Wednesday | Mar 28, 2012

Meet the Artist–Pitti-Sing, Leanne Hill Carlson

Omaha resident Leanne Hill Carlson sings the role of Pitti-Sing in our production of The Mikado. Her experience in musical theatre and opera combine in a fantastic addition to this Gilbert & Sullivan production. Leanne’s Omaha resume includes performances at the Omaha Community Playhouse and The Rose Theater among others. Opera Omaha is fortunate to have Ms. Carlson join us and bring her vast array of experience to the role of Pitti-Sing. 
Information below provided by Ms. Carlson:
Leanne is excited to return to Opera Omaha after performing as Guhtrune in Das Barbecu and as a featured chorus member in So in Love with Broadway.  Her most recent local roles include Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof, Nellie in South Pacific, Lily in Annie, Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street, Belle in Beauty & the Beast, Maria in The Sound of Music, and performing in Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Ms. Carlson was a lead ensemble member at the College Light Opera Company where she played Nellie in South Pacific and Lalume in Kismet. She has been in commercial & print work and recently played the role of Shanna in the film Lucky. Her education includes a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from Sam Houston State University and a Masters of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.  Leanne and her husband, Mark, reside in Omaha and have a 17 month old son, Henry.

Don’t miss your opportunity to see the versatile Leanne Hill Carlson share her beautiful voice and acting abilities as Pitti-Sing in our April 13 or 15 production of The Mikado. Visit Ticket Omaha or call 402-345-0606 or 402-346-4398 to purchase your tickets today! 

Tuesday | Mar 27, 2012

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Monday | Mar 26, 2012

Mimosas and a Movie is a hit!

Thank you to our sponsors

Thank you to each person who joined us on Saturday, March 24 at Film Streams for “Mimosas and a Movie”! More than 100 people attended and, more importantly, it was a ton of fun! Vernie and Carter Jones generously sponsored a delicious brunch and mimosas for the star-studded crowd. The pre-show talk by Stage Director Dorothy Danner and Maestro Stewart Robertson was entertaining and educational. This is an event to be repeated soon! Enjoy the photos!

The brunch table

Film Streams’ Rachel Jacobsen and Maestro Stewart Robertson
Kim Balcovec and Joe Toppi talk with our Ko Ko in The Mikado, Brian-Mark Conover

Opera Omaha’s Roger Weitz talks with a guest
Film Streams’ Maggie Wood (on right) and the brunch table and crowd
Guests in the lovely Film Streams’ lobby
Film Streams’ staff members holding down the fort
Opera Omaha’s Josh Tague and David Gardels look for great seats to our April 13 production of The Mikado
KVNO’s Kim Balcovec and her husband Opera Omaha’s Joe Toppi
Stage Director Dorothy Danner, Maestro Stewart Robertson, and Roger Weitz during the pre-show talk
Opera Omaha’s Betsye Paragas

Again, thank you to Film Streams and our patrons and sponsors for a great event!

Friday | Mar 23, 2012

Meet the Artist–Peep-Bo, Jodi Frisbie Reese

What does Dodge City, Kansas have in common with Omaha, Nebraska? Roots in agriculture and the railroad? A wild west sort of political climate? Hot summers? Well, maybe.

Our visiting artist, Jodi Frisbie Reese is the reason for the excitement about and interest in a Kansas town 400 miles from Omaha. Ms. Reese is Associate Professor of Music at Dodge City Community College. She arrived in Omaha earlier this week and, with the support of her fellow teachers and a bit of technology, is still teaching classes at the college. Until April 15, Ms. Reese is the most exciting thing that Dodge City, Kansas and Omaha, Nebraska have in common.

Opera Omaha has twice before been fortunate to welcome Ms. Reese to our stage. She appeared in Cold Sassy Tree and as the High Priestess in our 2008 production of Aida. Her performance as Peep-Bo in The Mikado allows our Omaha audience to hear her lovely soprano for a third time.

The link below takes you to an article by Don Steele and published in the Dodge Globe. It includes a brief interview with Ms. Reese and information about her current teaching duties and past with Opera Omaha. Although the article states that she performed in the Tim Rice/Elton John adaptation of Aida, it was the Opera Omaha Verdi production. Please take a few moments to learn about the busy life of Ms. Jodi Frisbie Reese. We are thrilled to welcome her back to Omaha even if we have to share her with Dodge City.

Jodi Frisbie Reese

Join us on April 13 or 15 to see Ms. Reese sing the role of Peep-Bo for The Mikado. Visit Ticket Omaha online or call 402-345-0606 or 402-346-4398 to purchase your tickets today!

Wednesday | Mar 21, 2012

Meet the Artist–Yum-Yum, Sarah Lawrence

Soprano Sarah Lawrence joins Opera Omaha for The Mikado as Yum-Yum. She previously performed as Yum-Yum at the Madison Savoyards. The video below shows Ms. Lawrence in that performance. The video is property of Madison Savoyards, Ltd. and is posted on YouTube. Enjoy!

Don’t miss your chance to see Sarah Lawrence sing the role of Yum-Yum with Opera Omaha! Get your tickets to the April 13 or 15 performance of The Mikado by clicking here to visit Ticket Omaha or calling 402-345-0606 or 402-346-4398.

To learn more about Ms. Lawrence, please visit You can listen to recording of her enchanting soprano and view photos of recent performances. The following biography also came from her website.

Sarah Lawrence is enjoying a widely varied career. Her rapidly expanding repertoire includes oratorio, operetta, opera and musical theatre. The release of her CD, Sweet Hello, marks her debut as a recording artist.
Sarah’s concert repertoire shows her versatility. She has performed Handel’s Messiah with the symphonies of Omaha, Madison, Cheyenne, and the Apollo Chorus in Chicago’s Orchestra Hall. With Wisconsin’s Peninsula Music Festival she has sung Haydn’s Creation and Bach’s B Minor Mass. Other Haydn performances have included the St. Cecilia Mass with the Rochester Oratorio Society, the Lord Nelson Mass with the North Shore Choral Society, and Paukenmesse with the Sheboygan Symphony. With the Madison Symphony Orchestra she has also performed Bach’s Magnificat and Mozart’s Mass in C Minor. She sang Prokofiev’s The Ugly Duckling and Canteloube’s Chants d’Auvergne with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. She has appeared in pops concerts with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra, the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra and the Southwest Michigan Symphony.
Equally comfortable on the stage, Ms. Lawrence has performed the role of Masha in The Music Shop, Norina in Don Pasquale, Gretel in Hansel & Gretel, Frasquita and Micaela in Carmen, and Anne Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor. She has appeared with Madison Opera, Opera for the Young, Light Opera Oklahoma, Dorian Opera Theatre and Lyric Opera of the North. With Minnesota’s Colder By The Lake, she created the role of Missy in the world premiere of Tyler Kaiser’s Les Uncomfortables, and the role of Pristine in The Phantom of the Norshor. She appeared with Lyric Opera of the North in their production of The Magic Flute as Pamina. A huge fan of Gilbert & Sullivan’s operettas, Sarah has appeared as Rose Maybud in Ruddigore, Angelina in Trial by Jury, Yum-Yum in The Mikado, and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance.
Ms. Lawrence appeared as Christine Daaé as a member of the Third National Tour of The Phantom of the Opera and in Phantom: The Vegas Spectacular. In recent seasons, she has also appeared as Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte with the Peninsula Music Festival, the title role in Lyric Opera of the North’s production of Semele, the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, and as an Equity guest artist with The Duluth Playhouse as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady. The current season includes an appearance with Colder By The Lake in Older By The Lake and a return to the Duluth Playhouse, this time as Lily in The Secret Garden, as well as another turn as Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance as a part of the Tall Ships Festival in Duluth.



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