able to say, "I heard them before they were stars!"
When: Sun, Jun 14, 2015 at 2:00 PM
Where: Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall Arthur Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College
Cost: $20 in advance ($15 for subscribers) or $25 at the door
Joan Dornemann, Metropolitan Opera Assistant Conductor, is one of the most highly respected opera coaches in the world today. She has worked with such singers as Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, José Carreras, Sherrill Milnes, Kiri Te Kanawa, Montserrat Caballe, Deborah Voigt, Renée Fleming, and Leo Nucci. She has been associated with the Gran Liceo in Barcelona, the Spoleto Festival, New York City Opera, Opera National de Paris and the Kirov Opera. She received an Emmy Award for her contribution to the highly acclaimed first Live From the Met telecast of La Bohème and is the founder of the International Vocal Arts Institute. Joan will lead a special master class on the art of singing Rossini, featuring members of Opera Saratoga’s Young Artist Program. This is a very special opportunity to see one of the world’s leading authorities on bel canto mentor our emerging professional artists, leading up to the season opening of La Cenerentola.
When: Fri, Jun 19, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Where: Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St. Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Cost: $20 in advance ($15 for subscribers) or $25 at the door
Opera Saratoga makes a special appearance at the historic Caffè Lena to celebrate the poetry and lyrics of Bob Dylan in a concert featuring soprano Caroline Worra. Caroline has been hailed by Opera News as "one of the finest singing actresses around," and has sung over 75 different operatic roles including more than 20 World, American, and Regional Premieres. At the center of this special concert is the Saratoga premiere of John Corigliano’s Mr. Tambourine Man, a beautiful, haunting and powerful setting of some of Dylan’s most famous song lyrics by the Academy Award winning composer of The Red Violin.
When: Sat, Jun 20, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Where: Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St. Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Cost: $20 in advance ($15 for subscribers) or $25 at the door
Opera Saratoga makes a special appearance at the historic Caffè Lena to celebrate the poetry and lyrics of Bob Dylan in a concert featuring soprano Caroline Worra. Caroline has been hailed by Opera News as "one of the finest singing actresses around," and has sung over 75 different operatic roles including more than 20 World, American, and Regional Premieres. At the center of this special concert is the Saratoga premiere of John Corigliano’s Mr. Tambourine Man, a beautiful, haunting and powerful setting of some of Dylan’s most famous song lyrics by the Academy Award winning composer of The Red Violin.
When: Sun, Jun 21, 2015 at 2:00 PM
Where: National Museum of Dance
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
In honor of Opera Saratoga's first production of a Baroque opera, members of the Young Artist Program will perform a program of arias and ensembles from a wide variety of Baroque operas, including works by Handel, Vivaldi, Scarlatti, Lully Rameau, and Purcell, including a special preview from our production of Dido and Aeneas.
When: Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Where: Picotte Recital Hall - Massry Center for the Arts, Albany
Cost: $20 in advance ($15 for subscribers) or $25 at the door
Jennifer Johnson Cano is one of the country’s most exciting young mezzo sopranos. The New York Times extolled that “emotion suffused every moment of her eloquent, impassioned New York debut recital.” Opera Saratoga is delighted to not only present Jennifer’s role debut as Dido this season, but to also offer our audiences the opportunity to hear her in recital with Christopher Cano, who is not only her husband, but an extraordinary pianist with whom Jennifer collaborates often. Jennifer and Christopher have put together a special selection of songs of longing and desire, including works by Brahms, Dove, Barber, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff.
When: Thu, Jul 2, 2015 at 7:30 PM
Cost: $95 / $72.50 / $50
Opera Saratoga opens the 2015 Summer Season with Rossini’s beloved version of Cinderella. Based on Perrault’s timeless fairytale, La Cenerentola features plenty of magical enchantment; the ridiculous, over-the-top situations and toe-tapping melodies that you expect from the master of comic Italian opera; and heartfelt emotion to bring together this story of forgiveness and true love. The ultimate rags-to-riches tale, it's a Cinderella story... but not quite as you may know it! Opera Saratoga is proud to present the company debuts of five extraordinary singers in La Cenerentola: Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Sandra Piques Eddy sings the virtuoso title role alongside tenor Andrew Owens as Prince Ramiro, baritone John Brancy as his valet Dandini, David Kravitz as her wicked step-father Don Magnifico, and Ryan Kuster as the mysterious philosopher Alidoro. Gary Thor Wedow also makes his company debut conducting this new production by Artistic and General director Lawrence Edelson. Sung in Italian with English text projected above the stage. La Cenerentola is an ideal opera for families! Matinee performances are recommended for children 6 and older. Evening performances are recommended for children 12 and older.
When: Mon, Jul 6, 2015 at 8:15 PM
Where: National Museum of Dance
Cost: Reserved Seating: $100 / General Seating: $60
Opera Saratoga is thrilled to present the first Baroque opera in the company’s history in a truly unique production under the stars! One of the earliest English operas, Dido and Aeneas is one of Purcell's foremost theatrical works. This heartbreaking opera recounts the love of Dido, Queen of Carthage, for the Trojan hero, Aeneas, and her despair when he abandons her. The combination of exquisite vocal music and extensive use of dance has inspired many interpretations of the great score. Opera Saratoga has invited world-renowned choreographer and director Karole Armitage to create a very special site-specific production for Saratoga Springs that embraces the natural beauty and history of The National Museum of Dance located in Spa State Park. The production, conducted by Nicole Paiement in her Opera Saratoga debut, will feature Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano as Dido, along with the exquisite dancers of the ArmitageGone! Dance Company in what is sure to be one of the most talked about productions of the summer for dance and music lovers alike.
When: Fri, Jul 10, 2015 at 7:30 PM
Where: The Spa Little Theater in Spa State Park
Cost: $95 / $72.50 / $50
The Long Walk is a new opera by composer Jeremy Howard Beck and librettist Stephanie Fleischmann, which 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 is honored to present 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, with celebrated American conductor Steven Osgood on the podium. 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 cast also includes the company debuts of sopranos Caroline Worra and Donita Volkwijn, tenors David Blalock and Javier Abreu, and bass baritone Justin Hopkins.
When: Sat, Jul 11, 2015 at 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Where: The New York State Military Museum, 61 Lake Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
Opera Saratoga, in partnership with the literary organization Words After War, will present a writing workshop to civilians, veterans and military families on July 11 and July 12, 2015 at The New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs, NY. The two-day event will be held in conjunction with the world premiere of The Long Walk, by Composer Jeremy Howard Beck and Librettist Stephanie Fleischmann. The opera is based upon the critically acclaimed memoir of war and homecoming by Brian Castner.
When: Sat, Jul 11, 2015 at 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Where: The New York State Military Museum, 61 Lake Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
Opera Saratoga, in partnership with the literary organization Words After War, will present a writing workshop to civilians, veterans and military families on July 11 and July 12, 2015 at The New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs, NY. The two-day event will be held in conjunction with the world premiere of The Long Walk, by Composer Jeremy Howard Beck and Librettist Stephanie Fleischmann. The opera is based upon the critically acclaimed memoir of war and homecoming by Brian Castner.
When: Sat, Jul 11, 2015 at 2:00 PM
Cost: $95 / $72.50 / $50
Opera Saratoga opens the 2015 Summer Season with Rossini’s beloved version of Cinderella. Based on Perrault’s timeless fairytale, La Cenerentola features plenty of magical enchantment; the ridiculous, over-the-top situations and toe-tapping melodies that you expect from the master of comic Italian opera; and heartfelt emotion to bring together this story of forgiveness and true love. The ultimate rags-to-riches tale, it's a Cinderella story... but not quite as you may know it! Opera Saratoga is proud to present the company debuts of five extraordinary singers in La Cenerentola: Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Sandra Piques Eddy sings the virtuoso title role alongside tenor Andrew Owens as Prince Ramiro, baritone John Brancy as his valet Dandini, David Kravitz as her wicked step-father Don Magnifico, and Ryan Kuster as the mysterious philosopher Alidoro. Gary Thor Wedow also makes his company debut conducting this new production by Artistic and General director Lawrence Edelson. Sung in Italian with English text projected above the stage. La Cenerentola is an ideal opera for families! Matinee performances are recommended for children 6 and older. Evening performances are recommended for children 12 and older.
When: Sun, Jul 12, 2015 at 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Where: The New York State Military Museum, 61 Lake Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
Opera Saratoga, in partnership with the literary organization Words After War, will present a writing workshop to civilians, veterans and military families on July 11 and July 12, 2015 at The New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs, NY. The two-day event will be held in conjunction with the world premiere of The Long Walk, by Composer Jeremy Howard Beck and Librettist Stephanie Fleischmann. The opera is based upon the critically acclaimed memoir of war and homecoming by Brian Castner.
When: Sun, Jul 12, 2015 at 2:00 PM
Where: The New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
Opera Saratoga's world premiere production of The Long Walk builds upon a rich and important history of operas that explore the dynamics of war, and the emotional journeys our soldiers take in their efforts to protect our freedom. Join us for a special concert featuring members of the company's Young Artist Program, featuring excerpts from operas from Monteverdi's Il ritorno di Ulysses in Patria, to the 2012 Pulitzer Prize award winning American masterpiece Silent Night by Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell.
When: Sun, Jul 12, 2015 at 8:15 PM
Where: National Museum of Dance
Cost: Reserved Seating: $100 / General Seating: $60
Opera Saratoga is thrilled to present the first Baroque opera in the company’s history in a truly unique production under the stars! One of the earliest English operas, Dido and Aeneas is one of Purcell's foremost theatrical works. This heartbreaking opera recounts the love of Dido, Queen of Carthage, for the Trojan hero, Aeneas, and her despair when he abandons her. The combination of exquisite vocal music and extensive use of dance has inspired many interpretations of the great score. Opera Saratoga has invited world-renowned choreographer and director Karole Armitage to create a very special site-specific production for Saratoga Springs that embraces the natural beauty and history of The National Museum of Dance located in Spa State Park. The production, conducted by Nicole Paiement in her Opera Saratoga debut, will feature Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano as Dido, along with the exquisite dancers of the ArmitageGone! Dance Company in what is sure to be one of the most talked about productions of the summer for dance and music lovers alike.
When: Mon, Jul 13, 2015 at 2:00 PM
Where: The Spa Little Theater in Spa State Park
Cost: $95 / $72.50 / $50
The Long Walk is a new opera by composer Jeremy Howard Beck and librettist Stephanie Fleischmann, which 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 is honored to present 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, with celebrated American conductor Steven Osgood on the podium. 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 cast also includes the company debuts of sopranos Caroline Worra and Donita Volkwijn, tenors David Blalock and Javier Abreu, and bass baritone Justin Hopkins.
When: Tue, Jul 14, 2015 at 2:00 PM
Cost: $95 / $72.50 / $50
Opera Saratoga opens the 2015 Summer Season with Rossini’s beloved version of Cinderella. Based on Perrault’s timeless fairytale, La Cenerentola features plenty of magical enchantment; the ridiculous, over-the-top situations and toe-tapping melodies that you expect from the master of comic Italian opera; and heartfelt emotion to bring together this story of forgiveness and true love. The ultimate rags-to-riches tale, it's a Cinderella story... but not quite as you may know it! Opera Saratoga is proud to present the company debuts of five extraordinary singers in La Cenerentola: Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Sandra Piques Eddy sings the virtuoso title role alongside tenor Andrew Owens as Prince Ramiro, baritone John Brancy as his valet Dandini, David Kravitz as her wicked step-father Don Magnifico, and Ryan Kuster as the mysterious philosopher Alidoro. Gary Thor Wedow also makes his company debut conducting this new production by Artistic and General director Lawrence Edelson. Sung in Italian with English text projected above the stage. La Cenerentola is an ideal opera for families! Matinee performances are recommended for children 6 and older. Evening performances are recommended for children 12 and older.
When: Thu, Jul 16, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Where: The New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center
Cost: $20 in advance ($15 for subscribers) or $25 at the door
Baritone John Brancy is a fast-rising star making his debut with Opera Saratoga this summer. This season, John is also making important recital debuts at The Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, so we couldn’t resist the opportunity to present him in recital and share a very special program with our community. John has put together a journey into the music of WWI - revealing the thoughts, emotions and psyche of the great composers during that tremulous time. The program will include a performance of George Butterworth’s (who died in combat during the Battle of the Somme in 1916) famously beautiful settings of poetry from A.E. Housman’s A Shropshire Lad, as well as songs by Gerald Finzi, Claude Debussy, Carl Orff, and Charles Ives.
When: Fri, Jul 17, 2015 at 2:00 PM
Where: The Spa Little Theater in Spa State Park
Cost: $95 / $72.50 / $50
The Long Walk is a new opera by composer Jeremy Howard Beck and librettist Stephanie Fleischmann, which 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 is honored to present 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, with celebrated American conductor Steven Osgood on the podium. 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 cast also includes the company debuts of sopranos Caroline Worra and Donita Volkwijn, tenors David Blalock and Javier Abreu, and bass baritone Justin Hopkins.
When: Sat, Jul 18, 2015 at 2:00 PM
Cost: $95 / $72.50 / $50
Opera Saratoga opens the 2015 Summer Season with Rossini’s beloved version of Cinderella. Based on Perrault’s timeless fairytale, La Cenerentola features plenty of magical enchantment; the ridiculous, over-the-top situations and toe-tapping melodies that you expect from the master of comic Italian opera; and heartfelt emotion to bring together this story of forgiveness and true love. The ultimate rags-to-riches tale, it's a Cinderella story... but not quite as you may know it! Opera Saratoga is proud to present the company debuts of five extraordinary singers in La Cenerentola: Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Sandra Piques Eddy sings the virtuoso title role alongside tenor Andrew Owens as Prince Ramiro, baritone John Brancy as his valet Dandini, David Kravitz as her wicked step-father Don Magnifico, and Ryan Kuster as the mysterious philosopher Alidoro. Gary Thor Wedow also makes his company debut conducting this new production by Artistic and General director Lawrence Edelson. Sung in Italian with English text projected above the stage. La Cenerentola is an ideal opera for families! Matinee performances are recommended for children 6 and older. Evening performances are recommended for children 12 and older.
When: Sun, Jul 19, 2015 at 8:15 PM
Where: National Museum of Dance
Cost: Reserved Seating: $100 / General Seating: $60
Opera Saratoga is thrilled to present the first Baroque opera in the company’s history in a truly unique production under the stars! One of the earliest English operas, Dido and Aeneas is one of Purcell's foremost theatrical works. This heartbreaking opera recounts the love of Dido, Queen of Carthage, for the Trojan hero, Aeneas, and her despair when he abandons her. The combination of exquisite vocal music and extensive use of dance has inspired many interpretations of the great score. Opera Saratoga has invited world-renowned choreographer and director Karole Armitage to create a very special site-specific production for Saratoga Springs that embraces the natural beauty and history of The National Museum of Dance located in Spa State Park. The production, conducted by Nicole Paiement in her Opera Saratoga debut, will feature Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano as Dido, along with the exquisite dancers of the ArmitageGone! Dance Company in what is sure to be one of the most talked about productions of the summer for dance and music lovers alike.
When: Tue, Jul 21, 2015 at 8:15 PM
Where: National Museum of Dance
Cost: Reserved Seating: $100 / General Seating: $60
Opera Saratoga is thrilled to present the first Baroque opera in the company’s history in a truly unique production under the stars! One of the earliest English operas, Dido and Aeneas is one of Purcell's foremost theatrical works. This heartbreaking opera recounts the love of Dido, Queen of Carthage, for the Trojan hero, Aeneas, and her despair when he abandons her. The combination of exquisite vocal music and extensive use of dance has inspired many interpretations of the great score. Opera Saratoga has invited world-renowned choreographer and director Karole Armitage to create a very special site-specific production for Saratoga Springs that embraces the natural beauty and history of The National Museum of Dance located in Spa State Park. The production, conducted by Nicole Paiement in her Opera Saratoga debut, will feature Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano as Dido, along with the exquisite dancers of the ArmitageGone! Dance Company in what is sure to be one of the most talked about productions of the summer for dance and music lovers alike.
When: Thu, Jul 23, 2015 at 2:00 PM
Where: Spa Little Theater
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
Are you curious what the Summer of 2016 will bring to Opera Saratoga? Join us for a season preview, featuring music from all three operas to be presented in 2016, sung by members of the Young Artist Program.
When: Sat, Jul 25, 2015 at 7:30 PM
Where: The Spa Little Theater in Spa State Park
Cost: $95 / $72.50 / $50
The Long Walk is a new opera by composer Jeremy Howard Beck and librettist Stephanie Fleischmann, which 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 is honored to present 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, with celebrated American conductor Steven Osgood on the podium. 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 cast also includes the company debuts of sopranos Caroline Worra and Donita Volkwijn, tenors David Blalock and Javier Abreu, and bass baritone Justin Hopkins.
When: Sun, Jul 26, 2015 at 7:30 PM
Cost: $95 / $72.50 / $50
Opera Saratoga opens the 2015 Summer Season with Rossini’s beloved version of Cinderella. Based on Perrault’s timeless fairytale, La Cenerentola features plenty of magical enchantment; the ridiculous, over-the-top situations and toe-tapping melodies that you expect from the master of comic Italian opera; and heartfelt emotion to bring together this story of forgiveness and true love. The ultimate rags-to-riches tale, it's a Cinderella story... but not quite as you may know it! Opera Saratoga is proud to present the company debuts of five extraordinary singers in La Cenerentola: Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Sandra Piques Eddy sings the virtuoso title role alongside tenor Andrew Owens as Prince Ramiro, baritone John Brancy as his valet Dandini, David Kravitz as her wicked step-father Don Magnifico, and Ryan Kuster as the mysterious philosopher Alidoro. Gary Thor Wedow also makes his company debut conducting this new production by Artistic and General director Lawrence Edelson. Sung in Italian with English text projected above the stage. La Cenerentola is an ideal opera for families! Matinee performances are recommended for children 6 and older. Evening performances are recommended for children 12 and older.