The Camden Opera House busiest fall season ever has begun, and the quality and variety of events is broad and appealing, according to House Manager Kerry Hadley. The season begins with the highly regarded and multiple award-winning drama “Rabbit Hole”, presented by Everyman Repertory Theatre the first three weekends of September.

“Rabbit Hole” won the Pulitzer Prize for Best New Drama in 2007 and was nominated for six Tony Awards, winning one for best actress Cynthia Nixon, who played the lead on Broadway. Everyman’s shows are Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 22 at 7 p.m., with a talk-back session with cast and crew Sept. 14; plus Friday, Sept. 20, also at 7 p.m.

Next up, Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 26 through 29, is the Camden International Film Festival, which is experiencing record advance sales of festival passes this year.

“The breadth, depth and content of these docs is just astounding, as is the energy and creative vibes the fest creates and we are all so grateful that it is here in our town,” said Hadley.

The opera House is host to CIFF’s Points North Forum, which allows filmmakers to pitch their budding ideas to industry leaders for funding or support; Op Docs, new this year a collaboration with the New Times, focusing on short documentaries that express the directors opinion; the opening and closing night films; and closing night reception.

On Saturday, Oct. 5, opera house neighbor and collaborator the Watershed School will host a fundraiser featuring Rushad Eggleston, a Grammy- nominated, highly dynamic and unusual cellist and performer. On the Saturday of Columbus Day Weekend, Oct. 12, Camden Opera House will present internationally renowned, award-winning children and family performer Justin Roberts. Roberts has appeared at Carnegie Hall and entertained thousands at L.L. Beans’ Independence Day Celebration. On Columbus Day Weekend Sunday, Oct. 13, as he has now for 10 years, comedian Bob Marley will perform.

Along with the colorful leaves, the return of Poptech is a welcome annual event. This year’s conference is titled Sparks of Brilliance; see poptech.org for information on the many fascinating speakers and events planned for Oct. 21 through 28.

November brings a special treat when the Camden Public Library, in collaboration with the Farnsworth Art Museum and its upcoming “Oz” exhibit, presents “Wicked” author Gregory McGuire Friday, Nov. 1. Also in November will be the annual concert by local favorite David Dodson and Friends Sunday, Nov. 10; and Live in HD opera telecast “Live from Red Square,” featuring Anna Netrobov and acclaimed baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky Saturday, Nov. 23. Two of Russia’s greatest singers will perform in their homeland, broadcast to the historic Camden Opera House, a program that includes popular arias and duets from some of the world’s best-loved operas including “Tosca,” “Eugene Onegin” and “Il Trovatore.”

December brings two more annual favorites, Atlantic Ballet Company’s “The Nutcracker” Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 5 though 8; and Down East Singers’ annual holiday concert Sunday, Dec. 15, this year featuring “Black Nativity.” The Down East Singers concert, always a special treat, will be especially noteworthy this year as the newly restored 1927 Steinway will be unveiled and played for the first time at this concert.

For more information on any of the above events, visit camdenoperahouse.com or call 236-7963.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.