The Ship’s Captain, a one-act opera produced by Musicians of Ma’alwyck, will be performed in 3 local venues.
Two young single sisters, a curious will left by their uncle guardian, and a mysterious young man figure in this Gilbert and Sullivanesque plot of the delightful 1817 vaudeville opera The Ship’s Captain. Carl August Blum, a popular composer and actor, crafted this clever one act piece using entirely melodies of Mozart, Beethoven and German folksongs. Like Mozart’s Magic Flute, the dialogue between the songs tells a story on many levels. Written for three singers and three instrumentalists, The Ship’s Captain will leave you laughing at the antics and humming the memorable melodies.
Musicians of Ma’alwyck has reconstructed several historic operas, including Thomas Arne’s Alfred and William Shield’s The Poor Soldier. This production features three former Glimmerglass Festival Young Artists: Yvonne Trobe and Joelle Lachance as the sisters, and Vince Grover as Waller. The production is directed by Byron A. Nilsson, who also translated the libretto into English.
Schuyler Mansion Event
1pm - First Walking Tour (20 maximum)
3pm - The Ship's Captain performed on the grounds of the Mansion under a tent (70 maximum)
4:30pm - Reception
5pm - Second Walking Tour
Walking tour & reception are included in ticket price and are not available without attending the performance.
Historic Walking Tour by Tony Opalka, City of Albany Historian
The tour will leave from the Schuyler Mansion and travel down to the Pastures Historic District, so called because it was originally the common pasture of the city but became the first large subdivision of land developed outside the stockade after the American Revolution. The area was built up at the exact time that Albany was transformed from a colonial settlement to a major inland port city fueled in large part by the construction of the Erie Canal between 1817 and 1825. The tour will look at the oldest and largest cluster of buildings from the first half of the nineteenth century that remain in the city, built at a time when the city's economy was fueled in large part by waterborne traffic along the Hudson River and the canal.
The walk will encompass about one mile (round trip) and will take about one hour. Leaving Schuyler will involve a downhill walk to a flat area and returning we will climb back up that hill back to the mansion. Comfortable walking shoes suggested.