berkshire opera festival

Wrapping up its fourth season, Berkshire Opera Festival has two performances of Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale” this week.

Donizetti's "Don Pasquale," which premiered in 1843, is a comic opera that is receiving a fully-staged production by Berkshire Opera Festival on Tuesday, August 27 and Friday, August 30 at The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

Directed by Jonathon Loy, the cast includes Craig Colclough as Don Pasquale, Matthew Grills as Ernesto, and Emmett O’Hanlon as Doctor Malatesta, and Metropolitan Opera soprano Deanna Breiwick plays Norina. The production is conducted by Brian Garman.

Breiwick and Garman joined us.

Berkshire Opera Festival is presenting Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpiece, “Rigoletto” with performances August 25th, 28th, and 31st at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

The production is conducted by Artistic Director Brian Garman and directed by General Director Jonathon Loy.

A timeless story of love, betrayal, and vengeance, “Rigoletto” tells the story of a young woman suffering at the hands of self-entitled and abusive men: a theme never more relevant than in our present day.

Berkshire Opera Festival continues its second season, featuring Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos this weekend. Following its widely-acclaimed inaugural season, BOF will present three fully-staged performances August 26, 29, and September 1 at The Colonial Theatre.

To tell us more, we welcome Co-Founder and Director Jonathon Loy, and performers Sam Schultz and Adriana Zabala.

Berkshire Opera Festival

Last year, Jonathon Loy and Brian Garman brought Berkshire County’s opera scene back to life with a production of Madama Butterfly. It was the first full-scale opera production in the Berkshires in about a decade. WAMC’s JD Allen sat down with Loy and Garman to talk about the second season of the Berkshire Opera Festival.

  This morning we talk with a brand new performing arts company in our region. The Berkshire Opera Festival’s inaugural season features a new production that takes a fresh look at Puccini's masterpiece Madama Butterfly. It is timeless love story, featuring beautiful music sung by a world-class cast.

Taking place in an apartment overlooking Nagasaki Harbor, director Jonathon Loy's production moves the action to the 1960s and sets it against the backdrop of Japan's "Golden Sixties" economic boom. Joining us this morning: Artistic Director, Co-Founder and Conductor; John Cheek, bass, singing the Bonze; and Sarah Larsen - mezzo soprano, singing Suzuki.