Welcome to Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice
Classic – Innovative – Invigorating – Nurturing – Opera in Upstate N.Y.
A family friendly, outdoor Opera & Music Festival, every August in the Hudson Valley town of Phoenicia N.Y.
Join us under the stars, in the picture perfect, upstate N.Y. small town of Phoenicia, where lovers of the arts and music come together each year for a unique, intimate live music Festival with world-renowned Artists, Conductors and Opera Companies including NYC Opera. We invite you to bring a picnic basket, a bottle of your favorite wine, sit back and enjoy.
Directions & Parking
The festival takes place every August, in the center of the very small mountain town of Phoenicia N.Y. located within the Hudson Valley region. Upon arrival, parking signs and parking personnel will direct you to our Festival’s parking.
Free, Premium Parking or Handicapped Parking.
Saint Ursula Dr. Phoenicia, NY, 12464
Coming To The Opera?
Intern Maia Weiss explains why everyone should go to an Opera.
“you have no longer an excuse to not to go to an opera”
Attending the Festival
The Phoenicia Festival of the Voice is committed to enabling everyone to hear music in harmony and comfort. For handicapped or disabled patrons, we provide parking in specially designated spaces. The terrain of Parish Field, our main stage area, is flat but grassy, and if your wheelchair has difficulty moving on it, we’ll gladly drive you to your seat in a golf cart.
Tickets & Seating
Tickets are general seating and may be purchased in advance on this website, by phone, at the FofV office at 26 Main St Phoenicia N.Y. and at the gate prior to performances. VIP ticket holders will be brought to their special VIP chairs in front of the main stage.
All tickets are sold on a first come basis and subject to limit restrictions.
Pets are not allowed on the performance field.
Restrooms are available on our main performance field and are wheelchair accessible.
Food & Drink
Local food vendors and wineries with delicious choices are available on the main performance field,
or like many, bring a picnic for your family to enjoy.
The festival is an outdoor rain or shine event, all acts are subject to change without notice.
That’s right! In the tradition of outdoor festivals throughout the world, the show goes on regardless of the weather – rain or shine!
We do suggest you come prepared,
If weather looks threatening, please pack a rain jacket and umbrella.
What to Bring & Wear
We are in the Catskill Mountains,
may we suggest you bring the following:
Temperatures in the Catskill Mountains can drop to the 50’s on fall evenings, please do come prepared.
Of course, rain too is always a possibility.
Dress comfortably, the Festival does not have a dress code.
Lawn chair (low)
Blanket, Sunscreen and a hat
Picnic, or enjoy our local food vendors and wineries
Children at the Festival
Bring the whole family, general admission for children under 18 years of age is only $5.00 per event.
The Phoenicia Festival of the Voice welcomes children and invites them to run around and play freely and happily before the music starts and during intermissions. Once the baton is raised and the show begins, we expect all children to do what every theatergoer should do—behave in a way that respects both their fellow audience-members and the performers on stage
Join The Fun
Thanks to our Community
The Phoenicia Festival of the Voice lasts less than a week, but we live in this community year-round, and our community is integral to our purpose and our success.
Quite simply, there wouldn’t be a Phoenicia Festival of the Voice without the help of the community—not just of Phoenicia itself, but of the other villages and hamlets along the Route 28 corridor of the central Catskills. The members of our community staff the Festival, serve as its army of volunteers, host artists and stage folk in their homes during Festival week, perform as members of two local choral groups and as extras and interns, and stay to applaud till the last encore has sounded. Happily, the beneficial relationship between the Festival and the community is mutual.
Over the years, as the Festival has drawn thousands of visitors—literally from around the world—it has also stimulated additional local activities, artistic and otherwise, serving as a spur to the region’s economic strength and boosting awareness of the beauties of the area and of its diverse recreational activities. We’ve also reached out around the area and across the generations to make music an essential part of community life year-round. The Phoenicia Community Choir and the Woodstock Community Chorale, both created by Maria Todaro, perform annually at the Festival and are featured as well at numerous local events year-round. And take a look at this year’s official Festival of the Voice banner. It was designed, as is each annual banner, by a local artist working with a handful of children chosen for their artistic potential.
All this ongoing community interaction reaches its peak at the Festival, when we call upon everyone in the audience, wherever you hail from, to experience the exhilaration of group performance when the Community Sings. No wonder we’re so proud to have been the 2017 recipients of the Health Alliance Foundation’s 2017 Community Service Award.
Question: Why does the “general pass” only include evening performances, and not the daytime events?
Answer: Our usual festival is a multi-event one, so usually many of the daytime events are held in small venues, with limited seating. To avoid overcrowding, tickets must be purchased separately for the individual daytime event. This year, only nighttime events.. so yes! there is a pass.
Question: I purchased tickets online. Will these be sent to me, or do I pick them up when I come to the festival?
Answer: After your online purchase, print your receipt, and bring it with you to the festival. Due to Covid 19 limitations, we encourage you to purchase your ticket asap online. seating is limited and we are trying to avoid long lines and too many manipulations.
Question: May I buy advance tickets in person, rather than online?
Answer: Yes, tickets may be purchased at the festival Ticket booth. but again , this year, we encourage you to purchase online.
Question: What if I lose my ticket? Will I get a refund or replacement tickets?
Answer: No, unfortunately we can’t do that. Hold onto your tickets!
Question: May I bring my dog with me?
Answer: Unfortunately, pets are not allowed at the performances.
Question: How early may I arrive at Parish Field for the evening events?
Answer: Admission to the field is scheduled to start at 6:30pm. VIP are invited to arrive as early as 5:30pm. a pre-talk before the show will be offered to them.
Question: I know there is limited parking close to Parish Field. How do I get to the performance if I park in one of the outer lots?
Answer: There will be a shuttle van between the larger parking lots and Parish Field for the evening events.
Question: Can I bring food with me?
Answer: Absolutely! Bring a picnic and your favorite beverage. Some even bring tables, candles… But if you do not, you will find everything you need in town or even on the field.
Question: How long does the opera last?
Answer: Please visit our Upcoming Events page for performance time and many other show details.
Question: Will I understand what they are singing?
Answer: Yes. English translations of the lyrics are projected on tow jumbotron screens by the stage as they are sung. And a full synopsis of the opera is provided on our website . This year, we will provide a QR code to access our program online.
Did we miss something? Please contact us, were happy to help!
Where to Stay
Where to Eat
Llobet Medical Group 42082 State Highway 28, Margaretville NY 845-586-3888
Maverick Family Health 4080 Route 28, Boiceville, NY 845-657-7820
Margaretville Hospital 42084 Route 28, Margaretville, NY 845 -586-2631
Phoenicia Pharmacy Main Street at Route 214, Phoenicia, NY 845-688-2215
Health Alliance Hospital 105 Mary’s Ave, Kingston, NY 845-338-2500
Learn About Phoenicia
Legend has it, Dutch Schultz, made infamous by Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather, buried his treasure of money and jewels within the mountains of Phoenicia.
If you find it, we would love to be the first to know!
Safety & COVID-19 Protocols
In order to ensure the safety of audience members, staff, and artists at The Phoenicia Festival of the Voice will implement new health and safety measures new or additional guidance become available from government or public health officials.
Phoenicia Festival of the Voice will observe all New York State guidelines immediate to the time of the performance.
Entry to Performances is open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are two separate seating areas with distinct safety requirements:
1. Vaccinated and Tested: Attendees must present either digital or physical proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or an immediately recent negative COVID-19 test, along with government issued photo ID. In this area, attendees can bring a blanket or use a PFoV chair. Upon entry, attendees may distance and wear masks at their own discretion.
2. Distanced: In this area, audience may sit in pre-set, distanced chairs. Chairs may be moved only at staff discretion. Attendees may not enter the vaccinated and tested area.
Audience members who have recently been in contact with a person with COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 will be strongly advised to stay home and join us on the free performance livestream.
Proof of Vaccination or Recent COVID-19 Test
All audience members seated in the tested and vaccinated area must present confirmation of one of the following:
A negative COVID-19 PCR/NAAT test taken within 72 hours of the event
A negative COVID-19 antigen “rapid” test taken within 6 hours of the event
A COVID-19 vaccination series completed at least 14 days prior to the event
Digital and physical forms of proof will be accepted, including:
CDC Vaccination Card
Test results from a healthcare provider
CLEAR Health Pass
Health Pass is a free service on the CLEAR mobile app that allows users to confirm proof of vaccination or a recent COVID-19 test result. Before arriving at the field, download and enroll in the CLEAR app and follow the prompts to enter your relevant health information in Health Pass. Once complete, the Health Pass is valid for 12 hours.
In addition to the above, a government-issued photo ID is required.
Protocols for Vaccinated and Tested Area
There are designated entrances for the vaccinated and tested area.
Attendees may either bring a picnic blanket or sit in a PFoV chair.
Attendance is limited so that vaccinated and tested attendees will have space on the lawn to distance from others at their own discretion.
Masks are encouraged for vaccinated guests during the entrance process.
In line with current CDC and New York State guidelines, attendees are allowed to remove masks at their own discretion once within the fully vaccinated areas of the lawn.
Protocols for Distanced Area
There are designated entrances to the distanced area.
Attendees must wear masks at all times unless seated in socially distanced chairs.
Attendees must keep six-foot distance from other parties at all times.
Within the distanced area, chairs will be placed in exact positions by event staff. Chairs may only be moved at staff discretion.
Attendees may not enter the fully vaccinated areas of the lawn.
Policy Messaging and Enforcement
Policies will be shared in the following ways:
Policies will be listed on website
Policies will be communicated verbally by event staff
Policies will be listed on visible signs where possible
Policies will be shared via prerecorded announcements as well as additional PA announcements
Policies will be listed within digital playbills
Security staff will assist with enforcing health standards including distancing if additional support is required.
Phoenicia Festival of the Voice reserves the right to request that any visitors who do not follow these protocols leave the premises.
The following section describes protocols for all staff associated with the event, including technical production staff (e.g. audio engineers and lighting technicians), front-of-house staff, security officers, and all other event-facing PFoV employees.
All staff will receive training on COVID-19 safety and sanitation protocols including but not limited to:
How to properly wear and dispose of PPE
Hand washing protocols
Recognizing COVID-19 symptoms
Proper queuing in shared spaces to maintain physical distancing
Staff are instructed to avoid physical contact with one another and the public, including handshakes, etc.
Staff are instructed to frequently use hand sanitizer and/or wash their hands
All event staff must wear a mask, unless all of the following conditions are true:
The staff person is fully vaccinated.
The staff person is not in close proximity with unvaccinated and untested guests, performers, or staff members.
The staff person does not exhibit any COVID-19 symptoms.
No event staff member may enter the distanced event area without a mask. If an event staff member does not have a mask, they will be given a mask.
Event staff may temporarily remove masks to eat or drink while at least six feet away from all others. As soon as they are done eating or drinking, event staff must resume wearing a mask. Masks do not have to be worn by the ARTISTS while on stage and while rehearsing
PFoV staff will use cleaning products that meet CDC guidelines.
Shared tools and equipment will be sanitized before and after each use.
Hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes will be available in back-of-house areas for staff use.
Self-monitoring for COVID-19 Symptoms and Procedure if Sick
All event staff are instructed to remain alert for potential COVID-19 symptoms.
All event staff are instructed to stay home if they do not feel well.
If a member of the event staff exhibits one or more COVID-19 symptoms or otherwise feels sick, he or she should immediately notify a manager.
Vaccination and Testing
All performers must either be fully vaccinated or show proof of a negative COVID-19 test.
Equipment, Cleaning, and Back-of-House
Hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes will be available in back-of-house areas for performer use.
Self-monitoring for COVID-19 Symptoms and Procedure if Sick
Performers are instructed to remain alert for COVID-19 symptoms.
All performers are instructed to stay home if they do not feel well.
If a performer exhibits one or more COVID-19 symptoms or otherwise feels sick, the performer should immediately notify a PFoV staff person or artist representative.
Phoenicia Festival of the Voice
COVID-19 Safety Plan