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The Opera Saratoga Festival Starts This Weekend



Opera Saratoga’s 2017 Summer Festival kicks-off today in the intimate Spa Little Theater in the Saratoga Spa State Park. With three works and a special event, this July will be a season to remember.

FALSTAFF
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by Arrigo Boito

Sung in Italian with English supertitles

A man of many appetites, the lecherous Falstaff can’t resist his favorite vices: food, wine, and women - and not necessarily in that order! Suddenly finding himself broke, he hatches a plot to cure his woes - he sends identical love letters to two married women to get his hands on their wealthy husbands’ money. But Falstaff doesn’t bank on getting caught, and with the help of some ‘merry wives’, husbands and supernatural creatures, he gets his due and finds out the joke is on him.

Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Thursday, July 6,  2017 at 7:30 pm
Monday, July 10, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 2:00 pm

 

ZÉMIRE ET AZOR
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Music by André Grétry
Libretto by Jean François Marmontel

Sung in French with English Supertitles

Once upon a time, the merchant Sander and his servant Ali are shipwrecked in a storm and find themselves outside an enchanted palace. When Sander plucks a rose from the palace garden to give to his daughter Zémire, the beast-like Azor appears, demanding that Sander pay with his life for stealing the rose, unless he can persuade one of his daughters to take his place. When she hears what has happened, Zémire agrees to sacrifice her life for her father and Ali brings her to the palace, where she almost faints at the sight of Azor. But Azor proves to be a kind host, and Zémire begins to see beyond his terrifying exterior.  One of the earliest operatic adaptations of the classic story of Beauty and the Beast, Zémire et Azor combines beautiful melodies with enchanting dance music in a fairy-tale for audiences of all ages.

Sunday, July 2, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, July 8, 2017  2016 at 2:00 pm
Friday, July 14, 2017 at 2:00 pm

 

THE CRADLE WILL ROCK
Music, Book and Lyrics by Marc Blitzstein

Performed in English

In Steeltown, USA, everything and everyone can be bought - at least that’s what Mr. Mister thinks. The greedy businessman uses his wallet to control anyone he wants, including the local newspaper editor, preacher, university president, doctor… even the artists! But Larry Foreman’s efforts to unionize local workers threatens to rock the cradle and shift the balance of power out of Mr. Mister’s control.  An allegory on corruption and corporate greed both timely and timeless, The Cradle Will Rock’s biting humor and brazenness is as impactful now as it was when it premiered in 1937. Blitzstein’s eclectic, jazzy score is a propulsive mix of classical parody, popular melodies, and dramatic ensemble numbers, with a smoky flavor redolent of Kurt Weill - but all-American in its raw energy and urgency.

Sunday, July 9, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Tuesday, July 11, 2017  2016 at 2:00 pm
Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, July 16, 2017 at 2:00 pm

 

BROADWAY IN THE 1930s
Friday, July 14, 7:30pm

The ‘30s were extraordinary years on Broadway, where jazz, classical and popular music intertwined to create some of the most memorable and beloved shows of the 20th century – as well as some fascinating musicals that have been lost to time, but deserve to be better known. Gershwin’s Girl Crazy, Of Thee I Sing, and Porgy and Bess; Cole Porter’s Gay Divorce, Nymph Errant, Anything Goes and Red, Hot and Blue; Rodgers’s Jumbo, On Your Toes, Babes in Arms, and The Boys from Syracuse, Weill’s Johnny Johnson and Knickerbocker Holiday; and of course, Blitzstein’s The Cradle Will Rock, were all products of this incredible decade on the Great White Way.

For more information and tickets, go online to www.operasaratoga.org.

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