Barbara Mantini will begin 2018 on a high note – literally, as a soprano.
The award-winning songstress who is also an Acting for Film and Television professor at NC, will be taking the stage as part of Podium Concert Productions’ upcoming Broadway musical Nine – in Concert. The limited engagement concert is the first time the Tony Award winning musical will be performed in Canada professionally with full orchestration. It will take place in Toronto January 12 and 13, 2018 in Toronto at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre for the Arts.
“I’m really honoured and excited to be a part of this production,” said Mantini. “It is always an exciting and humbling experience to perform in a Broadway musical with such talented and remarkable performing artists. You tend to be one big family.”
Stratford Festival veteran Juan Chioran will be starring in the production, which will feature a world-class orchestra of 23 musicians accompanying 15 of Canada’s brightest stars of stage and musical theatre and a chorus of rising stars from Etobicoke School of The Arts.
Mantini will be performing on the role of Guido’s mother in the musical – a character who appears mostly in flashback moments from when Guido is a young boy. The role has struck a chord with Mantini.
“The role will be a lot of fun as I need to tap into my little ‘Italian mamma’ persona. Being of Italian descent myself, I have a lot of character references in my life that will help me build and develop my character,” she said. “The music is also very beautiful and challenging; my big song is quite high in the soprano range.”
“I am so looking forward to playing the role of “Guido’s mother” and the honour of working with some of Canada’s best…
Mantini is well known for her musical talent. In addition to being part of the award-winning dynamic musical trio The Mantini Sisters, she has been a soprano with various symphony orchestras including Niagara Symphony, Symphony Nova Scotia, and the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also appeared in such roles as Sister Mary Amnesi in Nunsense, Pitti-Sin’ in the Mikado, and Lucilla in Anne of Green Gables. Her voice-over is featured in animations including The Busy World of Richard Scarry, Marvin The Tap Dancing Horse, Bad Dog, Rupert, Little Rosey, and Babar-The Movie.
Mantini, who grew up in Niagara-on-the-Lake and spent time living in Toronto, has been a resident of Welland for the past 25 years. She has been teaching at Niagara College since the inception of its Acting program about eight years ago.
“Performing is my passion and nothing compares to doing something so connected to your soul,” she said. “However, teaching allows me to pass on my knowledge to others which is rewarding in itself.
“I will definitely talk to my students about this upcoming performance and share my experience with them.”
— PodiumConcerts (@PodiumConcerts) November 24, 2017
Based on Italian director Federico Fellini’s comic masterpiece of biographical filmmaking, 8 1/2, Maury Yeston’s sultry and enchanting musical Nine follows the life of world-famous film director Guido Contini as he prepares his latest picture and balances the numerous women in his life. Contini is dreading his imminent 40th birthday and facing a midlife crisis, which is blocking his creative impulses and entangling him in a web of romantic difficulties in early-1960s Venice. Contini is also, after recent box office failures, drifting toward a nervous breakdown from which he is held back only by the support of his wife, Luisa. As his sanity disintegrates, he drifts into nostalgic reverie, eventually focusing on the formative sexual encounter of his life, which occurred at the age of nine. For details about the musical, click here.