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January 14, 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Connie Di Grazia, 336-734-2924,digraziaconnie@yahoo.com

 

 

QUEENS MARY AND ELIZABETH FACE OFF IN FLETCHER OPERA INSTITUTE’S PRODUCTION OF DONIZETTI’S MARIA STUARDA (MARY STUART)


WINSTON-SALEM – Queens Mary and Elizabeth will face off in the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute’s production of Donizetti’s tragic opera Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart), to be presented later this month at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA).

Performances will be Wednesday, Jan. 27, and Friday, Jan. 29, at 8 p.m., and a final matinee Sunday, Jan. 31, at 2 p.m.  All performances will be held at UNCSA’s Stevens Center, located at 405 West 4th St. in downtown Winston-Salem.  Call the UNCSA Box Office at (336)721-1945 for tickets, which are $10-$20.


Jodi Burns as Maria Stuarda
Photo by G. Allen Aycock

With music by Gaetano Donizetti and libretto by Giuseppe Bardari, Maria Stuarda is based upon Friedrich von Schiller’s play Maria Stuart. This tragedia lirica details the conflict between Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, and her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England. Whether due to political motivations or personal jealousies as they competed for the affections of the same man, the tension between these two powerful women is charged with emotion.

The opera will be sung in Italian with English supertitles.

The opera features musical direction by James Allbritten (Fletcher Opera artistic director), stage direction by Steven LaCosse (Fletcher Opera managing director), and vocal preparation by Angela Ward (Fletcher Opera vocal and diction coach). All are UNCSA faculty-artists.

The production of the play Mary Stuart received numerous awards during its run on Broadway in 2009, including the 2009 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play. UNCSA School of Design and Production alumnus Barclay Stiff was the play’s production stage manager.

A vehicle for advancing the career potential of exceptional young singers, the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute offers performance-based training at the graduate and post-graduate levels to several Institute Fellows each year. For more information about the Fletcher Institute, visit www.fletcheropera.com.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of the Arts”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from middle school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. Internationally renowned conductor John Mauceri has been chancellor of UNCSA since 2006. He also serves as executive director of the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute. UNCSA is located at 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.

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