Listed on the National Historic Register, The Sembrich was once part of the summer estate of Polish-American opera singer Marcella Sembrich (1857-1935), a leading prima donna at The Metropolitan Opera and head of the voice faculties for the Juilliard School and The Curtis Institute of Music. Sembrich spent summers on Lake George in upstate New York, bringing her students to study with her and enjoy the Adirondack mountain landscape.
Following her death in 1935, Sembrich’s teaching studio was preserved as a museum displaying her legacy and exhibits relating to local and musical history. Her contributions to the world of music were many, including an operatic career spanning two continents on some of the world’s most notable stages, early recordings, and teaching the next generation of stars. Sembrich was also one of the first internationally recognized artists to take on a career as a concert singer, touring across the United States. Step into America’s “Gilded Age” and explore our museum and historic studio. This unique building is one of a few from the early twentieth century in northern New York that is open to the public.
The Sembrich rests along Lake George’s pristine shoreline among the natural beauty of the Adirondack forests. With over four acres to discover, you can learn about the Adirondack Mountains and the “Queen of America’s Lakes” as you stroll along 1000 feet of shoreline paths under the towering pines.
Each summer The Sembrich presents an annual festival including live concerts, films, children’s programming, and lectures featuring world-class musicians and scholars. Events include a variety of music ranging from classical to contemporary as well as vocal and instrumental. Many performances are intimate and held in the museum and other larger events are held under our tent on the shore of the lake.