By Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov                            

                                                                                                   By Pietro Mascagni    


A double-bill of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "crime-thriller" opera and Pietro Mascagni's gentle tale about a failed love. 

Rimsky-Korsakov's Mozart & Salieri follows the apocryphal legend that Antonio Salieri poisoned his rival and fellow composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart out of jealousy over his talent. Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908) used the short story Mozart and Salieri by Alexander Pushkin as libretto, which also inspired Peter Shaffer’s play and film Amadeus.

Mascagni's opera Zanetto tells of the encounter between young Zanetto and rich curtesan Silvia, who recognises her one love in the wandering poet. 
Part of Time Zone Theatre's 'Fin de Siècle' project - a series of works composed around 1900 in new, contemporary stagings.

Time Zone Theatre's re-imagining of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's opera Mozart & Salieri was performed at the Arcola Theatre and other venues last year, where it received praising reviews and was finalist for an Off West End - Award in the category 'Best Opera Production 2016'. 

In a new English translation and staged by an award-winning team around stage director Pamela Schermann, musical director Andrew Charity and set and costumes by Brazilian designer Yole Lambrecht, this original and innovative production will captivate its audience, making us witnesses, if not conspirators, of Salieri’s plan to poison Mozart.

Sung in English and accompanied by piano and viola. 

Nick Dwyer, baritone / Roger Paterson, tenor​ / Nina Kopparhed, viola 
Pietro Mascagni's one-act opera Zanetto tells of the encounter between wandering poet Zanetto and rich, beautiful Silvia, who lives on her own and has forsworn love entirely. Convinced that her love is fatal and can only bring misfortune, when young Zanetto awakens long-forgotten feelings, she struggles to take her chance at finding happiness.

Mascagni's opera will be performed in a contemporary setting and with a new English translation. Looking at Silvia and Zanetto as two women who live in London, director Pamela Schermann explores their unlikely friendship. Although the lives of Zanetto and Silvia could not be more different, they develop a deep sympathy for each other. But what they have in common is what will tear them apart – their inability to drop their guard and give in to love.

Becca Marriott, soprano / Sophie Goldrick, mezzo-soprano / Nina Kopparhed violin

On 7th, 9th and 10th August, Time Zone Theatre will perform a new production of Alexander Zemlinsky's A Florentine Tragedy as part of their Fin de Siècle series. More information here

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Supported by Golsoncott Foundation, the Austrian Cultural Forum London, the Russian House of Culture and Science and OCA MAgazine. 
1st, 3rd and 4th August 2017 at 7.30pm

Running time: 2h (incl interval)
Bridewell Theatre
14 Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8EQ

Nearest tube station: Blackfrias, St Pauls
Tickets: £15 (plus booking fee)

 Tuesday 1st August, 7.30pm
Thursday 3rd August, 7.30pm
    Friday 4th August, 7.30pm
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Reviews for Mozart & Salieri

★★★★★ “engaging singers and clever staging“ – Fringe Opera

★★★★ “a magnificent piece of entertainment“ – London Theatre One

"Crime-thriller tension" - A Younger Theatre  

“One of Grimeborn's most striking rediscoveries...very well worth seeing!“ - The Spectator

“...has a humanity and gentleness that the more theatrical variants don't have“ - Hackney Citizen

​Finalist: Off West End-Award 'Best Opera Production 2016'


Nick Dwyer (Salieri in Mozart & Salieri)
Nick has performed with Garsington Opera, Grange Park Opera, Buxton Festival Opera, Clonter Opera and British Youth Opera amongst others, with roles including Marcello in La Bohème (OperaUpClose at Soho Theatre and other venues, as well as Heritage Opera), Don Alfonso in Cosi Fan Tutte, (Clonter Opera), Sid in Albert Herring (Hampstead Garden Opera), Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin (Grange Park Opera), Yamadori in Madama Butterfly (Bury Court Opera), Schaunard in La Bohème (Opera Loki), Guglielmo in Cosi Fan Tutte (Cooper Hall Young Artists), Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro, and Escamillo in Carmen (OperaupClose), Javert in Les Miserables (Pimlico Opera Prisons Project). Cover roles include Eugene Onegin (Grange Park Opera), Angelotti (Tosca, Grange Park Opera), Geronimo (The Secret Marriage, British Youth Opera), and Adolf (The Jacobin, Buxton Festival Opera).

Roger Paterson (Mozart in Mozart & Salieri)
Roger Paterson started his music training at the Junior Academy of Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) and graduated from the University of Glasgow with an honours degree in Musicology in 2007. Since then, he studied with Pat McMahon and Paul Farrington.

From 2013, Roger started to give recitals as a classical singer and last year, 2016, he performed his debut recital in London.  In 2014, he became a founding member of Scozzesi, performing across Scotland and he will continue to perform with Scozzesi this year. He will also continue to perform recitals and he will perform his first opera galas this year, some in association with Scottish Opera.

Since 2015, Roger has been a full-time opera singer and has sung with Iford Arts Opera (Un Ballo in Maschera, Verdi), Arcola Theatre (Gariné, Dikran Tchouhadjian), Time Zone Theatre (Mozart and Salieri, Rimsky-Korsakov), Opera Holland Park (Die Fledermaus, Strauss; and La Cenerentola, Rossini) and this year, he will perform two lead tenor roles: Alfredo in Kentish Opera's production of Verdi's La Traviata and Cavaradossi in The King's Head production of Puccini's Tosca.

Becca Marriott (Silvia in Zanetto)
Becca Marriott read English Literature at the University of Oxford. After pursuing a career in comedy and acting Becca won a place at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, graduating in 2014. There she held the Morag Noble Scholarship, and was awarded the Roy Pleasance Prize. She also participated in coveted mentor schemes with the ENO and international artist, Matthew Rose. Becca gives frequent lectures and recitals for Opera Prelude, and recently won a study grant from them to work with Della Jones.

Roles include: Cio cio san and Mimi in The King's Head's recent productions of Madam Butterfly and La Bohème; Tosca in OperaUpClose’s 2013 Off West End production; Nitocris in Handel’s Belshazzar for Trinity Opera under Nicholas Kraemer; Donna Elvira for Moonlittle Theatre; and the title role in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut for Brent Opera. In 2016 Becca joined Grange Park Opera for her second summer season, playing the role of Old Sally in their production of Oliver!  She will be returning to the company in their new Surrey theatre this year, singing Ortlinde in Die Walküre.
Becca also enjoys performing contemporary opera and created the roles of Gala Dali in Ergo Phizmiz’s 2013 commission for Tête a Tête, Gala!, Matilda and Werburh in Toby Young and Louis Mander’s Cantata Eliensis at Ely Cathedral; and The Maid in Louis Mander and Jack Cherry’s Oh Whistle and I’ll Come to you my Lad.

Sophie Goldrick (Zanetto in Zanetto)   
London-born Sophie grew up in Sydney, Australia. She holds the Dean’s Medal and a Bachelor of Performance in Acting from the University of Western Sydney and a Masters of Music with Distinction from the Royal Northern College of Music where she studied with Mary Plazas. Sophie now studies with Australian soprano, Yvonne Kenny.

Notable roles include La Traviata (Flora) for West Green House Opera, Cavalleria Rusticana (Lola) for Portsmouth Choral Society, Madama Butterfly (Kate) for King’s Head Theatre, The Mikado (Pitti-Sing cover) for Scottish Opera, Otello Verdi (Emilia), Otello Rossini (Emilia) both for the Al Bustan Festival, Eugene Onegin (Olga) for ArtsTrust, Orlando Paladino (Alcina) for adLibitum and Purpur, La Finta Giardiniera (Ramiro cover) and Kaschey the Immortal (Kascheyevna cover) for Buxton Festival, Serse (Arsamene) and Albert Herring (Nancy) for RNCM Opera, The Cunning Little Vixen (Fox) for Co Opera Co., and Carmen (Carmen) for Focus Opera.  

Pamela Schermann (stage director)
Pamela trained as a director at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, London, and obtained an MA in Theatre at University of Vienna/Austria. She is the artistic director of London-based theatre company Time Zone Theatre Ltd. 

Directing credits include: Mozart & Salieri (Arcola Theatre 2016, England/Denmark Tour 2017), Threads (Hope Theatre, 2017) Othello (Rose Playhouse, Bankside, Waterloo East Theatre, National tour 2015-2016 and New York City), Veils (The Theatre Room, City), Rendezvous at Midnight (Rose Playhouse, 2015), Iphigenia in Tauris (Rose Playhouse, Bankside 2015), Shoot, I didn’t mean that (Tristan Bates Theatre), The Last Days of Mankind (Tristan Bates Theatre),  Orpheus and Eurydice (Rose Playhouse, Bankside), The Taming of the Shrew (Rose Playhouse, Bankside), Ernest (Etcetera Theatre), Abe & Hans (Theatre503), Salome (ZOO Southside, Edinburgh & Etcetera Theatre), Werther's Sorrows (ZOO Southside, Edinburgh), The Last Day (Waterloo East Theatre), Dorian Gray (Cockpit Theatre), Debris (Karamel Club), Mozart & Salieri (Opera by Rimsky-Korsakov, Vienna), La Traviata (Opera by Verdi, Kirchstetten/Austria, 2009).

Short plays and New Writing Events include work at Theatre503, the Arcola, Southwark Playhouse and Arts Theatre West End. Her work has been supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum London, the Austrian Cultural Ministry and Arts Council England.

Andrew Charity (musical director)
Andrew Charity  studied at the Royal College of Music and the London Opera Centre, winning prizes for conducting. He is a freelance conductor and singing teacher/coach, with strong links to two of the London Drama Schools, he is resident conductor of madrigal singing at RADA. Besides conducting a large opera and choral repertoire – the latter until 2013 with the Barnes Choir -  he was the Musical Director for the award-winning OperaUpClose production of La Boheme for Woodhouse Opera, and for Nonsuch History and Dance. He was Musical Director for New London Opera Players/ Secret Opera (2011-2015) and for The Wedding Collective/Opera Machine (Finding Butterfly, The Consul) and others.

Recent work includes: Finding Butterfly (Limehouse/Soho); Le nozze di Figaro, Opera Gala, La Boheme, Don Giovanni (Woodhouse opera); La Boheme, Orfeo ed Euridice, Suor Angelica, Die Walküre, La Traviata, The Trousered Traviata, Carmen, carMen, The Magic Flute, Elektra, Tosca, Fidelio (all New London Opera Players/Secret Opera); The Secret Consul (Limehouse/Soho), Orfee et Euridice (Time Zone Theatre at Rose Playhouse, Bankside), The Mikado (Wimbledon Light Opera), The Turn of the Screw (Moon-Little Productions), The Magic Flute (Mantissa Opera); La Boheme (OperaUpClose, Cock Tavern Kilburn, Soho Theatre, King's Head Theatre and tour - winner of an OLIVIER award for Best New Opera Production and a WHAT'S ON STAGE award for Best Off West End Production); The Shoreditch Consul (Shoreditch Festival); Trouble in Tahiti, Candide (ArtsEd); Scenes and Philip Langridge Memorial Gala for Co-opera Co.; Phedre, Pierrot Lunaire (Arcola).