To the Editor:
Dear Mr. Alexander, I was surprised to see your publication’s reference to the lack of opera in the Adirondacks, not because of the author’s lack of information, but because the piece got by your usually sharp editors.
It seemed especially strange because of Seagle Music Colony’s presence in the Adirondacks for nearly 100 years. The Colony is known throughout the United States for its superb training of young artists. Perhaps it is better known in other parts of the country than it is 30 miles to the north in Elizabethtown.
This summer I will entertain a mother and daughter coming from Westchester County to see Kurt Weill’s Street Scene. I also have two friends coming up from Saratoga Springs to see the matinee performance. And two intense opera buffs are coming from Croton-on-Hudson to see Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. It will be Seatle Music Colony’s first production in Russian.
The lack of knowledge about SMC’s efforts to bring opera to regional school children is especially troubling. Last fall the children’s opera Little Red Riding Hood was staged through a BOCES program in 12 schools in the Adirondacks and Champlain Valley.
This fall Three Little Pigs will be staged in North Warren, Schroon Lake, North Creek, Minerva, Ticonderoga, Crown Point, Putnam, Warrensburg, Port Henry, Keene Valley, Willsboro, Ausable Forks and other schools. Four operatically-trained singers will stage the opera, invite questions and chat with the students. The plot centers around two boy pigs who are sloppy about building their houses, while the girl pig goes to the library to research the technology of huff-proof, puff-proof building construction. Her house of course survives, and the brothers have to agree that going to the library to read books is a pretty good idea.
Ann Breen Metcalfe