Mozart and Salieri
by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
A chamber one-hour production of a powerful operatic masterpiece, staged and costumed, with sets, featuring fabulous opera voices and instrumental ensemble.
The story of Mozart and Salieri is brought to life by the glorious opera music of Rimsky-Korsakov to the original drama by Pushkin. It may be known to you from Miloš Forman's film Amadeus.
- Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 7:00 pm
- Friday, May 5, 2023 at 7:30 pm
- Saturday, May 6, 2023 at 12:00 pm
- Saturday, May 6, 2023 at 7:30 pm
- Sunday, May 7, 2023 at 4:00 pm
About the Opera
When a masterful composer gets inspired by a literary genius the result is Mozart and Salieri - a one-act opera composed by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov in 1897 to a Russian libretto taken almost verbatim from Alexander Pushkin's 1830 verse drama of the same name. The story was widely popularized by Miloš Forman's 1984 film Amadeus.
The story follows the apocryphal legend that Antonio Salieri poisoned Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart out of jealousy over the latter's music. Rimsky-Korsakov incorporated quotations from Mozart's Requiem and Don Giovanni into the score.
The truthfulness of this thrilling legend may be dubious, but the excitement of the drama of extreme artistic jealousy remains powerfully attractive, especially when the opera is sung by two fantastic voices who are also brilliant actors.
- Brian Skoog, tenor, as Mozart
- Jason Fuh, baritone, as Salieri
- Jacek Sobieski, piano
- Wanda Sobieska, violin
- Joshua Bowman, viola
- Kent Collier, cello
- Dorota Sobieska, stage director
Free and open to the public.
Free-will donations gratefully accepted.