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Season 2021-2022

Die Schone Mullerin.

The Fair Maid of the Mill

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Die Schone Mullerin, Franz Schubert's novel in songs, tells the story of a young man's budding love for a beautiful maid, the miller's daughter. The courtship is depicted through an innovative production of singing and dancing (The Olney ballet), and through immersive streamed images and live illustrations surrounding the actors. The original piano accompaniment is replaced by an orchestrated arrangement by a chamber enemble to enhance the immersive experience. Our staged performance will be sung in German with projected English supertitles.

Join us as we meet a young man, full of strength and hope, and follow him on his travels towards his happiness. Spring nature, a briskly babbling brook, his companion, leads the young man to the mill, where he falls in love with the miller's daughter. Confidence, happiness and love are soon replaced by anxiety, torments of jealousy, and the bitterness of betrayal. In the gentle murmuring, lulling streams of the stream, the hero finds peace and solace.
Franz Schubert, a genius who lived a short life of 31 years, was able to write more than 600 songs, all of which we know and cherish to this day.

Baritone, Robert McGinness performs the cycle of twenty songs.
Accompanied by the chamber ensemble with BCO Artistic Director Dr. Katerina Souvorova leading at the piano.
Nature: brook, flowers, soloists: The Olney Ballet, choreographed by Erica Molina Hudak.
Live illustrations painted by Ksenya Litvak.
Light Design by Brydon Geisler.

Imre Kalman - Mister X of Operetta.

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In collaboration with The Four Seasons Dancers, artistic director Elena Jones.
Kalman operettas Countess Mariza, Queen of Csardas, The Circuss Princess, Baydere, Violet of Montmartre.

Sylva, Fedora: Emily Casey; Mariza, Stasi: Suzanne Karpov; Ninon, Mabel, Marguerite: Elizebeth Barnes; Edwin, Tassilo: Han Jeong Wook; Boni, Tsupan: Peter Joshua Burroughs;
Mister X, Prince Radjami: Gustavo Ahualli, Boni, Feri: James Myers

Narrator: Gregory Stuart
Writer: Genevieve Wall
Choreographer: Elena Jones
Set Design: Ksenya Litvak
Costumes: Elena Jones
Lighting Design: Brydon Geisler
Violinist: Bagus Wiswakarma
BCO Artistic Director Katerina Souvorova at the piano.

Mozart and Salieri

Mozart's Ghost

"Genius and Crime - two things that do not combine" Mozart says to Salieri on the last evening of his life. "Could it be true, and I am not a genius?", questions Salieri then. We ask ourselves these questions now as well and find the answers with the singers on stage with the help of the Ghost of Mozart in the second part of the program.

Mozart: Han Jeong Wook; Salieri: Rob McGinness; Soprano-Primadonna: Danielle Talamantes; Baritone-Maestro: Kerry Wilkerson; Ghost of Mozart: Fedor Ouspensky.
Narration: Marie Harrison;
Set Design: Ksenya Litvak, Daria Souvorova.
BCO Artistic Director Katerina Souvorova at the piano.

La Traviata

G. Verdi

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This La Traviata is different. We created a production based on the Verdi's music and Alexandre Dumas fil's novel La Dame aux Camelias, focusing on the drama of three people Violetta Valeri: Danielle Talamantes, Alfredo Germont: Han Jeong Wook and Giorgio Germont: Kerry Wilkerson.

Abridged, narrated, performed in Italian with English supertitles.

Live illustrations by Ksenya Litvak.
Narration: James Mayer and Marie Harrison.
Accompanied by BCO chamber ensemble:
Oleg Rylatko, violin I; Xi Chen, violin II; Uri Wassertzug, viola; Igor Zubkovsky, cello; Eugene Sidorov: oboe; Ronald Carlson: timpani; Katerina Souvorova, piano.