Operatic and Broadway favorites Offered During Seagle Music Colony's 99th season
Now entering its 99th season, the Seagle Music Colony, the country's oldest and one of its most respected summer vocal training programs, continues its longstanding tradition of presenting both operatic and Broadway fare to audiences both young and old. Running June 21 to August 16, the 2014 season offers four mainstage productions of popular favorites. Opening with Lerner & Loewe's Camelot, the Broadway classic based on the legend of King Arthur explores the seemingly perfect world of knights and ladies and the troubles that even they sometimes have. Next is Rossini's hilarious comedic masterpiece, The Italian Girl in Algiers, which tells the tale of Elvira, who arrives in Algiers searching for her lover and the escapade she has while looking for him. The season's third production is of one of the most performed works from 20th century operatic literature, Floyd's Susannah, a gripping story dealing with sex, religion and innocence, complete with soaring folk-tune inspired arias and ensembles. Closing the season is one of the most beloved scores ever written, Bernstein's Tony Award-winning crossover, West Side Story.
Since 1915, in the relaxed, beautiful surroundings of New York State's Adirondack Mountain Region, the Seagle Music Colony, founded by world-renowned opera singer, baritone Oscar Seagle, has provided world class training in opera and musical theatre and performance experience to some of the best young singers from around the country. Offering a specialized curriculum, Seagle allows young artists to study with a distinguished staff of highly regarded experts in the field, including Richard Kagey, Stephen Lusmann, Tyson Deaton, and Richard Williams, along with internationally renowned resident guest artists.
Darren Woods, Artistic Director of the Seagle Music Colony, stated, "As we approach our 100th anniversary, 2014 promises to be one of our most exciting seasons yet. With 32 promising young artists from across the country, including such states as Missouri, Texas, New York, Iowa , Georgia, Virginia, Minnesota, South Carolina, Pennsylvania and Kentucky, audiences will hear and see an amazing range of talent showcased in Popular Productions. The effect of SMC across the country is evident by the appearance of recent Seagle "graduates" at prestigious companies like Glimmerglass, Santa Fe, San Francisco, the Metropolitan Opera and even companies in Europe, like Deutche Oper Berlin, Munich and Frankfurt. This is a great place to see rising stars at the very beginning of what we believe will be major operatic careers."
Tony Kostecki, full-time resident General Director of the Seagle Music Colony said, "One of the unique opportunities that Seagle Music Colony provides is the opportunity for young artists at the beginning of their careers to learn and explore their craft, and to take chances in a safe and nurturing environment. Of special note, on top of the one-on-one training offered by our core staff of experts are the master classes and private lessons presented by some of today's most accomplished operatic artists. This year, we are proud to announce Metropolitan Opera soprano Jennifer Aylmer as our resident guest artist."
Seagle Music Colony
99th Season - June 21 to August 16, 2014
"Old Friends & New" Season Opening Concert featuring all 32 2014 Young Artists
All evening performances 8:00 pm and matinees (m) at 2:00 pm at the Oscar Seagle Memorial Theatre, Schroon, NY
JULY 2, 3, 5(m), 5 (two performances on the 5th)
Lerner & Loewe, Camelot
JULY 16, 17, 18 (m) 19
Rossini, The Italian Girl in Algiers
Sung in Italian with projectEd English supertitles
Pre-Show lecture 1 hour prior to curtain
JULY 30, 31, AUGUST 1 (m), 2
Pre-Show lecture 1 hour prior to curtain
AUGUST 13, 14, 15 (m), 16
Bernstein, West Side Story
Seagle Music Colony also plans a children's production that takes place in the Boathouse Theater with a subsequent tour. This summer, a condensed version of Englebert Humperdinck's opera Hansel and Gretel will be offered on July 12 at 10:00 and 11:30 am at the Boathouse Theater, and will also tour across the North Country - times and dates to be announced. The Sondheim review Side by Side by Sondheim will be presented at the Schroon Lake Central School on July 24 at 8:00 pm, July 25 at 2:00 pm and at the Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek on July 19 at 7:30 pm.