This week, Nickel City Opera will begin a residency at Springville Center for the Arts. During this time, they will be putting together a production of The Music Shop by Richard Wargo, and will visit Colden, SES, the Middle and High Schools with introductory programs. High schoolers will form a small chorus that will perform in the show alongside professionals which takes place first at the high school aud, then the Center.

About the performance: Ivan is instructed by his wife to go to The Music Shop to buy a piece of music to sing for a prestigious event. He proceeds to forget the name of the song and Dmitri the shopkeeper (bass Valerian Ruminski) and his assistant Masha sing almost every piece of music in the place! Hallucinations of the rage of his Wagnerian wife if he returns empty-handed ensue. Watch a mad scramble through the entire stock of “the largest collection of music in all of Russia” in a desperate attempt to recognize the requested melody in the ill-fated music shop. A funny introduction to opera and song!

On Wednesday, Nov. 1. Valerian Ruminski, founder of Nickel City Opera, sang with the high school chorus as part of the fall concert.

Valerian Ruminski has recently performed with Opera de Montreal and Opera Coeur D’Alene in Tosca as The Sacristan. He is scheduled to appear with Musica Viva in Hong Kong as Colline in La Boheme and Gremin in Eugene Onegin for Calgary Opera in 2018. In 2004, he founded Nickel City Opera (NCO), Buffalo’s premiere opera company.  Over the years NCO has produced The Barber of Seville, Rigoletto, La Boheme, Don Pasquale, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Tosca, Il Trovatore, The Marriage of Figaro and the World Premiere of SHOT!  by Persis Vehar about the assassination of President McKinley.

Throughout the week, performances were held for all students in the district. Public performances with the high school students will be held Friday, Nov. 17 and Saturday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Center.

While Nickel City Opera is based in Buffalo, three of the four performers will be traveling from out of the area to perform and will be staying at the former Parsonage. The Center just recently acquired the former parsonage at 29 N Buffalo Street in time to host these artists.

This program is the SCA’s first major residency program.

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