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Tuesday | Feb 04, 2014

Super Mezzo Soprano Jennifer Rivera (and Opera Omaha’s Nero in the upcoming Agrippina) blogs in Huffington Post about what you need to know about opera before you start your SuperBowl partying!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jennifer-rivera/5-things–about-opera_b_4690074.html?utm_hp_ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false

Friday | Nov 01, 2013

Twelve Days of Carmen–Day Twelve

Day Twelve: November 1, 2013

A final message from our Carmen Conductor, Hal France:

It’s the opening night of Carmen and the Breaking Boundaries season, a night full of promise and opportunity.  A phase has ended and another begins as the final ingredient joins the recipe. All of the work, thought, teamwork, spontaneity, and inspiration is now joined by our fabulous audience.  Without the audience, this masterpiece, Carmen, and this art form, opera, would be without meaning or purpose.

Our final video features our two lead actors Leann and Jonathan. Thank you for joining us. Enjoy.

Video shot at the Strauss Performing Art Center in community partnership between Opera Omaha and University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Communication Fine Arts and Media, CFAM.

Do you need tickets for our production of Carmen? Visit Ticket Omaha online or call 402-345-0606 to order by phone.

Thursday | Oct 31, 2013

Twelve Days of Carmen–Day Eleven

Day Eleven: October 31, 2013

Video shot at the Strauss Performing Art Center in community partnership between Opera Omaha and University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Communication Fine Arts and Media, CFAM.

From Conductor, Hal France:

As we head toward the twelfth day final day of this video blog and the opening of Carmen , I send my compliments to Roger Weitz, his staff and his board for the trio of operas and productions of their Breaking Boundaries Season. Each opera is different and the theme that unites them is provocative. This is a fine company and group of people, truly a pleasure.  Bravo Roger and company!

Today, Lillian Groag talks about ‘people who should never meet’ and others who happily have met here in Omaha.

Do you need tickets for our production of Carmen? Visit Ticket Omaha online or call 402-345-0606 to order by phone.

Wednesday | Oct 30, 2013

Twelve Days of Carmen–Day Ten

Day Ten: October 30, 2013

The gypsy characters in this story come from the fringes of Spanish society.  Carmen herself is one of a disenfranchised people faced with racism and discrimination. They choose survival through whatever means they can. Her ‘in your face’ attitude in Act One and her iron-like defiance at the opera’s climax make us uncomfortable, but it represents a supreme courage to stand up to anything. In this sense, she is the heroine of this story.

Listen to Lillian Groag discuss the social and cultural setting of this story.

Video shot at the Strauss Performing Art Center in community partnership between Opera Omaha and University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Communication Fine Arts and Media, CFAM.

Do you need tickets for our production of Carmen? Visit Ticket Omaha online or call 402-345-0606 to order by phone.

Tuesday | Oct 29, 2013

Twelve Days of Carmen–Day Nine

Day Nine: October 29, 2013

Video shot at the Strauss Performing Art Center in community partnership between Opera Omaha and University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Communication Fine Arts and Media, CFAM.

This opera gets physical! It’s music pulses with driving rhythm and boundless energy.  Its freedom comes first and foremost from its dances, the Habanera, Seguidilla, and Gypsy Dance.

The Habanera was a popular dance that arrived in Paris from Cuba in the 1850’s.

It was the precursor of the Tango. Bizet chose the Habanera’s signature rhythm to introduce us to his heroine and based her melody on the popular song, El Arreglito by Sebastian Yradier.

Many talented members of Ballet Nebraska join Opera Omaha to bring Carmen’s dancing spirit to the Orpheum stage.

Do you need tickets for our production of Carmen? Visit Ticket Omaha online or call 402-345-0606 to order by phone.

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