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“The Unexpected”
Review of The Sembrich

The Sembrich
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Experience the Golden Age of Opera at The Sembrich Museum, the former teaching studio of Metropolitan Opera prima donna Marcella Sembrich (1858-1935), a pianist, violinist, teacher, Polish patriot and benefactor who summered in Bolton Landing from 1922 to 1934. Here, Juilliard and Curtis Institute vocal students sought instruction from the acclaimed Sembrich. Situated on a wooded peninsula in Lake George, the studio contains memorabilia of a distinguished international operatic career spanning more than 50 years. Visitors are invited to stroll along the shoreline paths and enjoy the pristine, natural beauty of the "Queen of American Lakes" among towering white pines. The Sembrich Museum is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Throughout the summer, The Sembrich presents a series of concerts, lectures, films and special events, including studio talks by distinguished music historians and recitals featuring some of today's finest performing artists. Open daily June 15- September 15, from 10:00-12:30 pm and 2:00-5:00 pm.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Saratoga Springs, New York
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49 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“The Unexpected”
Reviewed 24 June 2014

On a beautiful summer day, we planned to have dinner at the historic Sagamore in Bolton Landing. While exploring this quaint town, we stumbled upon this small museum. It was an enlightening experience. Marcella Sembrich traveled the world and delighted world leaders with her beautiful soprano voice. The evidence is here. Her memorabilia includes a letter from Mark Twain; a diamond bracelet from Tsar Alexander II, newspaper articles reviewing her performance with Caruso at his initial appearance.

The doscent provided much interesting information about Sembrich. The cottage is located on the banks of Lake George in a beautifully wooded area. A walking path runs through the property, and strategically located viewing areas have seating for those who wish to pause and take in the beautiful views.

There is no admission charge, but donations are appreciated.

Visited June 2014
Thank seasonless
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13 reviews from our community

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English first
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55 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem!”
Reviewed 8 August 2012

Who would have thought such a wonderful little gem would be found in a small resort town! Thanks to Trip Advisor we found this great musuem to this world renoun turn of the century soprano. The director was very welcoming and helpful. We thoroughly enjoyed seeing her memorabilia and lovely cottage.

Thank Natalie A
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Greenwich, Connecticut, United States
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Wow - a great collection of memoribilia”
Reviewed 22 July 2012

The curator was very knowledgable and took the time to give us the history. Really enjoyed the displays like the fan collection, costume trunks by Louis Vuitton and the banners/ribbons from flower presentations.

Visited July 2012
Thank Holly I
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Lake Oswego, Oregon
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Music by the lake”
Reviewed 18 July 2012

Incredible classical music performances in a small lakeside studio setting.

Visited August 2011
1 Thank Carol S W
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20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“The Sembrich: Museum and unique music venue”
Reviewed 8 July 2012

The Marcella Sembrich Memorial Association has created a charming museum of the personal effects of this turn-of-the-century Metropolitan Opera Museum, housed in the woodland lakeside studio she built to instruct her voice and instrumental music students from Juilliard and The Curtis Institute. Those attending a concert in this intimate setting know how it would have felt to hear chamber music in the salons and parlors of 19th century Europe. Many programs here are free and the rest highly reasonable. The museum asks only for donations. Take a stroll around the grounds and gaze out over beautiful Lake George. Curl up on a bench and read a novel. Venue may be booked for private occasions, I've been told. It's such a peaceful and charming setting.

Visited June 2012
1 Thank PersisGranger
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