“New Chamber Opera with Marygrove Ties Continues Performances This Weekend”
Called “an inventive and provocative collaboration,” Pat & Emilia is a mixed media chamber opera is based on the lives of two artists: Marygrove alum (’52) and former professor, opera singer Emilia Cundari (1930-2005) and Windsor photographer Pat Sturn (1910-2011).
Act One, created by current Marygrove professor Tara Sievers-Hunt, features opera arias from Emilia’s repertoire alongside monologues inspired by newspaper interviews given by the singer from 1952-1978. Act Two showcases new music by Canadian composer Jeff Smallman, with text by Windsor Poet Laureate Marty Gervais.
Features performances by: Tara Sievers-Hunt, soprano; Jocelyn Zelasko, soprano; Mary Siciliano, piano; Velda Kelly, violin; Nadine Deleury, cello; and Brian Bowman, clarinet.
Friday, Sept 25th @ 8:00pm – Varner Hall at Oakland University [Tickets: $14 general/$8 students]
Sunday, Sept 27th @ 3:00pm – The Cloister at the Toledo Museum of Art [Free admission]
Link below to the “mash-up” scene from Pat & Emilia [American premiere at Marygrove College in March 2015]