ARCHIVAL / WORK SAMPLES
This page has been created to provide representative work samples for grant applications by Opera Saratoga.
WORK SAMPLE 1:
Our first work sample is footage from Opera Saratoga’s 2015 production of DIDO AND AENEAS (Purcell/Tate). This was the first production presented as part of the company’s new initiative to present works in which dance plays an integral role in the staging. It is also the company’s first site-specific production, presented on a specially built stage, outdoors in the courtyard of The National Museum of Dance.
The opera was directed and choreographed by Karole Armitage (who will be creating the production of THE WITCHES OF VENICE for Opera Saratoga in July 2016), and conducted by Nicole Paiement. This excerpt demonstrates the integration of professional dancers into our productions along side professional singers. As will be the case with the THE WITCHES OF VENICE, key roles in this production were performed by emerging professional artists who are members of Opera Saratoga’s Young Artist Program. In this excerpt, the roles of Belinda and the Sorceress are both sung by members of the YAP.
WORK SAMPLE 2:
Our second work sample if footage from the world premiere production of THE LONG WALK (Beck/Fleischmann), presented by Opera Saratoga in July 2015. This production was directed by David Schweizer and conducted by Steven Osgood. This sample provides an example of two contrasting quartets from the opera in very different musical styles, and also demonstrates the company’s work in contemporary opera.
THE LONG WALK is a deeply personal exploration of a soldier’s return from Iraq where he served as an officer in an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit and his battle with what he calls “the Crazy” as he tries to reintegrate into his family life upon returning from the war. In the opera, Brian - the main character - has many flashbacks once he has returned from combat.
The entire opera, including both of these flashback/quartets take place in and around Brian’s home in Buffalo, New York as his memories invade his home life. The first quartet takes place in the first act of the opera, in which Brian is remembering his training before deployment. The second quartet is a fond recollection of being in a Humvee with his “brothers” – a celebration of the brotherhood he had with the men with whom he served.