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As summer winds down, we'd like to take a moment to look back and reflect on another great Berkshire Opera Festival season.

ON STAGE THIS SEASON

BOF presented another amazing season of performances and events in 2022. We produced two concerts this year, beginning with "Mid-Winter Mozart" featuring Maria Valdes (2018’s Rigoletto and 2021’s Glory Denied) and Alex McKissick at Saint James Place in Great Barrington in March.  Our annual free community concert, this year called “High on the Ramparts: A Spotlight on Music of Black Composers” was in August at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield and featured performances by Joshua Blue (Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni) and Kearstin Piper Brown, fresh off her starring role in the world premiere of Intimate Apparel at Lincoln Center.

In July, we staged a new production of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer's Three Decembers at PS21/Performance Spaces for the 21st Century in Chatham, NY. The Boston Musical Intelligencer said, "it would be hard to imagine a better cast of singers, both for their vocal abilities and their acting. . . the production glows with passion for both musical and dramatic values from all concerned."

Our season concluded with our mainstage production of Mozart's Don Giovanni at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in August. Seen & Heard International declared our "powerfully daring production is a must-see for area opera fans." The Berkshire Edge celebrated "the singing and acting, and the heroic playing of the Festival orchestra. . . a welcome culmination to BOF’s season."

OFF STAGE THIS SEASON

As part of our engagement efforts, we also hosted outreach events to ensure members of our Berkshires community felt welcomed and informed about BOF's season and mission. Director of Production and Co-Founder Jonathon Loy and Don Giovanni Scenic Designer Stephen Dobay gave a presentation to OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College) members about the scope of our season. Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor Geoffrey Larson spoke about Don Giovanni for the Rainbow Seniors of Berkshire County and Ralph J. Froio Senior Center in Pittsfield. 

In addition, we hosted a lively talkback moderated by Artistic Director and Co-Founder Brian Garman after opening night of Three Decembers (see photo above) with all three members of the cast — Adriana Zabala, Monica Dewey, and Theo Hoffman  stage director Beth Greenberg, and conductor Christopher James Ray. And finally, we were thrilled to welcome back noted dramaturg Cori Ellison, who presented an informative pre-show talk prior to the opening of Don Giovanni

Do you represent a Berkshire community group interested in hosting BOF for a season preview event in 2023? If so, please get in touch.
We'd love to hear from you!

Please take a moment to complete our 2022 Season Survey. We appreciate your time and support, even if you missed attending a BOF performance this season. All responses to this survey are anonymous.

2022 SEASON SURVEY

Please contact us directly if you'd like to provide additional feedback.

We would like to thank the following individuals and institutions for their generous support of our 2022 Season:

Season Presenting Sponsors
William Briggs, Clara F. Londoner, and Michael and Nancy Vale Charitable Trust

Program Advertisers
Asia Barong, Berkshire Property Agents, Bizen, Guido's Fresh Marketplace,
The Pass, and Studio Riggleman

 . . . and YOU!

BOF is dedicated to enriching and entertaining our community by presenting opera performances of the highest artistic quality, and making them affordable and accessible to all. But we can't fulfill our mission without your support! Only 20% of BOF's revenue is earned through ticket sales or through gifts from foundations and businesses. The remaining 80% was donated by individuals like you. 

Thank you to everyone who has donated to support BOF's 2022 season. If you haven't already done so, or if you are in a position to make an additional gift, please consider making a 100% tax-deductible contribution before our fiscal year ends on September 30. All gifts large and small will help us meet our 2022 season fundraising goal.

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Thank you for supporting Berkshire Opera Festival!

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Photo credits. At the top of this email is a grid of moments from our 2022 season. Top Row: André Courville and Natalia Santaliz in Don Giovanni. Adriana Zabala in Three Decembers. Joshua Blue in "High on the Ramparts: A Spotlight on Music of Black Composers". Middle Row: Megan Moore in Don Giovanni. Maria Valdes in "Mid-Winter Mozart". Christopher James Ray conducting Three Decembers. Bottom Row: Monica Dewey in Three Decembers. Kearstin Piper Brown in "High on the Ramparts". Artistic Director and Co-Founder Brian Garman introducing "Mid-Winter Mozart". Photos: Matt Madison-Clark (1, 2, 3, 5, 6), Max Vadakin (3, 8), and Andrea Yu (5, 9). The photos in the rest of the email from top to bottom: Kearstin Piper Brown and Joshua Blue in "High on the Ramparts". Photo: Max Vadakin. Theo Hoffmann in Three Decembers. Photo: Matt Madison-Clark. John Cheek, Edoardo Torresin, and André Courville in Don Giovanni. Photo: Matt Madison-Clark. Three Decembers talkback featuring Artistic Director and Co-Founder Brian Garman, stage director Beth Greenberg, conductor Christopher James Ray, Monica Dewey, Adriana Zabala, and Theo Hoffman. Audience members at "High on the Ramparts". Photo: Max Vadakin.