Berkshire Opera Festival 2019

Ornate antique stage with red curtain and exquisite carvings. The Berkshire Opera Festival, founded in 2016 by Brian Garman and Jonathan Loy, enters its third summer season this year utilizing the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, MA as the site of its premiere event, the outstanding comedic opera, Don Pasquale. The curtain will rise on Donizetti’s masterpiece for a matinee performance on Saturday, August 24 at 1:00 PM, and continue with evening performances on Tuesday, August 27 and Friday, August 30 at 7:30 PM. The 2 hour and 20 minute bel canto comedy will be sung in Italian with projected English subtitles

Brian, an accomplished artist in his own right, shared the vision of an accessible and affordable venue for operatic performances meant to entertain a wide variety of audiences and age groups residing or vacationing in the Berkshires. He is the maestro and artistic director behind the performances, while partner Loy serves as General Director. Both men have had extraordinary careers in opera, here and abroad, and bring their combined passion for authenticity in the art form to fully-staged productions in western Massachusetts.

In addition to Don Pasquale, the Berkshire Opera Festival will produce two additional concerts designed to expose audiences to American opera and showcase other bel canto operatic masterpieces. “Ain’t It A Pretty Night, Excerpts from American Opera” takes the stage on Thursday, August 8 at 7:30 PM. This ticketed recital, a collaboration with the Hancock Shaker Village, will be held in a 1910 barn at the Village in Pittsfield, MA.

“Savor the Sound”, a free concert featuring the works of Italian bel canto composers, will be an introduction to the sopranos, altos, tenors, and baritones/basses cast in Don Pasquale. The artists take the stage Wednesday, August 14 at 7:30 PM at Saint James Place in Great Barrington, MA.

Book your rooms now at the Staveleigh House Bed and Breakfast in Sheffield, MA where you’re sure to sing the praises of your hosts, innkeepers Chris and Mike Scott. After an afternoon or evening of dramatically compelling musical productions, relax in the comfort of their lovely bed and breakfast in the Berkshires.