Former resident performs with Opera Company of Middlebury

From left, Todd Lefkoe, former Shelburne resident Linda Patterson, and Michele Brown will sing in the ensemble of Eugene Onegin in Middlebury May 31-June 8.

From left, Todd Lefkoe, former Shelburne resident Linda Patterson, and Michele Brown will sing in the ensemble of Eugene Onegin in Middlebury May 31-June 8.

For the second summer in a row, former Shelburne resident Linda Patterson is singing with the Opera Company of Middlebury.

“I sang in the French opera Thais last June; a ‘once in a lifetime experience,’” said Patterson, now of North Ferrisburgh.  “Now we are performing the most famous opera of Russia— Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. The music is incredibly beautiful. It is an honor, and inexpressibly thrilling, to perform with such an inspiring cast of professional singers.”

The Opera Company of Middlebury celebrates its 10th season with five performances of Eugene Onegin by Peter Tchaikovsky, May 31-June 8, at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater. Believed to be the Vermont premier, Eugene Onegin tells the story of Tatiana, a girl from a provincial Russian estate, who falls in love with the title character.  He treats her poorly, and Tatiana’s journey from bitter disappointment to a new life is the stuff of great opera.

A free reception will follow the opening night performance May 31. Complimentary champagne will be served and the audience will have an opportunity to meet the cast. Eugene Onegin will continue in performance Sunday, June 2 (matinee), and June 6, 7, and 8 at 8 pm in the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. Tickets are $50 and $55 for balcony seats.

An informative talk on the opera will be presented an hour before each performance at Memorial Baptist Church, across from Town Hall Theater on South Pleasant Street.

Tickets for Eugene Onegin, and the 10th Anniversary Benefit Recital are now on sale.  Contact the Town Hall Theater box office at (802) 382-9222, www.ocmvermont.org.

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