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Gorgeous Singing, Fun Staging of “The Barber of Seville” from Hubbard Hall Opera in Cambridge, NY [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013
The Ensemble at Hubbard Hall Opera Theatre. Photos by Jason Dolmetsch and Alexina Jones.

The Ensemble at Hubbard Hall Opera Theatre. Photos by Jason Dolmetsch and Alexina Jones.

Opera Review and discussion by Gail M. Burns and Larry Murray

Larry Murray: For someone who claims not to like opera very much, you sure seemed to enjoy The Barber of Seville at Hubbard Hall, Gail. Maybe because it was one of the ultimate examples of Opera Buffa which meant it is about things the local Italians could identify with, in language that was drawn from the vernacular.

Gail M. Burns: My great-grandmother, Magdalena Gandolfo, must have been watching over me! But seriously, what’s not to like when handsome gentlemen, and a pair of pretty ladies, are singing and carvorting for my pleasure? The English supertitles kept me clued in to the plot, and the clowning is universal. Was Chico Marx in this one?

Larry: I love that the opera has a delightful story that borders at times on farce. While there are a lot of zany romantic moments, deceit and trickery to keep us involved in the story, it also has some pretty wonderful music. Written in 1816, Gioachino Rossini kept Il barbiere di Siviglia simple and purely comedic, from the settings, to the words and the length – two acts, which means it is shorter than many of the opera seria which can go on and on. The form lasted from about 1700 to 1850. Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro, 1786) has more drama and pathos while Donizetti’s Elixer of Love (L’Elisir d’Amore, 1832) is even more romantic. There are a lot of wonderful characters and arias in Barber of Seville, which did you fall in love with?

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Hubbard Hall Opera is on the Move: “La Traviata” at Proctor’s Feb 7-17 [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013
Rachele Schmiege, soprano and Chris Lucier, tenor (above) will be heard in this La Traviata, as will bass-baritone Aaron Taylor (not shown here).

Rachele Schmiege, soprano and Chris Lucier, tenor (above) will be heard in this La Traviata, as will bass-baritone Aaron Taylor (not shown here).

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.

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