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“A Night at The Museum” One-Night-Only Exhibition Displays Rare Treasures at The Sembrich

July 11 @ 7:00 pm

BOLTON LANDING – America’s Gilded Age will come to life in “A Night at the Museum,” a one-night-only exhibition at The Sembrich in Bolton Landing on July 11 at 7PM. This exclusive evening will offer a glimpse into the Gilded Age life of Lake George’s illustrious operatic celebrity Marcella Sembrich by showcasing a selection of her cherished and rarely displayed possessions – from death masks to diamonds! The program was written and conceived by Sembrich board member, Betty Spinelli as a celebration for the 100th anniversary of The Sembrich studio, which was constructed in 1924. “Through my research, I was able to explore the life of Marcella Sembrich beyond the usual litany of opera roles, venues and dates; the image of the opera star portrayed in numerous headlines and glowing reviews expanded into a view of an accomplished woman with an engaging smile, a warm and generous personality, strong views and surprising passions,” said Spinelli.
During the program, members of The Sembrich’s board and staff will share Sembrich anecdotes as they feature her treasures – many of which have never been displayed – including a gold bracelet from the Czar of Russia and a unique silver tribute from the celebrated tenor Enrico Caruso. The evening will also feature the unveiling of Sembrich’s famous and newly restored Queen of the Night costume worn for the premier performance of Mozart’s The Magic Flute at New York City’s Metropolitan Opera in 1900. Those in attendance will be the first to see the results of a multi-year campaign to raise nearly $70,000 for the repair and preservation of this remarkable piece of operatic history.
In 1924, Sembrich became the first director of the vocal programs at the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music. The historic pink stucco studio, located on the lakeside grounds of “Bay View,” Sembrich’s Bolton Landing estate, served as a venue for Sembrich to teach promising young vocal students. Following her death in 1935, the 4.5-acre lakeside parcel including the studio was converted into a museum preserving Sembrich’s artistic legacy and opened to the public in 1937.
“A Night at the Museum” will be followed by an elegant lakeside reception with champagne, wine, and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $103 and all proceeds support programming, preservation efforts, and the continued operation of the historic property.

Tickets to the event can be purchased online at TheSembrich.org or by calling (518) 644-2431.


July 11
7:00 pm
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The Sembrich
4800 Lake Shore Drive
Bolton Landing, NY 12814 United States
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