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Old Maid and the Thief at the DVO

The Telephone, or L’Amour à trois is an English-language comic opera in one act by Gian Carlo Menotti, who composed the music and wrote the lyrics. It was his fifth opera and was premiered in New York City in February 1947. A Broadway production took place on May 1, 1947, at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre as a prelude to performances of The Medium, his fourth opera. These operas became Menotti’s first internationally successful works, notably receiving critically acclaimed productions in Paris and London in 1949 and later touring Europe in 1955 under the sponsorship of the United States Department of State with musical forces led by Thomas Schippers. The Metropolitan Opera Company presented it once, at the Lewisohn Stadium, on July 31, 1965.

The Old Maid and the Thief is a radio opera in one act, commissioned by NBC in 1939 by Gian Carlo Menotti who composed the music and wrote the libretto. The opera premiered in a radio broadcast on April 22, 1939, with Alberto Erede conducting the NBC Symphony Orchestra It was the first of several operas in the English language by the young composer who was just 28 years old at the time. He was inspired to write the story of the opera after visiting the family of his partner Samuel Barber. He found that a quaint, cute town actually covered up secrets. It’s tells a twisted tale of morals and evil womanly power. Menotti writes in the libretto “The devil couldn’t do what a woman can – Make a thief out of an honest man.”

Pinocchio by John Davies

Watch a video of the live performance from June 22, 2024.

Mr. Davies has created several children's operas to familiar fairy tales and stories. These delightful pieces are a perfect introduction to the operatic art form because all the music is from popular operatic repertoire, written by the masters of the genre. The music is chosen to be immediately accessible to young ears and introduce the original richness and complexity of the art form without dilution.

Mr. Davies has replaced the original words with his own English ones to tell the stories. “Pinocchio” is one of these charming works. The story is the traditional one about Geppetto, a wood worker, who wishes for a son. He is granted his wish. He is to carve a little boy out of wood. This boy will magically become a real boy in time. Meanwhile, he has one peculiar quality --- if he lies, his nose will grow.

The first thing Geppetto does is send this wooden boy, Pinocchio, to school. The naïve wooden fellow meets some bad company on the way to school and is sold to the circus owner, Dulcamara, who wants to add Pinocchio to his collection of novelties as a puppet without strings. He eventually escapes and saves one of the other “novelties” a mechanical doll.

The adventure teaches Pinocchio all about justice, life, love, and honesty.

Join us on Sat June 22 at 10am or 3pm or Sun June 23 at 3pm for this lively, educational and entertaining performance! Children under 14 are FREE!

Plein Air Art Exhibition


Celebrating Art, Nature, and Conservation

The Plein Air Lake Huntington Fine Art Exhibit is a unique and inspiring eventthat brings together artists, nature enthusiasts, and conservationists. This exhibit is more than just a display of beautiful art; it is a celebration of the natural world and a call to action to protect it. Held annually on the picturesque shores of Lake Huntington, the event encourages artists to create works of art en plein air—outdoors, directly in the environment they are capturing.

A Historical Art Tradition

Plein air painting, a French term meaning "in the open air," became prominent in the 19th century with the advent of portable painting equipment. Artists like Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir championed this approach, emphasizing the importance of capturing the natural light and atmosphere of a scene. The Plein Air Lake Huntington Fine Art Exhibit continues this tradition, offering artists the opportunity to work directly from life and immerse themselves in the stunning landscapes of Lake Huntington.

Environmental Awareness and Conservation

A central theme of the exhibit is environmental conservation. Lake Huntington, with its serene waters and diverse ecosystems, serves as a perfect muse for artists and a reminder of the beauty and fragility of our natural world. The event aims to raise awareness about the importance of preserving such environments. Proceeds from the exhibit support local conservation efforts, ensuring that Lake Huntington remains a pristine haven for wildlife and a source of inspiration for future generations.

Community Engagement and Education

The exhibit also fosters community engagement and education. Local schools and community groups are invited to participate in workshops and guided tours, learning about both the artistic process and the ecological significance of Lake Huntington. This interactive approach helps to instill a sense of environmental stewardship in participants, encouraging them to appreciate and protect their natural surroundings.

River Rep Theater "ART"

Four performances only!
June 8 & 15 at 8pm
June 9 & 16 at 2pm

River Rep Theatre will open its 2024 season with Yasmina Reza’s international hit play ‘Art’. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play, the “sharp, witty and clever” (The Guardian) comedy focuses on the meaning of art (in the form of a solid white painting) as well as the meaning of friendship, to both the man who bought the painting and the two friends who come to see it. The Washington Post called the play “funny and engaging" and The New York Times called it “an impeccably tailored piece of work.”

Starring River Rep ensemble members Arthur Aulisi, Christopher Peditto and Gregory Thomas. Directed by Jessica López-Barkl. Set and costumes by Alyena Galvin-Bliefernich. Original music by Kazzrie Jaxen. Sound design by Dan Piburn.

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Pedro Boregaard is prepping for a solo show at the Delaware Valley Opera Company tomorrow at 6 p.m. PHOTO BY BRIAN CHIDESTER

Friday March 22, 2024 - This article originally appeared in the Sullivan County Democrat newspaper.

by Brian Chidester

Pedro Boregaard is a purveyor of beauty. His artisan jewelry business—originally located at Madison Avenue and 53rd Street in Manhattan, now on Main Street in Narrowsburg—celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. He is also a sculptor, a gardener, an antiquarian, and more recently, a folk singer.

His first-ever solo performance takes place tomorrow — at the Delaware Valley Opera Co.’s Arts Nest — March 23 at 6 p.m.

At seventy-seven, odds are against him to achieve notoriety or success with his music, yet he feels compelled all the same. The impetus, in fact, came seven years ago, following a partial loss of sight and a diagnosis of macular degeneration.

His first composition, “I Don’t Know What Made Me Do It,” came shortly after. It is an everyman’s tale cast in Wild West narrative tropes. Then came two more. He performed them at various open-mic nights around Sullivan County to gain comfortability and gauge audience reaction. Now he has thirteen songs. Enough for a stand-alone gig. Possibly an album.

Boregaard is lithe, even a bit gangly, save for his debonnair sense of style. He wears dark glasses on-stage and projects an air of the classic troubadour. Like the Renaissance-era memoirist Benvenuto Cellini, he basks in the creative pedigree of his parents, both of them ballet dancers. Also of his apprenticeship as a young man with the prestigious Hemmerle jewelry house in Munich.

River Rep Theater Benefit Gala

A celebration of River Rep’s artists and audience, benefiting their 2024 season

River Rep Theatre will present its First Annual Gala Benefit on April 13 at 7pm at the Delaware Valley Opera Center in Lake Huntington, NY. A co-production between River Rep and Delaware Valley Opera, the evening will include an exciting program of staged scenes (including Yasmina Reza’s ‘Art’ and other plays in River Rep’s 2024 season), songs, and solo piano, performed by a talented lineup of local and visiting artists, including:
Arthur Aulisi, Ayana Banks, Jonathan Brody, Thomas Cambridge, Matt Carpenter, Frank DeGroat, Lisa Gonsalves, Jim Fyfe, Kazzrie Jaxen, Harrison Killian, G. Oliver King, Lexee McEntee, Christopher Peditto, Gregory Thomas, Greg Triggs, Crystal Tweed and Amy Laird Webb.

A full buffet will be served, with delicious food from our sponsor restaurants - Old Foundation, Callicoon Brewery, Creek House, Santorini Mix Grill, Local Pizza, and more. A cash bar will serve beer, wine and soft drinks throughout the event.

Post-performance festivities will include a feast and celebration (dancing is encouraged!) and Silent Auction, where patrons can bid on donated goods and services, including original artwork, Splash Passes at the Kartrite Water Resort, tickets to The Forestburgh Playhouse, and much more!

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Listen to the recent interview with Valerie Mansi and Jodi Siblia, Curator for the Arts Nest Gallery on WJFF Radio Catskill.