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. This year, we tell the story of two of opera’s most famous rivals (or most productive colleagues!). Don Giovanni, Mozart’s iconic operatic #metoo tale is followed by 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 includes “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 gathers 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, canons of Salieri, and other rarities both sublime and ridiculous.
Opera’s “Untamed!” characters populated our exciting 2017 Festival, including Cavalli’s La Calisto Janáček’s Příhody lišky Bystroušky (The Cunning Little Vixen), a scenes program including Anna Bolena, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Carmen, Rusalka and more. Finally, an art song recital called “Wild Things” included repertoire by Heggie, Barber, Liszt, Saalbach, and premieres of works by Barrett Cobb and Ellen Mandell.
Evening Performances at 7:30; Matinees at 2
Our “Violetta & Her Sisters” theme encompasses numerous stories of the French demimonde, including grisettes and courtesans, and the men who loved (and tried to control) them. The title of our festival comes (with kind permission from publisher Faber & Faber) from a 1994 collection of poetry and essays edited by Nicholas John.
Announcing our 2015 Season!
Performances August, 2015 at our new venue, the Nagelberg Theater, Baruch Performing Arts Center
Why just swelter through another summer in Manhattan when you could Smolder in Rome?
Join us for our Tenth Anniversary “Standard Repertoire Project”