NYC Opera and Teatro Grattacielo Headline the 2022 Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice
Come one, come all for a weekend of outdoor, family-friendly opera in Phoenicia NY, as the New York City Opera and Teatro Grattacielo Opera Company headline this year’s International Festival of the Voice. It’s not too late to get your tickets to this annual world-class music event, which runs August 5-7:
- FRIDAY | August 5
You won’t want to miss Teatro Grattacielo’s 90s pop culture-themed Don Giovanni
- SATURDAY | August 6
The NYC Opera Company performs the tragic love story of La Traviata
- SUNDAY | August 7
The hills are alive with “Hollywood in the Hills“, in collaboration with the Woodstock Film Festival. A full chorus and orchestra play while projecting vignettes of several opera-enhanced films.
All three events take place at the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice | Saint Ursula Place, Phoenicia, NY. See you there!
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FRIDAY, August 5th
8:30 pm – 11:00 pm
“This Don Giovanni production is a dedication to Spanish cinematographer Pedro Almodovar and Cuban Bolero singer La Lupe. The singers/actors driven by their most inner desires, of fears, live their lives in a continued state of suspension. A suspension of time. A suspension of senses. In 90’s Spain, where food, sex and pop culture are a way of expression.“ Teatro Grattacielo
The hugely energetic and innovative Teatro Grattacielo Opera Company will bring its special combination of great young singers, provocative staging and projections to open this season’s Phoenicia Festival of the Voice on Aug. 5th. They will open with Mozart’s arguably greatest opera, ‘Don Giovanni’, updated as a celebration of Spanish sic-kitsch set in 90s replete with air couches, Chanel clothes, lots of jewels, and a bright white stage made of tiles with bulls.
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La Traviata Opera
Saturday, August 6th
8:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Following New York City Opera’s star-studded production of Rigoletto at The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice this past summer, they’ll be returning on Saturday, August 6, 2022 with another Verdi classic, La Traviata. Soprano Ekaterina Siurina and tenor Charles Castronovo will star along with Michael Chioldi, world-renowned baritone and star of last summer’s Rigoletto (a role he recently stepped into at the MET for a series of critically acclaimed performances), in what is sure to be another triumph in the Catskills with City Opera Music Director Maestro Constantine Orbelian at the helm.
Featuring one of the most iconic, romantic and tragic scores of all time, Verdi’s masterpiece, La Traviata, contrasts spectacular party scenes with tender, intimate moments. La Traviata (which means ‘one who has lost her way’) tells the story of the tragic love between the courtesan Violetta and the romantic Alfredo Germont. Played out against the hypocrisy of upper-class fashionable society, Alfredo and Violetta’s love threatens to shame his family. When his father directly appeals to Violetta to relinquish her one chance of happiness, Violetta submits and her act of self-sacrifice leads to her paying the ultimate price.
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Hollywood in the Hills
Sunday, August 7th
8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Enjoy a night of Opera in the Movies, as the Phoenicia Festival of the Voice, in collaboration with the Woodstock Film Festival, presents an amazing and innovative concert featuring ‘Hollywood in the Hills’ with full chorus and orchestra, projections vignettes of the films which were enhanced by operas incredible drama and the world-class soloists you’ve heard every year now for over a decade. Some of the films include, “Philadelphia,” “The Shawshank Redemption,” “Moonstruck” and “Fatal Attraction.”
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Full Weekend Passes are also available | GET TICKETS
Admission Entry to Performances is open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tickets are non-refundable – rain or shine. Attendees may either bring a picnic blanket, or their own chairs or rent one on-site. What else to bring? Covid Protocols are monitored and in Compliance with CDC regulations. Handicap access, via Ava Maria.
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Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice
The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice is an annual festival of vocal music held in Phoenicia, New York during the first week of August. The Festival includes a variety of vocal music performances including opera, gospel music, world music, and musical theatre. Now in its 13th year, the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice mounts world-class productions outdoors in the beautiful Catskills.
Since its creation, the festival has welcomed superstars such as Lucas Meachem, John Osborn, Barry Banks, Morris Robinson, Kevin Glavin, Lauren Flanigan, Jacques DeJohnette, Carey Harrison, Ginger Costa-Jackson, Emily Pulley, Lee Roy Reams, Anthony Laciura, Susan Powell, Richard White, Jerry Steichen, Richard Bernstein and Ricky Ian Gordon. Over the years it has served thousands of appreciative music lovers, becoming a renowned cultural destination and creating a vibrant model of interaction between art and communities.
Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice Foundation
The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice Foundation promotes the human voice as an instrument of peace, healing and artistic expression, by presenting a diverse range of world-class vocal performances in Phoenicia NY, the Catskills and surrounding areas. Working across a range of musical genres, the Festival seeks to expand the audience for the vocal arts and to discover and develop new vocal talent from around the corner and around the world. The Festival also aims, through mentoring, apprenticeships, and youth programs, to be an asset to the community, as well as an economic engine for the region.
For more information, visit: Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice