Left to right: Valentina Osinski, Paul Smith, and Sibel Demirmen
Stripped to the bone but rich with flavor, Contemporary Opera Marin’s program “It’s All About Mozart,” presented July 17, 2022 on the stage of the College of Marin’s James Dunn Theater, was positively alchemical. Two works for chamber opera ensemble were performed by four soloists, nine choristers and an orchestra of equal number on a bare stage with minimal lighting, few props, and costumes off the rack. That’s the pattern (along with free admission and parking) of many Contemporary Opera Marin productions, a no-frills, enlightening musical experience. It could be said that chamber opera is to grand opera as short stories are to literature: condensed, tasty entities that delight and surprise.
Published at classicalsonoma.org July 22, 2022
Photo by Potter Wickware