2018 Festival: Mozart & Salieri

August 11–26
Summer Shares at La MaMa

66 East 4th Street (btw Bowery & 2nd Ave)

Opera’s greatest rivals, or Opera’s greatest co-workers?  Mozart and Salieri simultaneously served as important musicians in the Viennese Court Theater for years in the late 18th century, alongside their colleague, librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte.  During the festival, we told the story of two of opera’s most famous rivals (or most productive colleagues!).  Don Giovanni, Mozart’s iconic operatic #metoo tale was paired with Salieri’s playful La Cifra (The Code)… a hidden gem of an opera about a hidden gem of a young woman.  The repertory season encompassing 13 total performances also included “Vignettes from Vienna,” a scenes program featuring not only works by the two Vienna court composers, but also Rimsky-Korsakov’s one-act opera Mozart & Salieri (based on a short Pushkin play), bringing the two composers to life (and one “to death”) on stage.  On the penultimate day of the festival, Sacred & Profane: Songs and Ephemera gathered religious and sacrilegious works of both composers in an afternoon recital including “Per la ricuperata salute di Ofelia” – a cantata written jointly by Mozart, Salieri, and “Cornetti” with a libretto by Da Ponte, plus magnificent songs of Mozart, a canon of Salieri, and other rarities both sublime and ridiculous.

Don Giovanni

August 11, 12m, 17, 19m, 23, 25

Owen Horsley, Stage Director
Chris Fecteau and Chris Whittaker, Conductor and Music Director

Show Cast List

August 11, 19m, 23August 12m, 17, 25
Don GiovanniEric LindseyCole Grissom
LeporelloJonathan HarrisJonathan Harris
Donna AnnaJenny LindseyAngel Azzarra
Donna ElviraJessica MirshakStephanie Kim Johnson
Don OttavioMorgan ManifacierGabriel Hernandez
ZerlinaElyse KakacekSarahAnn Duffy
MasettoNobuki MommaSung Shin
CommendatoreHector MoriWill Esch

La cifra

August 18, 22, 24, 26m

Bea Goodwin, Stage Director
Catherine O'Shaughnessy, Conductor and Music Director

Show Cast List

August 18, 22, 24, 26mCover Cast
Milord Gualtier FidelingTimothy StoddardCharles Calotta
EurillaRachel BarkerHeather Bobeck
LisottaAllison GishNicholle Bittlingmeyer
SandrinoJay ChaconIan Joyal
LeandroStephen SteffensVincenzo Catarisano
RusticoneAngky BudiardjonoAndrew Dwan

Vignettes from Vienna (Mozart)

August 20, 21

Whitney George and Chris Whittaker, Conductor and Music Director

Così fan tutte — Show Cast List

August 20, 21
FiordiligiHeather Bobeck
DorabellaAndrea Howland Myers
FerrandoVincenzo Catarisano
GuglielmoJay Chacon
DespinaNicholle Bittlingmeyer
Don AlfonsoIan Joyal

Falstaff [Salieri] — Show Cast List

August 20, 21
Mrs. FordElyse Kakacek
Mrs. SlenderInbal Milliger
Mr. SlenderJay Chacon
Mr. FordCharles Calotta
FalstaffHector Mori
BardolfoWill Esch

Mozart & Salieri — Show Cast List

August 20, 21Cover Cast
MozartGabriel HernandezMorgan Manifacier
SalieriNobuki MommaJonathan Harris

Le nozze di Figaro — Show Cast List

August 20, 21
FigaroJay Chacon
SusannaMakayla McDonald
CountessMaria Servodidio
CountSung Shin
CherubinoSarahAnn Duffy

Sacred & Profane: Songs & Ephemera of Mozart & Salieri

August 25m

Creative Team & Production Staff

Matthew Iacozza, Scenic Designer
Dante Olivia Smith, Lighting Designer
Claire Townsend, Costume Designer
Madison Lane, Production Manager