Peabody, Massachusetts (September 20, 2019) – This suburban city 20 miles North of Boston might seem an unlikely place where Latvian artists would find an audience for their talents, however on October 30th and 31st that is exactly what Natalja Sticco (Cernohajeva), Leila Rogers (Taryverdieva) both originally from Riga, Latvia, and Olga Vresca, of Daugavpils, will do as they are featured in a reimagined staging of Gian Carlo Menotti’s opera The Medium. Natalja, a Mezzo-Soprano and former chorus member with the Latvian National Opera & Ballet will sing the role of Madame Flora with Vresca, a now New York City based Soprano, covering the role of Monica. Leila Rogers has been commissioned by Corsara Artists to create unique makeup effects for the cast. Producer E. DiCapra says, “When you consider we have three extraordinary talents from Latvia involved in this production alone, which is a relatively small
one when compared with many operas, then add to it the reputations of other Latvians in this field who achieved true international stardom; such as Andris Nelsons, Kristine Opolais and Elīna Garanča; this speaks volumes about the quality of Latvian institutions involved in the
performing arts. It’s something every Latvian should be very proud of, and that the world needs to take notice of.”
‘The Medium’ is being presented as part of a spectacular Halloween event at Frank L Wiggin Auditorium in Peabody’s City Hall on October 30 & 31. This production is a first for Corsara Artists and launches their inaugural 2019-2020 season of staged operas and classical concerts. It also marks a triumphant return of a world-class opera to Wiggin Auditorium for the city. Built in 1883, Wiggin Auditorium was simply known at the time as the “Opera House.” Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972, the Auditorium hosted local political and community events until undergoing a nearly quarter-million dollar restoration in 2018; which included a restoration of the decorative ceiling to it’s former glory, as well as new sound and video projection systems.
The production draws from Corsara’s roster of international opera and classical singers also featuring New York City Soprano Sara Law (who earned recent acclaim for performances in both the Miami Music Festival and Hawaii Performing Arts Festival ), and Mezzo Sarah Klopfenstein-Weir from Tampa Florida (recently in Opera del West’s production of Cinderllion in Newton MA) as Mrs Nolan, a mother desperate to reconnect with her deceased daughter during a seance conducted by Madame Flora. Conductor Ismael Sandoval of Cambridge MA will lead a full orchestra as Musical Director.
For more information about Natalja Sticco please refer to www.MezzoNatalja.com