01.09.2015 - 01.09.2015

01.09.2015 / 19:00 [fb-event]

Performance with Mezzo-Soprano Julia Mintzer & artist Charles Oglivie!

Release of the LP ‘PIZZA PARLANCE LIVE IN VENICE 2015’ containing the live recordings of the venice PIZZA PARLANCE
Performance at the opening of PIZZA PAVILION on May 7th. Limited to 12 pieces.

Counterfeit PIZZA PAVILION Pizza by SAPORI DiĀ“ITALIA, Dresden will be served!


The Grand Opening of Pizza Pavilion on May 7, 2015, at Campo Santa Margherita in Venice – attended by a never-ending stream of visitors ordering Pizza until 3 oclock in the morning – was accompanied by Pizza Parlance, a semi-entertaining, anti-formalistic and psychotic comedy performed and directed by Mezzo-Soprano Julia Mintzer, artist Charles Ogilvie and composer Toby Young. Playing an inexperienced, anxious singer, the highly professional and renowned singer performed – to the audience’s surprise – perfectly crafted pieces from her operatic repertoire. Periodically throughout the evening, the opera singer’s dysfunctional interactions with her manager/technician (Charles Ogilvie- who constantly followed her around with a recording device) would erupt, revealing the aspirational stories that had led her to Venice through dramatic scenes placed amidst the crowded opening.

Julia Mintzer, mezzo-soprano, has been hailed by La Presse as “a true Carmen: extremely sensual, with the grace of a serpent, the violence of a tiger, and a mezzo of penetrating depth.” She is in her second season singing with Die Semperoper Dresden. Julia Mintzer has performed with Washington National Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, and Wolf Trap Opera Company. Her recent repertoire includes Carmen, Hansel, Orfeo (Gluck), Dorabella, and Sesto (Handel). She was a regional finalist (New England) in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. As a director, Julia Mintzer has staged new productions of La Cenerentola, Il Tabarro, Alcina, and Dido and Aeneas for companies including Bel Cantanti Opera, Garden State Opera, Satori Opera, and Hubbard Hall Opera Theatre. Julia Mintzer received her B.Mus from The Juilliard School.

Charles Ogilvie is a Graduate of the sculpture department at the Royal College of Art where he gained an MFA with distinction. He is currently studying for a DPhil at Oxford University through an AHRC funded studentship. He grew up in Eltham in South East London before attending Magdalen College Oxford to read Chemistry. Charles Ogilvie was awarded the University prize for organic chemistry before moving to the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art where he graduated with a First Class Degree. His research interests include the history of cosmology, alchemy, the UK nuclear fleet and the artist John Latham. Charles Ogilvie was shortlisted for the 2011 Red Mansion Prize, the 2011 New Sensations Prize, and has been awarded a Brettschneider Visiting Fellowship (2014) at Cornell University to develop new work in collaboration with composer Toby Young.