Berkshire Opera Festival to Present ‘Breaking the Mold: Baroque, Bel Canto, and Beyond’

By Francisco Salazar

The Berkshire Opera Festival is set to open its 2023 summer season with “Breaking the Mold: Baroque, Bel Canto, and Beyond.”

The concert will showcase arias and ensembles spanning 300 years, on July 22 at Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. Audiences will get hear music that ranges from Händel to Heggie.

The performance will feature a cast of some of BOF’s artists, including soprano Jacqueline Piccolino, mezzo-soprano Megan Moore, tenor Alex McKissick, baritone Ethan Vincent, and pianist Travis Bloom.

In an official statement issued by the company, Moore said, “The arias from ‘Dido & Aeneas (Dido),’ ‘La Donna del Lago (Elena),’ and ‘Dead Man Walking (Sister Helen),’ are all dream roles for me. ‘Cendrillon’ is a role I’ve sung in English, so I’m really looking forward to presenting this aria in the original French. The date range of the pieces is huge, 1688-2000, but all of these roles exhibit strong, loving, devoted, compassionate women. From luscious legato lines to racing coloratura, I am so excited to present a wide range of arias and characters to the wonderful Berkshire Opera Festival audience this summer.”