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Pat & Emilia in Toronto

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College Street United Church

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Toronto, ON M6G 1A1

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Pat & Emilia is a chamber opera inspired by the lives of two Windsor women artists: portrait photographer Pat Sturn(1910-2011) and opera singer Emilia Cundari(1930-2005). The original text is by Windsor Poet Laureate Marty Gervais and the original music by Ontario composer Jeff Smallman. Tara Sievers-hunt is singing the role of Emilia and Jocelyn Zelasko the role of Pat Sturn.The ensemble is composed of Mary Siciliano piano, Margaret Gillie clarinet, Velda Kelly violin and Nadine Deleury cello. More information and videos can be found on:

http://patandemilia.wixsite.com/opera

For more information, please email Nadine at ndeleury@sympatico.ca

Tickets can also be purchased at the door: $35 and $10 for students.

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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