The Camden Opera House busiest fall season – ever – is about to start. And “the quality and variety of events is broad and appealing,” according to Kerry Hadley, Camden Opera House Manager.
September begins with a highly regarded and multiple award winning drama, Rabbit Hole, presented by Everyman Repertory Theatre, the first three weekends of September. Rabbit Hole won a Pulitzer Prize for best new drama in 2007 and was nominated for six Tony awards, winning one for best actress Cynthia Nixon who played the lead on Broadway.
Next up is the Camden International Film Festival, which is experiencing record advance sales of their Festival Passes this year. “The breadth, depth and content of these docs is just astounding, as is the energy and creative vibes the fest creates and we are all so grateful that it is here in our town” said Kerry. The Opera House is host to the Points North Forum, which allows filmmakers to pitch their budding ideas to industry leaders for funding or support; Op Docs, new this year a collaboration with the NY Times – short documentaries that express the directors opinion; the opening and closing night films and closing night reception. .
October 5 Opera House neighbor and collaborator the Watershed School hosts a fundraiser featuring Rushad Eggleston a Grammy nominated, highly dynamic and unusual cellist and performer.
Saturday October 12th of Columbus Day weekend, the Opera House is excited to announce an internationally renowned, award winning children and family performer, Justin Roberts. Justin has appeared at Carnegie Hall and most recently entertained thousands at L. L. Beans’ July 4th Independence Day Celebration. If you have young children, this is a not to be missed event!! Columbus Day Sunday, as he has now for 10 years, Comedian Bob Marley returns.
Along with the colorful leaves, the return of Poptech is a welcome annual event – this year’s conference is entitled “Sparks of Brilliance”. See poptech.org for information on the many fascinating speakers and events planned.
November brings a special treat when the Camden Public Library in collaboration with the Farnsworth Art Museum and the current Oz exhibit presents Wicked author Gregory McGuire November 21st. Also in November is a concert by local favorite David Dodson and friends and a Live in HD Opera telecast, Live from Red Square, featuring Anna Netrobov and acclaimed baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky. A unique chance to witness two of Russia’s greatest singers performing in their homeland in the stunning confines of the elegant historic Camden Opera House. The program includes popular arias and duets from some of the world’s best-loved operas, including Tosca, Eugene Onegin, and Il Trovatore.
December brings two more annual favorites, The Nutcracker, and Downeast Singers Annual Holiday Concert, this year featuring Black Nativity. The Downeast Singers Concert, always a special treat, will be especially noteworthy this year as the newly restored 1927 Steinway will be unveiled and played for the first time at this concert.
For more information on any of the above events, please see the Opera House website at: www.camdenoperahouse.com or phone 236-7963.