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Exploring the Hudson Valley: Bardavon

Bardavon


Who knew that Poughkeepsie hosts the oldest continuously operating opera house in New York State? And in 1893, the play Antigone was performed in the original Greek by a group of Vassar students at the Bardavon for the first time in the United States. (I wonder what they did without subtitles?) We’re sure some of you Greek enthusiasts out there can appreciate that.

The Bardavon Theatre, which hosts a variety of plays, ballets, films (the Bardavon used to be a movie palace) and concerts throughout the year, has been graced by such presences as Mark Twain, James Earl Jones, Martha Graham, Frank Sinatra, and others since it was created in 1869.

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