Friday | Mar 30, 2012

Holy Name School welcomes Kevin Short

Students in fifth and seventh grades at Holy Name School experienced the power of professional opera on Wednesday, March 28. Bass-baritone, Kevin Short visited the classroom of Opera Omaha chorus member and Holy Name music teacher Judi Torneten. Mr. Short sang “A More Humane Mikado”, one of the arias included in his performance as The Mikado at the Orpheum Theatre on April 13 and 15.

Kevin Short performing “A More Humane Mikado” at Holy Name School

Mr. Short described his character, The Mikado, and talked about what opera is and how it is different from other forms of music performance. The students asked many questions about Mr. Short and opera in general. During one part of the preview, some of the students chose to make the occasion a group performance.

Holy Name School students sing with Kevin Short

At the end of the preview, the students were excited to talk with Mr. Short. During his performance of “A More Humane Mikado”, Mr. Short picked up a student. The most common request at the end of the preview was, “Will you pick me up?” Mr. Short is now in excellent physical condition for the public performances of The Mikado.

Kevin Short answers questions from members of the seventh grade swing choir
Kevin Short lifts a smiling Holy Name student

Opera Omaha sends a huge “thank you” to Mrs. Torneten, Mr. Short, and to the staff, faculty, and students at Holy Name School for allowing us to visit. The students attending the preview and their families received invitations to attend a special performance of The Mikado at the Orpheum Theatre. We are excited to host these vibrant, interesting, young people at one of our performances.

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

New web video ad for The Mikado

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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!



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