The Beauties of Broadway: Broadway and television star Marissa McGowan headlines the festival grand finale- a lavish offering of Broadway favorites with David Wroe and the festival orchestra. Sharing the spotlight with Ms. McGowan is opera star baritone Jeff Byrnes.
Superstar tenor Richard Leech, conducts a masterlcass with Festival young artists as they sing excerpts from Rossini's final opera, Guillaume Tell. Maestro Leech will bring his international experience to bear with these fine young professionals and you will hear and see 'good' become 'great' before your eyes!
Set in Seville--in this creative new conception, set during the Spanish Civil war in 1937--the opera deals with the jealous passion of Don José for Carmen, the gypsy factory girl who lures him away from his duty as a soldier and his childhood sweetheart so she can be freed from custody, setting in motion a chain of tragedies.
Veteran conductor Michael Fennelly delves into the historical details of Bizet's master work making comparisons with the Merime' novel on which the opera is based. A veritable encyclopedia of musical knowledge, Maestro Fennelly will delight you with interesting facts about performance history, the great women who have embodied 'Carmen' and the many reasons Carmen is possibly THE most popular opera in the world! Whether you're a 'Carmen' novice or veteran, your enjoyment of the opera will be entertainingly enhanced!
Opera: La cambiale di matrimonio by G. Rossini. Rossini's first opera. Rossini composed La cambiale di matrimonio (The Bill of Marriage), when he was eighteen years old about the farcical attempts of Tobias Mill, a rich English merchant, to force his daughter, Fanny, to marry Slook. But aided by Slook himself, true love wins out in the end.
An impressive collage of stunning voices, Lady Parts singers represent rich and varied experience that spans the globe. Their individual repertoire covers nearly every imaginable genre from early music to opera to big band to rock to new music. Together they create a kaleidoscope of vocal color and imagination that captivates and engages.
Jazz great Damien Sneed brings together some of the finest voices in the world to personify the great sirens of gospel--Mahalia Jackson, Shirley Caesar, Kim Burrell, Aretha Franklin, and Albertina Walker--performing gospel classics accompanied by s magnificent jazz ensemble.
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- Sirens of Gospel
- La Cambiale di Matrimonio
- Festival Finale
Two ticket options available:
- General Admission: Get access to the performance. Bring a chair and blanket and enjoy.
- VIP: Get VIP benefits for all performances in reserved seating section or Blanket Lounge in front of stage. Meet the artists at the pre-performance reception. Plus: Attend Carmen dress rehearsal - Thursday evening, August 2 (Call for reservation 845-688-3291)
Early Bird until May 31st
For groups 12 or larger: Call 845-688-3291 and ask for Barbara for details.
Conducted by FofV Artistic Director Louis Otey working with young professionals
Young professionals, selected by audition, work one at a time with a master singer/teacher—in front of one another and an audience—to refine a single vocal piece. Experience what it takes to make music with the voice.
Shape notes—shapes added to the note heads in the score—help you find the pitch fast. Even if you think you can’t read music, this workshop will have you singing with the choir in one brief session.
The a capella group, a Festival favorite, exploring the changing nature of the motet in the French Royal Court, and presenting a program that highlights the motet genre's indebtedness to this rebirth in France.
From opera to gospel, world music to Broadway, the Festival celebrates the human voice in all its multi-faceted glory.