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Few people, on stage or off, are funnier than Valerian Ruminski, the noted baritone who is the general director of Nickel City Opera. So it is sure to be memorable when the curtain rises on the company's newest production -- "The Music Shop," a musical comedy by Richard Wargo. "The Music Shop," based on a short story by Anton Chekhov, is a one-act comedy, sung in Englis…

Nickel City Opera's production of Donizetti's "The Elixir of Love," scheduled for Nov. 8 at Babeville and Nov. 9 at the Fredonia Opera House, has been postponed.  The company's production of Richard Wargo's comedy "The Music Shop," taking place in Springville Center For the Arts at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 and 18 and at Nichols School's Flickinger Performing Arts Center at 4 p.m. No…

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“Bluebeard’s Castle,” the only opera by Hungarian composer Bela Bartok, is a brief, gripping journey into the dark. A handsome older nobleman, Bluebeard, brings his young bride, Judith, to his sunless, forbidding castle. There are seven sealed doors, and he wants to keep them shut. But she demands that, one after another, he open them. It is a haunting opera, perfect for…

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The Friends of Vienna is unveiling its 2014-15 season. Six concerts are in store, and they offer local music fans a lot of bang for their buck. Admission to individual concerts are $10 for adults and $5 for students, making the Friends of Vienna one of the great bargains in town. Here is the schedule: • Sept. 14: Pianist Eric Huebner, assistant professor of piano at the …

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Puccini’s “Tosca” is a mesmerizing nightmare of an opera. By taking on this dark, violent masterpiece, Nickel City Opera is reaching toward new heights.This weekend’s production, which I saw in the dress rehearsal, is gripping and well-paced. It holds its own among the other “Toscas” I have seen, which include stagings by the Canad…

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Staging any opera is a perilous proposition. It’s expensive and complicated. But Nickel City Opera, presenting Puccini’s beautiful “Tosca” on Friday and Sunday , faces an extra challenge.“Tosca” is considered cursed.“If you go on the web at all and research the history of opera, no opera has had more terrible bad things happ…

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Summertime, and the living is uneasy – at least for the classical music fan. How do you prioritize? All kinds of concerts and festivals are scheduled, most of the highest quality. And yet the days fly by. It helps to have a game plan. Here are 10 concerts that promise to be worth it – for music, ambiance, or both. 1) The Roycroft Chamber Festival presents a concert at …