SUMMER CONCERTS AND SPECIAL EVENTS

THE KEYBANK SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

This summer, in addition to three spectacular new opera productions, Opera Saratoga will present a wide variety of concerts and special events at venues throughout Saratoga Springs. Many of the concerts are free, while tickets to all other events are only $20 in advance ($15 for subscribers) or $25 at the door, subject to availability. 

FREE CONCERTS


The Saratoga Sings! Competition

Thursday, July 23 at 2 PM
Spa Little Theater

Forget American Idol... you get to be a judge at Opera Saratoga's first Saratoga Sings! Competition in the Spa Little Theater, this Thursday, July 23rd at 2:00 PM.  Fourteen of the most gifted young singers in the country will compete for the opportunity to return to Opera Saratoga during the 2015-16 season to perform as part of our Saratoga Sings! Concert Series. Judges for the competition include principal artists and music staff from the 2015 Summer Festival, and you!  Audience members will be provided with their own score card, and an audience favorite will be selected who will be invited back to Saratoga Springs to perform during the upcoming year!  Come, have a voice, and join us for the competition.  Admission is FREE!

Please note: The Saratoga Sings Competition replaces the 2016 Season Preview originally scheduled for this date. The 2016 Season will be announced in mid-August.

Stars of Tomorrow!

Saturday, June 6 at 8 PM
Dee Sarno Theater, Saratoga Arts Center
320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs

Opera Saratoga's Young Artist Program is the second oldest mentorship program for emerging professional singers in the country, also providing opportunities for gifted young conductors, pianists and directors. This season, we received over 1,000 applications for 24 spaces - making the selection process more competitive than getting into Harvard! The singers that we have selected represent some of the most gifted young artists in the country. Join us for this very special program where you will have a chance to get to know the incredible young artists who will be a part of our community this summer. We promise, one day you'll be able to say, "I heard them before they were stars!"

If it aint Baroque...

Sunday, June 21 at 2 PM
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald A. Riggi Theater
The National Museum of Dance
99 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs

In honor of Opera Saratoga's first production of a Baroque opera, members of the Young Artist Program will perform a program of arias and ensembles from a wide variety of Baroque operas, including works by Handel, Vivaldi, Scarlatti, Lully Rameau, and Purcell, including a special preview from our production of Dido and Aeneas.

Of Arms and the Man I Sing

Sunday, July 12 at 2 PM
Dee Sarno Theater, Saratoga Arts Center
320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs

Opera Saratoga's world premiere production of The Long Walk builds upon a rich and important history of operas that explore the dynamics of war, and the emotional journeys our soldiers take in their efforts to protect our freedom. Join us for a special concert featuring members of the company's Young Artist Program, featuring excerpts from operas from Monteverdi's Il ritorno di Ulysses in Patria, to the 2012 Pulitzer Prize award winning American masterpiece Silent Night by Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell.

 

  Opera Saratoga's summer concerts and special events have been made possible through generous support from KeyBank.

 

Opera Saratoga's summer concerts and special events have been made possible through generous support from KeyBank.

TICKETED EVENTS


A World War I Tribute with baritone John Brancy

Thursday, July 16 at 8 PM
Dee Sarno Theater, Saratoga Arts Center
320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs

Please note - this concert was originally scheduled to take place at The New York State Military Musuem. Due to renovations at the Museum, we have relocated the concert to Saratoga Arts.

Baritone John Brancy is a fast-rising star making his debut with Opera Saratoga this summer. This season, John is also making important recital debuts at The Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, so we couldn’t resist the opportunity to present him in recital and share a very special program with our community. Together with his frequent collaborator, pianist Peter Dugan, John has put together a journey into the music of WWI - revealing the thoughts, emotions and psyche of the great composers during that tremulous time. The program will include a performance of George Butterworth’s (who died in combat during the Battle of the Somme in 1916) famously beautiful settings of poetry from A.E. Housman’s A Shropshire Lad, as well as songs by Gerald Finzi, Claude Debussy, Carl Orff, and Charles Ives.

Baritone John Brancy and Pianist Peter Dugan, who will be featured in a recital of songs by the great composers of World War I on Thursday July 16 as part of the 2015 Summer Festival.

Baritone John Brancy and Pianist Peter Dugan, who will be featured in a recital of songs by the great composers of World War I on Thursday July 16 as part of the 2015 Summer Festival.

A Master Class with Joan Dornemann

Sunday, June 14 at 2 PM
Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall
Arthur Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College
815 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs

Joan Dornemann, Metropolitan Opera Assistant Conductor, is one of the most highly respected opera coaches in the world today. She has worked with such singers as Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, José Carreras, Sherrill Milnes, Kiri Te Kanawa, Montserrat Caballe, Deborah Voigt, Renée Fleming, and Leo Nucci. She has been associated with the Gran Liceo in Barcelona, the Spoleto Festival, New York City Opera, Opera National de Paris and the Kirov Opera. She received an Emmy Award for her contribution to the highly acclaimed first Live From the Met telecast of La Bohème and is the founder of the International Vocal Arts Institute. Joan will lead a special master class on the art of singing Rossini, featuring members of Opera Saratoga’s Young Artist Program. This is a very special opportunity to see one of the world’s leading authorities on bel canto mentor our emerging professional artists, leading up to the season opening of La Cenerentola.

Mr. Tambourine Man at Caffè Lena with soprano Caroline Worra

Friday June 19 and Saturday 20 at 8PM
Caffè Lena
47 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs

Opera Saratoga makes a special appearance at the historic Caffè Lena to celebrate the poetry and lyrics of Bob Dylan in a concert featuring soprano Caroline Worra. Caroline has been hailed by Opera News as "one of the finest singing actresses around," and has sung over 75 different operatic roles including more than 20 World, American, and Regional Premieres.  At the center of this special concert is the Saratoga premiere of John Corigliano’s Mr. Tambourine Man, a beautiful, haunting and powerful setting of some of Dylan’s most famous song lyrics by the Academy Award winning composer of The Red Violin. The program will also feature the Saratoga Premiere of A Dickinson Garland, by Mark Adamo, with mezzo soprano Vera Savage.

Songs of Longing and Desire with mezzo soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano

Friday, June 26 at 8 PM
Picotte Recital Hall - Massry Center for the Arts, Albany

Jennifer Johnson Cano is one of the country’s most exciting young mezzo sopranos. The New York Times extolled that “emotion suffused every moment of her eloquent, impassioned New York debut recital.” Opera Saratoga is delighted to not only present Jennifer’s role debut as Dido this season, but to also offer our audiences the opportunity to hear her in recital with Christopher Cano, who is not only her husband, but an extraordinary pianist with whom Jennifer collaborates often. Jennifer and Christopher have put together a special selection of songs of longing and desire, including works by Brahms, Dove, Barber, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff.