Immersive lunchtime opera in the main bar of Phoenix Artist Club from 20th to 23rd April 2016:
Time Zone Theatre presents MOZART & SALIERI by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.
Libretto by Alexander Pushkin
English translation by Andrew Charity
Musical director: Andrew Charity
Stage director: Pamela Schermann
Cast: Nick Dwyer (Salieri), Roger Paterson (Mozart)
“Villainy and genius can never be compatible?“ asks Salieri, as he bids Mozart farewell. The opera follows the apocryphal legend that Antonio Salieri poisoned Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart out of jealousy over his talent.
Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908) used the short play Mozart and Salieri by Alexander Pushkin as libretto for his opera, which also served Peter Shaffer as inspiration to his famous stage play and film Amadeus.
The lunchtime opera takes place at Phoenix Artist Club and will be accompanied by piano. Using the whole space as our stage, the action unfolds around the audience, making them the centre of the performance and allowing them to experience opera in an intimate setting.
“I’m excited to stage a revival of Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera at the Phoenix Artist Club. The nostalgic bar in the heart of the West End seems to be the perfect place for Salieri and Mozart to meet“, says Schermann, who previously directed this opera in Vienna in 2009. “The intimate space makes us witnesses, if not conspirators, of Salieri’s plan to poison Mozart. Partly character study, partly crime thriller, Rimsky-Korsakov’s masterpiece will captivate its audience“.
Following their successful production of Gluck’s Orpheus and Eurydice at the Rose Playhouse in 2014, Time Zone Theatre’s artistic director Pamela Schermann teams up with musical director Andrew Charity (MD of OperaUpClose’s OLIVIER award winning production of La Boheme) once more to present this rarely performed two-hander in new English translation and contemporary setting.
Phoenix Artist Club, 1 Phoenix Street, London WC2H 8BU
20th – 23rd April 2016, 1pm (running time: 45 min)
Tickets: £12 / £10 Concessions
Twitter: @TimeZoneTheatre, @phoenixartistcb