Saratoga Sings! program was designed to increase Opera Saratoga’s civic footprint and increase access to opera and classical vocal music for audiences throughout the region, year-round. Through the program, Opera Saratoga offers free performance events leading up to the company’s Summer Festival. Details of the 2017-18 Saratoga Sings! events will be available October 1st.
LAST SEASON'S EVENTS: 2016-17
SARATOGA SINGS THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE
Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 @ 7:30pm
The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum
Skidmore College, 815 N.Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY
Throughout history, opera has engaged political themes - sometimes with incendiary results. As Opera Saratoga prepares to mount a new production next summer of Marc Blitzstein’s revolutionary 1937 labor-opera, The Cradle Will Rock, Saratoga Sings the Voice of the People will explore how composers - from Mozart and Verdi to present day - have used their works to challenge the status quo and make powerful statements that have resonated beyond the walls of the opera house. David T. Little, the critically acclaimed composer of the operas Soldier Songs, Dog Days and JFK, has curated this very special concert, featuring alumni of Opera Saratoga’s Young Artist Program including mezzo soprano Vera Savage, and bass baritone Adrian Rosas, along with members of Skidmore College's voice faculty, soprano Sylvia Stoner and Garrett Obrycki.. Little will also be joined by Opera Saratoga’s Artistic and General Director Lawrence Edelson and Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s new President, Elizabeth Sobol, to speak about how opera has represented the voice of the people in different centuries across the globe. The event will be held in the midst of the Tang’s special exhibition, A More Perfect Union, which foregrounds the museum as town-square highlighting the debut of the recently completed Flag Exchange, a multi-year project by conceptual and social interventionist artist Mel Ziegler. With an inventory of new United States flags in his car, Ziegler journeyed to each of the 50 states and gave new flags in exchange for weathered ones, which are now hung in the space, fully encompassing the viewer in their living history.
Saratoga Sings a New Year’s Celebration
- Saturday, December 31, 2016 – Two performances at 8:00pm & 9:00pm: The Church of St. Peter, 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
In partnership with First Night and Saratoga Arts, Opera Saratoga will present Saratoga Sings a New Year’s Celebration - a festive concert to celebrate looking forward and new beginnings, featuring soprano Jemeesa Yarborough, mezzo soprano Edith Grossman, and pianist Laurie Rogers.
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 will present 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. Let loose... and join us!
Saratoga Sings! has been made possible through generous support from OPERA America's Building Opera Audiences program, funded by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.
Saratoga Sings a Winter's Journey
- Saturday, February 11, 2017 @ 2:00pm: Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
In partnership with Saratoga 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.
"...brave and, in all senses, chilling... You have not truly experienced “Winterreise” until you have stood three or four feet from the singer, his breath visible in the cold."
- Zachary Woolfe, The New York Times
Saratoga Sings at the Cinema
Saturday, March 18th @ 2:00pm
The Palace Theatre, 19 Clinton Avenue, Albany, NY
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 be featured as part of Opera Saratoga's 2017 Summer Festival. The all-star cast of Robbins' critically acclaimed film includes Hank Azaria, Ruben Blades, Joan Cusack, John Cusak, Cory Elwes, Angus MacFadyen, Bill Murray, Vanessa Redgrave, Susan Sarandon, John Turturo, and Emily Watson!
Saratoga Sings of Art and Inspiration
- Sunday, April 9, 2017 @ 3:00pm
The Hyde Collection
161 Warren Street, Glens Falls, NY
- Tuesday, April 11, 2017 @ 7:00pm
The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Galley at Skidmore College
815 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY
- Thursday, April 13, 2017 @ 6:00pm
The Albany Institute of History and Art
125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY
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. Mezzo Soprano Courtney Elvira, Baritone Garrett Obrycki, and pianist Laurie Rogers will present a concert including music by Mozart, Poulenc, Heggie, Sondheim and more!