New York, NY - Among the 200 plays and musicals appearing at August’s New York International Fringe Festival, there is one very unexpected production – a new Russian-language opera by the impressive 26-year old Russian composer Polina Nazaykinskaya and conducted by Juventas Artistic Director Lidiya Yankovskaya. The opera – The Magic Mirror - is based on Alexander Pushkin’s alternative version of the Snow White fable. It will play FringeNYC from August 21-24 after a successful and acclaimed run at the Boston Center for Arts. It is sung in Russian with translations provided and runs one act, or about 70 minutes.
The opera is presented by the Juventas New Music Ensemble, founded in Boston in 2005 to present new contemporary classical music from young, emerging composers. Juventas has been chosen as a “classical music pick” five times by The Boston Globe. Each year, the group commissions one new opera as part of its Opera Project, as well as one new orchestral piece.
Juventas’ trip to NY is financed by donations from the community as part of a hugely successful Kickstarter Campaign. The opera’s singers are well-known and accomplished from the Boston area. While The Magic Mirror is based on the familiar Snow White tale, Pushkin’s take on the story is darker, but ultimately joyous. The story includes the beautiful, young Snow White character – known here as The Princess. But it focuses on the complex “Evil Queen,” who not only condemns Snow White to her deep sleep, but in this version, traps the souls of rivals in her magic mirror.
PERFORMANCES: Aug 21 (3:00 PM), Aug 22 (9:45 PM), Aug 23 (4:15 PM), Aug 24 (Noon & 8:45 PM) at CSV Flamboyan Theater, 107 Suffolk Street. TICKETS: www.FringeNYC.org
The Magic Mirror features luscious music by Polina Nazaykinskaya, music direction by Yankovskaya, assistant musical direction by Konstantin Soukhivetski, and stage direction by Resident Director Erin Huelskamp. It stars Jennifer Weiman (Evil Queen), Erin Anderson (Princess), Oswaldo Iraheta (Prince), Andy Papas (The King), Noune Karapetian (Queen Mother) & Yelena Dudochkin (Chernyafka).
The Boston Musical Intelligencer called The Magic Mirror a work where “musical language and dramatic action come together thrillingly,” while lauding Nazaykinskaya’s music as “a nostalgic recollection of the harmonic language of the romantic era.”
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