Gala Concert Annoucement

In response to ongoing concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Berkshire Opera Festival is reevaluating and reimagining 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. 


Under the current health and safety guidelines mandated by the State of Massachusetts related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the decision was made that it is impossible to proceed with the evening's performance and post-show celebration. 


Canceling this very social event was the only prudent course of action for the well-being of all patrons and performers, as well as staff members of both Berkshire Opera Festival and The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center.  BOF will explore alternative ways of connecting and celebrating our Fifth Anniversary with our family of friends and supporters in the weeks and months to come.

We wish to extend a special thanks to mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, who was scheduled to be the guest host for the Gala Concert.  We also wish to acknowledge the talent, flexibility, and generosity of guest artists Matthew Grills (from 2019’s production of Don Pasquale), and Marcy Stonikas and Adriana Zabala (from 2017’s production of Ariadne auf Naxos), who were to perform alongside cast members from BOF’s upcoming production of Don Giovanni, joined by the Berkshire Opera Festival Orchestra and Chorus.

The Mahaiwe’s box office staff will email all current ticket holders to discuss their options, which include donating the value of their ticket in support of BOF or receiving a refund. 

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Legendary mezzo-soprano

Stephanie Blythe

Matthew Grills ("Ernesto")

from 2019's Don Pasquale

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Marcy Stonikas ("Ariadne")

from 2017's Ariadne auf Naxos

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Adriana Zabala ("Composer")

from 2017's Ariadne auf Naxos

* Photo Credits: Ken Howard.