Opera Company of Middlebury

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Please consider a gift to OCM's Annual Fund today.Your support is crucial in sustaining the Opera Company of Middlebury....
02/06/2024

Please consider a gift to OCM's Annual Fund today.

Your support is crucial in sustaining the Opera Company of Middlebury. Contribute to our Annual Fund to uphold the magic of opera in our community and beyond. Your donation helps maintain artistic excellence, supports emerging talents, and brings captivating productions to life.

Now in our 21st season, please join us in preserving our artistic legacy by making a donation today to help us to reach our goal of $110,000. (To date, with your help, we've raised $57,000... We're more than halfway there!)

Thank you for being a key player in our mission.

GIVE TODAY: www.ocmvermont.org/donate-now

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The mission of the Opera Company of Middlebury is to bring professional-level, quality live opera productions and experiences to our region. We also maintain a robust educational program for emerging professionals and teen singers while expanding our broader communities’ understanding of opera through outreach programs.

Upper Valley Baroque  presents Handel's Water Music & More with Maestro Filippo Ciabatti (OCM's Music Director) February...
02/05/2024

Upper Valley Baroque presents Handel's Water Music & More with Maestro Filippo Ciabatti (OCM's Music Director) February 10th and 11th!

This upbeat orchestral program, conducted by Maestro Ciabatti, features Handel’s beloved and regal Water Music, a group of suites first performed on a barge in the Thames River in 1717 to welcome King George to England. It is paired with three short Handel works featuring small ensembles and outstanding Upper Valley Baroque soprano Mary Bonhag.

Join Upper Valley Baroque for the concert on Saturday, February 10th at 3 pm (Randolph, VT) or on Sunday, February 11th at 3 pm (Hanover, NH).

02/03/2024
We're so grateful for recent support received from the Green Mountain Mahler Festival who selected our Youth Opera Compa...
02/03/2024

We're so grateful for recent support received from the Green Mountain Mahler Festival who selected our Youth Opera Company of OCM program as beneficiary for their Die Walküre event this fall (pictured), and from whom we just received the proceeds!

The news of their generous gift couldn't come at a better time. YOC has just begun its spring Youth Opera program with DOUBLE the usual number of participants. We are proud to have offered more than 1/3 of the participants tuition scholarship assistance, but finding ways to help them with voice lesson costs is a bigger challenge. With the gift funds received from GMMF, we are now able to launch our voice lesson scholarship program through our academic partner, Middlebury Community Music Center - MCMC, allowing for every singer to pursue individual lessons while in our program!

Many, MANY thanks to GMMF! 👏✨

***TODAY at 11:00 am!!***Metropolitan Opera Live in HD Presents Bizet's CARMEN Wednesday, January 31st,11:00 amTown Hall...
01/31/2024

***TODAY at 11:00 am!!***

Metropolitan Opera Live in HD Presents Bizet's CARMEN Wednesday, January 31st,11:00 am

Town Hall Theater will present The Met’s updated version of Carmen this Wednesday. This 1875 masterpiece is moved from Seville, Spain to present-day America - somewhere in the Southwest near the border with Mexico. Carmen wears turquoise cowboy boots and cut-off jeans. The smugglers traffic in guns rather than ci******es. The local celebrities are rodeo riders rather than toreadors.

English director Carrie Cracknell uses the familiar story to convey contemporary concerns. This “feminist lens,” according to the director, includes “male unemployment and dispossession, and gendered harassment and violence towards women.” Does this work? You will be the judge.

Towering above the setting is the ravishing music and an array of talented singers. The 27-year old mezzo-soprano Aigul Akhmetshina sings Carmen. “She digs deeply into the depths of Carmen’s psyche, singly a particularly sensuous Habanera and a high-spirited Seguidilla which few men, let alone Don José, can resist.” (NY Classical Review)

The dashing tenor Piotr Beczala is Carmen’s troubled lover, Don José. Beczala missed the first two performances because of illness. Will he show for this performance?

Bass-baritone Kyle Ketelson is a “tox-masc alpha” as Escamillo. His role features a couple of scenes that will be familiar to OCM audiences: arrival in a red sports car, and indulgent selfies during the Toreador Song.

Soprano Angel Blue is a “stunning” Micaëla, the ingénue of the opera. “She sings with brilliant warmth and a twinge of subdued terror.” (Washington Post) In some performances of this opera, the loyal and compassionate Micaëla completely upstages the restless and caustic Carmen. Does this happen in this performance? Come and see for yourself.

Join this imaginative production, Bizet’s heart-pounding score, and the brutal ending this Wednesday morning.

Reserve your seat: https://townhalltheater.org/event/carmen/

Yours in grand opera,

Jim Pugh
Board of Directors, The Opera Company of Middlebury

Tonight is the night!The Youth Opera Company of OCM's Dido & Aeneas Project, generously funded by the The Vermont Arts C...
01/11/2024

Tonight is the night!

The Youth Opera Company of OCM's Dido & Aeneas Project, generously funded by the The Vermont Arts Council, annually integrates the production directly into a Vermont high school's choral program as a way to further break down the barriers that often stand between high school students and the world of opera.

Join us for this year's performance:
TONIGHT, January 11th
7:00 pm, free of charge
Colchester High School in Colchester, VT

A tortured Queen in love, a dashing Prince, evil witches bent on destroying them....and an amazing cast of 85 (Yes, 85!!...
01/11/2024

A tortured Queen in love, a dashing Prince, evil witches bent on destroying them....and an amazing cast of 85 (Yes, 85!!) high school students!

Join us TOMORROW, Thursday, January 11th, at Colchester High School at 7pm for this year's Youth Opera Company of OCM's ONE AND ONLY performance of Purcell's timeless opera, Dido and Aeneas.

Admission is FREE!

Special thanks to CHS's choral director Melissa Towle, to The Vermont Arts Council for generously funding the Dido and Aeneas project through an Artists-in-Schools grant, and to photographer Timothy Santimore.

The Youth Opera Company of OCM's Dido & Aeneas Project, generously funded by The Vermont Arts Council, annually integrat...
01/09/2024

The Youth Opera Company of OCM's Dido & Aeneas Project, generously funded by The Vermont Arts Council, annually integrates the production directly into a Vermont high school's choral program as a way to further break down the barriers that often stand between high school students and the world of opera.

Join us for this year's performance:
THIS Thursday, January 11th
7:00 pm, free of charge
Colchester High School in Colchester, VT

Hear what high schoolers involved in this year's Youth Opera Company of OCM's  Dido and Aeneas Project have to say in an...
01/05/2024

Hear what high schoolers involved in this year's Youth Opera Company of OCM's Dido and Aeneas Project have to say in answer to the question, "Do you think seeing younger people perform will make a difference to the audience's perception of opera?"

If you're local to Vermont, please join us Thursday, January 11th for the final performance of this really fun program! (See photos for details.)

This project is generously funded by The Vermont Arts Council.

Metropolitan Opera Live in HD Presents Verdi's NABUCCO Saturday, January 6th,1:00 pm (with pre-talk by Jim Pugh at 12:15...
01/04/2024

Metropolitan Opera Live in HD Presents Verdi's NABUCCO Saturday, January 6th,1:00 pm (with pre-talk by Jim Pugh at 12:15 pm)

What would the musical world be without Giuseppe Verdi? His two infant children died when he was writing his first opera. His young wife Marguerita died of encephalitis soon before his second opera was hissed off the stage at La Scala. Verdi vowed never to compose again.

Luckily, the manager of La Scala, Bartolomeo Merilli, did not give up on the Verdi. He persuaded Verdi to look at the libretto of a book that would become Nabucco. It was an instant success. It underpinned the rest of Verdi’s career. He went on to compose 29 more operas (including revised and updated versions).

Nabucco is an epic of biblical proportions. Loosely based on four books of the Old Testament and Babylonian king Nebuchadnessar II, it takes us to the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. The Met’s production handles the two majestic sets with a revolving stage.

There are four major roles in Nabucco. The imperious king Nabucco, sung by baritone George Gagnidze, is reduced to penitence in the final act. “His second scene, in which Nabucco declares himself not only a king but God, was a showstopper.” Soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska reprises the role of Abigaille, Nabucco’s illegitimate older daughter. Abigaille’s singing line is notorious as a “voice buster," as she vengefully moves between high notes to low notes with reckless abandon. “Her music reflects a personality that embodies madness through sheer malice.” In another reprisal from 2016, Dmitry Belosselskiy is the lyrical bass in the role of Zaccaria, the High Priest of Jerusalem. “His robust bass rang out fierce and defiant.”

The fourth major role is the Hebrew people, sung by the incomparable Met Chorus. Verdi placed the chorus at the center of the action. “Va, pensiero” deservedly garners most of the attention and applause. Yet the choruses in Act 1 and Act 4 are equally grand. “The Met chorus sang them all gloriously.”

Nabucco is powerful and sprawling opera. Come see ancient Jerusalen and Babylon come to life this Saturday at Town Hall Theater.

-- Jim Pugh, OCM Board of Directors

RESERVE YOUR SEAT:
www.townhalltheater.org/event/nabucco/
***Don't miss the pre-talk by Jim Pugh at 12:15 pm on the day of the performance. The talk will be held in the Byers Studio off the gallery on the lower level of Town Hall Theater. The presentation will include excerpts, and will be a helpful warm-up for this work.***

VIEW THE MET IN HD LINEUP FOR 2024:
www.ocmvermont.org/met-in-hd

Hear what high schoolers involved in this year's Youth Opera Company of OCM's  Dido and Aeneas Project have to say in an...
01/03/2024

Hear what high schoolers involved in this year's Youth Opera Company of OCM's Dido and Aeneas Project have to say in answer to the question, "What was opera to you before this experience and waht's it like to work on one in school?"

If you're local to Vermont, please join us Thursday, January 11th for the final performance of this really fun program! (See photos for details.)

This project is generously funded by The Vermont Arts Council.

A New Year Message from OCM,from Artistic Director Douglas Anderson:Millions of innocent people spent this holiday seaso...
01/01/2024

A New Year Message from OCM,
from Artistic Director Douglas Anderson:

Millions of innocent people spent this holiday season incarcerated. May they find freedom and peace in the new year. Beethoven spoke to this issue so eloquently, we thought we'd share "O welche Lust" from our recent production of FIDELIO.

WATCH NOW: www.youtube.com/watch?v=0joes5IyJ70

[Video: Tim Joy, Photos: Susan Woloohojian]

🎉 Happy New Year from Opera Company of Middlebury! 🎶 Wishing you a year filled with beautiful melodies, magical moments,...
01/01/2024

🎉 Happy New Year from Opera Company of Middlebury! 🎶 Wishing you a year filled with beautiful melodies, magical moments, and as much joy as captured by our happy cast members in ORPHEE AUX ENFERS (PC: Max Kraus)! 🌟 Thank you for being part of our musical journey. Here's to a harmonious 2024! 🥂 🎭✨

We're so excited that our Youth Opera Company of OCM is popping up at Burlington's First Night celebration on 12/31!  Le...
12/31/2023

We're so excited that our Youth Opera Company of OCM is popping up at Burlington's First Night celebration on 12/31! Learn more below. YOC goes on at 3:30 pm.

Hear what high schoolers involved in this year's Youth Opera Company of OCM's Dido and Aeneas Project have to say in ans...
12/29/2023

Hear what high schoolers involved in this year's Youth Opera Company of OCM's Dido and Aeneas Project have to say in answer to the question, "What is your biggest takeaway from working on this production?"

If you're local to Vermont, please join us Thursday, January 11th for the final performance of this really fun program! (See photos for details.)

This project is generously funded by The Vermont Arts Council.

From our OCM Team: We wish you and yours a magical rest of the holiday season and a Happy New Year filled with joy![Pict...
12/25/2023

From our OCM Team: We wish you and yours a magical rest of the holiday season and a Happy New Year filled with joy!

[Pictured: Cast, crew, orchestra from FIDELIO 2023 by Dave Devine --- It really does take a village to put on grand opera!]

12/23/2023
This Wednesday (TOMORROW, 12/20!), you have to opportunity to be part of a true adventure on the Amazon River.The story ...
12/19/2023

This Wednesday (TOMORROW, 12/20!), you have to opportunity to be part of a true adventure on the Amazon River.

The story is simple. A number of characters embark on a trip to Manaus along the Amazon River, all with the goal of seeing the famed Florencia Grimaldi perform at the legendary opera house. Unbeknown to most of the guests, the famed diva is among the passengers. She is on her own personal journey into the past to seek out her lover Cristóbal, a butterfly collector who disappeared in the jungle 20 years earlier.

This is an opera about love and longing. There is a couple falling in love, a couple trying to rekindle the love they once had, and Florencia’s quest for her long-lost lover.

Although written in at the end of the 20th century, the lush, tonal music feels like Puccini and Debussy.

The libretto contains elements of the “magical realism” made popular by the Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Márquez. The flora and fauna of the Amazon is one of the stars of this production. Dancers and puppeteers bring the ever-changing river to life.

The powerful cast is headed by Ailyn Pérez, the daughter of Mexican immigrants who finally gets to sing an opera at The Met in Spanish. The last time a Spanish opera was performed at The Met was in 1926. One reviewer writes that, “Pérez gifted the audience with a riveting interpretation of the role of Florencia Grimaldi. Her last aria was one of the most cathartic and riveting moments of any opera all season.”
This is an opera that will make you feel that you are watching something old, as well as something new. If you like Puccini, you will love Florencia en al Amazonas.

“You almost want to applaud the impressive achievement of a score that so thoroughly rejects the galvanic musical developments since the early 1900s, when the opera is set.” (NYT)

“The music glistens like sun on the river; it is graceful and ravishing.” (BachTrack)

RESERVE YOUR SEAT:
www.townhalltheater.org/event/florencia-en-el-amazonas/

VIEW THE 2023/24 MET IN HD LINEUP:
www.ocmvermont.org/met-in-hd

12/18/2023
12/18/2023
12/18/2023

What a fabulous run of performances this weekend! Thank you to our enthusiastic and generous audiences, our amazing OCM Advisory Ctte and family volunteers, our Music Director Mary Jane Austin and guest guitarist Daniel Gaviria, and to our cast of 10 young singers who gave their ALL! And no, we’re not finished! On Tuesday we will be visiting Champlain Valley Union High School, Edmund’s Middle School and Montpelier High School on our “school tour” day!

12/18/2023

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