2017 Season

 

Festival Featured Events

Voices of Distinction -- A French Affair: Piaf, Offenbach, and Brel

What could be more distinctively French than these three? (Okay, Brel is Belgian, but you know what we mean!) Any “French affair” by definition ranges from the exuberance of the can-can made famous by Offenbach to the defiance of Piaf’s “Je ne regrette rien” to the tenderness of Brel singing about sons. In a Festival of the Voice original concept, we provide all that -- as interpreted by both veteran singers and soon-to-be stars. It’s a unique evening of popular French song and dance showcasing established artistry and vocal innovation, the kind of evening that makes you want to shout, ‘Vive la France!’

Friday, August 4, 2017
8pm-10pm   
Phoenicia Park, Main Stage

 

Les Trois Mousquetaires

The Festival is proud to present the world premiere of an original operatic adaptation of Dumas’s classic rendering of The Three Musketeers. D’Artagnan, Aramis, Athos, and Porthos are all here, along with Milady and Richelieu, bringing you the intrigue, the swordsmanship, and the gallantry of ‘One for all and all for one!’ This brand-new take on the legendary tale, with music by Mitchell Bach (descendant of J.S. Bach) and libretto by the Festival’s own Maria Todaro, is not to be missed.

Saturday, August 5, 2017
3pm-5pm
Phoenicia Park, Main Stage

 

La Boheme

La Boheme, the poignant love story of Mimi and Rodolfo, set among artists in a Paris garret, is one of the three most performed operas in history -- a constant and universal blockbuster that has made audiences cheer and cry for more than 120 years. With its summons to gorgeous singing and its unsurpassed orchestral color, it never gets old -- it was the inspiration for the Broadway musical Rent. The Festival has assembled an international cast worthy of the opera’s greatness. Leading tenor John Osborn (the Met, Covent Garden, La Scala) will essay his first ‘Rodolfo’ beside celebrated soprano Lynette Tapia as Mimi. Lucas Meachem (the Met, Covent Garden, Los Angeles Opera, and Chicago Lyric Opera, and known to Festival audiences for his Figaro three years ago) will play the stalwart Marcello, while Met debutante Mireille Asselin will be his saucy mistress, Musetta. This is an opera for all ages, and with the cast of a lifetime, it will make you laugh and cry -- and leave you with music in your heart.

Saturday, August 5, 2017
8pm-10pm
Phoenicia Park, Main Stage

 

The Catskill Jazz Factory presents: The Spiritual Side Of Duke, An Homage to Ellington’s Sacred Concerts Combining Jazz, Classical, Gospel, and More

Duke Ellington enjoyed a lifelong mutual love affair with France, which gave him what he described as “a new reason for living” after the racial basis he experienced in his own country. One secret to Ellington’s universal greatness was his Christian faith;  between 1965 and 1973, declaring that “I can now share publicly what I have been doing privately for years,” he composed three sacred concerts, and he would say of these three massive works, which combine elements of jazz, classical and choral music, gospel, blues, and dance, that they were “the most important thing I have ever done.” The Festival’s homage to the works is performed by a septet led by percussionist John Lumpkin and features two up-and-coming jazz vocalists: BriannaThomas, who the Wall Street Journal has said “may well be the best young straight-ahead jazz singer of her generation,” and South African jazz vocalist Vuyo Sotashe, a 2014 prize winner of the Mid-Atlantic jazz competition, a 2015 winner at the Shure Montreux competition, and the very first male vocalist ever to place in the finals of Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Vocal Competitions.

Sunday, August 6, 2017  
3:30pm-5pm
Phoenicia Park, Main Stage

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