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
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.
Perhaps … Read more
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 entire interview is below – we’ve cued up a little tidbit for you!
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.
We all know that Wolfgang Amadé Mozart was a most remarkable child prodigy. We have heard the stories of his childhood trips around Europe, performing for royalty, astounding connoisseurs with his ability to improvise whole pieces out of a given theme, playing the keyboard blindfolded with his hands crossed, writing symphonies before the age of ten – all of these facts have turned Mozart into the epitome of the child genius in our imagination.
But we also know that there comes a point in the lives of remarkable children when they pass into adulthood, when the rules and expectations change, … Read more