MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC OPERA THEATER
ANNOUNCES 2016–17 PERFORMANCE SEASON

 


 La clemenza di Tito (The Clemency of Titus) -- the MSM Music Opera Theater mainstage production December 2016


NEW YORK (August 8, 2016) – Manhattan School of Music (MSM)’s critically praised Opera Theater announces its 2016–17 mainstage performance season featuring operas by W. A. Mozart and Johann Strauss.

With opera offerings that are “often the most intriguing of any New York conservatory,” according to New York Times opera critic Zachary Woolfe, MSM will also be adding extra dates to this season’s performance schedule. This follows sold-out performances of its well-reviewed 2015–16 Opera Theater season.

From December 8–11, MSM will stage four performances of a period production of W. A. MOZART’S 1791 opera La clemenza di Tito, performed in Italian — an opera of jealousy, passion, betrayal, and forgiveness, conducted by George Manahan and directed by Dona D. Vaughn.

“This wonderful opera has music that transports,” says Dona D. Vaughn, Artistic Director of Opera Studies at MSM. “We’re delighted to stage this beloved work by Mozart.”

La clemenza di Tito (The Clemency of Titus), one of Mozart’s last operatic works, was written just a few months before his death. It was also the first of his operas to be performed in London at His Majesty’s Theatre in 1806. The North American premiere took place in 1952 at the Tanglewood Music Hall in the Berkshires.

From April 27–30, MSM will present STRAUSS’S Der Zigeunerbaron (The Gypsy Baron), performed in German, conducted by Kynan Johns and directed by Linda Brovsky. Premiering in 1885, the comic opera has significant Hungarian influences in the score. It is a tale of desire, love, social status, gypsies — and hidden treasure.

Tickets are $30 adults and $15 seniors/students. More information about purchasing tickets can be found online at msmnyc.edu.

For more information, please contact:

Caryn Toriaga | Manager of Public Relations
917.493.4429 / ctoriaga@msmnyc.edu

2016–17 MSM Opera Theater
Mainstage Events


LA CLEMENZA DI TITO
W. A. MOZART
Libretto by Caterino Mazzolà
Performed in Italian

George Manahan, Conductor
Dona D. Vaughn, Director

OPERA PREVIEW
Thursday, December 8, 6 PM, Miller Recital Hall
Gordon Ostrowski, Moderator
Free, tickets not required

PERFORMANCES
Thursday–Saturday, December 8–10, 7:30 PM, Neidorff-Karpati Hall (formerly John C. Borden Auditorium)
Sunday, December 11, 2:30 PM, Neidorff-Karpati Hall

$30 adults, $15 seniors/students

DER ZIGEUNERBARON (THE GYPSY BARON)
JOHANN STRAUSS II
Libretto by Ignaz Schnitzer
Performed in German
Kynan Johns, Conductor
Linda Brovsky, Director

OPERA PREVIEW
Thursday, April 27, 6 PM, Greenfield Hall
Gordon Ostrowski, Moderator
Free, tickets not required

PERFORMANCES
Thursday–Saturday, April 27–29, 7:30 PM, Neidorff-Karpati Hall
Sunday, April 30, 2:30 PM, Neidorff-Karpati Hall

$30 adults, $15 seniors/students

About MSM’S OPERA STUDIES PROGRAM

Recognized as one of the foremost opera training programs in the world, Manhattan School of Music’s opera program attracts some of the most talented young singers from the United States and more than forty other countries. Students refine their technique and develop their artistry under the guidance of a faculty of eminent artist-teachers while gaining exposure before New York City audiences.

Headed by Dona D. Vaughn, Artistic Director, the program is internationally known for its excellence. Each year two fully staged productions are presented, which span the classical and contemporary repertoire. Praised by the New York Times for its significant contribution to operatic life in New York, Manhattan School of Music has a long and proud tradition of producing some of the finest artists singing throughout the world today.

About MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC

Founded as a settlement music school by Janet Daniels Schenck in 1918, today Manhattan School of Music is recognized for its 950 superbly talented undergraduate and graduate students who come from more than 50 countries and nearly all 50 states; a world-renowned artist-teacher faculty; and innovative curricula. The School is dedicated to the personal, artistic, and intellectual development of aspiring musicians, from its Precollege students through those pursuing postgraduate studies.

Offering both classical and jazz training – and, beginning in fall 2016, a Bachelor's degree program in musical theater – MSM grants Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees, as well as the Professional Studies Certificate and Artist Diploma. Additionally, true to MSM's origins as a music school for children, the Precollege program continues to offer superior music instruction to young musicians between the ages of five and 18. The School also serves some 2,000 New York City schoolchildren through its Arts-in-Education Program, and another 2,000 students through its critically acclaimed Distance Learning Program.