The Gift of the Magi
The Gift of the Magi is a chamber opera in four scenes with music by David Conte and libretto by Nicholas Giardini. Based on the 1905 short story of the same title by O. Henry, the opera focuses on Jim and Della, who are a poor married couple and cannot afford to buy each other presents for Christmas. It premiered on December 7 and 8, 1997 with a workshop production to the accompaniment of two pianos at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. The orchestral version was premiered at the conservatory on December 3, 2000.
The heartwarming, holiday one-act opera, "The Gift of the Magi" will be the first event performed at the NEW Delaware Valley Opera Center in Lake Huntington. Be sure to include this event in your holiday plans.
14 years old and under are always FREE!
ID and proof of vaccination are required.
Saturday, December 4th, 2021 • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM EST
Includes a festive holiday reception with drinks plus sweet and savory delights! Don't miss it!
Sunday, December 5th, 2021 • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST
2021 Season and Tickets
Introducing DVO's Summer Season...
Delaware Valley Opera is elated to announce that we will return to performing "live" again this summer, with three wonderful, staged concerts on tap.
The first production will be an "Operetta Concert ~ Feisty! Frivolous! Frothy!" (July 10th and 11th), featuring the music of Gilbert & Sullivan (The Pirates of Penzance, Iolanthe, The Gondoliers), Strauss (Die Fledermaus), Lehar (The Merry Widow), Romberg (The Student Prince), Herbert (Angel Face, The Red Mill), and many more light, tuneful songs that will have you humming upon leaving the theater. Our featured performers will include Annie Chester, Marcus Huber, Elise Mark, Ken Parks, Brooke Schooley, Jonathan Stinson, and Nicholas Wuehrmann, with Stage Direction by Nicholas Wuehrmann, Musical Direction by Matthew Rupcich, and Accompaniment by Erica Rome.
The second production is an "Opera Concert ~ Lovers! Liars! Libertines!" (July 24th and 25th), featuring pieces from some of the best-loved, most beautiful opera classics that the world has known. Stay tuned for specifics about this fabulous production soon!
Our end-of-the-summer will feature a rollicking concert by the "Opera Cowgirls ~ Divas! Dolly! Done Me Wrong!" (August 14th and 15th) that we know you'll absolutely love. The Opera Cowgirls have been delighting audiences with their clever blend of opera, country, and rock, truly bringing Grand Opera to the Grand Ole Opry, melding The Three Tenors with The Dixie Chicks!
Our early winter production will be David Conte's beautiful and moving rendering of the classic O. Henry holiday tale, "The Gift of the Magi" (December 4th and 5th).
DVO has the tremendously good fortune to be staging its summer productions at the breathtaking Callicoon Hills Resort, in Callicoon Center, NY (website: https://callicoonhills.com/). Described by features writer Steven Israel in The Times-Herald Record article "Modern Pioneers" (May 31, 2021) as a popular, up-and-coming "...historic country resort," Callicoon Hills has the gorgeous, on-site Haypress Barn, site of sumptuous catering facilities, airy, and offering the flexible seating arrangements favored in our post-pandemic world. The Saturday evening performances will be at 8:00 p.m. and the Sunday matinees will be at 3:00 p.m., with dinner-theater packages available for our patrons at both performances.
Tickets for all summer events are on sale now at https://myrivertickets.com/categories/concerts Seating is limited, so get your tickets early!
Be sure to mark your calendars for July 10th/11th, July 24th/25th, August 14th/15th, and December 4th/5th.
We have missed our audiences dearly and look forward to welcoming you back with memorable nights and afternoons of music in a warm and lovely setting. See you at the opera!
2019 Season Opener GALA - Saturday, June 22
We were so pleased with the turn out at our Season Opener GALA on Saturday, June 22.
Our audience joined us at the Delaware Youth Center in Callicoon, New York for an evening of music and good food as we showcased some of the incredible talent the DVO has to offer. Offering a tasty buffet that appeal to the appetite, along with a taste of the season’s upcoming productions to whet your musical appetite for the upcoming productions to follow close on the heels of our season kick off event!