Sembrich hosts Bel Canto Institute Singers
An evening of Italian songs and arias
The Sembrich, located at 4800 Lakeshore Drive in Bolton Landing, hosts Bel Canto Institute's Performance Award winners in "Jewels of Bel Canto," a concert of 19th century Italian songs and arias. The performance is on Thursday, August 8, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $25 and reservations are strongly encouraged: (518) 644-2431.
The Bel Canto Institute, founded in 1987 by Metropolitan Opera Prompter and Assistant Conductor Jane Bakken Klaviter, grants select singers four weeks of study abroad in Florence, Italy. The four recipients of this year's Performance Award to be featured in the August 8th program are singers Charlotte Withen, Kirsten Gronfeldt and Carolyn Ramseur and pianist Sofia Wilkman.
"Since the Museum is where Sembrich taught, what better place could there be for a concert of young students of the operatic traditions of Bellini, Rossini, Donizetti, Verdi, and later Italian composers than the Sembrich Museum?” says Ms. Klaviter. “Both the Sembrich and Bel Canto Institute have the same goals: Teaching and passing on traditions. This is an incredible opportunity for young singers."
The Bel Canto Institute singers have presented programs at The Sembrich for more than a decade. The repertoire for the evening includes works by Bellini, Donizetti, Rossini, Verdi and Donaudy, composers in the "bel canto" tradition. Bel Canto (Italian for “beautiful singing” or “beautiful song”) refers to the Italian-originated vocal style that prevailed throughout most of Europe during the 18th century.
"It's always a gratifying experience for us to host the promising young artists of the Bel Canto Institute," says Sembrich Artistic Director Richard Wargo. "It brings to mind the original purpose of Madame Sembrich's lakeside teaching studio; to nurture and guide the next generation of young singers."
About the Bel Canto Institute
The Bel Canto Institute, founded in 1987 by Metropolitan Opera Prompter and Assistant Conductor Jane Bakken Klaviter, grants select singers four weeks of study abroad in Florence, Italy, offering them the same type of intensive instruction that Madame Sembrich championed decades ago in her teaching studio on Lake George. The organization's purpose is to perpetuate, teach and keep alive the style and tradition of 19th and 20th Century Italian Opera through its summer programs immersing students in the study of style and tradition.