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Conducting Mozart in Italy

  • Maestro Butts with Soprano Dominika Zamara at Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza
  • Maestro Butts with Soprano Dominika Zamara on Cremona Television
  • Maestro Butts conducting Pergolesi's La Serva Padrona in Crema, Italy
  • Maurizio de Valerio, Fulvio Bussano, and Davide Grassi

Conducting Mozart's Bastien und Bastienne in Turin, Italy

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was truly a genius, even at a very young age.   Hard as it is to believe, Mozart wrote not just one, but two operas in the summer of 1768 - at the age of twelve!   And in two different languages: La Finta Semplice in Italian and Bastien und Bastienne in German!   The full details are uncertain, but it appears Bastien und Bastienne was Mozart's first performed opera, possibly at the home of Dr. Anton Mesmer, famed for his belief in healing through magnetism and hypnosis.
Bastien und Bastienne is a singspiel - German opera with spoken dialogue.   It is filled with wonderfully melodic tunes inspired by the popular music and dances of the time as well as the operatic traditions.   It is a tale of the pastoral love of the rural villagers Bastien and Bastienne, though their love is tested throughout.  It also features the village soothsayer Colas.   All the music is absolutely delightful, but Colas's magic aria is a very inspired bit of writing.  The language is all nonsense words and pseudo-Latin phrases as Colas pretends to be a great sorcerer conjuring the spells that will allow love to blossom.  
Maestro Robert W. Butts will conduct a special performance of this charming work at Auditorium Opheus dell'Educatotio della Provvidenza in Torino (Turn), Italy on Saturday, October 28, 2017.   The cast will included renowned soprano Dominika Zamara, tenor Maurizio De Valerio, and bass Fulvio Bassano with the Orchestra Quarta Corda - costumes by Davide Grassi. The opera will be performed in Italian as Bastiano e Bastiana.  
Soprano Dominika Zamara, Bastiana,  was born in Wrocław. Poland.   In 2007 she had honours degree on Karol Lipinski Musical Academy in Wroclaw (vocal faculty). She received the one year lasting scholarship in the Italian Musical Conservatory in Verona, She educated her voice in Italy at masters of bel-canto art such as: Bruno Pola, Alida Ferrarini, Enrico De Mori, Mario Melani, Alessandra Althoff-Pugliese, Danile Anselmi. She works with numerous artistic agencies in the whole Europe and the United States.  She has performed in opera productions, concerts, and recitals throughout the world and will make her Chicago debut singing the soprano solo part in Haydn's Creation.  She premeired roles in Tramonto Coronaro and La Serva di Padova.  Her concerts have been broadcast in Poland, Italy, London, and The United States. She received in Morcone the international Padre Pio Award Padre Pio for artistic achievement.  She recorded DVD for the Italian Television Cremona1 „Laudate Pueri” by Vivaldi and „Exultate Jubilate” of Mozart together with the orchestra La Certosa under the management the Maestro Paolo Fumei, She acted during the Festival Of The Classical Music Evmelia in Greece.  In Italy she recorded and released 2 CDs for Edit Music Italy. The artist has worked as the associate professor of vocal on Italian Accademia La Certosa. and in 2015 she recorded CD , Works for Guitar and Soprano of Ivan Padovec, produced by Sheva Collection.  With Maestro Butts and The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey, Dominika has performed at the DiMenna Center in New York City as ewll as in operatic performances of Pergolesi's La Serva Padrona and both Mozart's Bastien und Bastienne and Le Nozze di Figaro.   She will perform songs from Vincenzo Faggiano's La Serva di Padova, music by Maestro Butts, in special December concerts of the Maestro's compositions at The National Opera Center in New York City and at Palazzo Cavagnis in Venice, Italy.
Tenor Maurizio De Valerio, Bastiano, lives in Turin. He was recently featured in a prodeuction of Giovanni Paisiello's setting of Il Barbiere di Siviglia.  
Bass Fulvio Bussano, Colas, recently starred as Mustafa in a heraled production or Rossini's L'Italiana in Algeri and as Dr. Bartolo in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia.  He sings frequently with La Compagnia lirica "Gli amici di Fritz."