Opera Saratoga Announces In-Depth Digital Initative

By David Salazar

Opera Saratoga has announced a new digital initiative that will feature several online programs that provide education, entertainment, and professional training.

The program, called “OPERA SARATOGA: CONNECT” will kick off on Sunday, June 7 with its “Daily” series. Every morning at 9 a.m., the company will feature performances by festival artists on the company’s website and Facebook page. Each month will have a different theme. In June the company will focus on Gilbert and Sullivan, while July will be dedicated to music by Beethoven. August will shift focus to the music of Sondheim.

The company’s “Mentorship” program will offer artists opportunities for development under the guidance of Laurie Rogers, Director of the Young Artist Program and Head of Music Staff, and Lawrence Edelson, Artistic and General Director. The Mentorship program will begin in early June and run through mid-August. Other faculty members will include Brian DeMaris, Djordje Nesic, and Dean Williamson.

“Trivia” will engage audiences with new challenges every Tuesday evening starting at 7 p.m. Quizzes will be open for 24 hours and the person to notch the highest score will get a prize.

The “Kids” program will allow parents and children to engage in a class together. The course is aimed at supporting the children in their music-making and providing them with a new repertoire of games and activities they can do on their own. Classes will begin on June 17 and will be divided up for different age groups.

The “Classes” program will be an eight-week program of online classes including “Opera is a Laughing Matter” by Cori Ellison and “Great Singers on Singing” by Lawrence Edelson. “Opera is a Laughing Matter” will be held between June 17-August 5, while “Great Singers on Singing” will take place between August 12-Sept. 30, 2020.

“Symposia” will feature a panel of industry experts speaking about major topics and themes in the opera world. The first of these panels will be centered on “Opera and Race” and will take place on July 20 and 21. The following month, there will be a program on Beethoven’s “Fidelio” set for August 17 and 18.