The Phenicia International Voice Festival announces the 2022 festival season

Phenicia International Festival of the Voice announces the 2022 festival season, August 5-7, 2022 at 8:30 p.m. at Saint Ursula Place, Phenicia, NY. The weekend will include Teatro Grattacielo’s production of Don Giovanni, the New York City Opera’s production of La Traviata and Hollywood in the Hills, a special concert celebrating opera in film. Tickets for each event are $5 for children under 16, $40 for general admission, and $95 for VIP. Weekend passes giving access to all three events cost $100. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call 845-594-8201.

“We are thrilled to return to Phenicia with our production of one of the most beloved operas in the repertoire. Our outstanding international cast will no doubt delight audiences,” said Michael Capasso, General Manager of New York City Opera.

Don Giovanni

Friday August 5, 2022 at 8:30 p.m.

The extremely energetic and innovative Teatro Grattacielo – together with the Camerata Bardi Vocal Academy Young Artists Program – brings its special combination of great young singers, staging and provocative projections to open this season with Mozart’s greatest opera, Don Giovanni. Updated as a celebration of Spanish sic-kitsch in the 90s with inflatable sofas, Chanel clothes, lots of jewelry and a shiny white stage made of tiles with bulls, this production is a dedication to the Spanish cinematographer Pedro Almodovar and Cuban singer Bolero La Lupe. On stage, five neon bull sculptures, a five-piece sofa covered in Piet Mondian fabric, and plenty of gazpacho. Performers will be driven by their innermost desires and fears, living their lives in a continuous state of suspension. A suspension of time. A suspension of the senses. In a Spain of the 90s, where food, sex and pop culture are a means of expression.

Conductor: David Bloom, director: Stefanos Koroneos, scenographer and costume designer: Tasos Protopsaltou, artist: Lolita Valdeerrama Savage.

With: Rick Agster, Christiana, Joe Lodato, Clara Luz Iranzo, Eric Mc Keever, Samuel Ng, Alexandra Razskazoff, Madison Zahorsky.

La Traviata

Saturday August 6, 2022 at 8:30 p.m.

The acclaimed New York City Opera brings together soprano Ekaterina Siurina (Gilda, Rigoletto and Susanna of MET Opera, Le Nozze di Figaro) and tenor Charles Castronovo (Don Ottavio of MET Opera, Don Giovanni; Rodolfo, La Bohème) for La Traviata by Green. The production also stars world-renowned baritone Michael Chioldi, who led Rigoletto last summer, a role he recently performed at the MET for a string of critically acclaimed performances, and returns to in November. In what is sure to be another Catskills triumph, City Opera Music Director and Principal Conductor Maestro Constantine Orbelian leads this story of a beautiful Parisian courtesan who finally finds true love, only to see her life cut short by a fatal illness. City Opera puts its own classic spin on La Traviata, which features one of the most iconic, romantic and tragic scores of all time, Verdi’s masterpiece contrasts dramatic party scenes with tender, intimate moments. . La Traviata (which means “the one who got lost”) tells the story of the tragic love between the courtesan Violetta and the romantic Alfredo Germont. Played against the hypocrisy of fashionable high society, Alfredo and Violetta’s love threatens to shame his family. When her father appeals directly to Violetta to give up her only chance at happiness, Violetta submits and her act of selflessness leads her to pay the ultimate price.

Staging: Michael Capasso, direction: Constantine Orbelian

With: Charles Castronovo, Michael Chioldi, Ekatrina Siurina

Hollywood in the Hills: Opera at the Movies

Sunday August 7, 2022 at 8:30 p.m.

Alongside these Big Apple giants, enjoy an innovative concert featuring Opera in the Mo-ies, complete with a full choir and orchestra. Enjoy projected vignettes of films enhanced by the incredible drama of opera and performances by world-class soloists who have graced the Festival for over a decade. Films include Philadelphia, The Shawshank Redemption, Pretty Woman, The Rabbit of Seville, and Fatal Attraction. Presented in collaboration with the Woodstock Film Festival.

With: Yulan Piao, Ta’u Pupu’a, Kristin Sampson, Matthew Gamble

Darcy J. Skinner