Buffalo’s Nickel City Opera Presents SHOT!: The Assassination of President William McKinley at The 1901 Pan American Exposition June 10th & 12th
Nickel City Opera presents "SHOT!" based on the assassination of President William McKinley at the 1901 Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, NY by Polish-American dissident and self proclaimed anarchist Leon Czolgosz. "SHOT!" dramatizes the events before, during and after President McKinley’s fatal shooting. Directed by Emmy Award Winning Director, David Grabarkewitz, Conducted by Maestro Michael Ching with Metropolitan Opera singer Valerian Ruminski as President McKinley. June 10th & 12th.
Composer Persis Vehar was attracted to the story line and wanted to expose the tragic results of terrorism in the form of an opera. "Like Puccini, Verdi, Beethoven, and other past composers, it contained issues still present in my time such as assimilating immigrants, equality for all, huge economic differences between the 'haves' & 'have-nots,' drugs & mental problems, gun control, war, etc."
SHOT! contains a drinking song, death scene, recurrent motives and conflicting personalities. A Vaudevillian, like a Greek Chorus, introduces scenes with spoken dialogue and 1901 melodies. After a "McKinley Two Step" and a "gay ‘90s like song," the love story between the President and his wife, First Lady Ida unfolds. SHOT! presents America’s problems in a forceful and valuable way. In a presidential election year, the opera makes people aware of current situations, offers possibilities, and submits the solution of coming together as a way to solve our individual & collective troubles.
General Director Valerian Ruminski (Metropolitan Opera/New York City Opera), a Buffalo, NY native, wanted to create a new opera around a pivotal time in history. "Opera is always about life and death. The assassination of President McKinley changed the world. Any event that changed the world is a good subject for an opera and I wanted to present this tragedy within the genre. An assassination, a death row inmate, the underground railroad and fascism have all been subjects of new operas. SHOT! breathes life into the relevance of the art form as well as the subject matter."
SHOT! will be performed Friday, June 10th at 8:00pm and Sunday, June 12th at 2:30pm. Tickets available at the Shea’s Performing Arts Center box office at 650 Main Street, Buffalo or by calling Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000.
SHOT! Video Promo: www.shotinbuffalo.com
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