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Opera Saratoga announces new free ticket program for students

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Opera Saratoga’s Artistic and General Director Lawrence Edelson joined Heather Kovar at CBS 6 Sunday morning to talk about the 2018 Summer Festival. He also announced a new program to introduce area high school and college students to opera by providing free tickets to select performances.

College Students may sign up for free tickets to opening night of Opera Saratoga’s double-bill on Saturday, June 30th, featuring the world premiere of Vinkensport, or The Finch Opera, and the American Premiere of Rocking Horse Winner.

High School Students may sign up for free tickets to the opening night of Opera Saratoga’s new production of The Consul, on Saturday July 7th.

To register, students must sign up online, at least 48 hours in advance of each performance, at www.operasaratoga.org/discover-opera.

The registration deadline for free tickets to the June 30th Double Bill for College Students is June 28th; and the registration deadline for free tickets to the July 7th performance of The Consul for High School Students is July 5th.

In Vinkensport, we enter the world of finch-sitting, where the cheating scandals are as rampant as the rivalries between contestants in a battle to see who has the most melodious bird in this cheeky and chirpy bittersweet comedy. After intermission, the world of thoroughbred racing takes the stage in Rocking Horse Winner, a modern adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s short story in which a young man becomes dangerously obsessed with solving the bad luck of his family. His pursuit awakens a strange magic that enables him to predict which horses will win at the track. Prior to the performance, composers David T. Little and Gareth Williams, and librettists Royce Vavrek and Anna Chatterton, will participate in a Q&A, providing college students with the opportunity to meet four of the most exciting writers working in opera today.

Consul is described as a riveting thriller that delivers a punch as powerful and timely as its subject matter - the struggle for freedom against oppression, and the maddening nature of unrelenting bureaucracy. Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Critic’s Circle Award when it first premiered on Broadway in 1950, The Consul’s suspenseful and timely story surprises with several magical touches and is buoyed by a richly melodic score in which love, hope, and redemption all play their part. As the national conversation has recently become increasingly focused on the plight of immigrants and refugees, the contemporary relevance of The Consul is easy to see.

One of the most popular operettas across the globe, THE MERRY WIDOW returns to Opera Saratoga for the first time in thirty years beginning Friday, June 29th. Hanna Glawari, the Merry Widow, is beautiful and rich and she’s captivated every man in the country. But Hanna is looking for true love. Will she be able to find a suitor that is not only after her wealth? Will the nation of Pontevedro slip into economic collapse if she marries a foreigner? Will all those dancing girls prove too distracting for the audience?! Franz Lehár's magical score features the famous "Vilja" song, the "Merry Widow Waltz," and many more beloved melodies. The Merry Widow, which was composed in 1905, ushered in a new era of operettas in which the waltz was used for romantic plot purposes, and was danced as much as sung. Opera Saratoga’s new production continues the company’s Opera-in-Motion initiative, in which dance is prominently integrated into one production each summer. The Merry Widow will be directed and choreographed by John de los Santos, and conducted by Anthony Barrese, both making their company debuts. Soprano Cecilia Violetta López (Beatrice in Il Postino, 2016) returns to star in the title role, alongside the company debuts of baritone Alex Lawrence as Danilo, tenor Scott Quinn as Camille, and the return of baritone Andy Papas as Baron Zeta.


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