Newton's Andy Papas, a baritone lauded for his "rich voice," will star as The King in The Magic Mirror, a fun new opera by Polina Nazaykinskaya opening on May 30 at the Boston Center for the Arts.
Based on Alexander Pushkin's version of Snow White, the opera is presented by the Juventas New Music Ensemble’s Opera Project. It will be performed in Russian with English translations shown above the stage and it runs a bit more than an hour.
The opera also stars the exciting soprano Yelena Dudochkin, who grew up in Newton and Brookline.
The production "creates an operatic experience with something for people of all ages and backgrounds,” explained Music Director Lidiya Yankovskaya. “The opera-buff, new-music aficionado, complete opera novice and young listener alike will find much to take away from the experience.”
Papas resides in Newton and grew up in nearby Winchester. He regularly performs with regional opera companies in New England and the Midwest.
Praised for his “rich voice” by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Papas recently returned from a tour of over 50 venues throughout the Midwest with Opera For The Young, based in Madison, WI. He has performed and covered leading roles with Opera New Jersey, St. Petersburg Opera (FL), Lyric Opera Cleveland, and Union Avenue Opera. Next month he will perform the Major General in Pirates of Penzance with Opera Providence.
Former Newton resident Dudochkin launched her opera career in 2009, debuting in Opera Boston's The Nose, and winning First Prize in the Golden Voices of America competition.
She has sung at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Jordan Hall, Boston's Symphony Hall, among others, in roles including Violetta (La Traviata), Snow Maiden (Snow Maiden), Marfa (Tsar's Bride), Norina (Don Pasquale), Brigitta (Iolanta) and Manon. Among her upcoming performances are Gilda (Rigoletto) with Center Stage Opera of Pensylvania, and a highly-anticipated recital at Carnegie Hall.
In The Magic Mirror, Polina Nazaykinskaya’s lyrical, lush musical textures bring Pushkin’s texts to life in an intimate black box production featuring set and costume designs by Moscow-based artist, Varvara Sosedova.
The use of bright color and intricate costumes and masks inspired by traditional Russian clothing highlight this new opera's magical setting, together with Nazaykinskaya’s characteristically colorful orchestration.
The production has been accepted into this summer’s Fringe Festival in New York City.
Those interested in further information or tickets should see www.bostontheatrescene.com. Performances run May 30-June 1 at the Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Theatre on Tremont Street.
The Magic Mirror
Music by Polina Nazaykinskaya
Lidiya Yankovskaya, Music Director/Conductor
Erin Huelskamp, Stage Director
Varvara Sosedova, Set/Costume design
Erin Anderson, soprano (Princess)
Jennifer Weiman, mezzo-soprano (Evil Queen)
Sean Lair, tenor (Prince)
Andy Papas, baritone (King)
Noune Karapetian, soprano (Queen Mother)
Yelena Dudochkin, soprano (Cherniafka)