UPDATE, MAY 28, 2020
Announcement Regarding BOF's Fifth Anniversary Season
In response to ongoing concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Berkshire Opera Festival has reevaluated and reimagined the programming originally slated for our 2020 summer season.
After careful consideration with our Board of Directors, Co-Founders, and Staff, Berkshire Opera Festival has made the decision to cancel our Fifth Anniversary Gala Concert and Celebration scheduled for August 13, 2020 at The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, MA.
For more information about the Gala Concert and Celebration, visit our Gala page.
Reimagining Our Mainstage Opera
In addition to canceling the Gala Concert and Celebration, BOF has reimagined how we will proceed with our mainstage opera - Mozart’s Don Giovanni - currently scheduled for August 22, 25, and 28 at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA.
Don Giovanni will now be presented in concert as a semi-staged performance, with no sets or costumes, which embraces social-distancing measures for performers and audiences alike.
BOF is working carefully with our show vendor to develop detailed safety protocols to protect all individuals on- and off-stage that are in alignment with the State of Massachusetts’s official Reopening Plan for Phase 3 venues. Any further modifications that might be deemed necessary to either the performance or audience-going experience will be conveyed to patrons well in advance. For more information, please visit our Don Giovanni page.
BOF Co-Founders Jonathon Loy and Brian Garman look forward to presenting this semi-staged production of Don Giovanni with full orchestra and chorus to provide the same high-quality artistic experience that BOF patrons have come to expect.
“A spirited, musically excellent Don Pasquale opened Berkshire Opera Festival's fourth season [...] The strong, vivid effort drew a justified ovation from the crowd, confirming Berkshire Opera's "destination" status."
- David Shengold, Opera News
Berkshire Opera Festival's 2019 opera, Donizetti's Don Pasquale, was the recipient of the Berkshire Theatre Critics Association Award for Outstanding Production Running Fewer than 6 Performances!