Opera Star Marisol Montalvo to Debut MAD SCENE at Provincetown Art House

Opera Star Marisol Montalvo to Debut MAD SCENE at Provincetown Art HouseMark Cortale, Producing Artistic Director of The Art House in Provincetown, MA, has announced that internationally acclaimed opera star Marisol Montalvo will perform the world premiere of her new show Mad Scene, directed by Jeffery Roberson aka Varla Jean Merman, on August 27 for one performance only.

The show is an autobiographical tale of the insane challenges faced by an American opera singer as she performs on some of the most prestigious stages across the world including the Paris Opera and Carnegie Hall. Conductor William Hobbs music directs and will be featured at the piano.

For tickets and information, visit www.ptownarthouse.com or call 800-838-3006.

Best known to Provincetown audiences for her appearances with Roberson in Classical Varla, Marisol Montalvo's new show Mad Scene is called "a theatrical journey of operatic proportion." Montalvo made her Carnegie Hall debut under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and was most recently invited by him to perform the role of Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier opposite Renee Fleming with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Upcoming engagements include Knoxville: Summer of 1915 this July at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago and performances at the Salzburg Festival in 2018. In addition to performing alongside many of the world's most renowned conductors and orchestras, Marisol Montalvo has had the privilege of working closely with many of today's leading composers, including Matthias Pintscher, Olga Neuwirth, and Wolfgang Rihm. Several have written roles especially for her, including Peter Eötvos (as Sierve Maria in Love and Other Demons), Pascal Dusapin (as Prothoe in Penthesilea) and Marco Stroppa (as Olbia in Il Re Orso). Her affinity for contemporary music has led to regular engagements with ensembles including Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Intercontemporain, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Ensemble Remix and Ensemble Modern.

While she has achieved success in a wide range of operatic repertoire, Montalvo is particularly associated with the title role of Berg's Lulu. Following her debut in the part at the Opéra National de Paris, Le Monde described her performance as "a true revelation: The American soprano possesses real stage and vocal presence, and executes the exhausting role with incredible intensity." Subsequently, Lulu has become the centerpiece of her stage work, and she has performed the role at premier houses including Deutsche Oper Berlin, Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse, Teatro de la Maestranza, Theater an der Wien, Komische Oper Berlin, and at Theater Basel, in the acclaimed production by Calixto Bieto.

Outside of the opera house, Montalvo has a particularly close working relationship with Christoph Eschenbach, who has been both a mentor and a regular concert partner throughout her career. Since conducting her Carnegie Hall debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra, he has invited her to work with him alongside orchestras including the Vienna Philharmonic, the Houston Symphony, the London Philharmonic, the Munich Philharmonic and the Orchestre de Paris. She has also worked with conductors including Daniel Harding, Vladimir Jurowski, Christopher Hogwood, Yuri Temirkanov, Bernhard Kontarsky, Sylvain Camberling, Sussana Mälkki, Lothar Zagrosek, and Sir Neville Marriner, and with orchestras including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, St Petersburg Philharmonic, DSO Berlin, SWR Sinfonie-Orchestra, RSO Wien, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Bamberger Symphoniker. She has performed at houses including Opernhaus Zürich, Bregenzer Festspiele, Gran Teatro del Liceu, Baden-Baden Festspielhaus, Teatro Real de Madrid, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Theatre Du Chatelet, Théatre de Geneva, La Monnaie de Munt, Opera de Monte Carlo, Lithuania National Opera, Polish National Opera and Opera Comique.

The Art House is Provincetown's premier entertainment venue and Cape Cod's summer home to top Broadway talent, internationally touring cabaret artists, stand-up comics and America's cutting edge drag artists. Under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Mark Cortale, The Art House in Provincetown, MA, is the original home to the internationally acclaimed Broadway @ The Art House concert series hosted by Sirius XM radio star Seth Rudetsky, which premiered in 2011. The Broadway @ series also premiered in 2013 in New Orleans, in Australia (Sydney & Melbourne) with Megan Mullally and in London's West End with Patti LuPone at the Leicester Square Theater. The series has since travelled to Chicago @ The Steppenwolf, Beverly Hills @ The Wallis, New Orleans @ The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), Fort Lauderdale @ The Parker Playhouse, San Francisco @ The Nourse Theatre, Arizona @ Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Las Vegas @ The Smith Center, and Sarasota @ The Van Wezel among other cities. Other artists who have participated in the series include Chita Rivera, Sutton Foster, Neil Patrick Harris, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Darren Criss, Megan Hilty, Cheyenne Jackson, Gavin Creel and many other stars of stage and screen. If you're looking for "what to do on Cape Cod" this summer, The Art House season is music and comedy entertainment not to be missed! Information at markcortalepresents.com.


Mark Cortale Presents:


Mad Scene

with William Hobbs at the piano

directed by Jeffery Roberson aka Varla Jean Merman

August 27 @ 7:00pm

At The Art House, 214 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA 02657

For tickets and information, visit www.ptownarthouse.com or call 800-838-3006.

The Art House is wheelchair accessible.

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