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Opera review: A dark and beautiful Macbeth soars

Posted on June 9, 2016 |
By Nancy Maxwell



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In 1846 Giuseppe Verdi had the brilliant idea of taking William Shakespeare’s 1606 play “Macbeth” and setting it to music. And this past Friday that brilliant idea was brought to a very full life on the Town Hall Theater stage by the Opera Company of Middlebury.

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Macbeth the opera: A preview of a Verdi masterpiece

Posted on May 29, 2016 |
By David Weinstock



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Remember Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” from high school English class? Composer Giuseppe Verdi liked the play so much that in 1847 he transformed it into an opera. Over the years since, Verdi’s “Macbeth” has rarely been staged, but you can see it live when Opera Company of Middlebury’s production opens June 3 for a five-performance run.

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Performance preview: ‘Judevine’ opera brings vet’s struggles to life

Posted on September 17, 2015 |
By Gaen Murphree



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VERGENNES — “These are your neighbors. They’ve just walked off the back road and gotten onto the stage,” says Brookfield composer Eric Nielson. He’s talking about “A Fleeting Animal: An Opera from Judevine,” his collaboration with noted Vermont poet and playwright David Budbill.

“A Fleeting Animal” opened last Friday at the Barre Opera House. This coming Saturday, Sept. 19, it makes its stop at the Vergennes Opera House as part of its tour around the state.

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Purcell opera to play at Town Hall Theater

Posted on September 4, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — Opera Company of Middlebury will present one of the glories of English music, “Dido and Aeneas” by Henry Purcell, in three semi-staged concert performances at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury the weekend of Oct. 16.

This will be the first time Opera Company of Middlebury (OCM) will present a Baroque opera. “Dido and Aeneas” premiered in 1689 and is generally considered the first great English opera.

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Opera Review: Opera co. brings Puccini’s fairytale to life with 'impossibly beautiful' voices

Posted on June 4, 2015 |
By Nancy Maxwell



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Puccini’s last opera, the great “Turandot,” is a dark, Oriental fairytale with a riveting, contemporary, cinematic score. Perhaps knowing this would be his last work Puccini held nothing back and from the first moment the opera explodes with musical thrills and chills.

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Opera preview: Covers for 'Turandot' aren't second string

Posted on May 28, 2015 |
By David Weinstock



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Great news for opera lovers: Although the Opera Company of Middlebury has sold out every ticket for its main performances of Puccini’s “Turandot,” which opens at the Town Hall Theater this Friday evening, you might still score a seat for a June 5 performance by the “covers.” Covers are the full stand-by cast of understudies, all gifted professional singers who rehearse along with the main cast and are ready to step in for a lead singer if needed.

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Video: Covers make their voices heard

Posted on June 13, 2014 |
By Phoebe Lewis



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While most cover singers in opera may never get on stage unless a member of the main cast is unable to perform, with the Opera Company of Middlebury covers are guaranteed one show per run. The cover cast of the OCM's recent run of Rossini's The Italian Girl in Algiers performed Friday, June 6, to a full house. 

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Understudies play key role for the local opera company

Posted on June 12, 2014 |
By Phoebe Lewis



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MIDDLEBURY — Imagine watching weeks of rehearsals of an opera, memorizing three hours’ worth of music backstage, and learning blocking by watching others perform — all for the chance of performing a leading role.

Now imagine being thrust onto the stage after just two nights of rehearsal with the entire cast.

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Sitting Next to a Stranger at the Town Hall Theater

Posted on June 2, 2014 | Blog Category:
By Gary Margolis



Pardon me for thinking this armrest

    was ours. For assuming what they were

 

singing had more to do with our lives

    than theirs. What, I’m guessing, brings

 

you here, too. It’s hard to read the titles

    above the tenor’s head, without wanting

 

to say the same thing to you. How chance

    finds two strangers sitting on a bench

 

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Meet the opera singers on May 18

Posted on May 8, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — The Opera Company of Middlebury heads into its 11th season with the riotous Rossini comedy “The Italian Girl in Algiers” (“L’Italiana in Algeri”). The professional singers in this year’s company come from all parts of the country, many of them making their debut with OCM.

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