The Jewish Federation Connecting with Community program presents "An Opera Festival in the Berkshires." Join general director Jonathon Loy and artistic director Brian Garman, along with costume designer Charles Caine, all from the Berkshire Opera Company.
They will share details about the creative process for BOF's main stage production of Richard Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos. Costume sketches, set models and overall concepts will be shown and discussed with these wonderfully engaging speakers. From their website, they write:
"We are Berkshire Opera Festival (BOF), a fully-producing summer festival that opened in 2016. Adhering to the highest standards of artistic excellence, we are committed to restoring fully-staged opera to a place of prominence in the Berkshire community. Each summer, we present musically and dramatically compelling operatic productions, in addition to recitals and other related musical events. We believe that opera is a living, breathing, relevant art form, and must be nurtured as such in order for it to survive and thrive. There is no substitute for experiencing the power of the live, unamplified human voice in a theater, and opera has the inherent, transformative ability to greatly enhance one’s quality of life. Our intent is for BOF to be an integral and vital part of the community, and it is central to our mission to present performances that are accessible and affordable to all Berkshire residents.
This free program is part of the Federation’s Connecting With Community Series and will be followed by a kosher hot lunch. Lunch is a $2 suggested donation for adults over 60 years of age or $7 for all others. Advance reservations are required for lunch and can be made by calling (413) 442-2200 before 9 a.m. on the day of the program.