Wednesday | May 09, 2012

Culture pops up in the strangest places

Members of the Opera Omaha Chorus with guest soloists, tenor, Adam Fieldson and soprano, Shelby VanNordstrand, delighted travelers and staff at Omaha’s Eppley Airfield with a pop up concert. It’s like a flash mob done in opera style. Watch the video for a great view of the event. Enjoy!

Thursday | May 03, 2012

Spirits of the Opera 2012

Congratulations to the Opera Omaha Guild on a marvelous season-capping event; Spirits of the Opera. The entertainment was phenomenal, the food was scrumptious, and the drinks were selling fast! Thank you to all who attended and to the Guild for planning a fantastic, fun event!

Omaha’s local publication, metroMAGAZINE, recently posted photos taken at our 2012 Spirits of the Opera event. A link to the photos is below. Enjoy them!

Spirits of the Opera 2012 slideshow

Wednesday | Apr 25, 2012

Spirits of the Opera

Check out the Opera Omaha Guild’s promotional video for the third annual Spirits of the Opera celebration. This award-nominated event happens Saturday, April 28 beginning at 5:30pm at The Max. Luscious cocktails and delectable appetizers will be available to sustain you through the magnificent show and the after-party. Don’t be late! Join us for all the fun!

Tickets are available by clicking Ticket Omaha or calling 402-345-0606 or 402-346-4398. You can also purchase tickets at the Opera Omaha office at 1850 Farnam Street. Our office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Stop in for a quick visit. We would love to meet you!

Monday | Apr 23, 2012

Could you be our newest Chorus member?

Do you have dreams of performing at The Orpheum Theatre? Do you have a great singing voice? I thought I heard you say, “Yes!”

We want to hear you at our upcoming auditions! Information about our May 12 auditions is below. Opera Omaha is looking for chorus members and boy sopranos to sing during our 2012-2013 season productions.

If you love to sing and perform for an audience, contact us for an audition time. Contact information and more details are below. Join us! We would love to hear you sing.

Photo by Jim Scholz–The Mikado Men’s Chorus and Terry Hodges as Pooh-Bah
Photo by Jim Scholz–The men and women of the Chorus look on in fear as The Mikado, Kevin Short, arrives
Opera Omaha
Announcement for Chorus Auditions
Opera Omaha is holding chorus auditions for La traviata
When: Saturday, May 12 from 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Where: Opera Omaha Rehearsal Hall, 1850 Farnam Street, Omaha NE (entrance on 19thStreet).
Details: You must be at least 18 years old to audition.  Prospective members will be assigned a time slot and asked to present 2 selections; one in a foreign language and one in English, not to exceed 5 minutes in total.  Arias, arts songs, or church solos are all acceptable as audition pieces.  Please provide printed music as an accompanist will be available at no cost.

Contact Cammy Watkins at or 402-346-4398 x 217 for details and to schedule an audition.  Additional information is also available at

Opera Omaha Boy Soloist Auditions

Opera Omaha will be holding auditions on Saturday, May 12, 2012 beginning at 2pm at the Opera Omaha Offices, 1850 Farnam St (entrance on 19th Street between Farnam and Douglas). These auditions are open to unchanged male voices (boy sopranos) only ages 8-12 years old; instrumental or vocal training is a plus. A musical resume or performance experience list must be received to be considered for an audition.

Audition requirements:

·         Boy Sopranos ages 8 -12
·         One musical selection (with sheet music for the accompanist) to be performed with piano accompaniment (accompanist will be provided).
·         Be available for same day call backs in which solo and group sight singing will be requested
·         Audition space is limited and scheduling is by invitation only

Only email applications will be accepted, do not call to schedule an audition. Please send resume, soloist name, parent/guardian name, phone number, and email to Cammy Watkins at, to request an audition.

Wednesday | Apr 11, 2012

Meet the Artist–Ko-Ko, Brian-Mark Conover

Ko-Ko is the Lord High Executioner of Titipu. He becomes the Lord High Executioner by appointment and is reluctant to carry out his duties. This isn’t really a problem until the execution-loving Mikado realizes that it’s been a long time since anyone in Titipu was executed and threatens to demote the town to a village (gasp!) unless an execution is performed rather quickly. This leaves Ko-Ko with a problem. He has to find someone to execute!

One of the most well-known parts of The Mikado is Ko-Ko’s “Little List” song. He gives us a list of the people he could execute and “who never would be missed”. The lyrics of the List are changed to reflect current trends in politics and pop culture. It is changed to suit a regional audience and often contains reference to locally and nationally known people or events.

The role of Ko-Ko requires an artist who can act, sing, and possesses a must see-it-to-believe-it level of  skill in the art of physical comedy. Opera Omaha is proud to have Brian-Mark Conover join us for The Mikado as our Ko-Ko. Mr. Conover’s wit, stage presence, and comedic flair combined with his enjoyment of the audience and a lovely baritone create a magnificent Ko-Ko!

Join us this weekend on Friday, April 13 or Sunday, April 15 for our production of The Mikado and see who Mr. Conover has on his List. Click Ticket Omaha or call 402-345-0606 or 402-346-4398 for tickets. Don’t miss it!

Biography provided by artist:

Mr. Conover has been performing for over 35 years. He is trained as a lyric baritone and holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre and music. He performed in several Opera Omaha productions including Don Giovanni  and Opera for the Cure. He was a featured artist in So In Love With Broadway. Mr. Conover performed the roles of Norn, Gunther, Alberich and Katsy Snapp in Opera Omaha’s 2009 production of Das Barbecu. Additional local theatre credits include playing Uncle Max in The Sound of Music and Don Joe in No Dogs Allowed at the Rose Theater. 
While living in Chicago, Mr. Conover played many character roles including; Marcus Lycus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Franklin Delano Roosevelt in Annie, The Madam in Pacific Overtures, George Bernard Shaw in The Frogs, Constable Simms in Oh, Boy!, Donald Trees in The Flowers, The Duke in The Paradise Hotel, and Mr. Smith in The Bald Soprano. His national credits include several productions of Forbidden Broadway in major cities throughout the United States.


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