(Cambridge, NY July 31, 2017) Hubbard Hall is pleased to once again bring opera to Washington County! L’elisir d’amore (The elixir of love) is the twelfth orchestra production to grace the Hubbard Hall stage since 2008. Bringing back the dream team that brought you 2013’s The Barber of Seville, conductor Maria Sensi Sellner and director Andrew Nienaber have joined forces once again to bring Donizetti’s romantic comedy right into your lap! The entire opera is set in a nightclub cabaret where Nemorino, a local villager played by the stunning tenor Christopher Lucier, will do anything to gain the affections of the beautiful and brilliant Adina, played by crystal clear soprano Lindsay Ohse, even when a sergeant with status, Belcore, played by robust & steady baritone Patrick McNally, has set his sights on her. The premium seating at cabaret tables sets the audience right in the middle of the action, a truly rare opera-going experience!
Mr. Lucier, Ms. Ohse, and Mr. McNally have performed these roles under the same conductor and director previously at Resonance Works, a company founded by Ms. Sensi Sellner, in Pittsburgh. After discussing the possibility of revisiting the production, Hubbard Hall’s Executive and Artistic Director David Andrew Snider was thrilled to bring this unique opera experience to the Hall. “This opera is fun, in your face, and thrilling, with some of the most gorgeous Italian you’ll ever hear,” says Snider. “It’s accessible AND gorgeous – the best of both worlds. I know our audiences are going to love it.”
Rounding out the main cast, we welcome back the dynamic and hilarious Andrew Adelsberger (last seen at the Hall in 2014’s Gianni Schicchi) as Dulcamara, the seller of the “love potion” purchased by Nemorino and newcomer to the Hall, soprano Rebecca Shorstein joins the cast as Adina’s trusted friend Gianetta. The chorus is made up of local talent who also function as the night club’s waitstaff and our 17 piece local orchestra will be set on the stage overlooking the action.
Guests at our premium seating will not only be in the middle of the events unfolding, but will also enjoy nibbles and wine provided by the Roundhouse Café.
Opera performances are:
Friday, August 11 at 7pm Opening Night
Saturday, August 12 at 7pm
Wednesday, August 16 at 7pm
Friday, August 18 at 7pm
Sunday, August 20 at 2pm
For those unavailable to attend the opera but who would still like a chance to see these amazing artists perform, you are welcome to attend our outreach opportunity in Saratoga! On Saturday, August 5 at 2pm, the cast will be performing selections for the Saratoga Springs Public Library at 49 Henry St. in Saratoga Springs.
Premium Packages for the opera are available through our website or our box office at 518-677-2495 ext. 311. For $150, individuals can enjoy a premium seat, dinner or breakfast at Round House Bakery Cafe, and a room at Motel Cambridge ($250 for couples). Tickets are $60 for Premium Seating with complementary charcuterie and wine, $45 for Riser Seating, $25 for Students and can be purchased online, through our Box Office at 518-677-2495, or at the door until we are sold out. Tickets are already going fast, so to ensure that you are not turned away, please reserve your tickets in advance!
About Hubbard Hall Center for the Arts and Education
Since 1878 Hubbard Hall has developed, produced, and presented theater, music, dance and the visual arts. From 19thcentury vaudeville and traveling troupes performing Shakespeare to today’s newest developing artists, the Hall has long been a home for theater, opera, dance, and music and in recent years has developed into a world-class development center for new work. Through classes in dance, theater, music, movement, puppetry, fencing, and even gardening, Hubbard Hall gives students of all ages an opportunity to learn, collaborate and grow. By offering arts education programming in schools and throughout our region, we connect more deeply with our community and give students throughout the region the opportunity to learn and grow through the arts. Recognized as a leading arts institution in the state of New York, Hubbard Hall is a national model for community-based arts organizations. Hubbard Hall is located at 25 East Main Street in Cambridge, NY. For more information on this and all of our programs, or to purchase tickets, register for classes, make a donation, and/or become a Hubbard Hall Pass carrier please visit www.hubbardhall.org or call (518) 677-2495.