Wednesday | Sep 26, 2012

Meet the Artist: Conductor, Joseph Rescigno

Maestro Joseph Rescigno is difficult to photograph. During rehearsals this week, our company photographer worked hard to capture an image of the man at work in front of the piano. He is so absorbed by the music and making it the best it can be, that he is tough to catch on film. The Maestro plays piano beautifully, sings, dances, and conducts singers and musicians like a true wizard. In short, he’s magnificent to watch and his enthusiasm and skill produce the most gorgeous music possible.

Opera Omaha is fortunate to welcome Maestro Rescigno for a repeat appearance during our October 5 and 7 production of La traviata. We are honored by his presence and the depth and breadth of his experience and knowledge. Welcome back, Maestro! We’re happy that you’re here.

If you would like to hear Maestro Rescigno speak about La traviata and his experiences in the world of professional conducting, join us for our lunchtime preview on Tuesday, October 2 beginning at noon. Doors open at 11:30am at our office, 1850 Farnam Street. Bring your lunch and enjoy a free musical performance by the Maestro. It’s sure to be fast-paced and filled with singing, playing, and a story or two.

Do you need tickets to La traviata? They are available through Ticket Omaha or by phone 402-345-0606.

More information about the Maestro is available at this website and in the biography below from the same site. Enjoy!

Joseph Rescigno

Joseph Rescigno has conducted symphonies, concertos, operas, and oratorios for more than 50 companies on four continents. Since 1981, he has served as Artistic Advisor and Principal Conductor of the Florentine Opera Company of Milwaukee (WI), where he has conducted some of the company’s most challenging repertory.

In his permanent and guest engagements, Maestro Rescigno has conducted symphonies and concertos from the baroque to the modern era—sometimes from the keyboard in works from earlier eras. He has also led performances of such masterworks of the choral literature as Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Verdi’s Requiem. Beyond the concert stage, Maestro Rescigno has conducted virtually all of the core Italian opera repertory, including romantic, verismo, and bel canto works; the standard French and German operas, including the works of Wagner and Richard Strauss; and contemporary works, including the Florentine Opera’s first world premiere, Don Davis’s Río de Sangre, in 2010.

As a guest artist, Maestro Rescigno has conducted the New York City Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera, Hungarian State Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Seattle Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Vancouver Opera, Teatro Bellini, l’Opéra de Marseille, and l’Opéra de Montreal among others. The symphony orchestras he has conducted include the Montreal Symphony and the Milwaukee Symphony orchestras, both of which he has conducted in their regular subscription series as well as in opera productions. In addition, he won Quebec’s Prix Opus for a program of all five Beethoven piano concertos with Anton Kuerti at the piano and the Metropolitan Orchestra of Greater Montreal.

Don Davis’s Río de Sangre, recorded during the 2010 world premiere production, was released on compact disc in October 2011 by Albany Records. Maestro Rescigno’s discography also includes four recordings for Analekta of Canada with the same Metropolitan Orchestra: Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony plus the overture and rarely performed arias from the incidental music to the play Egmont with soprano Karina Gauvin; Brahms’s two piano concertos with Anton Kuerti; Mendelssohn’s two violin concertos with Angèle Dubeau; and soprano arias from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro plus Exsultate Jubilate with soprano Lyne Fortin. Also for Analekta, he recorded the highly regarded Verismo featuring Diana Soviero, with the orchestra of the Montreal Opera, a collection of arias from well-known and little-known operas of the verismo school. Having conducted the world and Japanese premieres, Maestro Rescigno recorded Minoru Miki’s Jōruri with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra for Toei Video Disk.

This native New Yorker comes from a long line of musicians on both sides of his family. He trained as a pianist and has been studying and performing music since childhood. His grandfather taught him sightsinging from about the age of two. His uncle was the prominent conductor Nicola Rescigno, a founder of both the Dallas and Chicago opera companies. Joseph Rescigno is a graduate of Fordham University (Phi Beta Kappa) and the Manhattan School of Music.

Maestro Rescigno studied with composer Nicolas Flagello and other distinguished teachers in the United States and Europe, including privately at l’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. He went on to serve the time-honored, opera-house apprenticeship in the European manner with such influential conductors as Laszlo Halasz (founder of the New York City Opera), Bruno Maderna, Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Carlo Moresco (the first director of the Philadelphia Lyric Opera Company), and his uncle. Powerful influences also included pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, conductors Herbert von Karajan and Erich Leinsdorf, and Roberto Benaglio, the legendary chorus master of La Scala. Each one personally taught him something unforgettable.

Maestro Rescigno has further been privileged to collaborate with prominent musicians of three generations including instrumentalists Brigitte Engerer, Ida Haendel, Elmar Oliveira, and Pieter Wispelwey, and singers June Anderson, Angela Brown, Ghena Dimitrova, Giuseppe DiStefano, Plácido Domingo, Alfredo Kraus, Eva Marton, Johanna Meier, Erie Mills, Andrea Rost, Erika Sunnegårdh, Ruth Ann Swenson, Tatiana Troyanos, Ramón Vargas, and Deborah Voigt.

A born teacher, Joseph Rescigno has always derived tremendous gratification out of working with young musicians in student orchestras and singers in master classes. He is a past faculty member at the Manhattan School of Music and currently serves as the Music Director of La Musica Lirica festival in Italy. Multi-lingual, he readily gives lively and informative talks before performances, illustrating themes on the piano when one is available. He is working on his first book, The View From The Pit: Where Theater Meets Music.

Tuesday | Sep 25, 2012

Meet the Artist: Inna Dukach

The title of Verdi’s opera, La traviata, when translated to English, means “the woman who strayed” or “the fallen woman”. In Opera Omaha’s production of this great opera, Inna Dukach is charged with not only singing, but personifying that idea in the role of Violetta. Her previous performance of Violetta earned the following remarks from a reviewer in Kontrapunkt:
“Inna Dukach is the genuine embodiment of Violetta. Not only is her technical output impeccable, but she has a brilliant coloratura soprano. Exceptionally talented, charismatic and beautiful – with a mix of fragility, vulnerability, passion, and joy of life. Her acting is delicate and theatrical with finely measured gestures. This demanding part in her execution appears as light gossamer because she performs it without any visible effort.”

This gorgeous role is well-matched to the lovely voice and superb theatrical skills of our Violetta, Ms. Inna Dukach. We are excited to present La traviata and Ms. Dukach to the Omaha community. Make plans to join us today!

Tickets are available through Ticket Omaha or by calling 402-345-0606. Performances are Friday, October 5 at 7:30pm and Sunday, October 7 at 2:00pm. Don’t miss it!

The biography below is from Ms. Dukach’s professional website. Click here for more information.

Inna Dukach Sporano


Russian-American soprano Inna Dukach has been praised for “an immediately appealing, youthfully rich and velvety voice,” and when shen made her Covent Garden debut as Musetta in La Bohème, MusicOMH wrote, “It was, however, Inna Dukach’s portrayal of Musetta that stole the show. She earned mid-aria applause with a spell binding pianissimo in act 2, and even managed to inject some humanity into the usually shallow man-eater.”

Inna’s engagements in 2012-2013 include Violetta in La traviata with Opera Omaha, as well as in concert with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Toledo Opera.

Ms. Dukach’s 2011-2012 season included debuts with the Israeli Opera, as Nedda in Pagliacci; Dayton Opera, as Mimì in La Bohème; Pensacola Opera, for her role debut as Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly; and New Orleans Opera, as Nedda and the soprano soloist in Carmina Burana. She also returned to Opera Colorado, as Rosalba in Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas, and appeared with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, as Mimì.

The soprano made her London debut at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Musetta in La Bohème. She was chosen to sing the role of Mimì in La Bohème for two consecutive seasons at New York City Opera, and recently returned to the role for her debut with Opera Colorado. She has also appeared as the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro for Hawaii Opera Theatre; Walter in La Wally with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam; Pamina in Die Zauberflöte for Opera Hong Kong; Liù in Turandot for the Savonlinna Opera Festival; Tatiana in Eugene Onegin with Opéra Lyra Ottawa; Violetta in La traviata with the Croatian National Opera; Dorotea in Conte’s Don Chisciotte with the Caramoor Festival; Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with both Orlando Opera and with Opera Carolina; Xenia in Boris Godunov for San Diego Opera; and Caroline Gaines in Margaret Garner with Opera Carolina.

She made her Alice Tully Hall debut with the American Symphony Orchestra as Aljeja in Janáček’s From the House of the Dead, and her Carnegie Hall debut in a program of Rutter’s Magnificat and Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem. Other concert highlights have included a concert of Gluck arias with Opera de Oviedo in Spain; the Beethoven Missa Solemnis with the Hartford Symphony; Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder with Theater Pforzheim in Germany; Songs of Yiddish Poetry, as well as the Verdi Requiem with the Brooklyn Philharmonic; the Dvorak Stabat Mater and Brahms Requiem with the Greenwich Choral Society; the Mozart Requiem with the Saratoga Choral Festival; Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Smith College Orchestra at Carnegie Hall; and Barber’s Knoxville: Summer Of 1915 with Bay Shore Lyric Opera.

Inna Dukach received her Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Mannes College of Music, and her Bachelor’s Degree from Smith College.

Monday | Sep 24, 2012

First Glimpse Photos–LA TRAVIATA

Joshua Kohl (Alfredo Germont) and Inna Dukach (Violetta Valery)

The first photos from the La traviata rehearsal process are below. More chorus photos will be available soon. Enjoy!

Patricia Soria Urbano (Annina) and Inna Dukach (Violetta)
Inna Dukach and Jake Gardner (Giorgio Germont)

Inna Dukach (Violetta) and Jake Gardner (Giorgio Germont)
Joshua Kohl (Alfredo) and Inna Dukach (Violetta)

Jake Gardner (Giorgio Germont) and Joshua Kohl (Alfredo Germont)

Leah Wool (Flora) and Liam Moran (Grenvil)
Joshua Kohl (Alfredo), Liam Moran (Grenvil), and James Benjamin Rodgers (Gastone)
Joel Atella (Assistant Director) and Terry Hodges (Marquis)

Leah Wool (Flora), Inna Dukach (Violetta), and Joshua Kohl (Alfredo)
Inna Dukach (Violetta), Jake Gardner (Germont), and Kirk Vaughn Robinson (Baron Douphol)

Joshua Kohl (Alfredo) and Kirk Vaughn Robinson (Baron Douphol)

Liam Moran (Dottore Grenvil) and Inna Dukach (Violetta)
The fabulous Opera Omaha chorus

Inna Dukach (Violetta), Joshua Kohl (Alfredo), and Patricia Soria Urbano (Annina)

Tuesday | Sep 18, 2012

We’re having a party! You’re invited!

Make plans to join us at our magnificent soiree tomorrow, Wednesday, September, 19, 2012. Lucile’s Old Market becomes a 19th century Parisian salon complete with entertainers, lavish food, and delectable cocktails. Tickets are available through Ticket Omaha online or by calling 402-345-0606 or 402-346-4398. $25 admits one party guest and $45 admits two. Space is limited and the party begins at 6pm. Don’t miss it!

Soiree A Paris: An Evening in 19th Century France
September 19, 2012 | 6:00pm
510 S. 10th St. Omaha, NE 68102

Mesdames! Messieurs! Escape to 19th century Paris and immerse yourselves in the food, drink, and delicacies of Paris in its golden age!  Celebrate Opera Omaha’s upcoming production of La Traviata by being transported to a Parisian salon where you’ll mingle and meander through tables of heavy hors d’oeuvres paired with exquisite French wines, live performances and all the lavishness of the time.

Tickets just $25 or 2 for $45 (For 2 tickets, use Promo Code SoireeDeux) and includes:
*French hors d’oeuvres and wine pairings.
*Dessert and champagne pairings.

Friday | Sep 14, 2012

Choral Collaborative and the Maestro

Georg Getty’s Omaha Northwest High School Choir and Maestro J. Gawf work on Italian and Latin diction

We know that arts education is important to academic, social, and emotional development and that kids involved in extracurricular arts-related activities are more likely to be high achievers in many areas. In Omaha and the surrounding communities, there are numerous opportunities for kids to be involved in band, choir, drama, and a host of other activities. This is a truly wonderful thing about Omaha and our fantastic public schools.

To further enhance arts education, organizations from outside the school, like Opera Omaha, collaborate with educators and new ideas are presented and community connections are forged. So, how is Opera Omaha part of this process? We have a plan!

Opera Omaha’s Resident Music Director, J. Gawf, spent parts of the past two weeks in area high school music rooms. He worked with high school choirs on Italian and Latin diction in preparation for the 2012 Choral Collaborative rehearsals and concert. Maestro Gawf works with the students before the schools come together to sing a fantastic program with an orchestra and featured professional singers. The Choral Collaborative concert is presented in partnership with the Omaha Symphony in the Holland Performing Arts Center on Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 2:00pm.

We are thrilled to be part of connecting students to the community through arts education and honored to work with the Omaha Symphony in presenting the students’ efforts to the public. Please make plans to join us, hear wonderful music, and see these young people perform musical works of great significance. We look forward to seeing you there!

The information below comes from the Omaha Symphony website.

2:00 p.m.
Holland Performing Arts Center

Choral Collaborative provides opportunities for high school choirs to perform large symphonic and operatic works with the Omaha Symphony and guest soloists. Working towards a formal performance through individual and combined rehearsals, students are granted unparalleled experiences and access to the world of professional arts.

Congratulations to the 2012/13 Choral Collaborative Choirs: Bellevue East, Omaha Bryan, Bellevue West, Blair, Westside High School, Omaha Northwest, Lincoln Southwest, and Lewis Central.

Are you interested in participating in the 2013/14 Choral Collaborative program?  Contact us for more information!



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