The Mannes Opera Young Artists – Opera Scenes: Igor Meets Gioachino

7:30 p.m.


Mannes College The New School for Music presents a program composed of two rarely performed one-act operatic gems: Igor Stravinsky's Mavra (1922) and Gioachino Rossini's La Scala di seta (1812). Entitled "Igor Meets Gioachino," the production features the young artists of The Mannes Opera with The Mannes Orchestra, conducted by Mannes Opera Artistic Director Joseph Colaneri. It will be presented on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 in two performances at Hunter College's Kaye Playhouse, with a fully staged performance at 7:30 p.m. and a semi-staged matinee at 1:30 p.m. 

"Igor Meets Gioachino," ties the two operas together by setting them both in the same house just outside of Paris about 100 years apart. Mavra takes place just after World War I as we follow the difficulties of finding domestic help in the house now occupied by White Russian émigrés. Scala takes us back 100 years prior, to tell the story of Giulia and her secret marriage to Dorvil. Mavra will be sung in English, La Scala di seta in the original Italian. Both performances will include supertitles in English.

Maestro Colaneri comments "The pairing of Stravinsky's Mavra and Rossini's La Scala di seta seems natural to me: Scala demonstrates the significant influence of Rossini's bel canto idiom on Stravinsky's operatic works, and, more broadly, the program illustrates the continuity of opera from 19th century romanticism to 20th century modernism." 



The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College 68th Street (between Park and Lexington Avenues)

Tickets are FREE and available at the Kaye box office - 212.772.4448.

Contact Information:

The Mannes Concert Office: 212.580.0210 x4817

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