Opera Saratoga

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Opera Saratoga[1](until January 2011, named the Lake George Opera) is a professional opera company based in Saratoga Springs, New York. It performs an annual summer festival of three fully staged operas and operettas.

The company and its associated Lake George Opera Festival were founded in 1962 by Fred Patrick, a New York-based singer/actor and Juilliard graduate, and the husband of Jeanette Scovotti, a soprano who sang at the Metropolitan Opera. The original performances took place at Diamond Point on the shores of Lake George in upstate New York and later moved to the nearby town of Queensbury. John Balme was the General Director from 1988 to 1992. Since 1998, Lake George Opera's performance base has been the Spa Little Theater at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Conductor John Douglas served as the company's chorusmaster and director of the LGO's young artist program from 2002 until his death in 2010.

Several well-known opera singers performed with the company in the early stages of their careers, including Catherine Malfitano, Diana Soviero, Eric Halfvarson and Jerry Hadley.[2]

The company celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2011.

World premieres[edit]

World premiere productions staged by the company include:


  1. ^ Press release, 18 November 2010, announcing the change of name online at operasaratoga.org Retrieved 23 January 2011
  2. ^ Lessner (2001)
  3. ^ Page (August 14, 1983)
  4. ^ Opera: 'Hazel Kirke' by Michael Kimmelman. The New York Times, 14 Aug 1987. Retrieved 2011-04-10.

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