Winter Opera in Saratoga!

Roscoe:Kennedy:Mack

8:00 pm • Saturday, January 31st 2015
Zankel Center, Skidmore College • Saratoga Springs, NY

Despite the cold outside, I did have to double check that it really wasn’t summer as there is opera activity in Saratoga this weekend that you might want to check out.

First … Opera Saratoga .. if you recall the opera company formerly known as the Lake George Opera Company, has recently had a new artistic director come on deck.  A change in leadership often comes with new paths and other developments. So, Opera Saratoga is inviting those interested to join members of the board and newly appointed artistic and general director Lawrence Edelson to a town hall discussion to talk about what’s happening with Opera Saratoga and new things  a foot. This town hall meeting will take place at the Saratoga Arts Center on Saturday morning at 10:00 AM. Click here for more information.

We also take note:  the Albany Symphony, as part of its Price Chopper Sunday Symphonies for Families series, is presenting “Mozart’s Magic Dream” at Skidmore College’s Zankel Hall. Under the direction of the Symphony’s Music Director David Alan Miller, “Mozart’s Magic Dream” introduces children to the world of opera in a delightful one-hour concert, featuring the music of Mozart’s greatest opera, The Magic Flute. Five young opera students from Bard College’s music department will be the featured soloists.

And finally for the most interesting event (in my humble opinion) this weekend is the unveiling of a concert version of Evan Mack’s completed opera, Roscoe. The opera is an adaptation of the best-selling novel, Roscoe, by Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Kennedy and will be Mack’s third full-length opera. While this weekend’s performance is more a recital of the opera’s arias and duets, the concert will also include full scenes.

Remembering that Opera Saratoga introduced the community to Roscoe’s Act I this past June (click here for details), Evan Mack and librettist Joshua McGuire finished the opera at Yaddo over the summer. They wrote all of Act II in two weeks and made some revisions to Act I. How fortunate to have such a wonderfully magical place as Yaddo to collaborate!

This performance is a way for audiences to hear the music of Roscoe as composer Mack introduces each scene so there is a comprehensive understanding of the plot/narrative. The vocalists performing on Saturday are:

    • Kevin Kees, baritone — Roscoe
    • Danielle Messina, soprano — Veronica
    • Ryan Connelly, tenor — Felix and Alex
    • Jonathan Harris, bass-baritone — Elisha
    • Sylvia Stoner, soprano — Gladys

Audiences who saw Roscoe’s Act 1 last June will be thrilled to hear how the opera has transformed over the summer and get a real taste of the entire opera in a concert setting.

When asked about upcoming full productions, Evan Mack commented that “there will hopefully be some announcements in the coming months.” We’ll be sure to let you know!

Stay warm this weekend and be in good voice!

Upcoming Events

  • Adirondack Wind Ensemble
  • Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Lake Placid, NY
    Sunday, February 1st 2015 at 1:00 pm

  • Albany Symphony Orchestra: Mozart’s Magic Dream
  • Zankel Center, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
    Sunday, February 1st 2015 at 3:00 pm

  • “WMHT Live!”: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at SPAC / Mozart, Mendelssohn, Kodaly
  • WMHT-FM (Radio Broadcasts), Troy (NY)
    Sunday, February 1st 2015 at 6:00 pm

  • The Met’s “Live in HD”: Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann (encore)
  • Regal Crossgates Stadium 18, Albany, NY
    Wednesday, February 4th 2015 at 6:30 pm

  • American Symphony Orchestra: Reinecke, Korngold, Tchikovsky
  • Fisher Center, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504
    Friday, February 6th 2015 at 8:00 pm

  • The Met’s “Live in HD”: Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann
  • Time & Space Limited*, Hudson, NY
    Saturday, February 7th 2015 at 12:55 pm

  • The Met’s “Live in HD”: Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann
  • Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Lake Placid, NY
    Saturday, February 7th 2015 at 1:00 pm

  • American Symphony Orchestra: Reinecke, Korngold, Tchikovsky
  • Fisher Center, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504
    Saturday, February 7th 2015 at 8:00 pm

  • Meccore Quartet: Beethoven String Quartets
  • Zankel Center, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
    Saturday, February 7th 2015 at 8:00 pm

  • Exsultemus with Newton Baroque: Rigatti, Fontana, Monteverdi, Marini, Rovetta and more
  • Kiggins Hall, Emma Willard School, Troy, NY
    Sunday, February 8th 2015 at 3:00 pm

  • Musicians of Ma’alwyck: Preview Performance / Rheinberger, Rissland, Fedak
  • Taylor Auditorium – Schenectady County Community College, Schenectady, NY
    Wednesday, February 11th 2015 at 11:20 am

  • Hubard Hall Opera Theatre: “Channeling Puccini”
  • University at Albany Performing Arts Center, Albany, NY
    Friday, February 13th 2015 at 7:30 pm

  • Ensemble ACJW: Roussel, Monk, Ravel
  • Zankel Center, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
    Friday, February 13th 2015 at 8:00 pm

  • The Met’s “Live in HD”: Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta / Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle—New Production
  • Regal Crossgates Stadium 18, Albany, NY
    Saturday, February 14th 2015 at 12:30 pm

  • The Met’s “Live in HD”: Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta / Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle—New Production
  • Time & Space Limited*, Hudson, NY
    Saturday, February 14th 2015 at 12:30 pm