Opera Al Fresco by LongHouse • James Lane Post • Hamptons Culture & Lifestyle Magazine
LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton hosted its annual Opera Al Fresco on Sunday, September 4. Artistic Director Emeritus of the Opera Orchestra of New York, Eve Queler, has brought a cohort of musical talent to LongHouse for the community to enjoy on this late summer evening. Soprano Kirsten Chambers, baritone Stephen Guenther and pianist Douglas Martin performed classics by Giordano, Leoncavallo, Mascagni, Verdi and Wagner.
Each year, this performance is made possible through the generosity of John Lawrence Githens, who dedicates the evening in remembrance to his wife, Ingeborg Ten Haeff, and LongHouse founder, Jack Lenor Larsen. Director Carrie Rebora Barratt thanked John and shared, “Music is an essential part of the LongHouse experience, as we engage all of our senses. Listening is a gift, and while LongHouse rewards looking, smelling, touching and tasting the delights of a nature reserve, Jack has always asked its visitors to listen to the sounds of music. So tonight, we’re listening.
Guests included BJ and Bob Adler, LongHouse Co-Chair Dianne Benson, George and Judy Beraka, Ennius and Judy Bergsma, LongHouse Co-Chair Nina Gillman, Mark Leuthold, Lys Marigold, Barbara Marcus, Kate and TJ Miller, Stephanie Odegard, Peter Olsen, Michele and Steve Pesner, Connie and Larry Randolph, Ed Schiff and Betsy Pinover Schiff, Linda Willett and Susan Wood.