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Wednesday | Jan 25, 2017

Did You Know … Cosi fan tutte edition

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1. Apparently Mozart had an extreme dislike for the soprano Adriana Ferrarese del Bene, for whom the role of Fiordiligi was first created. She had a strange tendency to drop her chin and throw back her head while singing low and high notes respectively, and knowing this, Mozart chose to fill her showpiece aria (“Come scoglio”) with constant harmonic leaps. Presumably he took great pleasure in watching her bob her head “like a chicken”.

2. While one typically sees the title Così fan tutte attributed to this opera, and translated as “Women are like that”, the full title is actually Così fan tutte, ossia La scuola degli amanti or “Thus do they all, or The School for Lovers”.

3. Così fan tutte has often been called the perfect “ensemble opera”. This is due to the fact that among the small cast, the six roles are almost equal in weight and importance to the piece, thus making this an opera without the traditional “leading lady”.

4. Mozart’s own life bears a slight resemblance to the drama of Così fan tutte. A few years before marrying Constanze Weber, he was enamored with her sister Aloysia.

5. You might know that the storyline of this opera was considered quite scandalous in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and was only performed with an altered plot or accompanied by a public apology for the content.  Interestingly enough, the Romantic composer Beethoven, a great admirer of Mozart’s work, is said to have written Così fan tutte off as “immoral”.

6. Mozart may be the only composer who is also namesake to a frog. The species Eleutherodactylus amadeus was named in 1987.

Monday | Nov 21, 2016

Get to know the staff: Shannon Walenta

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Shannon Walenta
Managing Director
Length of time you have worked with Opera Omaha: 3 months (formerly 10 years 1995-2005)

Six-word summary of your job/duties/what you do: Oversee development, marketing, and engagement departments

Describe the best or most rewarding part of your job: Opera is an art form about which I feel very passionate, and it is really fulfilling for me to help new folks, especially young people, get hooked on opera!

What is something you do in your position that people might not expect: I write a lot!

Your all-time favorite opera or theatrical production: Probably La Traviata. I fell in love with the tragic heroine after reading La dame aux camelias by Alexandre Dumas, before I ever saw the opera.

Your unofficial position in the company (e.g. ‘class clown’, ‘bouncer’, etc.): The Mom? staff meeting wrangler?

Your secret talent: I make awesome oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

Create a super-hero persona based on your position in the company: Glue Woman: the superhero who keeps all the details in lots of different areas moving together for the good of the whole

Outside of the office you can be found doing….: Reading, swimming, hanging out with my family and two pooches

Friday | Nov 18, 2016

Get to know the staff: Rebecca Ihnen

bex-selfieRebecca Ihnen
Office Manager
Length of time you have worked with Opera Omaha: About 5 months

Six-word summary of your job/duties/what you do: Helping the daily operations run smoothly.

Describe the best or most rewarding part of your job: Seeing an event or performance transform from the beginning stages to the finished product.

What is something you do in your position that people might not expect: The arts admin world is different every day so you will see me do all kinds of tasks from answering the phones in the office to handling a power drill at an event.

Your all-time favorite opera or theatrical production: The first opera I attended, Tosca.

Your unofficial position in the company (e.g. ‘class clown’, ‘bouncer’, etc.): Birthday party planner and in-house florist.

Your secret talent: I can play a full game of Monopoly without getting angry.

Create a super-hero persona based on your position in the company: The Replenisher. Keeping that coffee and copy paper comin’ day after day.

Outside of the office you can be found….: In a coffee shop.

Thursday | Nov 17, 2016

Get to know the staff: Rachel Wagner

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Rachel Wagner
Graphic Designer
Length of time you have worked with Opera Omaha: 4 months

Six-word summary of your job/duties/what you do: Create visually interesting and exciting communication

Describe the best or most rewarding part of your job: Being part of a company doing such great things in our community

What is something you do in your position that people might not expect: I make lists and color code all my projects. I even use an actual paper planner.

Your all-time favorite opera or theatrical production: Though I haven’t seen many, my favorite opera is La bohème. It was the first opera I ever saw my junior year of high school, and it seems extra special that is was our season opener my first year here.

Your unofficial position in the company (e.g. ‘class clown’, ‘bouncer’, etc.): Makeup Guru

Your secret talent: Photoshop

Create a super-hero persona based on your position in the company: The girl that gets all the projects done on time (knock on wood)

Outside of the office you can be found doing….: Playing with my two dogs, cooking, knitting, antique shopping and binge watching Netflix

Wednesday | Nov 16, 2016

Get to know the staff: Laura Jaros

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Development Associate
Length of time you have worked with Opera Omaha: 2 months

Six-word summary of your job/duties/what you do: supporting philanthropic culture of the company

Describe the best or most rewarding part of your job: Getting to meet so many wonderful people!

Your all-time favorite opera or theatrical production: I honestly can’t choose, they are all amazing 🙂

Your unofficial position in the company (e.g. ‘class clown’, ‘bouncer’, etc.): “Lounge Bouncer” according to some of our patrons

Your secret talent: yoga enthusiast

Create a super-hero persona based on your position in the company: I am going to go with Robin as in Batman and Robin, I’m kind of like Jessica’s sidekick.

Outside of the office you can be found doing….: spending time with my family and friends, traveling, dancing, practicing yoga, binge watching TV shows, working out, FaceTiming with my besties back in LA

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