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Tuesday | May 17, 2011

Opera Omaha Announces the 2011-2012 Season – Experience Greatness

Opera Omaha Announces their 2011-2012 Season – Experience Greatness

Great Singers. Great Stories. Great Ways to Experience Them.


Our lives are filled with great moments. Let the joy of Opera be another. Join us this season as we experience a collection of favorite opera songs from the past 400 years, an unforgettable modern adaptation of Hansel and Gretel, a delightful evening of Venetian romance, and Gilbert & Sullivan’s forever-contemporary blend of wit, comedy and musical composition.



Season Opening Concert

This is Opera!
See It! Hear It! Love It!

A Great Collection of Opera Favorites.

Saturday, October 15, 7:30pm
Orpheum Theater


Hansel & Gretel
by Engelbert Humperdinck

A Great Show for Great Kids.

Friday, November 11, 7:30pm
Saturday, November 12, 1:00pm & 3:00pm
Sunday, November 13, 1:00pm & 3:00pm
The Rose Theatre

The Marriage Contract
by Gioacchino Rossini

Experience a Great Romantic Evening in Venice.

Friday, February 17, 7:30pm
Saturday, February 18, 7:30pm
Sunday, February 19, 2:00pm
The Jewel Box Theater at the Scottish Rite Center

The Mikado
by Gilbert & Sullivan

A Great Opera of Comic Opera

Friday, April 13, 7:30pm
Sunday, April 15, 2:00pm
Orpheum Theater



Four Great Operas. One Great Price.
All 4 Shows for as low as $71






Wednesday | Nov 03, 2010

Mozart 101 Classes Change Location

**NOTICE – LOCATION CHANGE FOR ALL MOZART 101 CLASSES!**

All classes will now be held be held at the Opera Omaha Offices!
1625 Farnam Street
Suite 100
Omaha, NE 68102


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Friday | Oct 22, 2010

Mozart 101 Sweepstakes!

Are you an Opera Omaha Facebook Fan? Do you follow us on Twitter?

Make sure you sign up for our sweepstakes that is going on right now!*

Opera Omaha is giving away two subscriptions to Mozart 101.

All New Classes for 2010-2011!

Learn more about one of the most enduringly popular classical composers – his life, relationships and inspirations from your favorite opera aficionados. Classes include performances and are perfect for anyone who wants to learn more and be entertained.

Class Schedule:

November 8, 2010 – $20
December 6, 2010 – $20
January 10, 2011 – $20
February 7, 2011 – $40 (includes reception)

All classes begin at 6:30pm
at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center
202 S. 20th Street
Omaha, NE 68102

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*If you don’t follow or are not a fan, now’s the time! What are you waiting for?

Friday | Oct 15, 2010

Sing for the Cure: a proclamation of hope

One Voice
(Proclaiming Hope)

I am one voice. Just one voice. Can one voice make a difference? We have only to turn the pages of history for the answer. The winds of change have always been propelled by the breath of one action.

The individual voices in these battles are wrought with emotion and determination. We are brought full-circle by their stories. Who will speak? If one single voice in the cause can be heard, imagine the power of all our voices lifted together in chorus. For it will take all of us to carve out a cure from our concern.

Do you hear it? “Sing!” the voice is calling. “Sing about the sighs of apathy! Sing a future without fear for our daughters! Sing! Herald the hope of healing with your voice. Sing! Celebrate our sisters with the song of life! Sing the dream into reality! Sing! Sing! Sing!”

from Sing for the Cure. Copyright 2000 Shawnee Press, inc.

Tuesday | Oct 05, 2010

Collaboration

As we quickly approach the opening of our 53rd Season with Opera for the Cure, I am thinking about what collaboration means to Opera Omaha. You will see in all of our materials our tagline, “Opera for Everyone” and we truly believe that opera IS for everyone. Part of this belief fuels us in seeking out community partners that we can share our mission with. A few of the excellent relationships we have had over the years include Bloodlines with South High School, All the King’s Men with the Rose Theater, and last year’s amazing Brundibár, that was produced in association with the Institute for Holocaust Education.

Many of our alliances begin with our belief in education and Opera for the Cure is no different. Komen Nebraska’s mission is education for breast cancer awareness. Their belief that the world can be without breast cancer resonates throughout the United States. Opera Omaha had an opportunity to be at Sunday’s Race for the Cure and saw almost 20 thousand people come together for a single cause. It was truly an amazing site. When Kyle Albertson, one of our Valmont Voices in Residence sang the National Anthem before the start of the race, the hush across the crowd was something no one will soon forget.

Ten years ago, Nancy Brinker, Founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure decided that the marriage of music and message would result in a truly unique and powerful way to “get the word out” about their mission. That is how we feel about opera; the strength of the music has the ability to transform. Ms. Brinker went to Pamela Martin and charged her with creating this piece. Ms. Martin went to the survivors and asked for their stories. With these stories she approached ten different composers, from sacred choral composers to popular choral composers, and asked them to set these words to music.

What came out of this project is, Sing for the Cure: a proclamation of hope, the choral oratorio that Opera Omaha will be singing during the weekend of October 15. Sing for the Cure is a story of a journey of not just one person, but an entire community that comes together when faced with cancer. Weaving narrations from doctors, partners, children, and ultimately EVERYONE, the music ranges from swing to jazz to Broadway, and ultimately tells the tale of hope and courage.

Part of this entire project was Opera Omaha reaching out to local survivors looking for their stories. Out of this was born www.operaforthecure.org, a place to share, learn, and marvel at how someone can come out on the other side of cancer empowered, enlightened, and almost better than when they started. Take a moment to read these truly outstanding love letters to life.

While the journey that is Sing for the Cure is not an easy one, the pure joy at the end of the program celebrating life and what it can be is something you won’t soon forget. The Opera Omaha Chorus, The Omaha Symphony, the Valmont Voices in Residence, and the Salem Baptist Mass Choir will join their voices together on the stage at the Orpheum Theater and show the Omaha community what “One Voice” can accomplish.

I’ll close with these words from Sing for the Cure, “Do you hear it? ‘Sing!’ the voice is calling. ‘Sing avove the sighs of apathy! Sing a future without fear for our daughters! Sing! Herald the hope of healing with your voice. Sing! Celebrate our sisters with the song of life! Sing the dream into reality! Sing! Sing! Sing!’’

Brad Watkins,
Communications Director, Opera Omaha.

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