by W.A. Mozart
Qualicum Civic Centre – October 22 7:30pm, October 23 2:30pm
John Arsenault, conductor
The Marriage of Figaro is an opera buffa (comic opera) in four acts composed in 1786 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with an Italian libretto written by Lorenzo Da Ponte. It premiered at the Burgtheater in Vienna on 1 May 1786. The opera’s libretto is based on a stage comedy by Pierre Beaumarchais, which was first performed in 1784. It tells how the servants Figaro and Susanna succeed in getting married, foiling the efforts of their philandering employer Count Almaviva to seduce Susanna and teaching him a lesson in fidelity.
The Marriage of Figaro continues the plot of The Barber of Seville several years later, and recounts a single day of madness (la folle journée) in the palace of Count Almaviva near Seville, Spain. Rosina is now the Countess; Dr. Bartolo is seeking revenge against Figaro for thwarting his plans to marry Rosina himself; and Count Almaviva has degenerated from the romantic youth of Barber into a scheming, bullying, skirt-chasing baritone. Having gratefully given Figaro a job as head of his servant-staff, he is now persistently trying to obtain the favors of Figaros bride-to- be, Susanna. He keeps finding excuses to delay the civil part of the wedding of his two servants, which is arranged for this very day. Figaro, Susanna, and the Countess conspire to embarrass the Count and expose his scheming. He retaliates by trying to compel Figaro legally to marry a woman old enough to be his mother, but it turns out at the last minute that she really is his mother. Through Figaro’s and Susanna’s clever manipulations, the Count’s love for his Countess is finally restored.
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April 10 – An Afternoon of Piano Trio Music
Domagoj Ivanovic, violin
Mr. Ivanovic moved to Canada in 2007, after graduating with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Violin Performance at the University of Miami. Currently he is a member of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, and concertmaster of Vancouver Intercultural Orchestra. He is also on the faculty of the Vancouver Academy of Music, and Arbutus Music Academy. Originally from Zagreb, Croatia, he began studying violin at the age of seven. During his studies he was the recipient of numerous prizes and awards in violin competitions at the national and international level, the most important being First Prize in the National Violin competition and First Prize in the National Chamber Music competition.
Brian Mix, cello
Brian Mix has been playing cello professionally in Vancouver since 1992. He has performed frequently with the Vancouver Symphony, as well as the CBC Radio orchestra, Vancouver Opera, the National Ballet, and other ensembles. Brian is also an active chamber musician and recitalist, appearing throughout the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands, the Sunshine Coast, and the interior of BC. Alongside performing, Brian writes about music and teaches. He has been on the faculties of Vancouver Community College, the North Shore Music Academy, and Kingston College. Brian received a M.Mus degree from UBC, and has also studied at the Banff Centre, the National Arts Centre, the University of Ottawa, and the University of Cincinnati.
Nikolai Maloff, piano
Nikolai Maloff is the only Canadian pianist to win first prize at the prestigious Franz Liszt International Piano Competition in Italy, and is winner of many other competitions including the Eckhardt-Grammaté Piano Competition, the Young Keyboard Artist Association International Piano Competition and the Canadian Music Competitions. Maloff has appeared to resounding acclaim as soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and collaborative musician in North America, Russia, Europe, and Latin America.
March 13 – Katie Miller, voice
Katie Miller began music lessons at the age of four, and played the piano and ukulele throughout her youth. She discovered opera while taking voice lessons with Dale Throness at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2008, in addition to her focus on piano. In 2010 she transferred to study opera performance at the University of British Columbia, completing her bachelors and masters degrees in 2013 and 2015, respectively. Post-graduation, Katie performed the role of La Zia Principessa in Puccini´s Suor Angelica with Opera Guadalajara and Adalgisa from Bellini’s Norma with Vancouver Island Opera. Most recently Katie has performed with the Jeunes Ambassadeurs of Theatre L20 in Montreal, QC, securing future engagements for the 2016/2017 season. Katie also teaches piano and voice, and is an active ‘piano-singer’ for various functions.