Many thanks to our Artists, Musicians, and Supporters who made Opera 2017 happen!
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2017’s Elixir of Love was a hit!
Berkshire Onstage Review: “I can’t remember ever having so much fun at an opera.”
The Troy Record Review: ” The material is fun, the singing brilliant, the staging clever and the orchestra lush.”
Opera Previous Performance Archive
Written over the course of only 6 weeks in 1832, this romantic comedy remains one of the most-performed operas to this day, due in no small part to highly relatable characters and the ever-relevant theme of falling in love. Willing to try anything to win the affection of the self-motivated and fiercely independent Adina, Nemorino, the young admirer spends a fortune on a “love potion” sold by Dulcamara, a traveling charlatan who capitalizes on the desperate and naive. Will Adina choose Nemorino, the local villager with nothing to offer but his affections, or Belcore, the confident and cocky military sergeant who is quick to propose and leads a life of adventure? And what of Dulcamara and his potions? This charismatic classic makes you smile and celebrate the awkward joy of falling in love.
How can I contribute to Hubbard Hall Opera?
Volunteer to host your very own opera singer!
We’ve been remarkably fortunate to have housing hosts welcome artists into their homes to help make each season a success! We love making Art & Community Happen, but we can’t do it without YOU! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Housing” if you would like to open your home to host a singer or musician next summer, or even an artist during the regular theater season. More info on Artist Housing below!
In every case, Hubbard Hall will honor the specific time frame that works with the host family. We will always be in contact in advance of the guest’s arrival to confirm the dates and then put you directly in touch with your guest to work out any details by a given date. Hubbard Hall artists will be at least 18 years old and we will honor any requests to house a person of a certain age or gender.
Artists may share rooms, as long as we can assign roommates in advance. They expect to share bathrooms and are willing to bring their own linens & towels, but will need some shared access to a kitchen & cooking utensils. Internet and laundry access is not required, but is appreciated. Transportation and meals are not required of the host family, but are always welcomed. You may not see much of your house guest as rehearsals generally start by noon and will finish after 10pm.
If requested, Hubbard Hall will hire a house cleaner for the hosts after the stay of their guest/s. Hosts receive a complementary bottle of wine upon the arrival of their guest/s and are invited to our special premium seating for a performance. Hosts will receive two complimentary tickets to the performance of their choice, but must call the Hall to reserve in advance. Should there be any problem over the course of the homestay, we will be available via phone or email to help resolve the issue. After the departure of the artist, we will follow up with all of our hosts to request feedback and make sure that the homestay went well.
In addition to maintaining an excellent music festival in the Cambridge Valley, as a host you have the opportunity to get to know interesting musicians and actors from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Many of the friendships formed during these homestays have spanned years and some musicians have even relocated to this region because of the outpouring of welcome they received during their first stay. We couldn’t do this without you.
This year’s hosts included:
David Bayne, David and Deb Borthwick, Ed and Lane Bruske, Joanne and David Fuller, Alex & Paula Hillis, Nancy Krauss, Christine Congelesi-Lulla, Barbara Simoneau, George and Sue Vanhook, and Anita Witten.