Opera Saratoga Releases Schedule for 2015 Summer 'Festival' Season

Opera Saratoga Releases Schedule for 2015 Summer 'Festival' Season

(Saratoga Springs, NY) -- Opera Saratoga announces subscriptions are now on sale for the 2015 Summer Festival, which will include three operas featuring guest artists from around the globe, and a wide-range of additional live performances and arts experiences. The three operas will take place over a three-and-a-half week period, from July 2nd to the 26th.

For the first time, Opera Saratoga is offering an "early bird" subscription discount, which provides savings of up to 30% off the price of single tickets for those who purchase subscriptions prior to December 30, 2014. In addition to the increased savings from previous years, the company is offering additional new benefits to subscribers, including discounts on a wide variety of additional concerts and events throughout June and July in Saratoga Springs. Information can be found on the Opera Saratoga website: http://www.operasaratoga.org/subscriptions/

The three operas being presented during the Summer Festival are all incredibly unique to one another. La Cenerentola (Cinderella) is a bubbling comedy by Rossini that features virtuoso singing to impress the most passionate opera lovers, and is also an ideal introduction to opera for family audiences. The presentation of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas will be Opera Saratoga's first site-specific production, presented outside and under the stars, in partnership with the National Museum of Dance. The world-premiere of The Long Walk, by Jeremy Howard Beck and Stephanie Fleischmann - based on the critically acclaimed memoir of war and homecoming by Brian Castner - is presented in partnership with American Lyric Theater in New York City, marking a reaffirmed commitment to the inclusion of contemporary American opera as a regular part of the Company's programming.

A full slate of additional concerts and events are being offered throughout June and July to enrich the community. Many of these events are free, while others are ticketed at a modest price of $20 dollars. Opera Saratoga will perform throughout Saratoga Springs, including events at The New York State Military Museum, The Saratoga Arts Center, Skidmore College, and Caffé Lena. Subscribers get 25% off those concerts ($15 dollars) and can purchase tickets to those events when they subscribe. Additional info can also be found on the website at: http://www.operasaratoga.org/summer-concerts-and-special-events/

Also new this season, there will be pre-performance and after-the-show talks where audience members will have the opportunity to interact with cast members. Artistic and General Director Lawrence Edelson said, "The guest artists joining us this season are truly extraordinary. They include artists who are performing leading roles at the world's great opera houses, including The Metropolitan Opera, The Paris Opera and The Vienna Staatsoper... but there is nowhere else that you can enjoy them in such intimate and beautiful settings than Opera Saratoga."

Subscriptions, including additional concert tickets, may be purchased by calling Opera Saratoga's ticket office at 518.584.6018, or online at http://www.operasaratoga.org/subscriptions/

Single tickets for all performances will go on sale February 1, 2015.

ABOUT THE 2015 SEASON OPERAS:

LA CENERENTOLA (Cinderella)

Music by Gioachino Rossini, Libretto by Jacopo Ferretti, Based on the Fairy Tale by Charles Perrault

Directed by Lawrence Edelson, Conducted by Gary Thor Wedow

Featuring Sandra Piques Eddy, Andrew Owens, John Brancy, David Kravitz, and Ryan Kuster

Performances: Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 7:30pm; Saturday, July 11, Tuesday, July 14, and Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 2pm; Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 7:30pm.

DIDO AND AENEAS

Music by Henry Purcell, Libretto by Nahum Tate

Directed and Choreographed by Karole Armitage, Conducted by Nicole Paiement

Featuring Jennifer Johnson Cano and ArmitageGone! Dance Company

Presented in Partnership with the National Museum of Dance

All tickets include admission to the wonderful exhibits at The National Museum of Dance, beginning at 7pm. Seating is general admission, with seating beginning at 7:45pm for the performance beginning at 8:15pm.

Performances: Monday, July 6, 2015; Sunday, July 12, 2015; Sunday, July 19, 2015; Tuesday, July 21, 2015

WORLD PREMIERE

THE LONG WALK

Music by Jeremy Howard Beck, Libretto by Stephanie Fleischmann

Directed by David Schweizer, Conducted by Steven Osgood

Featuring Daniel Belcher, Heather Johnson, Caroline Worra, David Blalock, Javier Abreu, Justin Hopkins, and Donita Volkwijn

Commissioned by American Lyric Theater

Performances: Friday, July 10, 2015 at 7:30pm; Monday, July 13 and Friday, July 17, 2015 at 2pm; and Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 7:30pm.

ADDITIONAL 2015 PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCES:

FREE CONCERTS:
Stars of Tomorrow!

Saturday, June 6 at 8 PM

Dee Sarno Theater, Saratoga Arts Center

320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs


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



Of Arms and the Man I Sing

Sunday, July 12 at 2 PM

The New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center

61 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs



2016 Season Preview

Thursday, July 23 at 2 PM

Spa Little Theater







TICKETED EVENTS:

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



Mr. Tambourine Man at Caffè Lena with soprano Caroline Worra

Friday, June 19 at 8 PM

Saturday, June 20 at 8 PM

Caffé Lena

47 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs



Songs of Longing and Desire with Mezzo Soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano

Friday, June 26 at 8 PM

Venue to be announced



A World War I Tribute with Baritone John Brancy

Thursday, July 16 at 8 PM

The New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center

61 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs



ABOUT OPERA SARATOGA

Opera Saratoga, formerly known as Lake George Opera, began with a production of Die Fledermaus at the Diamond Point Theatre on July 5, 1962, playing to an audience of 230. The Company now calls Saratoga Springs home and performs for more than 25,000 people annually. To date, the Company has performed ninety different fully-staged works by fifty-two different composers, including thirty-three works by American composers and five world-premiere productions. Throughout its history, the Company's continued success has been shaped by visionary leaders, talented artists, and critically acclaimed productions. For more information, visit www.operasaratoga.org.

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