The Chronicle - May 2021
The 106th Anniversary Season.
Happy Spring & Summer to you all!
The Schroon Lake “Ice Out” melted on April 4, 2021 at 4:05 PM and Richard Kagey’s guess tied for second place. Today (late April), however, there was a solid snow storm. Amazingly, singers from around the country will arrive soon. The song, “I am forever blowing bubbles “(1918) will apply to the singers being in a quarantine bubble on the hill, following COVID guidelines. The season is divided into two sessions with half the singers in one part and half in the other. We are thankful that like “Down by the Old Mill Stream” (1908) live-stream performances will be possible.
A Pair of Firsts
After over one hundred  years Seagle Music Colony has a new name, Seagle Festival. After much discussion this happened in January 2021. And, thanks to technology, all performances will be LIVE-STREAMED so you may watch and listen to beautiful music in the comfort of your home or your friends’ homes. Bargains are still possible. Did you ever believe that you could buy 8 streams for the price of 7?!
Use Coupon Code BUY8FOR7
 to get one show free if you buy all 8.
Summer 2021
Watch for details about the ever-popular Old Friends and New concert – a perk for donors to this year’s Annual Fund.

The Island of Tulipatan by Jacques Offenbach starts off Session 1 productions  on July 8 & 17 at 7:30pm. Offenbach wrote over 100 operettas. This humorous one-act operetta, sung in English, follows two young people who were raised to identify as the opposite sex. Their unique love story ends happily.

A fantastic musical will lure you into being spell bound. The Fantasticks by Harvey Schmidt & Tom Jones will take place on July 9 and July 15 at 7:30pm. This musical held the record for the longest running musical ever. Meddling parents watch their children fall in love in this musical filled with delightful tunes. Here is a trivia question: What is the most popular song in the show? “Try to Remember.”

Cinderella (Cendrillon) by Jules Massenet will be done in an abridged version on July 10 & 16 at 7:30pm. Massenet became wealthy and famous writing operas. The opera will be sung in French with English supertitles. This performance presents the beloved Cinderella story in a way that is very similar to the Disney version we all know and love.

Opera Scenes will take place on July 14 at 7:30pm and on July 17 at 2pm. This program will feature a potpourri of duets and ensembles from favorite operas by the Session 1 singers
(Remember to stay socially distanced like these loons!)

The Seagle Festival Hybrid Gala 2021 will occur in an exciting new format on July 31. Preparing delicious ready-to-serve to go dinners will be the caterer Lily and the Rose from Saratoga. Featured singers in the live-streamed performance portion include Michael Adams, Cristina Castro, Eric Ferring, Edith Grossman, Catherine Goode, Christopher Humbert, Alicia Russell, and Jack Swanson. New this year will be our alumni guest hosts, Blake Jennings and Amanda Sheriff. Also featured will be the Session 2 Seagle Festival Artists. For any questions please call the Seagle Festival Office 518-532-7875.

The Alumni Association is also planning another Virtual Alumni Weekend over the weekend of the Gala – July 30-August 1.

Session 2 productions will be launched with La Boheme by Giacomo Puccini (abridged) on August 12 and August 21 at 7:30pm. This beloved opera will be sung in Italian with English supertitles. The six main characters will be featured in all the favorite arias, duets, and ensembles.

The Old Maid & The Thief, a one act radio opera by Gian Carlo Menotti, will be performed on August 13 and August 19 at 7:30pm. The story describes the ruin that results from lies and assumptions.
The happy heralding of Harmony, a WORLD  PREMIERE OPERA by noted composer Robert Carl with story and libretto by renowned novelist Russell Banks, will be launched on August 14 and August 20 at 7:30pm. Carl, head of the Composition Program at Hartt School of Music in Connecticut, received glowing reviews in the NY Times and Gramaphone for his new CD entitled White Heron. A recent reviewer wrote, “When I read a Russell Banks novel I know that I’ll find not only a good plot but—more importantly for me—characters that will lodge in my heart.” Banks and his wife Chase Twichell live in Keene Valley. The opera, Harmony, is set in Keene Valley, NY with several Adirondack references. In the opera, the young composer Charles Ives is in love with Harmony Twichell. The interference of Twichell family friend Mark Twain in their betrothal is based on true events. An interesting aside: soprano Helen Boatwright, who co-directed Seagle Music Colony in 1989-1991, made the first full-length album of songs by Charles Ives. (The photo above shows the workshop reading of Harmony in Keene, NY - September 2019)

Broadway Revue will leave you humming after the final memorable live-streaming performances of the season on August 18 at 7:30pm and August 21 at 2pm. The Session 2 Seagle Festival artists will sing you out with lively duets and ensembles from your favorite Broadway shows.

Who can resist the children’s opera, The Three Bears by Jonathan Stinson? It is loaded with laughs and good fun. The children’s opera will be video recorded this summer and be available to view throughout the North Country in the summer and fall, in venues and schools.

The Annual Meeting of Seagle Music Colony, Inc – the membership corporation that is the umbrella for Seagle Festival, will be held on Zoom by President Seth Bader on August 15 at 2pm. This brief meeting is an opportunity to hear about season highlights and to learn about future activities of Seagle Festival.
Thanks all around
Many Thanks: The named scholarships and recipients will be listed in the season program booklet. You are welcome to create a scholarship as a lasting tribute to honor or commemorate a loved one.

Thanks go to the Glen and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation for a grant for $5,000 to bring opera curriculum and performances of children’s opera to the North Country. Due to the financial stress of COVID, the grants were increased.

With the underwriting assistance of the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust, the Cloudsplitter Foundation, and the Touba Family Foundation, Seagle Festival is investing in high quality live-streaming equipment and technical personnel to help create as close to a live performance as possible.

The Seagle Festival Guild will continue to be active this summer providing a welcoming atmosphere for the singers with phone and digital contacts, thanks to face time and zoom. The Guild is led by President Sharon Hieber. (518-597-3797). New members are always welcome.

We offer our deep sympathy to the family of Tom Grogan, a creative florist and an enthusiastic supporter of the Colony. His decorations for the Gala were fabulous.

We offer our deep sympathy to the family of Paul Kellogg, the Artistic Director Emeritus of Glimmerglass Opera and formerly Artistic Director of New York City Opera. He was called an “artistic visionary and was always a source of guidance and inspiration to those around him.” Kellogg “transformed the company [Glimmerglass] into an innovative and esteemed summer destination for operagoers far outside of New York City.” (Opera News) His father, Harold (Duke) Kellogg was a student of Oscar Seagle and Jean de Reszke.

Our sympathy is offered to the family of Carlotta (Lottie) Prahl. She loyally supported Seagle, sang in Vespers, and a few times brought musical groups from Westport CT for concerts in the Oscar Seagle Memorial Theater.

We offer our deep sympathy to the family of Tess Robinson, a long-time enthusiastic supporter of shows and events at Seagle Festival. Tess lived to be 106! Her zest for life was indomitable.

We offer our deep sympathy to the family of Kathie Smith. Flowers were her forte and she was a loyal supporter of Seagle.
Alumni News Notes
Friends from near and far enjoy hearing about your happenings and will continue to cheer you on in your performances and other endeavors. A most faithful alumna writer is Rene Burkett. She is taking weekly voice lessons with a former 87 year old Met and New York City Opera star, dramatic baritone Richard Fredricks. We received a Christmas note that typifies what many have been feeling this year, “We are sheltered at home, taking a year off from performing, eating well, and exercising.”. Another uplifting comment was, “May this year have us continue to appreciate the simple, the important, and the beautiful in every day.”

Eric Ferring will be in several productions at the Metropolitan Opera in 2021-2022. He will be singing Pong in Turandot, Tamino in The Magic Flute and Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor. Anna Laurenzo was a finalist in the Artist Presentation Society Competition and placed second in the 2021 Schubert Club Competition. Anna will perform in December at Lincoln Center in the World Premiere of Intimate Apparel.

Soloists in a Messiah performance with the Glens Falls Symphony this December were Alicia Russell, Terrence Chin Loy, and Christopher Humbert. A couple that will be missed this summer are Dick and Joan Lomnitzer. Whether helping direct cars, assisting in building and grounds, cooking delicious breakfast for the singers, or filling in where needed, they left their mark and are now living permanently in Florida. Joan is also past-president of the Guild as well as the Seagle Music Colony, Inc. Board of Directors. Robert Mann continues to serve as Resource Library Director of the Church Music Institute in Dallas TX.
Seagle Singers 2020-21 World-Wide
Des Moines Metro Opera
Chris Humbert
Dylan Gregg
Amanda Sheriff
Maria Vasilevskaya
Nathaniel Hill

Glimmerglass Festival
Michael Pandolfo

Nashville Opera
Emily Cottam

Opera Saratoga
Blake Jennings
Lauren Cook

Palm Beach Opera
Meghan Callahan
Kyle White
Christopher Humbert
Santa Fe Opera
Wm. Clay Thompson

Metropolitan Opera National Council District Winners

Wm. Clay Thompson – Kentucky Winner
Michael Pandolfo – KY Encouragement Award
Ashlee Lamar – CT Encouragement Award
Emily Richter - Illinois Winner
Alicia Russell – Georgia Winner
Edith Grossman - Pittsburgh Winner
Amanda Sheriff – Tulsa Encouragement Award

Seagle Singers in Europe
Hailey Clark – Hanover, Germany
Seth Carico - Berlin, Germany
Michael Porter – Vienna, Austria
Andrea Carroll – Vienna, Austria
Paul Kroeger – Miecklenberg, Germany
Parting Greeting
How amazing to be able to hear soaring and beautiful songs, dramatic characterization, colorful costumes and, witness continual growth. Show your caring by inviting friends and neighbors to watch the live-streamed performances this summer. Also, if you would like to be listed in the program booklet, please make your tax-deductible contribution by the end of May.

Your enthusiastic gifts in honor or memory of dear friends or family truly help the singers excel. Continuing thanks go to you all for your devoted support.

With warm greetings, 

Dodie Seagle
Editor of the The Chronicle
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