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Opera Saratoga Summer Festival Kicks Off



Opera Saratoga's 2016 Summer Festival kicks-off this weekend in the beautiful Spa Little Theater in the Saratoga Spa State Park. Once again Opera Saratoga will bring world-class opera to Saratoga, Tickets are on sale now.


LE NOZZE DI FIGARO (THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO)

Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte
Based on the play by Pierre Beaumarchais
Sung in Italian with English Supertitles

Figaro's adventures continue in Seville, working for the Count as his major-domo. Figaro has fallen in love and is about to get married to Susanna, but the Count has a wandering eye and plans to reinstate an old law, which would allow him to enjoy a passionate night with Figaro's bride-to-be. A madcap cast of characters are intent on interfering with Figaro and Susanna's plans, leading to a whirlwind of tricks and disguises to teach the Count a lesson and save the wedding.

PERFORMANCE DATES:
Friday, June 24, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Monday, June 27,  2016 at 2:00 pm
Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 2:00 pm
Friday, July 15, 2016 at 7:30 pm


THE WITCHES OF VENICE - AMERICAN PREMIERE

Music by Philip Glass
Dramatic Composition by Beni Montresor
Originally commissioned by the Teatro alla Scala with additional commissioning support by the Fondazione Musica per Roma (2009).
© 1995, 2009 Dunvagen Music Publishers Inc. Used by Permission.

The King and Queen of Venice always wanted a child, but when two fairies grant their wish by giving them a magical plant that sprouts them an heir, they are repulsed by the thought of having a plant-boy as their son. The plant-boy lives a lonely life in the royal garden, until one day he hears that there is a little girl - very much like him - living in the Witch's Grand Palace. Feeling unwanted and unloved, the plant-boy escapes and sets off on a wild and whimsical adventure. He soon finds himself narrowly escaping captors, fleeing monsters, and ultimately finding a friend.

Glass brings this touching and charming story of adventure and friendship to life through inventive songs and exhilarating dances. It is one of his most creative scores, featuring fantastical music portraying skeletons, orgres, fairies, and of course... witches!

PERFORMANCE DATES:
Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Monday, July 11, 2016 at 2:00 pm
Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 2:00 pm

 

IL POSTINO (THE POSTMAN)

Music by Daniel Catán
Libretto by Daniel Catán
Based on the novel by Antonio Skármeta and the film by Michael Radford
Sung in Spanish with English Supertitles
Originally Commissioned by Los Angeles Opera
©2010 by Associated Music Publishers Inc.(BMI) New York, NY. Used by Permission.

When exiled Chilean poet Pablo Neruda arrives on a tiny Italian island, he receives so much fan mail that Mario is hired as his personal postman. Mario soon becomes Neruda's student, learning the art of poetry to woo a local barmaid. Inspired by Neruda, Mario's poetic voice continues to take wing as he expresses the struggles of his fellow working-class villagers. A firm friendship develops, and the postman is forever a changed man.

The sounds of the Mediterranean come alive in Catán's stunningly beautiful, Puccini-esque score - a story of love in its many forms, set against a backdrop of conflicting political and spiritual ideologies.

PERFORMANCE DATES:
Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, July 10,  2016 at 2:00 pm
Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 2:00 pm

 

AN EVENING ON BROADWAY

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.

ONE NIGHT ONLY:
Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 7:30 pm


For more information and tickets, visit www.operasaratoga.org.

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