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Opera’s leap to Proctors

Hubbard Hall performance of ‘La Traviata’ is expected to attract a new audience

Hubbard Hall Opera Theater performers Christopher Lucier and soprano Rachele Schmiege are fitted for costumes at The Costumer in Schenectady for “La Traviata,” which will open at Proctors GE Theater tonight. Schmiege plays Violetta and Lucier plays Alfredo in the Verdi opera.
Photographer: Stacey Lauren-Kennedy
Hubbard Hall Opera Theater performers Christopher Lucier and soprano Rachele Schmiege are fitted for costumes at The Costumer in Schenectady for “La Traviata,” which will open at Proctors GE Theater tonight. Schmiege plays Violetta and Lucier plays Alfredo in the Verdi opera.
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Soprano Rachele Schmiege, dressed in a long purple gown, looked critically at her reflection in a mirror at The Costumer. “No one else is in purple,” said Heidi Lauren Duke, the director for the Hubbard Hall Opera Theater (HHOT) production of “La Traviata,” which opens today at Proctors. “But I want the dress to pop. We need some jewel trims to make her look special.” Schmiege will sing the role of Violetta Valery, a successful ...

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