What’s Hot: Opera in July

July always seems to be a flavorful center to the summer opera sandwich. This year’s July season is jam packed with light hearted classical favorites and mid-20th century Broadway hits, and then spiced up with some unexpected appearances and world premieres.

I guess we have to consider this hypothetical summer opera an open-faced sandwich because August isn’t just another slice of bread – stay tuned to see what surprise flavors it has a-brewin’!

Glimmerglass Festival

July 10th—August 23rd, 2015

Based out of Cooperstown, an idyllic and culturally rich village in Central New York, the Glimmerglass Festival is celebrating their 40th birthday, a milestone year which promises wonderful works. On the list is a new English adaptation of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, a stunning rendition of Verdi’s Shakespearean drama Macbeth, Vivaldi’s masterpiece Cato in Utica, and two fantastic Bernstein operas: Candide and Trouble in Tahiti. A main-stage guest appearance will be made by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who will share her “passion for opera and her perspective on law in the arts” (quote courtesy of Glimmerglass Festival website).

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Seagle Music Colony

July 1st—August 23rd, 2015

Seagle Music Colony is celebrating their centennial anniversary with productions of Verdi’s Falstaff, Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, Sondheim’s Into The Woods, and Konov’s The Ugly Duckling. Also slated for the 2015 summer season is the Patrice Munsel Gala (July 11th) and numerous Vespers Concerts.

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View from Santa Fe Opera - Photo via Flickr: Prizmatic
View from Santa Fe Opera – Photo via Flickr: Prizmatic

Santa Fe Opera

July 3rd—August 29th, 2015

The recurring motif in the 2015 season at Santa Fe Opera is love, in all of its various forms and splendor. Light-hearted, comedic operas such as Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera and Donizetti’s La Fille Du Régiment are the perfect foil to Verdi’s Rigoletto and Strauss’ Salome, productions which reflect the darker aspects of love: jealousy, deceit, and corruption. The festival will also feature the highly anticipated world premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain, based on Charles Frazier’s novel of the same name.

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Central City Opera

July 11th—August 9th, 2015

The 2015 Festival begins at the intimate Central City Opera House with one of opera’s greatest romances, Verdi’s La Traviata, followed by a brave knight’s quest for ‘The Impossible Dream’ in Leigh’s Man of La Mancha.  Also included in this year’s offerings are two one-of-a-kind one-act operas. Don Quixote and the Duchess by Boismortier brings laughs courtesy of the practical joke that befalls a wandering yet courageous knight. This offering will be performed at the Lanny and Sharon Martin Foundry Rehearsal Building in Central City and at the First Methodist Church in Fort Collins. Based on the church parable, Britten’s The Prodigal Son is the powerful story of the return of a wayward son that will be presented in Central City and Colorado Springs churches. Both one-acts will be performed in English.

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Opera Saratoga

July 2nd—26th, 2015

Opera Saratoga is featuring three wonderful operas for their 2015 summer season, all of which share common themes of yearning, loss, and remembrance. Tune in to their renditions of Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas, and the highly anticipated premiere of Jeremy Howard Beck’s The Long Walk.

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Opera North (U.S.)

July 5th—August 16th, 2015

Enjoy a beautiful summer night in New Hampshire, as Opera North’s 2015 summer season promises some diverse new works. Some of the productions include Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story, selected opera arias by Saint-Gaudens, classic American songs and arias, Mozart’s comedic opera The Abduction from the Seraglio, and Aaron Copland’s romantic, “American as apple pie” opera The Tender Land.

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Chautauqua Opera

July 2nd—August 8th, 2015

Chautauqua Opera is ringing in their 2015 summer season with main-stage productions of Verdi’s Shakespearean drama Macbeth, and Tchaikovsky’s stirring Eugene Onegin. In addition to Macbeth and Eugene Onegin, Chautauqua Opera will also be hosting concerts with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, master classes with the Chautauqua Opera’s Artistic/General Director Jay Lesenger, and numerous art song revues, recitals, and scenes programs.

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Seventy-six trombones. Charlottesville VA, July 2012 - Via Flickr Janet Moore-Coll
Seventy-six trombones. Charlottesville VA, July 2012 – Via Flickr Janet Moore-Coll

Ash Lawn Opera Festival

July 10th—August 8th, 2015

Ash Lawn Opera is proud to present perennial favorites Madama Butterfly (Puccini) and My Fair Lady (Lerner & Loewe) at the historic Paramount Theater in downtown Charlottesville. Madama Butterfly, presented in July, tells an epic story of all-consuming love and ultimate betrayal, set against the backdrop of a rapidly changing Japan at the turn of the twentieth century. Puccini’s soaring, heartbreaking score has made Butterfly one of the most beloved works in the operatic canon. Presented in August, My Fair Lady is the charming tale of a spirited but impoverished woman in Edwardian London who enlists the help of a curmudgeonly professor to improve her station in life. With its beguiling musical numbers and extravagant costumes, this Lerner & Loewe musical has been a mainstay of American theater since its hit debut on Broadway in 1956 and its classic 1964 film adaptation starring Audrey Hepburn. Featuring casts made up of some of the brightest rising stars in the operatic firmament, including singers from The Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, and Glimmerglass Festival, Ash Lawn Opera’s 2015 Summer Season will be a delight for audiences of all ages!

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Music Academy of the West

July 6th—23rd, 2015

Music Academy of the West will be kicking off their summer season with OperaFest, in which “Academy Voice Program fellows perform entire opera scenes in the intimate setting of Hahn Hall […] Repertoire includes the ethereal Flower Duet from Delibes’ Lakmé, several ensembles from Mozart’s Così fan tutte, the ‘Rosebud’ aria and an ensemble from Lehar’s The Merry Widow, a duet from Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, and the Farmyard Scene from Janáček’s The Cunning Litle Vixen” (information courtesy of website). Also on tap is the Marilyn Horne Song Competition and An Evening of Vocal Chamber Music.

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Boston Midsummer Festival

July 29th—August 2nd, 2015

This summer BMO presents Friedrich von Flotow’s charming romantic comedy Martha. Performed in English, Martha contains two of the most famous arias in the operatic repertoire, sparkling ensembles, and the luminously tender “Goodnight” Quartet. The story is timeless. Lady Harriet and her friend Nancy disguise themselves as servant girls and are hired by two local farmers. In the unexpected twists and turns of plot that follow, all of them learn that appearances may be deceiving but that the language of the heart cannot be ignored.

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The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice

July 29th—August 2nd, 2015

“Celebrating the human voice with, once again, a spotlight on America, the five-day festival will feature the world premiere of Robert Manno’s opera Do Not Go Gentle – The Last Days of Dylan and Caitlin, a concert staging of Carlisle Floyd’s Of Mice and Men directed by the composer, and an evening of American songs with Frederica Von Stade, Kevin McMillan, and Lauren Flanigan, including a world premiere composition by Tom Pasatieri. The American Musical will be represented by a concert performance of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, starring Tony nominee Ron Raines and former Miss America Susan Powell. Other festival highlights draw from such uniquely American vocal styles as popular standards, barbershop harmony, Hawaiian, Inuit, and Native American music, folk, and Jazz. The festival also features workshops, lectures, panels, and meet-the-artist sessions” –Aimee Gautreau, Public Relations

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July 16th—July 30th, 2015 & August 27th, 2015

PORTopera’s 2015 summer season begins with a production of Leonard Bernstein’s opera Trouble in Tahiti, presented by the company’s Young Artists, and will conclude the month of July with an original production of Puccini’s Tosca. Opera and musical theatre favorites will be showcased during PORTopera’s highly coveted “Opera at the Mansion” event, which also takes place in July. Featured in August is “When Bel Canto Was New: A Celebration of the First Italian Operas in America, 1825-1835,” a lecture and concert which will discuss the historical context of bel canto and importance of Italian opera in America.

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Opera Performances in July 2015

Caramoor Gardens, NY - Photo Operapreneur
Caramoor Gardens, NY – Photo Operapreneur

The Martina Arroyo Foundation

New York, NY: Donizetti’s La Fille Du Régiment, July 10th & July 12th

Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, July 9th & July 11th

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Katonah, NY: Donizetti’s La Favorite (July 11th) & Poulenc’s Les Dialogues des Carmélites (July 25th)

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The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College

Annandale-on-Hudson, NY: Smyth’s The Wreckers (July 24th, July 26th & August 2nd)

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Lincoln Center Festival at Avery Fisher Hall

New York, NY: Strauss’ Daphne (July 15th & July 18th)

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San Francisco Opera

San Francisco, CA: Berlioz’s The Trojans (July 1st), Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (July 3rd & July 5th), Merola-Medium/Gianni Schicchi (July 23rd & July 25th)

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Portland Opera

Portland, OR: Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore (July 17th, 19th, 23rd, 25th, and 30th)

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Ohio Light Opera

Opera in the Ozarks

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