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Nickel City Opera Names Maestro Matthias Manasi
From Berlin As New Music Director For 10th Season
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Jim Harwood/Harwood Management Group Inc.
Buffalo, NYNickel City Opera and Harwood Management is pleased to announce Berlin born Matthias Manasi has been named Music Director of Nickel City Opera. Now in its 10th Season, NCO initially engaged Maestro Manasi to lead the June 2017 performances of Mozart’s ‘Impresario’. Manasi so impressed NCO and Buffalo audiences he was offered the Music Directorship, pursuant to five years of leadership under the highly regarded conductor Michael Ching.
Matthias Manasi’s International conducting career boasts 37 operas and operettas (almost 400 performances) in an enormous range of standard operatic repertoire and rare gems ranging from Vivaldi’s Juditha Triumphans to Krzysztof Penderecki’s Paradise Lost (Raj utracony).
From 2013 to 2016 Maestro Manasi was engaged at State Opera Breslau (Opera Wroclawska) Poland as Principal Conductor. More recently he worked as conductor at the Staatsoper Poznan (Teatr Wielki), Poland, and appeared as a guest conductor at Opera Bremen (2016), at Opera Leipzig (2016) and at Opera Halle (2017).
Highlights of the last season included concerts with Kazakh State Symphony Orchestra, Liepaja Symphony Orchestra and with Berliner Camerata in the Berliner Philharmonie and in Tonhalle Zurich.  
Mr. Manasi has a depth of experience in the entertainment genre and in crossover projects, as well as a keen interest in modern and innovative concert projects. A virtuoso pianist, his credits include European recital tours accompanying the renowned Polish-American bass Valerian Ruminski. Manasi speaks German, Italian, French, Spanish, Polish, Russian and English, making him an ideal opera and vocal concert collaborator.







BUFFALO, NY-Nickel City Opera’s tour of Mozart’s hilarious one act opera, ‘The Impresario’, kicks off at UB’s Slee Hall on Tuesday, May 23rd at 7:30pm and adds a performance on the fantail of the USS Little Rock downtown at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park. ”The Buffalo Traveling Roadshow Opera” includes performances at The Saturn Club, Wednesday, May 24th at 7pm, Villa Maria College Thursday, May 25th at 7pm and aboard the USS Little Rock on Friday, May 26th at 7pm. Mozart described The Impresario’ as a comedy with music and a parody on the vanity of singers who argue over status and pay. NCO’s interpretation will be sung in English with English dialogue giving it a modern twist with added local references. Accompanied by Maestro Matthias Manasi of Berlin, Germany.
Rounding out the “Roadshow” is a Masterclass with Maestro Matthias Manasi Saturday, May 27th at 1pm, Echoes of Opera III in the 90 foot Silo City grain elevator, Friday, June 2nd at 6pm and as the grand finale, back to The Saturn Club, Tuesday, June 6th at 6pm for the 9th Annual NCO Dinner.  For a twist, as the encore, NCO and troupe head to The Lafayette Hotel for Broadway at The Lafayette, Thursday, June 22nd at 5pm for a special after work treat with the grand songs of Broadway.
“This year NCO will be taking opera to the people at a number of local and suburban venues with a range of programming for those who have never been exposed to opera. We hope everyone will come out and have some fun with us and get their first taste of a classic musical artform in a relaxed atmosphere. ‘The Impresario’ will be a simple evening featuring a modernized Mozart classic comedy in English that everyone can enjoy.” -Valerian Ruminski, NCO General Director

OPERA America, the national opera industry organization, will be honoring NCO General Director, Valerian Ruminski at the National Opera Conference 2017, May 4th-May 7th in Dallas, TX. This annual Service Award recognizes those who promote opera in their communities and work tirelessly to ensure the highest possible artistic quality and community service. “On behalf of the staff and membership of OPERA America, please accept my congratulations and thank you for your exceptional contribution to the field of opera.” Marc A. Scorca, President/CEO Opera America. Valerian is proud and honored to accept this award highlighting his dedication to excellence in opera in WNY.


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There is so much to laugh about in “Don Pasquale,” and so much to appreciate. It’s a breathless comedy that never lets up – until near the end, when it broadsides you with a note of real pathos. Great art does that. Nickel City sets it in the vaudeville era, which suits the broad comedy. The 70-something Pasquale wants to disinherit his nephew, Ernesto, and so decides to take a wife. To set him straight, his friends play a mean joke on him, involving a sham wedding to Norina, whom Ernesto wants to marry. If you don’t know the story in advance, don’t read up on it. Just go, and enjoy the surprises. READ MORE

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The Nickel City Opera is on a roll. Last weekend’s performances of Verdi’s Il Trovatore featured the strongest production by the company in its three-year history. Director Henry Akina’s atmospheric staging at the Riviera Theatre was highly effective, while the singing of the principal soloists proved to be memorable. Hoping to keep that momentum going, Valerian Ruminski, artistic director of the NCO, decided to stage this weekend’s performances of Puccini’s one-act opera Il Tabarro, on Saturday, July 2, and Sunday, July 3, in a genuinely unique location: the stern deck of the USS The Sullivans, the destroyer permanently docked at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park, at the foot of Pearl and Main streets, across from HSBC Arena. READ MORE

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Buffalo’s Nickel City Opera has received a grant of $9,600 from the Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo to help with its fifth anniversary season production of Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale” from June 28 to 30 in the Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda. READ MORE


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