2017 Summer Festival Concerts
STARS OF TOMORROW
Saturday, May 27, 7:30pm
Filene Recital Hall at Skidmore College
815 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY
Start the season with our third annual Stars of Tomorrow concert – featuring 25 singers from around the country who have been selected from almost 1,000 applicants to be members of Opera Saratoga’s prestigious Young Artist Program. Presented in partnership with Skidmore College.
Saturday, June 3, 2:00pm
The Dee Sarno Theater at Saratoga Arts
320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY
What do Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Rossini’s Guillaume Tell, Puccini’s Turandot. and Bizet’s Carmen have in common with Verdi’s Falstaff? They were the final operas – the swan songs – of some of the world’s most beloved composers. Join us for an afternoon of arias and ensembles from the final operas by composers from Monteverdi to Richard Strauss! Presented in partnership with Saratoga Arts.
MARC BLITZSTEIN – A LIFE IN SONG
Friday, June 16, 7:00pm
GE Theatre at Proctors
432 State Street, Schenectady, NY
Born in Philadelphia in 1905, Marc Blitzstein achieved nearly overnight notoriety with his 1937 agitprop musical theater work, The Cradle Will Rock. At the time of his unexpected and tragic death in 1964, much of his work was left unfinished and unpublished, leaving behind a legacy that has been largely overlooked in the ensuing decades. On the evening of the 80th Anniversary of the legendary world-premiere of The Cradle Will Rock, Opera Saratoga presents an evening of song by Marc Blitzstein, curated and hosted by bass-baritone Justin Hopkins. The program will include excerpts from Blitzstein’s theatrical and operatic works – including The Cradle Will Rock, I’ve Got the Tune, Juno, No For an Answer, and Regina – as well as lesser known songs that chronicle the life of one of America’s most influential composers. Presented in partnership with Proctors.
A GILBERT AND SULLIVAN CABARET
Sunday, June 11, 2pm and 7:30pm
Ticketed Event (Tickets: $60; Subscribers: $54)
The Carriage House at The Mansion Inn
801 Route 29, Rock City Falls, NY
(10 minutes from downtown Saratoga Springs)
The Victorian era partnership of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan brought the world fourteen of the most beloved operettas of all time. Join Opera Saratoga’s “wand’ring minstrels’ for a topsy-turvy cabaret where fairies rub elbows with British lords, flirting is a capital offence, gondoliers ascend to the monarchy, and pirates emerge as noblemen who have gone astray. Seating is cabaret style tables, general admission, and is strictly limited for these two concerts. G&S inspired tapas and drinks – specially concocted by The Mansion Inn’s Cordon Bleu trained Executive Chef Rick Bieber – will be available for purchase. Subscribers receive priority over single ticket buyers when purchased before February 15th. Presented in partnership with The Mansion Inn.
BROADWAY IN THE 1930s
Friday, July 14, 7:30pm
Ticketed Event (Tickets: $80/$60/$40;
The Spa Little Theater
21 Roosevelt Drive, Saratoga Springs, NY
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. Members of Opera Saratoga’s acclaimed Young Artist Program will be featured in this evening of music that defined a decade and forever changed the course of American musical theater and opera.