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Local Festival Offers Affordable Opera

local-operaNow in its fourth year as Vermont’s premier professional opera festival, the Green Mountain Opera Festival introduces international opera performers, world renowned directors, and emerging opera artists to music enthusiasts May 28 – June 21.

Under the direction of internationally acclaimed artistic director Taras Kulish, this three week operatic sojourn explores the art and beauty of opera with concerts, open air events, free open rehearsals, and free master classes culminating with two fully staged and costumed performances of Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro),” accompanied by the Green Mountain Opera Orchestra at the beautifully restored Barre Opera House.

The festival’s Emerging Artist Program will present an abridged version of Donizetti’s “The Elixir of Love (L’Elisir D’Amore)” at the Round Barn Farm’s historic Joslyn Round Barn in Waitsfield.

Opera enthusiasts and those just beginning to learn about opera are invited to join the Emerging Artists at a series of free master classes taught by bass-baritone Sanford Sylvan, festival maestro Jacques Lacombe, festival stage director Ellen Schlaefer, and the festival’s artistic director Taras Kulish, also an international career bass. Master classes are an excellent no cost opportunity for Vermont performers and directors to gain professional training and will be taught at the Joslyn Round Barn. A complete schedule is available at

Opera lovers are encouraged to sample opera at the low cost Broadway Picnic taking place on June 10 on the grounds of the Lareau Farm Inn, home to American Flatbread, in Waitsfield. This casual, open-air event begins at 6 p.m. with a carry-in picnic option followed by the concert at 7 p.m. The cast of “The Marriage of Figaro” perform favorite Broadways standards to the delight of people of all ages. Tickets are $10 per person and are available at the event.

To purchase tickets to the Barre Opera House performances, call 802-476-8188 or visit
To purchase tickets for other performances, call 802-496-7722 or email

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