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Mozart & Salieri / Zanetto

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Bridewell TheatreBride Lane, Fleet Street, London, Greater London, EC4Y 8EQ, United Kingdom
2017 August 01, 03, 04 at 19:30
Festival: Opera in the City Festival
Programme
Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay Andreyevich (1844-1908)Mozart and Salieri (Sung in English, accompanied by piano and viola)
Mascagni, Pietro (1863-1945)Zanetto (Sung in English, accompanied by piano and violin)
Performers
Time Zone Theatre
Andrew G. CharityConductor
Pamela SchermannDirector
Yole LambrechtSet Designer, Costume Designer
Roger PatersonTenorMozart
Nicolas DwyerBaritoneSalieri
Becca MarriottSopranoSylvia
Sophie GoldrickMezzo-sopranoZanetto


A double-bill of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "crime-thriller" opera and Pietro Mascagni's gentle tale about a failed love. 



Rimsky-Korsakov's Mozart & Salieri follows the apocryphal legend that Antonio Salieri poisoned his rival and fellow composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart out of jealousy over his talent. Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908) used the short story Mozart and Salieri by Alexander Pushkin as libretto, which also inspired Peter Shaffer’s play and film Amadeus.
Time Zone Theatre's re-imagining of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's opera Mozart & Salieri was performed at the Arcola Theatre and other venues last year, where it received praising reviews and was finalist for an Off West End - Award in the category 'Best Opera Production 2016'. 

In a new English translation and staged by an award-winning team around stage director Pamela Schermann, musical director Andrew Charity and set and costumes by Brazilian designer Yole Lambrecht, this original and innovative production will captivate its audience, making us witnesses, if not conspirators, of Salieri’s plan to poison Mozart.

Pietro Mascagni's one-act opera Zanetto tells of the encounter between wandering poet Zanetto and rich, beautiful Silvia, who lives on her own and has forsworn love entirely. Convinced that her love is fatal and can only bring misfortune, when young Zanetto awakens long-forgotten feelings, she struggles to take her chance at finding happiness.

Mascagni's opera will be performed in a contemporary setting and with a new English translation. Looking at Silvia and Zanetto as two women who live in London, director Pamela Schermann explores their unlikely friendship. Although the lives of Zanetto and Silvia could not be more different, they develop a deep sympathy for each other. But what they have in common is what will tear them apart – their inability to drop their guard and give in to love.

Part of Time Zone Theatre's 'Fin de Siècle' project - a series of works composed around 1900 in new, contemporary stagings. 

Becca Marriott (Sylvia) and Sophie Goldrick (Zanetto) © Lidia Crisafulli
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