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Preview: "Susannah" at Seagle Music Colony in Schroon Lake

The Seagle Music Colony's summer season continues with a production of one of the most performed American operas, Susannah. The show opens in Schroon Lake on Wednesday night. It first premiered in 1955 and the opera's music borrows heavily from Appalachian folk melodies and hymn tunes.

Todd Moe spoke with Seagle Music Colony artistic director Darren Woods, who says even though the opera was written nearly 60 years ago, it's message is still relevant today.  Go to full article
An American Tragedy, the opera by Tobias Picker, can be heard in preview this afternoon at 5:30 pm at View in Old Forge.  The 2005 opera will be revived next summer at the Glimmerglass Festival.  (Image:  View)
An American Tragedy, the opera by Tobias Picker, can be heard in preview this afternoon at 5:30 pm at View in Old Forge. The 2005 opera will be revived next summer at the Glimmerglass Festival. (Image: View)

The Great Adirondack Myth Revived in Old Forge

Later today in Old Forge, members of the Glimmerglass Festival opera company will give a preview of their revival of An American Tragedy.

The opera by Tobias Picker premiered in 2005 at the Metropolitan Opera. It tells the story of Grace Brown, a girl who was murdered in the Adirondacks more than a century ago. This evening's performance will be at View in Old Forge and will include a new aria written for the revival at Glimmerglass.

When An American Tragedy first premiered at the Met, Brian Mann traveled to New York City and to Big Moose Lake. His story first aired in 2005.  Go to full article
Peter Karrie
Peter Karrie

Preview: Peter Karrie in Heuvelton

Internationally acclaimed singer/actor Peter Karrie first played "The Phantom" in London, and went on to play the role in Toronto, Singapore, Hong Kong and Vancouver. He'll perform some of his favorite songs at the historic Pickens Hall Opera House in Heuvelton on Friday night at 7 pm. Todd Moe has a preview. Tickets are $20 and available at Pickens General Store or by phone: (315)344-7950.  Go to full article
Composer Richard Wargo, 2nd from left, with the Wexford cast following a performance in Ireland.
Composer Richard Wargo, 2nd from left, with the Wexford cast following a performance in Ireland.

Preview: Irish-inspired operas at the Sembrich Museum

The Sembrich Opera Museum's artistic director Richard Wargo brings to the historic studio of the late diva Marcella Sembrich an evening of selections from his works and will give the audience a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of his Irish-inspired operas. "From the Bards of Ireland" will be presented Saturday night (7:30) at the Sembrich Opera Museum in Bolton Landing. Wargo told Todd Moe that the program will feature the words of four Irish writers set to his music.  Go to full article
The Sembrich honors opera soprano Marcella Sembrich
The Sembrich honors opera soprano Marcella Sembrich

Sembrich museum celebrates music of Menotti

One of the highlights this summer at the Sembrich Museum in Bolton Landing is a tribute to Italian-American composer Gian Carlo Menotti. He wrote the classic Christmas opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors and dozens of other operas. Thursday marks the centennial of Menotti's birth. He died in 2007. There's a free showing this afternoon at the museum of an early television production of Menotti's Pulitzer Prize-winning Cold War tragedy, The Consul. Todd Moe talks with Sembrich artistic director Richard Wargo about a summer filled with music and Menotti's connection to the museum.  Go to full article
Stephanie Blythe
Stephanie Blythe

Opera star returns to her musical roots

Our week-long spotlight on music in the North Country continues. Metropolitan Opera star Stephanie Blythe talks with Todd Moe about her love for art songs. Blythe recently returned to the North Country to work with students at her alma mater -- the Crane School of Music in Potsdam.  Go to full article
This is real religion. This is connecting with a higher being...and connecting with other people through music.

Hallelujah! A sing-along in Tupper Lake

NCPR is media sponsor for a Messiah community sing-along in Tupper Lake on Sunday. Handel's holiday choral masterpiece is a Tri-Lakes tradition and is being presented this year by the High Peaks Opera Studio, the Tri-Lakes Community Orchestra and the Tupper Lake Arts Council. Todd Moe spoke with Dorit Gaedtke, founder and manager of the Tri-Lakes Community Orchestra, who invites everyone, singers and non-singers, to Holy Name Catholic Church on Sunday (5 pm).  Go to full article
<i>On the Town</i> features more than 70 SUNY Potsdam students.
On the Town features more than 70 SUNY Potsdam students.

Preview: "On the Town" in Potsdam

Love and adventure in Manhattan in the 1940s comes to the Snell Music Theatre at SUNY Potsdam this weekend. More than 70 drama, dance and music students are part of the collaborative production of On the Town. The show opens Thursday night (7:30 pm) and continues through Saturday night.

On the Town premiered on Broadway in 1944 and features the music of Leonard Bernstein. It includes numerous dance numbers and memorable songs like "New York, New York" and "I Can Cook Too." Todd Moe spoke with the show's musical director, choreographer and five members of the cast who are from the North Country.  Go to full article

Preview: "The Child and the Enchanted Ones" in Potsdam

The Crane School of Music's Opera Ensemble presents Maurice Ravel's classic fantasy opera, L'Enfant et les Sortileges, or The Child and the Enchanted Ones this weekend. The opera opens tomorrow morning with a special education outreach performance for children and families, and continues Friday and Saturday night. The fantasy opera includes fairy tale characters, furniture and little animals which come to life to chastise a child who has been tormenting them. Todd Moe spoke with some of the cast and Crane Opera Ensemble director Carleen Graham who says Ravel's opera is the fable of a rude child who finds that the objects and animals of his childhood have their own lessons to teach.  Go to full article
Julia Ferreri's "clock" for the opera at Crane.
Julia Ferreri's "clock" for the opera at Crane.

Backstage at the opera: creativity and craftsmanship

Months before the opening night of any theatrical production, the drama starts backstage with the set, lighting and costume designs. Props, makeup and clothing are created by folks you won't see in front of the curtain, but by a crew of hidden artists.

For today's "Heard Up North," we step behind the scenes. Julia Ferreri is the costume shop manager at SUNY Potsdam. She's designing the costumes for next week's opera production of Ravel's The Child and the Enchanted Ones - the story of a rude child whose toys and furniture one day retaliate as they come to life. The designer draws inspiration from the story, the characters and the director. In between is a lot of common sense and creativity. And it's more of a challenge when the characters are chairs, a teacup or a grandfather clock.  Go to full article

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