82 Seneca St
Geneva NY 14456
July 31st and Aug. 1st
$15 adults, $10 students & seniors
$40 Includes Pre-concert reception ( Friday only)
Albert Bergeret directs Mozart’s “The Impresario” and Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Trial by Jury,” two comic one-act operatic masterpieces.
Set in Mozart’s hometown of Salzburg, and peppered with timely references and allusions, “The Impresario” portrays several actors and singers vying for a place in a new company. The process culminates in a vocal duel between high-powered sopranos that is quelled by the hapless impresario and various standers-by.
Included in this production is rarely heard spoken dialogue from the libretto Mozart set to music in 1786 (the same year he composed “The Marriage of Figaro”), a text by a real-life Austrian impresario, Gottlieb Stephanie, the first performer of the title role.
“Trial by Jury” — Gilbert and Sullivan’s first collaboration — is a delicious spoof of a breach of promise trial, a now-forgotten procedure where a man could be sued for withdrawing a proposal of marriage. In the show, the defendant is a roguish playboy, the pretty plaintiff (wearing her wedding dress) flirts shamelessly with the all-male jury, and the amoral judge resolves things with a most unprecedented decision. It premiered at the London Royalty Theatre in 1875 to great acclaim.
Albert Bergeret delighted local audiences last summer with his direction of Johann Straus’s “Die Fledermaus” for American Landmark Festivals and The Smith Opera House. Hailed as “the leading custodian of the G&S classics” by New York Magazine, Bergeret co-founded the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players in 1974 and has served as its Artistic Director and General Manager ever since.
Joining professional opera singers from New York City and Boston in the cast of principal performers are Geneva residents Angela Calabrese, Charles King and Kris Whiteleather.
The chorus for “Trial by Jury” is composed of singers from Geneva, Penn Yan, Ithaca and Rochester including Giorgi Bekauri, Mariami Bekauri, Dave Belding, Susan Belding, Allyn Brand, Holly Bullock, Matthew Craig, Rebecca Frank, Jay Freer, Ruth Freier, Liz Howard, Brendan Kimball, Llewellyn Lafford, Cathy Lawler, Tom McClure, Tim Thomas, Amanda Tourtelette, Lauren Way, Kirby Weimer, and Mary Williams. They have been rehearsing since June, under the direction of Geneva musician, Steven Kane.