SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – Tears and laughter will be shared this month when Lake George Opera at Saratoga produces Georges Bizet’s Carmen and Gaetano Donizetti’s Viva La Mamma. This year marks the Company’s 49th summer season of producing professional opera and its thirteenth performing at the intimate and unique Spa Little Theater.
Ten productions of Bizet’s Carmen and Donizetti’s Viva La Mamma will be produced beginning on July 8th. Carmen, considered by some to be the most popular opera ever written, will feature rising star Kendall Gladen in the title role. Gladen is making her company debut and has recently performed with Los Angeles Opera and Florida Grand Opera. Also making their LGOpera debuts are Joshua Kohl as Don Jose and Darren K. Stokes as Escamillo. Former Apprentice Artist Emily Newton will return to Saratoga singing the role of Micaela and Christopher Temporelli last seen in the 2008 production of La Traviata, will be Zuniga. Jose Maria Condemi who directed the Company’s winning production of The Barber of Seville in 2006 will return to direct Carmen and LGOpera at Saratoga’s Artistic Director Curtis Tucker will conduct.
Performances: July 8th, July 10th & July 16th at 7:30p.m; July 12th, July 14th & July 18th at 2:00 p.m.
A hilarious comic opera never before seen in Saratoga, will be performed when the Company produces Donizetti’s Viva La Mamma. Richard Holmes, who has sung with the Metropolitan Opera and was featured in the LGOpera’s 2006 production ofIl Maestro Di Cappella, will sing the role of Agata. Elizabeth Andrews Roberts who amazed audiences and critics as Violetta in the Company’s production of La Traviata, will return to the Spa Little Theater stage singing therole of Daria. Newcomers to Saratoga, Jennifer Roderer and Anna Steenerson round out the fantasic cast with Nelson Sheeley directing. Sheeley a familiar face around LGOpera at Saratoga has directed Company productions of Don Pasquale, The Pirates of Penzance and Tartuffe.John Douglas, the gifted director of the Apprentice Artist Class, will conduct.
Performances: July 9th & July 15th at 7:30 p.m.; July 11th & July 17th at 2:00 p.m.
Carmen and Viva La Mamma will be sung in their original languages. English titles will be projected at all performances.
“Free Opera Insights”
There will be free pre-performance opera talks for ticket holders one hour before each performance in the Spa Little Theater. Patrons will hear the history and stories behind each opera, as well as information regarding the casts and director .
The Apprentice Artist & Studio Artist Programs
Lake George Opera at Saratoga’s young singers training component (one of the oldest in the country) continues to grow. For the third year in a row, the Company is offering a two tiered training experience for highly talented young singers, the Apprentice Artist and Studio Artist Programs. More than 800 singers applied for the twelve coveted positions. These aspiring opera singers come to Saratoga Springs to perfect their craft and to gain much needed performing experience. They also gain valuable insight from interacting with professionals in the opera world. Under the direction of Chorus Master John Douglas, these emerging talents annually appear in the mainstage productions and perform at various concerts and outreach performances including the annual Saratoga Opera Ball and during SaratogaArtsFest.
Tickets are available for Lake George Opera at Saratoga’s 49th summer season and can be purchased by calling the Opera office at 518-584-6018. For additional information about the LGOpera at Saratoga programs or performances, call the LGOpera office at 518-584-6018 or visit their website at www.lakegeorgeopera.org.