The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild is pleased to announce Byrdcliffe Night at the Opera – an end-of-season gala at the historic Byrdcliffe Theater, 380 Upper Byrdcliffe Road, Woodstock NY.  The event will take place on Saturday, September 29th at 8:00 pm. Featuring vocalist Louis Otey accompanied by Douglas Martin and the Woodstock Chorale, the gala will be a lively evening of world-class music and art. The program will include a special tribute to the Turnau Opera – a resident fixture of the Byrdcliffe Theater in the 1950’s and 60’s, and a dedication of Arthur Zaidenberg’s mural in the Theater Lobby. Following the performance, there will be a champagne and dessert reception. Opera attire (interpreted freely) is strongly recommended. Tickets are $125.
Arthur Zaidenberg
Arthur Zaidenberg (1908 – 1990) was an artist, author and teacher. He is well-known for his revolutionary ideas and techniques, published in 1938 in his book “Anyone Can Draw,” and for being the first teacher at New York University to use nude models. Zaidenberg completed more than 100 murals in his lifetime and during World War II he made animated films for the army signal corps. His mural in the lobby of the Byrdcliffe Theater is an excellent example of his style, which emphasized the construction of the figure through simple shapes and lines.
Louis Otey
With a career that now spans 30 years, Baritone Louis Otey has sung in most of the world’s major theaters. He is noted for his incisive and in-depth portrayals of the Verdi repertoire. The Royal Opera Covent Garden, the Paris Opera, Rome Opera, Teatro Real Madrid, Geneva Opera Theatre de la Monnaie (Brussels), San Francisco Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera and the Metropolitan Opera are just a few of the world’s stages that have welcomed his dramatic portrayals of major baritone roles.
Douglas Martin
Conductor Douglas Martin combines 20th century traditions; but with a modern sense of flexibility and possibility. He has led Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Opera on the James in Lynchburg, VA, the Anchorage Opera’s opening night gala with Met artists Janinah Burnett, Yegishe Manucharyan and Todd Robison, and over 100 performances of Baz Luhrmann’s La Boheme by Puccini.
Woodstock Community Chorale
The Woodstock Community Chorale, in residence at Byrdcliffe’s Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, was founded by world-class Opera singer Maria Todaro, whom also leads and instructs the group.
Byrdcliffe Theater
The historic Byrdcliffe Theater was originally constructed in 1902 to house the Byrdcliffe School of Art. The large studio room was used for classes, exhibitions, performances and social events, and the west wing housed Ralph Whitehead’s 5000 volume library. Since this time the space has been converted into a 100-seat theater, hosting dance, theater, opera and music.