Comedic Delight with the Squabbles & Scandals of Hubbard Hall Opera Theater

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Figaro • 8:00 pm • Thursday, August 21st 2014
Schicchi • 8:00 pm • Friday, August 22nd 2014
Figaro • 2:00 pm • Saturday, August 23rd 2014
Figaro • 2:00 pm • Sunday, August 24th 2014
Hubbard Hall • Cambridge, NY

I suppose that everything has a point of reference. Today, one might be introduced to O mio babbino caro by turning on the radio after “acquiring” a car In the video game Grand Theft Auto III. In 1995, one might have heard it in Merchant Ivory Productions’ romantic drama, A Room with a View.

While I like games and I love the movies (and its music), I do declare for the love of music, let us hear Puccini’s aria in its original context … Gianni Schicchi. And, thank goodness we can … as this week Hubbard Hall Opera Theater (HHOT) wraps up its summer season with a performance of the charming and captivating comedy highlighting family squabbles, hypocrisy, jealousy, and double dealing. Family dysfunction at it its best and our delight.

And if family feuding is not quite what you are looking for, you might enjoy the opera buffa and romantic romps, skirt-chasing, and scheming of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, the sequel to HHOT’s Barber of Seville of last summer.

Either way, Hubbard Hall Opera Theater’s offerings are full of fun and bound to bring you laughs and chuckles as the “official” end of summer nears.

The Hubbard Hall Opera Theater productions are fully costumed and staged, sung in Italian (with English supertitles), and accompanied by a 20+ piece house orchestra conducted by Albany native, Lidiya Yankovskaya.

Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro is directed by Patrick Hansen, who formerly directed the Glimmerglass Festival’s Young American Artist Program and whose hallmark of directing style has been praised by Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times for its “lithe pacing and vivid colors.” Figaro, being Mr. Hansen’s favorite opera, promises a special treat for audiences with a production …  Downton Abbey style.

For Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, director Kirk Jackson, a revered actor in his own right and resident instructor at Bennington College, reveals the absurd relevancy of these family problems by updating the setting from the 13th century to Fellini’s Italy in the late 1950’s. Interesting for a piece premiered in 1918 and stock characters rooted in the commedia dell’arte.

As the long days of summer dwindle and the change of season reveals itself on the horizon, may we relish and share our point(s) of reference in the squabbles, scandalous affairs, and romantic romps of comedic opera before looking into the darker, colder days ahead.

Upcoming Events

  • Glimmerglass Festival: Strauss’s “Ariadne in Naxos”
  • Glimmerglass Festival, Springfield Center, NY
    Thursday, August 21st 2014 at 7:30 pm

  • The Sembrich: Lake George Music Festival Orchestra with Stephen Waarts, violin
  • Shepard Park, Lake George, NY
    Thursday, August 21st 2014 at 7:30 pm

  • Hubbard Hall Opera Theater: Le Nozze di Figaro
  • Hubbard Hall, Cambridge, NY
    Thursday, August 21st 2014 at 8:00 pm

  • The Philadelphia Orchestra: Berlioz, Saint-Saens, Rossini, and Respighi
  • Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
    Thursday, August 21st 2014 at 8:00 pm

  • Glimmerglass Festival: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Carousel”
  • Glimmerglass Festival, Springfield Center, NY
    Friday, August 22nd 2014 at 7:30 pm

  • Hubbard Hall Opera Theater: Gianni Schicchi
  • Hubbard Hall, Cambridge, NY
    Friday, August 22nd 2014 at 8:00 pm

  • Hubbard Hall Opera Theater: Le Nozze di Figaro
  • Hubbard Hall, Cambridge, NY
    Friday, August 22nd 2014 at 8:00 pm

  • The Philadelphia Orchestra: Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, and Stravinsky
  • Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
    Friday, August 22nd 2014 at 8:00 pm

  • Boston Pops Orchestra: “Oz with Orchestra”
  • Tanglewood Music Center, Lenox, MA
    Friday, August 22nd 2014 at 8:30 pm

  • Glimmerglass Festival: Strauss’s “Ariadne in Naxos”
  • Glimmerglass Festival, Springfield Center, NY
    Saturday, August 23rd 2014 at 1:30 pm

  • Tanglewood Family Concert
  • Seija Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, Lenox, MA
    Saturday, August 23rd 2014 at 2:30 pm

  • Maverick Concerts: Chamber Orchestra Concert
  • The Maverick, Woodstock, NY
    Saturday, August 23rd 2014 at 6:30 pm

  • The Sembrich: Stephen Waarts, violin and Amy Yang, piano
  • Marcella Sembrich Opera Museum, Bolton Landing, NY
    Saturday, August 23rd 2014 at 7:30 pm

  • Four Nations Ensemble – Before the Deluge: Music from Versailles and Paris
  • Doctorow Center for the Arts, Catskill Mountain Foundation, Hunter, NY
    Saturday, August 23rd 2014 at 8:00 pm

  • Glimmerglass Festival: Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly”
  • Glimmerglass Festival, Springfield Center, NY
    Saturday, August 23rd 2014 at 8:00 pm