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Meredith Parsons McComb   (Photo: Christian Steiner)
Meredith Parsons McComb (Photo: Christian Steiner)

Preview: water-themed concert in Glens Falls

The Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra presents a concert of water-themed music by Handel, Schumann and Elgar this Sunday afternoon (4 pm) at the Glens Falls High School auditorium. The concert will also feature acclaimed contralto Meredith Parsons McComb. McComb, who lives in Bolton Landing, has sung leading roles in operatic productions worldwide. She spoke with Todd Moe about the concert, entitled "Sound Waves", which will include Elgar's "Sea Pictures" with McComb as vocalist.  Go to full article

Preview: Britten?s ?Albert Herring? at Crane

The Crane School of Music at SUNY-Potsdam celebrates National Opera Week with a production of "Albert Herring". Benjamin Britten's comic opera opens tonight in Snell Music Theater. Set in a fictitious English village in 1900, it's the story of an outsider -- Albert Herring -- in conflict with the norms of his small community. Some of the cast and crew say the chamber opera is complex and a challenge. Todd Moe visited Crane after a rehearsal and has this preview.  Go to full article
The Heroines Who Died for Love rehearse a scene.
The Heroines Who Died for Love rehearse a scene.

Opera preview: love, fate and lots of sopranos

Love, fate and the wills of Greek gods and goddesses come together this weekend as SUNY Potsdam's Crane Opera Ensemble and Orchestra presents Francesco Cavalli's opera L'Egisto. Todd Moe has this preview.  Go to full article

A formal affair from afar

Opera fans are flocking to movie theaters around the region. New digital technology is making Metropolitan Opera performances come alive to audiences hours away from New York City. Tomorrow, the Met's "Live in HD" series continues with the premiere of "Doctor Atomic." Todd Moe visited the Met's opening night production at the Roxy Theater in Potsdam earlier this fall. The local mini-gala included ushers in tuxes and lots of popcorn. The high definition broadcasts, linked live via satellite, give North Country opera buffs the advantage of bird's-eye views of the stage, close-ups, and backstage interviews.  Go to full article
Marcella Sembrich, age 30 painted by Paul Meyerheim in Dresden, Germany about 1888.
Marcella Sembrich, age 30 painted by Paul Meyerheim in Dresden, Germany about 1888.

Preview: A summer of music at Sembrich

The 150th anniversary of the birth of renowned soprano Marcella Sembrich continues this summer at her estate in Bolton Landing. Sembrich was an opera diva in the late 1800's and gave voice lessons at her summer home on Lake George. Todd Moe spoke with Sembrich Opera Museum Artistic Director Richard Wargo. An opera composer, Wargo says the museum maintains Sembrich's lifelong love of music and teaching.  Go to full article

Preview: ?The Highwayman? premieres in Potsdam

18th century Europe is the setting for this weekend's spring musical production at SUNY Potsdam. The Crane Opera Ensemble is rolling three distinct operas into one show. Excerpts from Mozart's classics, "Cosi fan tutte" and "The Magic Flute", and the world premiere of "The Highwayman" will be performed tonight, tomorrow night and Sunday afternoon in Snell Music Theater. Todd Moe stopped by during a recent rehearsal to talk with the creative duo pulling it all together.  Go to full article

Preview: The Sailor Boy and the Falcon

If you do a google search for the opera, The Sailor Boy and the Falcon, the first site you see is, which makes sense since the opera is based on a story that takes place mostly in Norway. But it's also a good example of just how much attention this weekend's world premiere of the opera at the Crane School of Music has generated. Joel Hurd has this preview.

Tickets are selling fast. Call 315-267-2CPS for more information.  Go to full article
A view of the stage and backdrop at the Edwards Opera House
A view of the stage and backdrop at the Edwards Opera House

What's Old is New: The Historic Edwards Opera House

Sunday's New York Times had an article about hundreds of hand-painted theater curtains in Vermont being restored thanks to a statewide preservation effort. They once hung on small stages in opera houses and in town and Grange halls. Some towns are hoping their refurbished curtains will bring people back to neglected stages and music halls. There are similar efforts underway at historic opera houses in northern New York. Beth Robinson recently toured the Edwards Opera House, a prime example of a St. Lawrence County community working to preserve the past and reclaim a piece of cultural history.  Go to full article
A Miami Beach-like Mount Olympus in Crane's production of <i>Orpheus</i>
A Miami Beach-like Mount Olympus in Crane's production of Orpheus

Preview: Orpheus in the Underworld in Potsdam

The Crane School of Music presents Orpheus in the Underworld performed by the Crane Opera Ensemble and the Symphony Orchestra this weekend. The show opens Friday night (7:30) in Snell Music Theatre. Opera Director Carleen Graham told Todd Moe that her students have put a new twist on Offendach's operetta about the classic Greco-Roman myth.  Go to full article
A scene from <i>American Tragedy</i> (Source: Metropolitan Opera)
A scene from American Tragedy (Source: Metropolitan Opera)

An Adirondack Murder on Stage at the Met

On December 2nd 2005, the Metropolitan Opera unveiled a new work based on Theodore Dreiser's classic novel American Tragedy. Dreiser's novel was inspired by a true Adirondack story. In the summer of 1906, a young man named Chester Gillette took his pregnant girlfriend boating on Big Moose Lake, near Old Forge. The next day, Grace Brown's body was found floating in a secluded cove in South Bay. Chester Gillette tried to flee, but was captured in Inlet and tried for murder. The case sparked a media frenzy and made headlines around the world. As Brian Mann reports, over the last century it has become a part of American mythology.  Go to full article

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