Opera Saratoga is spreading its wings.
Beginning with a free program at Skidmore College’s Tang Teaching Museum next week, the company has announced plans to become a year-round performance option for opera fans all over the Capital Region. Instead of just its regular summer offerings at the Spa Little Theater in Saratoga State Park, Opera Saratoga will produce free shows throughout the 2016-2017 indoor season from Albany to Glens Falls thanks to a $17,500 grant from OPERA America.
“We are deeply grateful for this grant from OPERA America, which will enable us to share the joy of opera with people throughout the year,” Opera Saratoga Artistic and General Director Lawrence Edelson said in a press statement. “We look forward to presenting an exciting array of programs in partnership with a wide variety of local organizations and businesses this season. OPERA America is helping us ensure that these events are accessible to everyone.”
The series of free programs, called “Saratoga Sings,” begins on Tuesday night at the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore. There will be six different programs and nine shows in all, held at such venues as The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, the Palace Theatre in Albany and the Albany Institute of History and Art.
Tuesday night’s event will explore the works of Mozart and Verdi, and will be curated by David T. Little, the critically acclaimed composer of the operas “Soldier Songs,” “Dog Days” and “JFK.” Performers will include alumni from Opera Saratoga’s Young Artist Program.
“Saratoga Sings” will resume with two performances on New Year’s Eve at the Church of St. Peter at 241 Broadway in Saratoga Springs.
WHAT: ‘Saratoga Sings the Voice of the People’
WHERE: Tang Teaching Museum, Skidmore College, 815 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday
HOW MUCH: Free
MORE INFO: www.operasaratoga.org
Opera Saratoga was created in 1962 and was known as Lake George Opera before changing its name in 2011. Fred Patrick and his wife, Jeannette Scovotti, established the company, mounting a production of “Die Fledermaus” at the Diamond Point Theatre in Lake George on July 5, 1962, in front of 230 audience members.
“Saratoga Sings the Voice of the People,” Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., at the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, 815 North Broadway in Saratoga Springs.
“Saratoga Sings a New Year’s Celebration,” Dec. 31, 8 and 9 p.m., at the Church of St. Peter, 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs.
“Saratoga Sings Under the Influence,” Jan. 26, 2017, 7 p.m., at The Parting Glass, 40 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs; and Jan. 28, 8 p.m., at the Parish Public House, 388 Broadway, Saratoga Springs.
“Saratoga Sings for the Win,” Feb. 12, 2017, 3 p.m. at the Saratoga Casino Hotel, 342 Jefferson St., Saratoga Springs.
“Saratoga Sings at the Cinema,” March, 18, 2017, 2 p.m. at The Palace Theatre, 19 Clinton Ave., Albany.
“Saratoga Sings of Art and Inspiration,” April 9, 2017, 3 p.m. at The Hyde Collection, 161 Warren St., Glens Falls; April 11, 2017, 7 p.m., at the Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College, 815 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs; and April 13, 6 p.m., at the Albany Institute of History and Art, 125 Washington Ave., Albany.
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