By Larry Murray
Moving an opera production from Hubbard Hall in Cambridge, New York to Proctor’s in Schenectady is no small task, but for New York’s opera lovers, it’s the best news in decades. It seems that the fast growing Hubbard Hall Opera Theater is going to do what even the grand Metropolitan Opera of New York can’t do anymore, actually tour a live production. Professional singers backed up with a 22 piece orchestra, full costumes and state of the art sets in the original kind of high definition that only comes when the performance and voices are live and right in front of you on stage with a full orchestra in the pit.
It is fortunate that the Hubbard Hall Opera Theater (HHOT) has chosen Verdi’s most popular opera, La Traviata, for six performances February 7-17, since the Met hasn’t yet telecast that one yet. (It’s promised for the big flat screen in April). The HHOT opera – which of course is in natural 3-D, will take place at the GE Theater at Proctors, 432 State Street Schenectady, NY. In addition to live music, the performances are fully costumed and staged and sung in Italian (with supertitles), in front of a fifty foot hi-definition screen with will be used for stunning projected set designs by Caite Hevner.