Bare Bones Opera launched its debut production. A joint-venture of emerging artists with a fresh approach to operatic performance, Bare Bones Opera was created by Laura King Soprano, and Christopher Curcuruto – Bass-Baritone, to create a more traditional and scaled-back, very theatrical style of opera. The event was a profit-share joint venture; by artists, for artists.
Bare Bones Opera said that “Opera has become bloated by big houses and even bigger budgets. It is our mission to explore the theatrical roots of opera as an art form, and to produce, perform, and facilitate, small scale opera that creates a big impact.”
Bare Bones Opera exceeded my expectations and provided two hours of must-see opera in Italian, German and Russian. They have the advantage of using an Intimate performance space. All the voices were bright and magnificent, and performances also benefited from the excellent acoustics of the auditorium. The Sydney debut of “Per la ricuperata salute di Ofelia” was an audience pleaser, and exactly as intended, was played on the harpsichord.
Triple-bill including Rimsky-Korsakov’s almost verbatim operatic adaptation of Pushkin’s tale, alongside two of Mozart and Salieri’s own farcical works; Der Schauspieldirektor (Mozart – 7 February 1786, KV 486) and Prima la Musica, Poi le Parole (Salieri – 7 February 1786). These two pieces were interestingly composed for the same competition, and debuted at the same time, in the same room.
THREE PERFORMANCES ONLY
You know the story of the infamous (albeit highly fictionalised) rivalry between Mozart and Salieri. No doubt you have seen the late Peter Shaffer’s film adaptation of his own play, “Amadeus”, greatly inspired by Alexander Pushkin’s “little tragedy”, the dramatic poem “Mozart and Salieri”.
Let us take you a little closer to the source material.
We are excited to present a triple-bill including Rimsky-Korsakov’s almost verbatim operatic adaptation of Pushkin’s tale, alongside two of Mozart and Salieri’s own farcical works; Der Schauspieldirektor (Mozart) and Prima la Musica, Poi le Parole (Salieri). These pieces were interestingly composed for the same competition and debuted at the same time, in the same room!
As a special treat, it is also our utmost privilege to present, likely for the first time EVER here in Sydney, “Per la ricuperata salute di Ofelia”; a piece of music composed by Mozart AND Salieri, with libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte of Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Cosi fan Tutte fame (to name just a few). Discovered only this year in the depths of the Czech National Museum, this piece was thought to be lost to the ages. We are delighted to be able to give it’s modern-day, Sydney debut.
Thursday, 4 August 2016 (PIANO PREVIEW) – 7:00PM
Saturday, 6 August 2016 – 3:00PM
Sunday, 7 August 2016 – 3:00PM
Tickets $35 – includes complimentary afternoon tea
Christopher Curcuruto – Bass-Baritone (PRODUCER)
Laura King Soprano (PRODUCTION MANAGER) + Photo Credit
Rebecca Anne Coe
Zoe Drummond- Soprano
Imogen Faith Malfitano
Jared David Lillehagen
Geist String Quartet
Sonia Wilson – Violin
Meg Cohen – Violin
Hayasa Tanaka – Viola
James Larsen – Vello
Jonathan Wilson – Piano and Spinet
This event is presented as a profit-share joint venture; by artists, for artists.
Special thanks to the Academy of Music and Performing Arts – AMPA and Felt Tip Theatre Company for their support.
4 August 2016 at 7:00PM, 6 and 7 August 2016 at 3:00pm
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