Opera Saratoga Announces 2023 Season

Opera Saratoga is pleased to announce their 2023 summer season: Don Pasquale, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, and The Selfish Giant – all to be performed at Universal Preservation Hall, 25 Washington Street in Saratoga Springs, NY. Tickets will be available for Subscribers in January 2023. Single Tickets…

REVIEW: Berkshire Opera Festival’s “Don Giovanni”

by Barbara Waldinger In the age of Harvey Weinstein and Jeffrey Epstein, how is a director embarking on a production of one of the many versions of the Don Juan story to approach the lasciviousness of the main character?   Beginning in the Middle Ages, across multiple genres and cultures…

Berkshire Opera Festival Presents its 2022 Mainstage Production “Don Giovanni”

On August 20, 23, and 26, Berkshire Opera Festival‘s 2022 season culminates with the summer’s most ambitious undertaking: a new staging by BOF co-founder Jonathon Loy of Mozart’s comedy-tragedy masterpiece DON GIOVANNI at the historic, intimate Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, MA. BOF Artistic Director and co-founder Brian Garman, called a “wizard” with complex scores by Bachtrack, conducts the Berkshire Opera…

Berkshire Opera Festival Announces 2022 Season

“In the best of times, opera companies struggle for survival. In the worst of times,they perish. Which is why it seems miraculous that Berkshire Opera Festival is still with us. Their return to live performance has made it clear that BOF is going to be a major presence in the…

REVIEW: “Falstaff” at the Berkshire Opera Festival

by Barbara Waldinger Who would have believed that here in the Berkshires we would have our own opera festival showcasing talent from all over the world, including the MET and Italy’s La Scala?  Thanks to co-founders Brian Garman (Artistic Director) and Jonathon Loy (Director of Production), Berkshire Opera Festival presented…

Berkshire Opera Festival Announces Verdi’s “Falstaff” as 2021 Mainstage Show

Top (L to R): Sebastian Catana, Tamara Wilson, Thomas GlassMiddle: Alissa Anderson, Jasmine Habersham, Jonas HackerBottom: Joanne Evans, Jeremy Harr, Lucas Levy Berkshire Opera Festival‘s mainstage show will be Giuseppe Verdi‘s brilliant comic opera FALSTAFF, which was adapted by Arrigo Boito from Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry IV. One of only two comedies written…

Berkshire Opera Festival Announces Most Ambitious Season to Date

Brian Garman & Jonathon Loy, Co-Founders • Abigail Rollins, Executive Directorannounces an indoor FULL CAPACITY 2021 summer season,its largest and most robust to date Updates include:Joshua Major stage directs FalstaffTamara Wilson, renowned Verdi soprano, sings Alice Ford in Falstaff FALSTAFFA new production of Verdi’s comic masterpiece stars Sebastian Catana in title roleAugust 21, 24, 27 at the…

REVIEW: “Don Pasquale” at the Berkshire Opera Festival

by Fred Baumgarten Comedy, arguably one of the two greatest human gifts – the other being music – is a timeless art. Picture an arrow pointed on two sides, flying through spacetime, picking up a Greek comedy here, a courtly farce there, a Gilbert and Sullivan here, a Seinfeld there,…

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