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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Mozart double bill !

A quick update:

This is a busy weekend in the Silvia household!

First up is the opening of Don Giovanni by Mozart, Friday, March 31st, at 7:30 p.m. in Mount Vernon. I'm performing the role of Leporello, Don Giovanni's servant, a somewhat comic character. As a bass I do not often get to do much by way of comedy (I'm more typically high priests and fathers and such), so this role has be a ton of fun for me.

There's four performances total on March 31st, Apr 2, 7, and 9.

Most of the details were already posted when I interviewed Linda Kitchen, our stage director, for Singerreise Episode 31. Click here to read all about Don Giovanni and to watch that interview.

Sandwiched between Friday and Sunday's operas is a performance of Mozart's Requiem, at Bellevue Presbyterian Church. My colleague Ryan Bede (whom I interviewed in this episode) is singing the bass solo, while I support the choir.

The event page is here.
The facebook event is here.
Tickets are here.

And the press release:

Mozart’s transcendent Requiem in the completion by Robert Levin is featured in an all-Mozart concert in the sanctuary on Saturday, April 1 at 7:30pm. Soloists Melina Pyron, mezzo, Ben Cleveland, tenor, and Ryan Bede, baritone. Also on the program: Exultate jubilate, sung by soprano Carissa Castaldo, Ave verum corpus and Sonata in C KV329.

$20 general | $15 student/senior

An evening of Mozart in one of Bellevue’s finest acoustics, just north of downtown with free parking!
The majestic Sonata in C K.329 was likely intended for Easter Sunday in 1779 in conjunction with the “Coronation Mass” provides a festive opening to the concert!
“Ave verum”, written just 4 months before Mozart began work on the Requiem has been described as the most beautiful 46 measures of music ever written. Exquisite!
The exuberant “Exsultate jubilate”, written by the 16 year old Mozart is an exquisitely crafted and tremendously virtuosic motet, or have some called it, a “concerto” for soprano! Pure joy!
Robert Levin’s completion of Mozart’s transcendent masterpiece respects the historical and performance traditions of Ebyler and Sussmayer while cleansing the work of the errors and un-Mozartean stylistic elements to create a transparent orchestration and stunning completion of the fugal sections left incomplete by Mozart’s contemporaries. Here is a rare opportunity to experience Mozart’s magnificent Requiem anew! Transcendent!

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