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Opera Saratoga’s 2015 Summer Festival Season

July 2, 2015 @ 12:00 am - July 26, 2015 @ 8:00 pm

Announces its 2015 Summer Festival Season

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
July 2 – 26, 2015

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
July 6 – 21, 2015

The World Premiere of
The Long Walk
Composed by Jeremy Howard Beck with 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
July 10 – 25, 2015

Opera Saratoga announces its 2015 Summer Festival season, which will run from July 2 – July 26, 2015 at multiple venues throughout
Saratoga Springs, New York.

The 2014/2015 season is the first programmatic year under the artistic and general direction of Lawrence Edelson and marks an expansion for the company in several ways: the first World Premiere presented by the company in nearly 30 years, three operas instead of two, and a longer festival season including performances at multiple venues in the region.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead Opera Saratoga into its next chapter, and thrilled that my first season will provide opportunities for audiences to see three operas that show the breadth and depth of what is happening in opera today, with some of the foremost artists of our generation,” said Lawrence Edelson. “The season includes three operas that couldn’t be more different. 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. Our presentation of Dido and Aeneas will be our first site-specific production, presented in partnership with the National Museum of Dance. Operas that prominently feature dance will be a part of our programming every season moving forward, and this particular production not only builds upon the region’s connection to dance, but also takes advantage of the stunning natural beauty of Spa State Park, where we are located. The world-premiere of The Long Walk marks a reaffirmed commitment to the inclusion of contemporary American opera as a regular part of our programming. The Company has produced 33 works by American composers in its history, 5 of which have been world premieres, but The Long Walk, by two of the most exciting writers in American opera today – composer Jeremy Howard Beck, and librettist Stephanie Fleischmann – will actually be the first world-premiere for the company in 27 years!

This year, we are initiating new partnerships with a wide variety of cultural organizations throughout the region, enabling us to offer exciting new performance programs that compliment the season’s operas, which provide even more ways for audiences to connect with the company and our wonderful artists. By expanding the festival, and moving it into July, we are providing more opportunities not only for local audiences to enjoy our programs, but opportunities for audiences from around the country to enjoy the cultural riches that Saratoga Springs has to offer. With a train station in the heart of the city, and Albany airport less than 30 minutes away, we look forward to welcoming opera lovers from around the country to enjoy not only Opera Saratoga, but all of the restaurants, shops, cultural attractions, historic sites, and natural beauty that Saratoga Springs has to offer.”

In tandem with the expansion of the season, the Young Artist Program – the second oldest program of its kind in the country – is being expanded to provide greater professional development opportunities for emerging professionals. The program will consist of three tiers for singers, as well as opportunities for pianists, conductors and directors, under the direction of Laurie Rogers. Opera Saratoga has selected 28 gifted artists from over 1,000 applicants from across the country, who will be in residence in Saratoga Springs this summer. A complete list of Young Artists may be found at http://www.operasaratoga.org/2015-young-artists/


July 2, 2015 @ 12:00 am
July 26, 2015 @ 8:00 pm
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Arthur Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College
815 North Broadway
Saratoga Springs, New York 12866

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