During their 2018 Summer season, Opera Saratoga presented the American premiere of Rocking Horse Winner and the World Premiere of Vinkensport, or The Finch Opera as a double bill from June 30th to July 14th. Rocking Horse Winner was praised as a “provoking and enigmatic piece” with “the inventive conceit of super-sized magic” (La Scena Musicale). This chamber version of Vikensport, “bursting with life,” was “performed so brilliantly by an eight piece orchestra” (The Saratogian). Designers for both one-act operas were Cameron Anderson (Scenic), Glenn Avery Breed (Costume), Brandon Stirling Baker (Lighting), and Sondra Nottingham (Wig & Makeup).
During Opera Saratoga’s 2018 season, The Consul ran from July 7th to 15th at the Spa Little Theatre in Saratoga Springs, NY. With design by Cameron Anderson (Scenic), Glenn Avery Breed (Costume), and Brandon Stirling Baker (Lighting), The Consul presented “a sure touch and a brilliant use of space” (B.A. Nillson). Met with a flow of rave reviews, La Scena Musicale calls The Consul “expertly varying highly wrought drama with sequences of touching introspection, unexpected levity, and even surrealism.
Opera Saratoga’s The Merry Widow ran through all sold-out performances from July 7th to 15th at the Spa Little Theatre in Saratoga Springs, NY. Set within what La Scena Musical calls “seductively curvaceous art nouveau” surroundings, this crowd favorite came to life through the designs of Cameron Anderson (Scenic), Glenn Avery Breed (Costume), Brandon Stirling Baker (Lighting), and Sondra Nottingham (Wig & Makeup).
The Tragedy of Carmen, written by Peter Brook, based on the work by Georges Bizet, was produced by Tri-Cities Opera in May of 2018. Directed by James Kennon Mitchell, this distillation of the Grand Opera focuses on Carmen herself; her loves and struggles. In a stimulating production designed by AmarA*jk (Scenic), Craig Saegar (Lighting), and Katherine Johnson (Costumes), the magic and darkness of Carmen was brought to life before many sold out audiences in New York's Souther Tier.