Opera Saratoga, formerly Lake George Opera, began with a production of Die Fledermaus at the Diamond Point Theatre on July 5, 1962, playing to an audience of 230. The Company now calls Saratoga Springs home and performs for more than 25,000 people annually during the company’s Summer Festival, as well as through community engagement and education programs year-round.
The 2017 Summer Festival, under the leadership of Artistic and General Director Lawrence Edelson, will feature 3 exhilarating new productions: Verdi’s comic masterpiece Falstaff, which hasn’t been seen in the region in over 25 years; Grétry’s whimsical opera-ballet, Zémire et Azor (Beauty and the Beast) - one Mozart’s favorite operas, which will feature elaborate use of puppetry in a fairy tale for audiences of all ages; and a very special 80th Anniversary production of Blitzstein’s The Cradle Will Rock, an allegory on corruption and corporate greed both timely and timeless, which is as impactful now as it was when it premiered on Broadway in 1937.
In addition, Opera Saratoga will present a wide variety of free and ticketed concerts throughout the season, including a celebration of the music of Marc Blitzstein; a Gilbert & Sullivan Cabaret; a concert featuring scenes from the final operas by beloved composers from throughout history; and a retrospective of Broadway music from the 1930s. It is season that will showcase incredible music, phenomenal singing, and riveting theater – performed by preeminent artists from the world’s great opera houses alongside some of the most exciting emerging artists in the country.