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Friday – Party for Under-30s with Artists!

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Calling all under-30 Opera Atelier patrons! This Friday April 15 at the Elgin Theatre, following the performance of Mozart’s Lucio Silla, join us for a drink in the lobby to chat with your fellow young patrons and Opera Atelier artists.

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How can you get involved in this special party?

Buy tickets through our Operatix program for opera lovers aged 15-30 for our Friday, April 15 performance of Mozart’s Lucio Silla and join us for this special mixer! Operatix tickets are available for all performances – but only attendees on Friday, April 15 get to enjoy this special event.

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Choreographer’s Notes: Lucio Silla

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Mozart was an avid dancer from an early age, composing pantomimes and masquerades in which he himself participated, with a professional ballet master setting the steps. He even took classes with the famed dancer, Vestris, when he was in Paris where he wrote his ballet “Les Petits Riens”. Mozart was very involved in the setting of the dances for his operas. For Idomeneo, for example, his suggestions regarding the dancers to perform in each section appear in the margins of his score. In 1772, when he received the commission to compose Lucio Silla for the newly built Teatro alla … Read more

Director’s Notes: Lucio Silla

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I have had the unique opportunity to spend more of my career exploring Lucio Silla than any other opera in Opera Atelier’s repertoire. This is due to the extraordinary generosity of conductor Marc Minkowski, who invited Jeannette and me to stage and choreograph the opera, initially in Salzburg.

We were given the luxury of an eight-week rehearsal period plus multiple trips to Paris to coach tenor Rolando Villazón (in the title role), mezzo-soprano Marianne Crebassa, and to confer with the production and design team. Rehearsals were exceptionally focused and intense with an equal emphasis placed on text and music.

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“Mozart doesn’t get better than this!”

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Our friends at the WholeNote invited Marshall to visit their offices to talk with publisher and editor-in-chief David Perlman as part of their “Conversations” series.

The two chatted about the beauty of the music of Mozart’s Lucio Silla, the challenges of singing it, and why you must see it at the Elgin Theatre April 7-16!

The entire interview is below – we’ve cued up a little tidbit for you!

 

 

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Marshall at Classical 96 FM

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We stopped by the Classical 96 studios in Liberty Village last week for an interview on “Good Day GTA” – click here to listen to Marshall chat with Mike Duncan and Jean Stilwell about Mozart’s Lucio Silla.

We also recorded our radio spot – like the veteran he is, Marshall completed the recording in just two takes! You can hear our commercial here.

Don’t forget: there are only 6 performances of this Mozart masterpiece. Lucio Silla runs April 7-16 at Toronto’s Elgin Theatre. Tickets start at just $38!

 

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