After bidding goodby to the magical world of Handel’s Alcina, I have now found myself in a chorus of Roman senators in Opera Atelier’s production of Lucio Silla.
It is truly a thrill to be able to sing in this production after it has opened to great acclaim at The Salzburg Festival (2013) and at La Scala (2015). The artistry on stage from the principal singers and the Atelier Ballet is stunning.
Mozart wrote this opera when he was 16 years old, after an invitation from Hapsburg governor Count Carl Joseph Fermion to write a work for the Carnival of 1772. Apparently the original production was problematic – a leading tenor withdrew due to illness, a three hour delay on opening night, and an excess of dance music which pushed the opera’s finale into the wee hours of the next morning.
244 years later, under the direction of Marshall Pynkoski and Jeanette Lajeunesse Zingg, Lucio Silla has been lovingly crafted into a thrilling evening of opera and dance.
Come check it out!