Summer Fairs & Festivals in Hudson Valley, Upstate NY 2012

Summer’s in full swing, and the Valley is buzzing with events for all ages


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phoenicia festival of the voice

Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice, Phoenicia NY

(Aug. 2-5)

In just its third year, this four-day fest — the brainchild of professional singers and Ulster County residents Kerry Henderson, Louis Otey, and Maria Todaro — has a spectacular array of world-class events on tap. Mainstage events include Puccini’s Madama Butterfly conducted by Metropolitan Opera maestro Steven White and starring tenor Richard Troxell and baritone Otey (Aug. 4); the operatic comedy The Benefit featuring Todaro and Michelle Jennings (Aug. 2); a tribute to American composer — and Hudson Valley local — Peter Schickele (also known by his alter ego, P.D.Q. Bach), with pianist Justin Kolb and a full chorus (Aug. 5); and Love’s Kingdom featuring tenor Barry Banks, baritone Henderson, and flutist Eugenia Zukerman (Aug. 4).

Other programs not to be missed: La Voix Humaine, Poulenc’s one-woman opera (Aug. 3); the play Lovers by celebrated Irish playwright Brian Friel (Aug. 3-4); the return of the Harvard Chamber Singers (Aug. 4); and for the kids, Uncle Rock (Aug. 3). Call for ticket information; 845-586-3588 or

» Next fest: Bard SummerScape (July 6-Aug. 19) and Bard Music Festival (Aug. 10-12, 17-19), Annandale-on-Hudson


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