Saratoga Performing Arts Center - 108 Avenue of the Pines - Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
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Runs from Saturday June 30 2018 to Saturday July 14 2018

Approximate running time: 2 hours and 30 minutes


Spa Little Theatre
19 Roosevelt Drive
Saratoga Springs NY 12866

Performance Notes

× ROCKING HORSE WINNER (2016) American Premiere

Music by Gareth Williams Libretto by Anna Chatterton

Sung in English with English Supertitles

The first half of our double-bill will be the American Premiere of Rocking Horse Winner. This critically acclaimed chamber opera by Gareth Williams and Anna Chatterton received its world premiere last season at Tapestry Opera in Toronto. A modern adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s short story, Rocking Horse Winner explores the relationship between Paul and his emotionally distant mother. Paul becomes dangerously obsessed with solving the “bad luck” of his family in order to win his mother’s love. His pursuit awakens a strange magic that connects him not only to luck, but also to powerful voices only he can hear – voices that tell him which horses will win at the track. Rocking Horse Winner is an intimate, psychological look at love, “luck”, and greed.

VINKENSPORT,or THE FINCH OPERA (2010/2018) World Premiere (Chamber Version)

Music by David T. Little Libretto by Royce Vavrek

Sung in English with English Supertitles

The second half of our double-bill will feature the World Premiere of a new chamber version of Vinkensport, or The Finch Opera. Originally commissioned by Dawn Upshaw for the Graduate Vocal Arts Program at the Bard Conservatory where it premiered in 2010, this opera was one of the earliest collaborations between David T. Little and Royce Vavrek, whose critically acclaimed works also include JFK and Dog Days. Vinkensport is a bittersweet comedy in one act that explores the nature of competition and the need to win through the frame of an obscure Flemish folk sport, Finch-Sitting. We see a motley assortment of contestants battle to see who has the most melodious bird. As they compete, the joys, sorrows, delusions and all-too-stark realities of their trainers are revealed. Opera Saratoga has commissioned a new performing edition of Vinkensport, which will receive its world premiere as part of the 2018 Summer Festival.

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