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Thursday, October 17, 2019
7:00pm

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Live in HD Flex Subscription

Gauguin in Tahiti - Paradise Lost traces the legendary life story of Paul Gauguin, who left France for Tahiti feverishly in search of deep immersions into lush nature, for feelings, visions and colors, ever purer and brighter.

Audiences join this journey from Tahiti to American museums including New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C, and Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, where Gauguin's finest masterpieces are now preserved. 

Gauguin in Tahiti - Paradise Lost takes us on the trail of a story that has become myth. Through Tahiti and the Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia, we experience the landscapes that inspired Gauguin, in the places where he built houses with bamboo and leaves, and discovered light and colors that changed his painting forever. 

The production runs approximately one hour, 30 minutes. 


Friday, October 25, 2019
7:30pm
Idol Kings' Michael Crow as Journey's Steve PerryIdol Kings' Michael Crow as Journey's Steve Perry

General Admission $20, $18 Opera House Members, $10 Students

Experience three very special concerts in one night!

For more than a decade, the Idol Kings have been amazing audiences with their uncanny ability to imitate various artists including Journey, Tom Petty and John Mellencamp, three of the most influential artists from the 80s rock era.

Playing top venues from Indiana to New Jersey and Maine to Georgia, the Idol Kings consistently turn in incredible performances to crowds up to 10,000 strong!

The Idol Kings are a group of seasoned professionals who know how to deliver a show.  Hailing from some of the northeast's most successful cover bands, the Kings' credits include recording with Luther Van Dross, Curtis Stigers, Aerosmith, Bob Dylan and more, and writing with, among others, The Oak Ridge Boys.

Presenting shows of three of the most popular 80s super groups - Journey, John Mellencamp and Tom Petty - a night with Idol Kings is always a nonstop party!

 

 

Spotlight Series Sponsored by DFT Communications and the Maytum Family


Saturday, October 26, 2019
1:00pm
Live via satellite from NYC's Metropolitan Opera

General Admission $20, $18 (Members), $10 Students, $142 (Live at the Met Flex Subscription)

Jules Massenet's tale of passion and excess, and their consequences stars rising soprano Lisette Oropesa in the effervescent title role of the tragic beauty who longs for the finer things in life.

Tenor Michael Fabiano is her ardent admirer, Chevalier des Grieux, whose desperate love for Manon proves their undoing.  Maurizio Benini conducts Laurent Pelly's enchanting production.

A take on the quintessentially French tale of the beautiful young woman who is incapable of forsaking both love and luxury, Massenet’s Manon features one of the truly unforgettable, irresistible, and archetypal female characters in opera.  While the story is firmly set in class and gender issues of the past, the character of Manon herself is timeless, convincing, and familiar.  The opera has been a success ever since its premiere, championed by a diverse roster of singers who have cherished its dramatic opportunities, exalted style, and ravishing music.

The opera is set in and around Paris, with familiar landmarks such as the church of St. Sulpice forming important reference points in the story. The opera was originally set in the early 18th century, but the Met’s current production places the story in the late 19th century, the so-called “Belle Époque” and the time when the opera was written. 

The opera runs three hours, 52 minutes with two intermissions.

 

Stage on Screen Series Sponsored by Dr. James and Marcia Merrins 


7:30pm
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My VoiceLinda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice

A musical biography of one of the most successful and versatile female singers of the 20th century -- and one of the most successful recording artists of all time. At the height of unprecedented success, Ronstadt turned away from pop music to explore an astonishing variety of musical styles. Withstanding constant pressure from a risk-averse industry, Linda insisted on following her musical instincts. Ultimately, her singing voice was stilled by illness and forced her into retirement, but her music and influence remain as timeless as ever.

“It captures the life and career of a rock 'n roll star who never looked back, never apologized, never compromised, virtually never made a wrong move, and made it all seem effortless.” - Variety.

“Will delight the singer's old fans and likely make her many new ones as well.” - Hollywood Reporter.

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and drug material, 95 mins.


Tuesday, October 29, 2019
7:30pm
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My VoiceLinda Ronstadt: The Sound of My VoicePlease see the previous entry for more information about this film.
Saturday, November 2, 2019
1:00pm

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Flex Subscription

Raymonda is betrothed to Jean de Brienne, a gallant knight who pledged to go on a crusade led by the King of Hungary.  When her beloved leaves, Abderakhman, a foreign knight, makes a bid for the hand of Raymonda and threatens her fate when she rejects him.

Raymonda is a must-see of the Bolshoi repertoire, a work of living dance history showcasing the ballerina as the ultimate virtuoso.  Being one of legendary choreographer Marius Petipa's final works, he fully armed this ballet with beautiful court scenes, romantic corps de ballet dances, Hungarian czardas and a title role suited for the most outstanding ballerina.

Created by Petipa at the age of 80, Raymonda brings together everything that was the best of the best that Petipa had done in the course of his long career as a choreographer.   The role of Raymonda is one of the most demanding in the classical ballet repertoire; the ballerina performs five variations as well as incredibly beautiful adagios, the Pas d’action and the Grand pas.

The production runs three hours.

 

Stage on Screen Series Sponsored by Dr. James and Marcia Merrins 


Sunday, November 3, 2019
4:00pm
Chautauqua County History Lecture Series

FREE Admission (Donations Accepted) 

Join docent Beth Tarplay for a virtual tour of the McClurg mansion and museum in Westfield. 

The Federal-style home was built 200 years ago by pioneer James McClurg, the wealthy son of a Pittsburgh industrialist.  Its grand salons and formal rooms stood in sharp contrast to the rugged homes of neighboring frontier settlers. 

Today, the 14-room mansion is the home of the Chautauqua County Historial Society.

This illustrated presentation is the final program in the 2019 Chautauqua County History Lecture Series.

Admission is FREE (donations accepted) 


Saturday, November 9, 2019
1:00pm
Live via satellite from NYC's Metropolitan Opera

General Admission $20, $18 (Members), $10 Students, $142 (Live at the Met Flex Subscription)

Anthony Minghella's vividly cinematic staging of Giacomo Puccini's Madama Butterfly returns to the Met, featuring soprano Hui He in the devastating title role of the doomed geisha. 

Pier Giorgio Morandi conducts one of opera's most beautiful and heartbreaking scores, with a cast that also includes Andrea Care as Pinkerton, Paulo Szot as Sharpless, and mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong as Suzuki.

The opera takes place in the Japanese port city of Nagasaki at the turn of the last century, at a time of expanding American international presence, and when temporary marriages for foreign sailors were not unusual. 

The opera rests squarely on the performer of the title role - a young Japanese geisha who clings to the belief that her arrangement with a visiting American naval officer is a loving and permanent marriage.  It is one of the defining roles in opera.  On stage for most of the time, Cio-Cio-San is the only character that experiences true (and tragic) development.  The singer must convey an astounding array of emotions and characteristics, from ethereal to fleshly to intelligent to dreamy-bordering-on-insane, to resigned in the final scene.

The lyric beauty of Puccini’s score, especially the music for the thoroughly believable lead role, has made Butterfly timeless.

The opera runs three hours, 12 minutes with two intermissions. 

 

Stage on Screen Series Sponsored by Dr. James and Marcia Merrins  


Sunday, November 10, 2019
3:00pm
A Special 25th Anniversary Celebration 

Tickets: $25 (performance), $20 (reception/auction)

On Saturday, November 12, 1994, the 1891 Fredonia Opera House presented its grand re-opening event, Fredonia On Stage!

Nearly 25 years to the day later, on Sunday, November 10, 2019, the Opera House celebrates its 25th Anniversary with a special show, Fredonia on Stage! - 25 Years Later.

This celebratory event is a two-part commemoration.

It STARTS with a matinee performance reminiscent of our grand re-opening!  Local and regional performers join us for a nod to the past 25 years, while representing all the entertainment that the Opera House has to offer today - from Bach to Broadway, Folk to Family, History to Humor, Drama to Dance and Rock to Ragtime!  Featured performers include:

  • Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet representing live dance and Bolshoi Ballet Live
  • Julie Costantini, Jenn Davis and Katie Ryan representing live music and Broadway On Screen
  • Fr. Sean Duggan, Brian Eckenrode, and Brian Walnicki representing the Bach & Beyond Baroque Music Festival
  • Trevor Napoli representing live classical music
  • The Newton Street Irregulars 2.0 representing the Folk in Fredonia Music Series
  • Christina Rausa representing live theatre and National Theatre Live
  • In Jest's Nels Ross representing family-focused entertainment 
  • The band Big Tone representing live popular music and tribute shows 

Along with this array of entertainment, there will be a few special announcements and acknowledgements.

The celebration ENDS with FanTableous Fete II, a reception held at the Fredonia Beaver Club that will feature light hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar and live music.  Capping off the celebration will be the live auction of 10 hand-made, artist-decorated, three-legged, fan-shaped corner tables.

For photos and information on all 10 tables, click here

 


5:30pm
A Reception and Live Auction following the Fredonia On Stage! - 25 Years Later performance

Tickets: $20

This special reception held at the Fredonia Beaver Club featured light hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar and live music.  Capping off the festivities is the live auction of 11 hand-made, artist-decorated, three-legged, fan-shaped corner tables. 

Bids on the tables above can be submitted in advance of the event.  To place a bid in advance, email your name, phone number, table you are bidding on and the amount you wish to bid by 11/9  to operahouse@fredopera.org

Updates on current bids will be posted daily.

If you cannot attend the FanTable-ous Fete II auction, bids can be placed by proxy or by phone during the auction itself.  Contact the Opera House at 716/679-0891 for more information.

 

 

 

Barker Commons, by Thomas Annear
Starting Bid: $200

 

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Fields of Gold, by James East
Starting Bid: $200

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Hydrangeas, by Nancy Nixon Ensign
Starting Bid: $200

Current Bid:  $0 

Cherry-O!, by Risha Formanowicz
Starting Bid: $200

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Nature's Song, by Charlotte Herlong
Starting Bid: $200

Current Bid:  $0 

Tom's Garden, by Ann Janik
Starting Bid: $200

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Solar Eclipse 2017, by Tom Janik
Starting Bid: $200

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Sunflowers, by Judy Kawski
Starting Bid: $200

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Basket Weave, by Ronnie Lafferty
Starting Bid: $200

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Sylvan Reflections, by Don & Sara Baker Michalak
Starting Bid: $200

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A Midnight Snack, by Susan Forrester-Mackay
Starting Bid: $200

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Thursday, November 14, 2019
7:00pm

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Live in HD Flex Subscription

The Prado Museum: A Collection of Wonders celebrates the 200th anniversary of the storied Prado Museum - one of the most-visited museums in the world. 

Hosted by Academy Award-winner Jeremy Irons, this cinematic journey offers viewers a spell-binding experience, telling the story of Spain and beyond, through the works of Velazquez, Rubens, Titian, Mantegna, Bosch, Goya, El Greco and more.

It is a tour through the museum's rooms, stories and emotions on a discovery of a heritage of beauty and art.  The museum's wealth of more than 8000 art treasures draws almost 3 million visitors to Madrid every year.

Its collection tells the story of kings, queens, dynasties, wars, defeats and victories, as well as the story of the feelings and emotions of the men and women of yesteryear and of today, whose lives are intertwined with the museum's: rulers, painters, artists, architects, collectors, curators, intellectuals, and visitors. 

The production runs approximately one hour, 30 minutes. 


Friday, November 15, 2019
7:30pm
Featuring Clann Na Cara Irish Dance

General Admission, $17, $15 (Opera House Members), $10 (Students)
Folk in Fredonia Music Series 

Come experience St. Patrick's Day in November with Arise & Go and members of Clann Na Cara Irish Dance!

Arise & Go is an exciting Celtic trio that finds its roots in the dance music of Ireland, Scotland and Atlantic Canada.  Blending pipes, whistles, fiddle and guitar, the varied backgrounds of the group's members combine to produce a sound that is both grounded in tradition and uniquely fresh and driving.

Based in Ithaca, NY, the trio is noted for its "precision and energy."  Whether in an intimate house concert or on a festival stage, the band blends traditional melodies and instruments into fresh new arrangements that are sure to excite any audience. 

Winners of North America’s longest running live folk radio broadcast Best of Bound for Glory Award 2018,Arise & Go has been featured in Irish Music Magazine, Roots Music Canada, and the Irish American News and praised for its “musical complexity and colour” that is also “authentically mindful of tradition.”  

In 2017, the group released its debut, self-titled EP which introduced listeners to its variety and style.  2019 sees the release of a full-length album, Meeting Place, on which members Ellie Gould (fiddle), Michael Roddy (uilleann pipes, border pipes, smallpipes, whistles) and Tim Ball (guitar, foot percussion) showcase the unique elements of different Celtic traditions that each brings to the group's sound. 

From Quispamsis, New Brunswick, Gould grew up steeped in the Atlantic Canadian musical tradition.  She began playing fiddle at the age of 9 through the traditional music program at her elementary school, and was introduced to Acadian music by her neighbor Jean.  Her sound is uniquely New Brunswick - a cutting blend of Scottish and Acadian rhythms and sounds.

Roddy has spent more than 20 years creating his unique combination of Scottish and Irish piping styles.  After years of competitive success with the Mohawk Valley Frasers Pipe Band, Roddy turned to the world of bellows piping, making he natural leap to smallpipes and border pipes, and the bigger leap to the Irish uilleann pipes.

Ball has been a staple of the contra dance and Irish music scenes in western New York for the better part of a decade.  An exceptionally versatile musician, he also performs as a fiddler throughout the Northeast with contra dance bands Tempest and Center Street, and with Ithaca's Irish session band Traonach. 

Joining the trio will be members of Clann Na Cara Irish Dance.  Clann Na Cara, Gaelic for "A Family of Friends," is an Irish dancing school founded in 2006 by Mary Kate Conrad, Katie Cunningham, Jennifer Mammoliti and Erin Mansour, all of whom danced together for years and competed at the World level.  Under their instruction, the school has earned a reputation for providing quality lessons in Irish dancing through local, national and international recognition. The school is home to regional champions and both national and world-level competitors.  Clann Na Cara dancers have performed on the Opera House stage before and are always a hit with Fredonia audiences! 

 
Sponsored by The Gilman Family


Saturday, November 16, 2019
1:00pm

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Flex Subscription

Featuring a Tony Award-winning performance from the host of The Late Late Show, James Corden, the hilarious West End and Broadway hit One Man, Two Guvnors returns to cinemas around the world to mark National Theatre Live's 10th birthday!

Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall (Corden) becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small-time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancée's dad.  But complicating matters, Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who's been killed by her boyfriend, Stanley Stubbers.

Holed up at The Cricketers' Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket by taking a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be reunited with Rachel.  To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart.  Simple!

One Man, Two Guvnors is by Richard Bean, based on 'The Servant of Two Masters' by Carlo Goldoni, with songs by Grant Olding.  Its 2012 Broadway run was nominated for seven Tony Awards, including Corden's win for Best Actor in a Play. 

 

 Stage on Screen Series Sponsored by Dr. James and Marcia Merrins 


Saturday, November 23, 2019
1:00pm
Live via satellite from NYC's Metropolitan Opera

General Admission $20, $18 (Members), $10 Students, $142 (Live at the Met Flex Subscription)

Director Phelim McDermott tackles another one of Philip Glass’ masterpieces, following his now-legendary Met staging of Satyagraha.

Star countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo is the title pharaoh, the revolutionary ruler who transformed ancient Egypt, with the striking mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges in her Met debut as his wife, Nefertiti.

To match the opera’s hypnotic, ritualistic music, McDermott has created an arresting vision that includes a virtuosic company of acrobats and jugglers. Karen Kamensek conducts in her Met debut.

The opera runs three hours, 21 minutes with two intermissions. 

 

Stage on Screen Series Sponsored by Dr. James and Marcia Merrins 


Saturday, January 11, 2020
1:00pm
Live via satellite from NYC's Metropolitan Opera

General Admission $20, $18 (Members), $10 Students, $142 (Live at the Met Flex Subscription) 

After wowing audiences with his astounding production of Lulu in 2015, South African artist William Kentridge now focuses his extraordinary visual imagination on Alban Berg’s other operatic masterpiece, set in an apocalyptic pre–World War I environment.

Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin is on the podium for this important event, with baritone Peter Mattei making his highly anticipated role debut as the title character.

Soprano Elza van den Heever is Wozzeck’s unfaithful mate, and the commanding cast also includes tenor Christopher Ventris as the Drum-Major, bass-baritone Christian Van Horn as the Doctor, and tenor Gerhard Siegel as the Captain.

Among the most visionary and influential composers of the 20th century, Berg (1885–1935) came of age amid an explosion of artistic and intellectual creativity in Vienna. His vocal and instrumental writing merges the revolutionary techniques of Arnold Schoenberg with the grandeur of such late Romantic composers as Gustav Mahler. The libretto is Berg’s own close adaptation of the play Woyzeck by Georg Büchner. 

One of the emblematic achievements of the thriving artistic forces in Germany and Austria during the brief period between world wars, Wozzeck was a sensation and a scandal at its 1925 premiere. Remarkably, it has lost none of its power to fascinate, shock, and engage audiences, and its status as one of the defining musical works of the 20th century has not blunted its vitality.

The opera runs one hour, 32 minutes with no intermission. 

 

Stage on Screen Series Sponsored by Dr. James and Marcia Merrins  


Saturday, January 18, 2020
1:00pm

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Flex Subscription

Gillian Anderson (X-Files, A Streetcar Named Desire) and Lily James (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) star in All About Eve, captured live from the West End's Noel Coward Theatre in London and broadcast to theatres around the world!

All About Eve is the story of Margo Channing.  The legend. True star of the theatre.  The spotlight is hers, always has been.  But now there's Eve.  Her biggest fan.  Young, beautiful Eve.  The golden girl, the girl next door.  But you know all about Eve... don't you...?

Lifting the curtain on a world of jealousy and ambition, this new production from one of the world's most innovative theatre directors, Ivo van Hove, asks why our fascination with celebrity, youth and identity never seems to get old.

All About Eve is adapted by van Hove from the 1950 Twentieth Century Fox film by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and the play The Wisdom of Eve by Mary Orr. 

The original film starred Bette Davis as Margo Channing and Anne Baxter as Eve Harrington.  It co-starred George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Thelma Ritter and Marilyn Monroe, in one of her earliest roles.  Praised by critics at the time of its release, the film received a record 14 Academy Award nominations and won six, including Best Picture.  It is the only film in Oscar history to receive four female acting nominations and is listed at #28 on the American Film Institute's list of the 100 Best American Films.

in 1970, the film was the inspiration for the stage musical Applause, starring Lauren Bacall as Margo Channing.  It won the Tony Award for Best Musical that season. 

  

Stage on Screen Series Sponsored by Dr. James and Marcia Merrins 


Saturday, January 25, 2020
1:00pm

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Flex Subscription

"The course of true love never did run smooth."

A feuding fairy King and Queen of the forest cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play.  As their dispute grows, the magical royal couple meddles with mortal lives leading to love triangles, mistaken identities and transformations ... with hilarious, but dark consequences.

Shakespeare's most famous romantic comedy comes captured live via satellite from the Bridge Theatre in London. Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Oliver Chris, David Moorst and Hammed Animashaun lead the cast as Titania, Oberon, Puck and Bottom.

Directed by Nicholas Hytner, this production of A Midsummer Night's Dream features immersive staging that transforms the Bridge Theatre into a forest - a dream world of flying fairies, contagious fogs and moonlight revels, surrounded by a roving audience following the action on foot! 

  

Stage on Screen Series Sponsored by Dr. James and Marcia Merrins 


Saturday, February 1, 2020
1:00pm
Live via satellite from NYC's Metropolitan Opera

General Admission $20, $18 (Members), $10 Students, $142 (Live at the Met Flex Subscription)  

One of America’s favorite operas returns to the Met for the first time in nearly 30 years.

James Robinson’s stylish production transports audiences to Catfish Row on the Charleston waterfront, vibrant with the music, dancing, emotion, and heartbreak of its inhabitants.

“If you’re going to stage Gershwin’s opera, this is how,” raved the Guardian when the new production premiered in London in 2018.

David Robertson conducts a dynamic cast, featuring the sympathetic duo of Eric Owens and Angel Blue in the title roles and an all-star ensemble that includes Golda Schultz, Latonia Moore, Denyce Graves, Frederick Ballentine, and Alfred Walker.

The opera runs three hours, 15 minutes with one intermission. 

 

Stage on Screen Series Sponsored by Dr. James and Marcia Merrins  


Thursday, February 6, 2020
7:00pm
Ginevra de' Benci, 1474Ginevra de' Benci, 1474

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Live in HD Flex Subscription

Marking the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci's death: for the first time ever, ALL of his paintings will be shown in ultra-HD on the big screen!

Leonardo da Vinci is widely acclaimed as the world's favorite artist.  Many TV shows and feature films have showcased this extraordinary genius; but often not examined closely enough is the most crucial element of all - his art. 

His peerless paintings and drawings are the focus of Leonardo: The Works, as this cinematic production presents every single attributed painting, in ultra-HD quality, as never seen before on the big screen.

Key works include: The Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, Lady with an Ermine, Ginevra de' Benci, Madonna Litta, Virgin of the Rocks, and more than a dozen others.  The film also looks afresh at da Vinci's life - his inventiveness, his sculptural skills, his military foresight and his ability to navigate the treacherous politics of the day - through the prism of his art.

This is the definitive production about Leonardo, and the first to truly tell the whole story.

The production runs approximately one hour, 25 minutes. 


Saturday, February 8, 2020
1:00pm

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Flex Subscription

The young peasant girl Giselle dies of a broken heart when she learns that the man she loves, Albrecht, has betrayed her.  Against her own will, she joins the Wilis, vengeful spirits of jilted brides who condemn Albrecht to dance until he dies of exhaustion.

In this brand new production of Giselle, world renowned choreographer Alexei Ratmansky brings a fresh perspective to one of the oldest and greatest works of classical dance, giving the audience an opportunity to discover this iconic ballet anew.

The production runs two hours, 30 minutes.

 

Stage on Screen Series Sponsored by Dr. James and Marcia Merrins 


Saturday, February 29, 2020
1:00pm
Live via satellite from NYC's Metropolitan Opera

General Admission $20, $18 (Members), $10 Students, $142 (Live at the Met Flex Subscription)

George Frideric Handel's tale of intrigue and impropriety in ancient Rome receives its first Met performances, with star mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato as the controlling, power-hungry Agrippina and Harry Bicket conducting.

Sir David McVicar's production ingeniously reframes the action of this black comedy about the abuse of power to "the present," where it should loudly resonate.

The all-star cast features mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey as Agrippina's son and future emperor, Nerone, soprano Brenda Rae as the seductive Poppea, countertenor Iestyn Davies as the ambitious officer Ottone, and bass Matthew Rose as the weary emperor, Claudius.

The opera runs three hours, 45 minutes with one intermission.

 

Stage on Screen Series Sponsored by Dr. James and Marcia Merrins 


Friday, May 8, 2020
7:30pm

General Admission, $17, $15 (Opera House Members), $10 (Students)
Folk in Fredonia Music Series 

Buffalo trio Inga Yanoski, Brian Walnicki and Michael Yanoski - or, as they are better known, The Bards - are a unique group of musicians who specialize in playing an assortment of popular music, movie tunes, and folk music from European countries like Ireland, Scandinavia and Latvia.

Often described as a “dynamic trio,” the three musicians are classically trained and all have degrees in music performance.  Inga Yanoski provides vocals and plays violin; husband Michael plays hammered dulcimer, harmonium, accordion, and percussion.  And Fredonia resident Brian Walnicki plays viola and octave mandolin.

Inga describes how the group started ... 

"Approximately 10 years ago, I was invited to play Irish tunes for a private birthday party. I wasn’t sure that I could pull this off on my own, so, the first person that came to mind was Brian Walnicki. I knew that he arranged music and had experience playing Celtic music. He jumped on board and began making the potential set list for the party, and before I knew it we had 3 hours of music.

Mike Yanoski quickly became part of the plan because we knew that his percussion talents would be the icing on the cake. We were a big hit at the party and by the end of the night we knew that we needed to play again, together.  Our big debut was opening for John and Mary at Sportsmens Tavern in Buffalo, NY.  It was for that gig that we needed to come up with a name and hence 'The Bards' were born."

The rest, as they say, is history!

 
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