SPRINGVILLE—Performances of “The Music Shop” by Richard Wargo will be held at Springville Center for the Arts on Nov. 17 and 18 at 7 p.m.
A collaboration between Springville Center for the Arts, Nickel City Opera and Springville-Griffith Institute, “The Music Shop” is an all-ages short opera that features high school students in the role of a chorus or angry mob. Nickel City Opera will be in residence at the Arts Center and will engage in a variety of workshops with students of all ages. School performances will occur on the high school stage, followed by two public performances at the Center on Nov. 17 and Nov. 18.
“The Music Shop” is based on a story by Anton Chekhov about a man, Ivan (tenor Ubaldo Feliciano-Hernandez), instructed by his wife (soprano Melissa Parks) to go to a music store to buy her a piece of music to sing for a prestigious event. He proceeds to forget the name of the song and Dmitri the shopkeeper (bass Valerian Ruminski) and his assistant Masha (soprano Sherry Cohen Miles) sing almost every piece of music in the place. Hallucinations of the rage of his Wagnerian soprano wife ensue and his own unhappy fate if he returns empty-handed. There is a mad scramble through the entire stock of the largest collection of music in all of Russia in a desperate attempt to recognize the requested melody in the ill-fated music shop. The play is directed by Valerian Ruminski and Steve Vaughan.
Ruminski has performed with Opera de Montreal and Opera Coeur D'Alene in Tosca as The Sacristan. He is scheduled to appear with Musica Viva in Hong Kong as Colline in La Boheme and Gremin in Eugene Onegin for Calgary Opera in 2018. In 2004 he founded Nickel City Opera, Buffalo’s premiere opera company. Over the years, NCO has produced “The Barber of Seville,” “Rigoletto,” “La Boheme,” “Don Pasquale,” “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” “Tosca,” “Il Trovatore,” “The Marriage of Figaro” and the world premiere of “SHOT!” by Persis Vehar about the assassination of President William McKinley.
“The Music Shop” takes the stage at the Carol Mongerson Theater, 37 N. Buffalo St., Springville on Friday, Nov. 17 and Saturday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 general and $5 students. Tickets are available online at SpringvilleArts.org or by calling 592-9038.