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Mozart Masterpieces

MOZART MASTERPIECES

AGES 16+

SUNDAYS | 2:00 – 4:00 PM | October 17 & 24
COST: $50 |  INSTRUCTOR: Tadeusz Biernacki

Mozart operas delight us with beautiful music, enchanting composition, spectacular characters, and timeless storylines. Join Tadeusz Biernacki, Chorus Master and Assistant Music Director of Manitoba Opera as he offers a closer look at two of Mozart’s most famous and beloved operas: The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni. We will explore the historical background, characters, the plot, musical themes and structure, famous arias, and ensembles as we watch and listen to audio and video excerpts from international performances.

Classes delivered virtually through zoom.

Can’t attend the live sessions? All classes will be recorded and available for you to view later.

 

TADEUSZ BIERNACKIMusic Director and Conductor

Tadeusz Biernacki was born in Czestochowa, Poland where he began his music education at the early age of four. He won the Karol Szymanowski competition in Warsaw in 1976 and earned his Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Conducting from the Conservatory of Music in Katowice in 1978. He has performed as a soloist in many European countries. Biernacki settled in Canada in 1978 and continued his piano studies with Marek Jablonski at the University of Manitoba and Banff School of Fine Arts and conducting with Stanislaw Skrowaczewski in Minneapolis.

As a winner of the 1980 Young Artist’s Competition, Biernacki has toured Canada extensively in solo and chamber music recitals. In 1983 he began his association with the Manitoba Opera (Assistant Music Director, Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master) in 1988 with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet (Associate Music Director/Music Director) and in 2001 with Saskatoon Opera (Music Director). He made his conducting debut with Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in 1992 and has since conducted orchestras in Vancouver, Victoria, Edmonton, Calgary, Regina, Saskatoon, Toronto, Windsor, Montreal, National Arts Center Orchestra in Ottawa, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, St Paul Chamber Orchestra, Grand Forks Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Tessaloniki State Orchestra (Greece), Kaohsiung City Symphony Orchestra (Taiwan), and Hong Kong Sinfonietta. He also conducted world premieres of RWB’s Nutcracker, Moulin Rouge, Wonderland, Svengali, Princess and the Goblin, The Handmaid’s Tale, Going Home Star and Vespers.

His last CD recording, the soundtrack to “Going Home Star” with Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra has been awarded a 2017 Juno Award as the Best Classical Album of the Year – Large Ensemble. Biernacki has branched out into composition with his one act opera “Happy Campers” composed for the Manitoba Opera School Tour and “Charlies Kreuzfahrt”, ballet commissioned for Stadtische Theater Chemnitz in Germany.

Tadeusz is also an arranger of numerous symphonic orchestrations for WSO, MCO, NAC and reduced opera and ballet orchestrations for MO, SSO, Memphis Opera, Florida State University Opera, Buffalo Opera, RWB, Memphis Ballet, Victoria Ballet, Montreal Ballet, Pittsburg Ballet Theatre and Atlanta Ballet.