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Pat & Emilia at the Manor

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Willistead Manor

1899 Niagara Street

Windsor, ON N8Y 1K3

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Pat & Emilia is a mixed-media chamber opera inspired by the lives of two Windsor women: portrait photographer Pat Sturn(1910-2011) and opera singer Emilia Cundari (1930-2005). Original text by Marty Gervais, and original music by Jeff Smallman. The opera was premiered at Willistead Manor in 2015 and was performed 8 more times in Canada and the United States. The performers are Tara Sievers-Hunt in the role of Emila, and Jocelyn Zelasko as Pat Sturn. The ensemble is composed of Mary Siciliano piano, Velda Kelly violin, Margaret Gillie clarinet and Nadine Deleury cello.

What​ ​is​ ​Pat​ ​&​ ​Emilia? It is an opera for 2 sopranos, piano, clarinet, violin and cello, in 2 acts. Who​ ​are​ ​Pat​ ​and​ ​Emilia? Pat Sturn was the legendary portrait photographer in Windsor often compared to Y. Karsh. Emilia Cundari was an opera singer. Did​ ​they​ ​know​ ​each​ ​other? Yes, Pat Sturn did Emilia’s portrait. Pat adored opera, was known for listening to MET broadcasts every week ! How​ ​did​ ​the​ ​idea​ ​come​ ​about? Nadine (cellist in the ensemble and Windsor resident) asked Windsor Poet Laureate and friend Marty Gervais if he would write a poem which would be put into music. Because they were both friends with Pat Sturn who had recently died (at the age of 100) they thought of honouring her with a poem. Marty right away thought of having Emilia Cundari as a second character in his piece. His poem became soon a longer story which lead to the opera. How​ ​did​ ​you​ ​decide​ ​on​ ​a​ ​composer? We had heard some of Ontario composer Jeff Smallman’s songs and chamber music and performed several of his works. When we approached him he was delighted to be part of this project. How​ ​did​ ​you​ ​find​ ​the​ ​singers? We had heard Tara Sievers-Hunt sing and act in some contemporary music and thought she would be great for this piece. When the character of Emilia appeared in Marty’s text, she introduced us to Jocelyn Zelasko, and told us Jocelyn would make a great Pat and she (Tara) would be Emilia. Tara went on creating the first act where she incarnates Emilia. In this act, she sings opera arias from Emilia’s repertoire and her monologues are based on reviews and articles mostly from the Windsor Star newspaper. Who​ ​funded​ ​this​ ​project? We had fundraising events, several at Sho Art, Spirit and Performance, Caboto Club, we received private donations, and we received a grant from the City of Windsor as well as the University of Windsor. Did​ ​you​ ​perform​ ​the​ ​opera​ ​again​ ​after​ ​the​ ​premiere? Yes we did, in Detroit, Birmingham, Rochester Hills(MI), Toledo (OH, at the Art Gallery), Bayfield, Leamington, and even with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra in Windsor and Leamington again. So,​ ​when​ ​are​ ​the​ ​2018​ ​performances? In St Catharines at Partridge Hall, Firstontario Performing Arts Center on March 23rd at 7:30pm In Toronto at College Street United Church on March 24th at 7:00pm In Windsor at Willistead Manor on April 5th at 8:00pm Do​ ​you​ ​have​ ​a​ ​website?​ ​a​ ​FB​ ​page? Yes: patandemilia.wixsite.com/opera https://www.facebook.com/patsturnproject/ If​ ​we​ ​have​ ​questions,​ ​is​ ​there​ ​an​ ​email​ ​address? Yes, of course: ndeleury@sympatico.ca

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