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Dec. 30 is all about Sondheim and Bergman at the Smith Opera House!

The Smith Opera House will be alive with the cherished work of composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim and the late Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman on Dec. 30 as Opera Ithaca performs Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music” at 8 p.m. and The Smith screens Bergman’s “Smiles of a Summer Night,” the film that inspired the musical, at 2 p.m.

Poster shows tree standing in moonlight, promoting Opera Ithaca's A Little Night Music.

Poster of Opera Ithaca’s A Little Night Music.

This is the second year that Opera Ithaca has brought a New Year’s Eve weekend performance to The Smith. Opera Ithaca’s concert version of “A Little Night Music” will be sung in English and will include piano accompaniment and promises to be an intimate experience. The show is directed by Norm Johnson and conducted by Richard Montgomery. The Smith will be offering wine, beer and sparkling wine for sale that evening. The performance starts at 8 p.m. and doors open at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $27.50 plus service fees.

Released in 1955, “Smiles of a Summer Night” tells the story of an upper class Swedish clan at the turn of the 20th century who are embroiled in romantic tangles. The unrated film, with English subtitles, starts at 2 p.m. and doors open at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students, with service fees applying only to online orders.

Two men and a woman are in a parlor in a scene in Ingmar Bergman's Smiles of a Summer Night.

A scene from Smiles of a Summer Night.

Tickets for both events can be purchased at the Smith Opera House Box Office at 82 Seneca St., Geneva or by phone at 315-781-5483. They are also available any time online at


Finger Lakes Visitors Connection is offering an overnight package for patrons who would like to see both the film and the musical and stay overnight in Geneva. The package includes:

  • Two ticket sets to “Smiles of a Summer Night” and “A Little Night Music” by Opera Ithaca (four tickets total)
  • One-night stay for two at the Geneva Ramada Lakefront.
  • A voucher for one free appetizer and 50 percent off the first round of drinks at one of three participating Geneva restaurants (Kindred Fare, Bella’s Sicilian Ristorante, Pier House Restaurant at The Ramada)
  • 10 percent off any wine purchase at Billsboro Winery through the end of 2018
  • In-room bottle of Billsboro Winery sparkling wine to celebrate the New Year

For more information about this package and how to being the booking process, call the Visitors Connection at 585-394-3915 or 877-386-4669. Learn more at