Monday | Apr 02, 2012

Meet the Artist–Pooh-Bah, Terry Hodges

Anyone familiar with the local artistic community knows that Omaha is loaded with talent. One of these massively talented local people is, Terry Hodges. Mr. Hodges, a resident of Omaha since 2004, sings the role Pooh-Bah in our production of The Mikado. You may have seen him on an Opera Omaha stage previously in HMS Pinafore or The Threepenny Opera, among others. His performance resume includes more than 2000 opera performances and 2,500 performances as part of a touring production of The Phantom of the Opera.

As Pooh-Bah, or the “Lord High Everything Else”, Mr. Hodges acting skills and impressive bass-baritone vocal capabilities are combined to create the traditionally haughty character. Opera Omaha is honored to welcome the impressive talents of Omaha resident, Terry Hodges, as our “Grand Poo-Bah” in The Mikado.

Terry Hodges

Biography provided by the artist:

American-trained, bass baritone Terry Hodges‘ stagecraft and vocal technique have assured him a busy career in opera and music theatre in the United States and Canada. His musicianship coupled with programmes at Santa Fe and Lake George Opera Festival led to engagements at Carnegie Hall and for the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, among others. Mr. Hodges’ is renowned for his portrayal of Dr. Bartolo in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA and he has been engaged for this role by companies in both the United States and Canada including Boston Lyric Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria, Opera Columbus and the Tulsa Opera.

Recent and upcoming engagements have Mr. Hodges engaged as Dick Deadeyein HMS PINAFORE for Nashville Opera, as Benoit/Alcindoro in LA BOHEME for Vancouver Opera, and the role of Dulcamara in L’ELISIR D’AMORE for Tulsa Opera. In 2006-2007, he returned to Manitoba Opera for Frank in DIE FLEDERMAUS, Opera Tulsa for THE LITTLE PRINCE, and took on the role of Leporello in DON GIOVANNI for Pacific Opera Victoria and Orchestra London.

In 2005/2006 he was in Utah for KISMET and ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, at Virginia Opera for Dr. Bartolo in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO and in Milwaukee for LITTLE WOMEN at Skylight Opera Theatre. The remainder of that season was filled with performances of KISMET for Toronto Operetta Theatre and MAN OF LA MANCHA back in Milwaukee.

He was heard in Thea Musgrave’s CHRISTMAS CAROL for Virginia Opera, in WOZZECK as the Doctor for Pacific Opera Victoria and as Dick Deadeye in Opera Omaha’s HMS PINAFORE. Puccini’s comic Sacristanin TOSCA took him back to the Opera Theater of St. Louis and he was in Philadelphia for Elder McLean in Floyd’s SUSANNAH.

Mr. Hodges appeared for Piedmont Opera as Luther/Crespel in Offenbach’s LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN and was Trulove in THE RAKE’S PROGRESS for Vancouver Opera. After concert performances as Dulcamara in L’ELISIR D’AMORE for Orchestra London, he returned to Piedmont Opera as the Pirate King in THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE and was in Omaha for MAN OF LA MANCHA and Benoit/Alcindoroin LA BOHÈME for Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Mr. Hodges has been featured by Virginia Opera as Angelotti in TOSCA, Opera Saskatchewan as Frankin DIE FLEDERMAUS, Toronto Operetta Theatre as Pali Racz in ZIGEUNER PRIMAS and the Opera Company of Philadelphia as Don Pedro in LA PÉRICHOLE.

Further roles in Mr. Hodges’ repertoire include Don Alfonso in COSÌ FAN TUTTE, Colline in LA BOHEME, Henry Higgins in MY FAIR LADY, Dr. Engel in STUDENT PRINCEand Tevyein FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. He also has more than 2,000 performances of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA among his list of credits.

With a degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Southern Colorado, this Chicago-born bass baritone also has the oratorio works of Mendelssohn, Fauré, Haydn, Brahms and Handel at his command.

Please join us on April 13 and 15 to hear and see Mr. Terry Hodges as the rightfully exalted Pooh-Bah. Click Ticket Omaha or call 402-345-0606 or 402-346-4398 for tickets.

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

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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!



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