Dear Friends,

Here is a bit of news and some reminders of upcoming events (details below):

I look forward to seeing you at some of these events. If you wish to be removed from this list you can click the link at the bottom of this page.

Warmest regards,

HOT Opera will change name
To avoid confusion with the Hudson Opera House and the Hudson Opera Theatre of NY and NJ (based in NJ), Hudson Opera Theatre (HOT) will be changing it’s name. The new name will be Hudson Chamber Opera. We regret having to give up the fun acronym HOT, but that’s life, as they say.

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Second round of Auditions
Saturday, June 4, 11am-3pm by appointment

Hudson Chamber Opera has added a second audition date for casting of its fall and spring season. Saturday, June 4th, at the Hudson River Theatre, 521 Warren Street, Hudson, NY. singers will be heard beginning at 11 am by appointment. All voice types are welcome.

There are still open roles for its October production of Menotti’s “The Medium.” In particular the company is seeking mezzo sopranos for the role of Mrs. Nolan and men who have experience in dance, movement or mime for the non-singing role of Toby. Singers are also being heard for the spring production. The tentative program for the spring will feature Henry Mollicone’s “Face on the Barroom Floor” and P.D.Q. Bach’s “The Stoned Guest” (a spoof on opera).

Please call 518 828-7042 to receive an audition time. Singers should bring a photo and resume and have several arias prepared, one of which must be in English. Musical theatre pieces may be included. An accompanist will be provided.

Hudson Chamber Opera, a not-for-profit corporation, was created in 2004 (under the name Hudson Opera Theatre) to produce a diverse repertoire of fully-staged, costumed productions of small-scale works for the lyric stage including chamber operas and music theatre pieces. It also offers free children’s programming to local schools. Slated for the fall is Edward Barnes’ humorous and engaging “The Vagabond Queen.” For more information, please visit our website:, contact us at 518 828-7042 or e-mail us at

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An Evening of Gilbert & Sullivan at Olana
Sunday, July 3rd at 8:00pm
Celebrate the 4th of July with a rousing selection of Gilbert & Sullivan music on the East Lawn featuring a vocal quartet including Alaina Zachary, soprano, and Mary Hack, mezzo-soprano, John Davey, tenor, and Peter Van Derick, bass, with Gwen Gould at the piano. $10/car. For directions and more information click here

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Chamber Opera Season Opener
Hudson Chamber Opera (formerly Hudson Opera Theatre) will open it’s first season with Gian Carlo Menotti’s “The Medium,” featuring Mary Hack in the leading role of Baba. Performances will be as follows:

Friday, October 7, 8pm
Saturday, October 8, 8pm
Sunday, October 9, 2pm
Hudson River Theat
521 Warren Street (2nd Floor)
Hudson, NY

For updates and more information, please visit our website:

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Opera seeks new board members, volunteers
Are you passionate about opera? Would you like to help establish a fully professional chamber opera company here in Columbia County (eventually in the Hudson Opera House when renovations are complete)? Do you have skills and/or connections that will help us do this?

Hudson Chamber Opera current board members include: Ruth Moore, President, Mary Gail Biebel, Vice President, Frederick Seltzer, Secretary, Tom Hack, Treasurer, Fayal Greene, Ed Grossman, and Karen Jahn. Gwen Gould is Artistic Director and Beth Bergin is Executive Director. E-mail or call us at 518-828-7042, or speak to one of our board members if you are interested in being a board member or volunteer.

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Venues sought for summer musicales
Hudson Chamber Opera is seeing venues for summer musicales to benefit HOT. We are looking for private homes or other venues where there is a piano available and that have enough space for 50-100 attendees – and…that are fun spaces that you would like to share with us! Our singers are eager to entertain you and to help with this project. Contact Hudson Chamber Opera at 518-828-7042 or email