Salon 4 - New Opera NYC

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April 27th, 2015
Raised $450 of $5,500

About The Artist

Igor Konyukhov and Saffron Chung

Igor Konyukhov, founder of New Opera NYC, opera director and choreographer, was born in Russia, and graduated from the Moscow State University with Master Degree in Nuclear Physics. He studied ballet in Moscow and in New York City at the Joffrey Ballet School. In 2009 his choreography was presented by The DanceNOW Festival (NY) and at LaMama Dance moves, NY. Igor has danced with Russian Souvenir, Russian Imperial Ballet, Lumiere Ballet, Laurel Ballet, Ballets with a Twist, and Seed Dance Company Igor holds Master Degree in Fine Arts from the New York University Tisch School of the Arts. In 2012 Igor directed and produced the premiere of the opera The Armida Project at Angel Orensanz Foundation in NYC. His Baroque Opera Celebration was presented at the Academy of Music, Northampton and...

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Salon 4, an evening of Brahms Lieberslieder Walzer, Op. 52 and Schumann Spanische Liebes-Lieder, Op. 138. Salon 4, the name is driven from these two sets of art songs that are written for 4 singers with piano 4 hands accompaniment. It will be presented on April 29 and 30 at 8:00pm at the Theater at Spence School (22 E. 91st St. between Fifth and Madison Ave.)

Salon 4 is a modern day interpretation of Salon culture that influenced many aspects of cultural movement in Europe in the 19th century. We are recreating the salon atmosphere in a theatre setting, underlining all the drama that goes on the lives of these characters, overlapping the music of Brahms and Schumann. There is a speculation that Brahms wrote his Liebeslieder Walzer in frustration of his love for Clara Schumann’s daughter, Julie Schumann. On the other hand, Schumann wrote Spanische Liebes-Lieder, using poems originally written in Spanish that were translated to German, with Spanish musical flavor, but Schumann himself never had travelled to Spain!

The production is directed and designed by New Opera NYC's Igor Konyukhov, with musical direction by Saffron Chung.   Cast features Metropolitan Opera tenor Hugo Vera, mezzo-soprano Eunjoo Lee Huls, soprano Bonnie Frauenthal and baritone Aaron Theno.

"SALON 4" - music play featuring "Liebeslieder Waltzer" by Brahms and "Spanische Liebes-Lieder" by Schumann from Igor Konyukhov on Vimeo.

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