Latte Lectures.

o-COFFEE-TEA-TASTE-facebookA yummy espresso drink and a delicious talk about all things operatic! Enjoy tasty tidbits from Mama’s Boy  Cafe while you injest tasty bits of information on everything going on at the festival of the Voice. Our artists, conductors and directors will sit down and stimulate you, inform you and entertain you with history, tradition and fun anecdotes about the composers, opera, music, history, performers and more. You will learn and laugh- and what you take away with your caffeine jolt will add tremendously to your appreciation and enjoyment of what you will hear on stage at the festival. Don’t miss the festival’s special Latte Lectures, hosted by the stars of the festival.

Friday, August 1

10am- free event

Guests: Frédéric Chaslin ( Composer), P.H.Fisher ( Librettist) and Eric Einhorn ( Stage director and Co-founder of Opera On Site.)

Saturday, August 2

10am- free event

Guests: Beth Greenberg , Elizabeth Scott about the ” Barber of Seville”, Rossini and Beaumarchais.

Sunday, August 3

10am- free event

Guest: Brian Asawa, world acclaimed counter tenor: “The Art of The Castrati”.




Our annual ” Main Street banners ” are here!

banner kids2 2014About the Creation of the Phoenicia Festival of the Voice Banner By Brenda Goodman ( Artist)

“In the first stage of the project, five 13 year olds made drawings of their vision of what should be on the banner. We agreed that the fan design, created by Hominy, best portrayed the spirit of this year’s festival. With my guidance, Hominy and Alexandra enlarged and painted the image on a large piece of foam core at the scale of the banner. For me, it was challenging and rewarding to watch these young people create designs, try different color schemes, and make the final decision of which one we’d use to hang on Main Street, Phoenicia, for the Festival. In the process, they learned about color, mixing paints, and methods of applying it on the surface. The kids came through with flying colors with a bright and beautiful banner that can be seen all the way down the street. I am happy to have been a part of this project and I applaud them.”

Brenda Goodman


Hominy McMahon

Alexandra Bailey

Fenner Osmond Friedman

Marlon Dubois

Ginger McMahon

The Festival of The Voice Foundation Launches CAPA

The Catskills Academy for Performing Arts is the latest program  of  the  Phoenicia Festival of The Voice Foundation.It represents the educational departement of the Foundation and  has for mission to promote the human voice and in general the performing arts as an instrument of peace, healing, artistic expression, and self enrichment by presenting world class educational programs from technical, administrative, production aspects of the performing arts to artistic disciplines and performances of opera, song, poetry, baroque music, world music, contemporary choral and instrumental music as well as Theatre pieces and the Dance.

 CAPA is intended to also serve as an “economic engine” for the greater Catskills community. That is: To place Phoenicia on the map as a major year round cultural destination for people from local communities, the Hudson Valley, New York City, and beyond.

All year round, CAPA offers programs for the community, developing like this the audiences of the future and sharing the joy of performing arts to the dilettante , bonding members of the community together but essentially has the mission to serve and encourage the next generations of talents and young professionals.

CAPA will develop and add additional programs as it continues to grow within the primary purposes driven by our primary mission.

Finally, CAPA hope to establish itself as an important cultural institution in the North East, support the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice on request and serve also, as said earlier, as a significant player in the Ulster County, NY economy.

The Catskills Academy of Performing Arts


Announcing a workshop of Clarimonde A new opera by composer Frédéric Chaslin and librettist P.H. Fisher co-production between On Site Opera and FofV

workshop of Clarimonde
A new opera by composer Frédéric Chaslin
and librettist P.H. Fisher

co-production between On Site Opera and
The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice
August 2, 2014 at St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church
(109 Main St, Phoenicia, NY 12464)
Clarimonde is an adaptation of La Morte Amoureuseby Théophile Gautier in the genre of the conte fantastique where science fiction, fantasy and magic realism merge.Chaslin himself will conduct and Eric Einhorn will direct a cast including Alyson Cambridge ( Mezzo-soprano) as Clarimonde, Aaron Blake (tenor) as Romualdo, Louis Otey (baritone) as Bishop Serapion and Clayton Mathews (bass-baritone) as The Maker.
For more information:

Founded in 2012, On Site Opera is dedicated to producing site-specific opera in non-traditional venues throughout New York. On Site Opera molds its productions to specific locations using physical space to create an environment in which the concept, storytelling, music, and performers unite to form an immersive, cohesive, and meaningful whole. Praised by BBC News as “innovative” and by The New York Times for their “seductive” productions, On Site Opera has presented Shostakovich at The Bronx Zoo and Gershwin at Harlem’s legendary Cotton Club. On Site Opera, a registered 501(c)(3), is a member of Opera America and the New York Opera Alliance. More information:

More info later…