Opera Saratoga Announces New Summer Festival Model

By Francisco Salazar

Opera Saratoga has announced the return to large-scale performances this summer with a new Festival model that embraces partnerships with multiple venues across the region.

The partnership will include such venues as Proctors in Schenectady, The Egg in Albany, The Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, The Round Lake Auditorium in Round Lake Village, The Barn at French Mountain in Lake George Village, and The Mansion Inn in Rock City Falls.

The 2022 season will see performances of Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” on Proctors MainStage, as well as the “Petite Messe Solennelle” at The Round Lake Auditorium.

Meanwhile “Sky on Swings” by Lembit Beecher and Hannah Moscovitch will be performed at The Egg and Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd” will be shown at the Amphitheater Stage of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

Other events will be “A Broadway Cabaret” at The Mansion Inn, “A Juneteenth Celebration” at Proctors’ GE Theater, and a series of masterclasses featuring members of Opera Saratoga’s Young Artist Program. The 2022 Opera Gala will take place on June 5th at The Barn at French Mountain, in Lake George Village.

Opera Saratoga’s Artistic and General Director Lawrence Edelson noted, “while our decision to expand our geographic footprint this summer was catalyzed by the need for renovations at The Spa Little Theater, where we have been performing since 1998, it has also been inspired by our increased activity across the region throughout the year. Our education programs now serve over 20,000 children across 7 counties in the Capital and Lower Adirondack region, and our new music therapy program is similarly structured to enhance the lives of those living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia by bringing interactive therapeutic programs directly to them.”