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A new vision for Malden Arts: introducing Mystic Side Opera

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The dark horse company poised to catapult Opera into the future


  Mystic Side Opera Company (MSO), a new opera company in Malden, is pleased to announce its formation and commitment to bringing world-class opera performances back to New England, promoting excellence in opera and making it accessible to everyone. Under the music direction of Marco Borroni (Stage Musical Assistant at Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy), Mystic Side Opera will feature a classic repertoire performed by professional international singers and introduce young artists as well as emerging professionals. The company will have a youth and community chorus and host visiting international orchestras and guest musicians, and it is developing plans for an innovative, digital stage design to create immersive audience experiences.

  MSO General Director Gene Sticco describes the company’s bold vision as the result of three years of industry and customer research while touring the United States in smaller productions to identify the best ways to satisfy opera aficionados while making the four-century-old art more appealing and approachable for newcomers to enjoy.

  In partnership with Studio Lirico and Maestro Paolo De Napoli, MSO will house Studio Lirico USA to offer international exchange opportunities in vocal and language coaching. Maestro De Napoli’s students include principals from the Paris Opera, Teatro Real in Madrid, Berlin Staatsoper, the Metropolitan Opera in New York and other prominent theaters. He currently coaches select professional singers, including Tenor Pavel Cernoch, Baritone Vladislav Sulimsky, Soprano Irina Churilova and Mezzo Soprano Natalja Sticco, who lives with her family in Malden.

  The company will also create the New England Opera Center, a membership-based program providing rehearsal and performance space, as well as a suite of professional business services designed to support singers managing their own careers. For more information about MSO, including its programs, productions and community impact, visit www.discovertheopera.com.

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