Bare Bones Opera launches its debut production, a joint-venture of emerging artists with a fresh approach to operatic performance. Bare Bones was created by soprano Laura King and bass-baritone Christopher Curcuruto, to create a more traditional, scaled-back, theatrical style of opera.
This inaugural production contains a triple bill of operas by Rimsky Korsakov (Mozart and Salieri), Mozart (Prima la Musica, Poi le Parole), and Salieri (Der Schauspieldirektor). Following these three works is the premiere of Mozart and Salieri’s recently discovered Per la Ricuperata Salute di Ofelia. The performance will be conducted by Jonathan Wilson and directed by Henry Shaw, Alex Robson and Rebecca Coe with the Geist String Quartet.
Says Christopher Curcuruto “We are inspired by Peter Brook’s concept of “The Empty Space”: “I can take any empty space and call it a bare stage. A man walks across this empty space whist someone else is watching him, and this is all that is needed for an act of theatre to be engaged”.
Christopher Curcuruto adds “opera has become bloated by big houses and even bigger budgets. It is our mission to explore the theatrical roots of opera as an art form, and to produce, perform, and facilitate, small-scale opera that creates a big impact.”
Tickets: $20 to piano preview on August 4/ $35 to performances on August 6 and 7.
Bookings: www.trybooking.com/MAHX or at the door.