Nickel City Opera Coming To SGI

A collaboration between Springville Center for the Arts, Nickel City Opera and Springville-Griffith Institute CSD, The Music Shop is an all-ages short opera that will feature high school students in the role of a chorus / angry mob. Nickel City Opera will be in residence at SCA and will engage in a variety of workshops with students of all ages. School performances will occur on the high school stage, followed by two public performances at the Center on Friday, November 17 and Saturday, November 18 at 7pm.

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Ivan is instructed by his wife to go to The Music Shop to buy a piece of music to sing for a prestigious event. He proceeds to forget the name of the song and Dmitri the shopkeeper (bass Valerian Ruminski) and his assistant Masha sing almost every piece of music in the place! Hallucinations of the rage of his Wagnerian wife if he returns empty-handed ensue. Watch a mad scramble through the entire stock of “the largest collection of music in all of Russia” in a desperate attempt to recognise the requested melody in the ill-fated music shop. A funny introduction to opera and song!

Valerian Ruminski has recently performed with Opera de Montreal and Opera Coeur D’Alene in Tosca as The Sacristan. He is scheduled to appear with Musica Viva in Hong Kong as Colline in La Boheme and Gremin in Eugene Onegin for Calgary Opera in 2018. In 2004 he founded Nickel City Opera (NCO), Buffalo’s premiere opera company.  Over the years NCO has produced The Barber of Seville, Rigoletto, La Boheme, Don Pasquale, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Tosca, Il Trovatore ,The Marriage of Figaro and the World Premiere of SHOT!  by Persis Vehar about the assassination of President McKinley.

In preparation for the event Nickel City Opera will begin a residency at Springville Center for the Arts. During this time they will be putting together a production of The Music Shop by Richard Wargo. They will visit Colden and Springville Elementary, the Middle and High Schools with introductory programs. High schoolers will form a small chorus that will perform in the show alongside professionals which takes place first at the high school aud, then the Center and a final performance in Buffalo.

Proposed schedule of events:
  • Tonight, November 1. Valerian Ruminski, founder of Nickel City Opera, will sing with the high school chorus as part of the Fall Concert
  • Thursday the 9th. 9:15 Intro program at CES
  • During this week additional programs at SES, MS and HS
  • Monday the 13  1:30pm show at the high school for HS and MS
  • Tuesday the 14  10am performance at the high school for elementary students
  • Wednesday the 15  10am performance for CES
  • Public performances (with the HS students) Friday 11/17 and Sat. 11/18 at 7pm at the Center.

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