Small picture of Donizetti

 

 

Donizetti's Viva la Mamma

(Le convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali )

Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, Seattle and touring,  
November 4 - 19, 2010.

Photographs by Bill Mohn, courtesy of Seattle Opera

 

Photographs from Seattle Opera Young Artists production of  Donizetti's Le convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali given under what has become its alternative modern title Viva la Mamma.  Philippa Kiraly from The Gathering Note site  was generally supportive of the performance while pointing out that it is an early and unrepresentative effort of Donizetti's whose demands make it difficult to make a definitive critique of the voices, although she was particularly impressed with David Scofield as the Mamma.

 

The Team

 

Prima Donna - Amanda Opuszynski

Seconda Donna - Marcy Stonikas

Seconda Donna's Mamma - David Scofield

Prima Donna's husband - Adrian Rosas

Pipetto - Lindsey Anderson

Tenor - Andrew Stenson

Poet - Erik Anstine

Maestro - David Krohn

 

Pianist - Kelly Kuo

 

Director - Jeffery Marc Buchman

 

©Bill Mohn photo

 

The Seconda Donna (Marcy Stonikas) has a demanding stage mother (Daniel Scofield) who gets in the way.

 

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 Frustrated with the outrageous Mamma (David Scofield), the opera’s Tenor (Andrew Stenson) quits, taking Pipetto along with him. Mamma offers to save the show by joining the cast.

 

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 The Prima Donna surprises the Maestro (David Krohn) and the Poet with an aria they weren’t expecting.

 

 

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At the final rehearsal, it becomes clear that the production will be a disaster.

 

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 The only solution? Leave town in the middle of the night.