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…

Berkshire Opera Festival Announces 2021 Season

As the summer approaches, Berkshire Opera Festival looks ahead with great excitement to our grand return to the stage with three exciting performances that are sure to thrill audiences!  Tickets will go on sale in the late spring and we anticipate they will go fast!  Subscribe to our mailing list to receive our…

REVIEW: “La Traviata” at Panopera

by Fred Baumgarten Panopera’s presentation of La Traviata at the Academy of Music in Northampton straddled the line between professional quality and amateur production. On the strength of some good singing, sincerity, and charm, let’s call it a win. La Traviata (roughly, “The Fallen One”), arguably Giuseppe Verdi’s most popular opera and certainly…

REVIEW: “Rigoletto” at the Berkshire Opera Festival

by Fred Baumgarten For nearly three hours last Saturday afternoon, you could hear a pin drop inside the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield at the Berkshire Opera Festival’s presentation of Verdi’s classic tragedy, Rigoletto. That, and the sounds of splendid music, which the audience drank in with rapt attention. So good was…

Berkshire Opera Festival Schedules “Rigoletto” for 2018

Great Barrington, MA – Berkshire Opera Festival (BOF) is proud to present Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpiece, Rigoletto for its third season, with performances August 25, 28, and 31 at the historic Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield. The production is conducted by Artistic Director Brian Garman and directed by General Director Jonathon Loy. As with the first and second…

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