The Sembrich Barrymore Jacobs
Sembrich presents Verdi events
Celebrating the bicentennial of this renowned composer's birth
The Sembrich, located at 4800 Lakeshore Drive in Bolton Landing, continues its TITANS OF OPERA summer season with a series of Verdi-themed events.
The Sembrich by Barrymore Laurence Scherer, critically acclaimed author, lecturer and music critic for The Wall Street Journal . This talk, entitled “Strength in Numbers: Tracing Verdi's Musical Development Through his Ensembles,” is on Wednesday, July 24, at 1:30 p.m. Admission is $10.
“Giuseppe Verdi was not only Italy’s supreme melodist, he was also it’s greatest musical dramatist. Though Verdi's arias rank among his most familiar excerpts, it is in the ensembles where Verdi's strength as a composer soars,” Mr. Scherer says. “The interweaving of multiple voices allowed him not just to create beautiful scenes of great musical power, but frequently of great psychological insight. We will trace his development as a composer by examining some of Verdi's finest ensembles, from Nabucco to Falstaff, and enjoy a flood of unforgettable majesty and romance.”
Mr. Scherer adds, “I am looking forward to another visit to beautiful Lake George, having spent two busy summers as an apprentice artist with the Lake George Opera Festival back in my varsity days. More recently I gave my presentation Forging American Opera at the Sembrich in 2010 and a year or two prior I gave another presentation A Glittering Heritage: The Paris Opéra in Song and Stone as part of the Dégas exhibition at the Hyde Collection. So coming up to Lake George for me is always a bit like coming back home.”
The next in the Verdi-themed events is a vocal recital performed by tenor Viktor Antipenko, winner of the 2010 Marcella Sembrich Voice Scholarship Competition, on Saturday, July 27, at 7:30 p.m. at The Sembrich. Admission is $25. Selections are colorful and dramatic, featuring operatic music by both Verdi and Wagner and songs and arias from Mr. Antipenko's native Russia.
"We're pleased to dedicate this program to the memory of former Sembrich board president David Lloyd who passed away in 2013 at age 92." says Richard Wargo, Artistic Director of The Sembrich. "David himself was a distinguished tenor and a longtime advocate for the support and advancement of up-and-coming singers such as Viktor."
About the Sembrich
The Marcella Sembrich Memorial Association, Inc. (MSMA), founded in 1940, honors international opera singer Marcella Sembrich at her former teaching studio and woodland retreat on Lake George, by continuing the tradition of musical performances. Each summer, renowned international musicians perform in The Sembrich Studio reminiscent of the chambers and salons in which chamber music was first played. For more information, visit www.thesembrich.org or contact The Sembrich at (518) 644-2431.