OPERA SARATOGA ANNOUNCES SARATOGA SINGS!
FREE EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE REGION
NEW EVENT ANNOUNCED WITH GRAMMY NOMINATED BARITONE
CHRISTOPHER DYLAN HERBERT IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SARATOGA SPA STATE PARK
(Saratoga Springs, NY) — Lawrence Edelson, Artistic and General Director of Opera Saratoga, announced today the winter/spring schedule of events for the company’s Saratoga Sings! program. The schedule includes previously announced collaborations, along with a new special event in February with Grammy nominated baritone Christopher Dylan Herbert, in partnership with Saratoga Spa State Park.
Introduced by Edelson in 2015, the Saratoga Sings! program was designed to increase Opera Saratoga’s civic footprint, build awareness of the company in the region, and increase access to opera and classical vocal music for diverse audiences. Through the program, Opera Saratoga offers free monthly performance events leading up to the company’s Summer Festival. The program leverages collaborative partnerships with historical and cultural organizations, as well as local businesses. Saratoga Sings! is supported in part by OPERA America, generously funded by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.
Updated Schedule of Winter/Spring Events:
JANUARY: Saratoga Sings Under the Influence
Thursday Jan. 26, 2017 @ 7:00pm: The Parting Glass, 40 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 @ 8:00pm: Parish Public House, 388 Broadway, Albany, NY 12207
Opera Saratoga presents a rambunctious program of opera under the influence – of liquor, elixirs, poisons, and magic spells – in the midst of the region’s thriving nightlife! This program will be presented at two popular bars – one in Saratoga Springs, and one in Albany. The concerts will feature favorite scenes from operas and musicals – including The Elixir of Love, Romeo and Juliette, The Abduction from the Seraglio, Hansel and Gretel, The Cradle Will Rock, The Song of the Flame, Pal Joey, The Drowsy Chaperone, and more! Soprano Keely Futterer, mezzo soprano Edith Grossman, tenor Dylan Elza, and bass Jorgeandrés Camargo are featured in this fun-filled program, with music direction by Gloria Kim.
FEBRUARY: Saratoga Sings a Winter’s Journey
Saturday, February 11th @ 2:00pm: Saratoga Spa State Park – Geyser Picnic Area,
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
In the event of inclement weather, this performance will take place on Sunday, February 12th @ 2:00pm
(please note, this program replaces the previously announced Saratoga Sings for the Win, which will be rescheduled next season)
In partnership with Spa State Park, Opera Saratoga presents Grammy nominated baritone Christopher Dylan Herbert in Winterize, an outdoor adaptation of Franz Schubert’s Winterreise, reimagined for baritone and transistor radios. Created by Herbert in collaboration with Make Music New York and director JJ Hudson, the performance leads the audience through an outdoor route that enhances the sequence of Schubert’s iconic song cycle. The audience participates in this truly unique performance by accompanying Herbert with hand-held transistor radios that amplify Schubert’s piano part, played by Timothy Long, and soundscaped by Jonathan Zalben. The incredible winter beauty of Saratoga Spa State Park will become the backdrop for a truly once-in-a-lifetime musical experience. Please note that as this program will take place in a part of the park that is closed to the public during the winter months, advance registration is required and tickets will be required to gain access to the performance area.
MARCH: Saratoga Sings at the Cinema
Saturday, March 18th @ 2:00pm: The Palace Theatre, 19 Clinton Avenue, Albany, NY 12866
Opera Saratoga, in partnership with the historic Palace Theater in Albany, will present Saratoga Sings at the Cinema – a free screening of the 1999 film Cradle Will Rock by Tim Robbins that fictionalizes the true events that surrounded the development of Marc Blitzstein’s historic work, which will receive a major revival in a new production at Opera Saratoga during the company’s 2017 Summer Festival.
APRIL: Saratoga Sings of Art and Inspiration
Sunday, April 9, 2017 @ 3:00pm: The Hyde Collection, 161 Warren Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 @ 7:00pm: The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Galley at Skidmore College, 815 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Thursday, April 13, 2017 @ 6:00pm: The Albany Institute of History and Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
Amidst three of the region’s most exciting art museums and galleries, Opera Saratoga presents three free concerts of opera and song inspired by great artists and works of art. Complete program and artists to be announced.
All Saratoga Sings! events are free to the public. Advance registration for Saratoga Sings! events is highly recommended (and required for Saratoga Sings a Winter’s Journey), as space is limited. Reservations may be made on Opera Saratoga’s website beginning three weeks prior to each event at www.operasaratoga.org/saratoga-sings
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. 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 2017 Summer Festival marks the third season under his leadership. For more information, visit www.operasaratoga.org.