LIVE: Bel Canto Singers @ the Sembrich Museum, 8/12/09

August 14th, 2009, 9:33 am by Greg

Chloe Schaaf

Chloe Schaaf


After more than a decade we finally had to give up our season tickets to Glimmerglass Opera this year. It’s made us very, very sad. We miss the relaxing drives to Cooperstown, the wonderful atmosphere of the intimate Alice Busch Theater, the innovative staging and most of all, of course, the glorious music.

But this summer we’ve still been able to get a bit of our opera jones on with Andrzej Pilarcyzk’s photos.

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Here’s his latest report:

The Marcella Sembrich Opera Museum in Bolton Landing was jam-packed with spectators on Wednesday, August 12, as the four young recipients of the Bel Canto Institute 2009 Performance Awards individually took the stage accompanied by Maestro Steven Crawford on piano.

Arias by Scarlatti, Donizetti, Verdi, Bellini and others were sung majestically by Westminister Choir College graduate Sara Alethea Noble, Juilliard student Chloe Schaaf and high school teenagers Ashley Milanese and Nicholas Blaney. Each of the award recipients have just recently returned from Florence, Italy, where they were attending the Institute’s summer programs.

The NYC-based Bel Canto Institute was founded in 1987 with the purpose of perpetuating, teaching and keeping alive the style and traditions of 19th and 20th century Italian opera.

review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Sembrich Artistic Director Richard Wagro introducing the evening's program

Sembrich Artistic Director Richard Wagro introducing the evening's program


Steven Crawford and Sara Alethea Noble

Steven Crawford and Sara Alethea Noble


Ashley Milanese and Steven Crawford

Ashley Milanese and Steven Crawford


2 thoughts on “LIVE: Bel Canto Singers @ the Sembrich Museum, 8/12/09”

  1. jess says:

    I really love this little museum!

  2. Greg says:

    Yeah, I know that it’s sacrilegious to say, but I was somewhat disappointed when I went to the Met for the first time. After spending several summers at Glimmerglass, I sooooo missed the intimacy. And the Sembrich is about as intimate as you can get.

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