2019 Festival

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10 Year GalaDecade of Opera Favorites 

Friday, August 2, 8:00 – 10:00 pm

The Festival of the Voice celebrates its 10 year Anniversary by bringing some of your favorite stars and operas from past years. You will want to be there for our opening night when the retrospective of previous years could include favorite arias from Madama Butterfly, Carmen, Barber of Seville, LaBoheme and more.

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Latte Lecture

Saturday, August 3, 10:00 – 11am
Sunday, August 4, 10:00 – 11am

Maria Todaro, Director and  David Wroe, conductor share highlights of  Elixir of Love and their preparation. 

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Lady Parts,  Music of the Abolition Movement

Saturday, August 3, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Lady Parts returns to this year’s event festival as they explore the role of abolitionists, the struggle for racial equality and secret meanings for escaping slaves in the musical form of the spiritual.  Join us as we stand beside all of our brothers and sisters.

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Souvenir, Play by Stephen Temperley

August 3, Saturday, 1:30 pm
August 4, Sunday, 2:00 pm

Back by popular demand, the biographical play about dissonant diva Florence Foster Jenkins, an amateur operatic soprano.  Her Philadelphia and New York recitals were well attended and elicited as much laughter as applause — as it will from you as well.  She famously put it: “people may say I can’t sing, but on one can ever say I didn’t sing.”

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Music of the African Diaspora, Kolb and Harrison

August 3, Saturday, 4:00 pm
August 4, Sunday, 5:00 pm

Virtuoso Justin Kolb present a shower of complex rhythms, with sonics ranging from familiar jazz “licks” to mind-bending melodies. Some traditional music with some “out there” harmonics along with recitation of poetry and stories by Carey Harrison will shape this most unusual and unique program.

Music of the Paul Green Rock Academy

Saturday, August 3, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

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Treemonisha, Excerpts from the Opera

Saturday, August 3, 6:00 – 7:15 pm

With music reimagined and restructured by Houston Grand Opera composer-in-residence, Damien Sneed, The opera is concerned with the plight of the newly-freed slaves who, because they lack education, fall easy prey to conjurers and superstition in the post-Civil War South. The liberation of a people through education and the concept of women's liberation are the crux of Joplin's message. Joplin focuses on the need for education to eradicate prejudice, superstition, and ignorance.     

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The Elixir of Love, Opera in Two Acts by Donizetti

Saturday, August 3, 7:30 – 8:00 pm - Pre-talk Elixir of Love
Saturday, August 3, 8:00 – 11:00 pm

It is a celebration of innocence, so what could be better than a remote African village. Nemorino is a likable but hopeless romantic who has fallen in love with the bold and quick-witted Adina. She rebuffs his pleas of love and things get worse when she has an offer of marriage from the self-important Sergeant Belcore. When a dubious witchdoctor, Dulcamara, rolls into town he offers Nemorino what seems like the perfect solution – The Elixir of Love.

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Shape Notes, Audience Workshop

Sunday, August 4, 11:00 – 12:00 am

Shapes are added to the noteheads in the score.  Even if you think you can’t read music, this workshop will have you singing with the choir in one brief session.

Master Class

Sunday, August 4, 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Young Professionals, selected by audition, work one at a time with Master Teachers.  Come watch and listen to the progress in these public vocal lessons.

Closing Gala, Celebration of Talent-Rich Catskills

August 4, Sunday, 7:30 – 9:00 pm

Our very own Catskill Mountains are brimming with talent. To honor our time long tradition of including local talent in our operas and other shows, we will celebrate presenting our home grown talent vocally and musically as they present all genres ranging from classical, jazz, Broadway and rock. Come enjoy and let your talented neighbors entertain you.

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Rocks It for You

August 4, Sunday, 9:00 pm

There is no other way for us to end this 10 Year Anniversary Celebration but with a Dance Party.  The stage will be cleared, the DJ will be there, and everyone is invited to join us for some moving and shaking fun.  We want to do this with you and for you as you are the ones that have made this happen with us.



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