Friday | Mar 02, 2012

Meet the Artist–Conductor, Stewart Robertson

In this, the second installment of our “Meet the Artist” series, we highlight the many accomplishments of our Conductor for The Mikado, Stewart Robertson. Maestro Robertson is familiar to Omaha audiences. He previously served as Opera Omaha’s Artistic Director. As a guest artist, Maestro Robertson conducted the world premier of Blizzard Voices during our 2008-2009 season.

The following biography and photo are found at

Stewart Robertson thrives on a wide range of musical interests. The music of Mozart, Britten, Puccini, Strauss and an active involvement in new music are mingled with works of many diverse composers and periods from the last three hundred years.  Stewart Robertson recently completed a thirteen year tenure as Music Director and Principal conductor of the Florida Grand Opera and is the continuing Music Director of the Atlantic Classical Orchestra. He has recently been named Music Director Emeritus of Glimmerglass Opera in recognition of the phenomenal musical growth the company has achieved under his direction over the last two decades. He returned to Glimmerglass in the summer in 2010 for Copland’s THE TENDER LAND and has recently led productions in Fort Worth (L’ELISIR D’AMORE), Arizona (COSI FAN TUTTE), and for Michigan Opera Theatre and Opera San Jose (ANNA KARENINA). He debuted at the Wexford Festival in Ireland as conductor of Bennett’s MINES OF SULPHER presented at the new opera house built especially for the Festival. In the 2011-2012 season he will on the podium for Utah Opera conducting RIGOLETTO and he also leads Fort Worth Opera’s production of LE NOZZE DE FIGARO.

Equally at home in opera and the concert hall, he has led performances with orchestras as diverse as the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Mecklenburg Staatskapelle, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Buenos Aires Philharmonic, Sicily Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Nacional of Mexico, the North German Philharmonic, the Florida Symphony Orchestra, the Rome Symphony Orchestra, and the Louisville Orchestra. Highlights include performances at the Lille Festival in France with the Orchestra of Maastricht, Igor Oistrakh, soloist and at the Concertgebouw with the Ukraine State Philharmonic. He has also led this orchestra both in Kiev and on tour in Holland and has recorded with them symphonies of Shostakovitch, and Prokoviev for the EMI/Verdi label. He has also recorded works by David Carlson with the Utah Symphony Orchestra on New World Records and his recording of Sir Richard Rodney Bennett’s opera THE MINES OF SULPHUR was released to great critical acclaim on the Chandos label in July 2005. He has recently completed another Bennett disc for Chandos while two further recordings of music by Stephen Hartke, with Glimmerglass, and Alan Hovhaness with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra have been released on the Naxos label.

In the realm of opera Mr. Robertson’s activities are equally wide ranging, and include New York City Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, the companies of Detroit and Montreal, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf and the Norwegian National Opera. His special affinity for twentieth century British music and the music of Benjamin Britten in particular has led to the PBS broadcast of PAUL BUNYAN on Live From Lincoln Center, which received widespread acclaim. His involvement with the music of Mozart has led most recently to the establishment of a cycle of the complete Mozart operas for Florida Grand Opera. An active interest in contemporary music has resulted in many world premieres notably, ORPHEUS DESCENDING for the Lyric Opera of Chicago, MIDNIGHT ANGEL for Opera Theater of St. Louis and the CENTRAL PARK trilogy for Glimmerglass Opera. This received much critical attention and was televised on PBS’s Great Performances series.

Mr. Robertson conducted the world premiere of FEDERICO II by Marco Tutino at the Jesi Opera Festival in Italy, Stephen Hartke’s THE GREATER GOOD at Glimmerglass Opera and   new operatic works by David Carlson, Anthony Davis and Paul Moravec. Recordings of these works are planned. Other engagements include his return to Opera Theatre of St. Louis, LA BOHEME at the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago, Tuscany, and TURANDOT at Switzerland’s Avanche Festival.
Mr. Robertson gained his early experience in opera and ballet at the opera houses of Cologne and Zurich and at Scottish Opera, where he was Music Director of the touring company. Subsequently he became Music Director of the San Bernardino Symphony and the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra, where he was a champion of new music and a frequent broadcaster on National Public Radio.
A native of Glasgow, Scotland, Mr. Robertson is a graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music. He studied piano with Denis Matthews, conducting with Otmar Suitner at the Mozarteum, Salzburg and with Hans Swarowsky in Vienna.

He is married with two children and he and his wife Meryl are, as a diversion from professional activities, attempting, perhaps ill-advisedly, but nevertheless enthusiastically to restore a castle in Argyll, Scotland where he plans a small chamber music festival.”

Join us for Opera Omaha’s production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado on Friday, April 13 at 7:30pm or Sunday, April 15 at 2:00pm to witness the magnificent work of Maestro Stewart Robertson. Visit or call 402-346-4398 to reserve your seats today!

Wednesday | Feb 29, 2012

Meet the Artist–Director, Dorothy Danner

This is the first in a series of posts titled “Meet the Artist”. Each Wednesday and Friday until April 13, we will introduce a different artist from our upcoming production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado. Today, our artist is Director Dorothy Danner. Ms. Danner’s distinguished stage career spans multiple decades and genres. Her productions receive wildly positive reviews from sources such as the New York Post, Washington Post, Kansas City Star, Milwaukee Sentinel, and Opera News.

The following photo and brief biography come from Ms. Danner’s website:

“Noted for her inventive staging, Dorothy Danner has directed nearly 200 productions of operettas, musicals and plays throughout the United States, Canada and Belgium; including operas for the companies of Glimmerglass, Houston, Philadelphia, Miami, Cleveland, Minnesota, Cincinnati, Portland, Kansas City, Virginia and for San Francisco Merola. Her production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM in New York for the Juilliard, garnered wide critical acclaim, as did her PBS-TV, TRIBUTE TO GILBERT AND SULLIVAN for the Boston Pops and her television staging of Richard Wargo’s opera, BALLYMORE- the first and only musical setting of a Brian Friel play. 
Ms. Danner has had the honor of staging the premieres of contemporary composers Barab, Botti, Garwood. Hamlisch, Harnick, Lloyd, Mechem. Musgrave, Sirotta and Wargo. And she has served on the awards panel for the National Institute of Music Theatre and on Opera America’s Panel for New Works.
As a performer, Dorothy Danner, aka Dorothy Frank, appeared in 9 Broadway shows, from the original ONCE UPON A MATTRESS to Michael Bennett’s BALLROOM. She performed on numerous TV Variety shows – Perry Como, Ed Sullivan among others- as well as in several films including Mel Brook’s THE PRODUCERS. 
A dedicated and inspiring teacher, she was co-founder of the Glimmerglass Young Artist Program, has served on the faculties of the Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute of Music, and the Chautauqua Institution and has been a frequent guest director at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, New York University, Boston University and at Carnegie-Mellon. 
Dorothy Danner is a member of a theatrical family that includes actors Blythe, Harry and Hillary Danner, Gwyneth Paltrow, writer-film maker, Jake Paltrow, actress Katherine Moennig and departed brother-in-laws, violin maker William Moennig 3rd and writer-producer Bruce Paltrow.”

To witness Ms. Danner’s staging brilliance first hand, join us for The Mikado at The Orpheum on April 13 at 7:30pm and April 15 at 2pm. Tickets are available at and by calling 402-346-4398. Thank you for supporting Opera Omaha; your local, professional opera company!

Wednesday | Feb 22, 2012

The review is in!

The February 17, 18, and 19 production of Rossini’s The Marriage Contract is complete! If you missed it, you can read the Omaha World Herald review by clicking on the link below.

In other news, the Opera Omaha staff is already working hard in preparation for the April 13 and 15 production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado. Remember to check the calendar of events at for information on upcoming events.

Monday | Feb 06, 2012

Check out the photos from Opera Omaha’s “A Mixer in Mad Style” on Thursday, February 2 at House of Loom.

A Mixer in Mad Style from Justin Limoges on Vimeo.

Friday | Jan 27, 2012

“Mad Men” Style Mixer at House of Loom

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“Mad Men” Style Mixer at House of Loom

Young professionals everywhere are invited to a swanky mixer presented by Opera Omaha. Anyone who attends this event and one of the performances of The Marriage Contract (ticket included) is entered into a drawing for a diamond from Borsheims, valued at $2,390!

$20 per person includes:

  • Entry to event
  • Two classic cocktails in ’50s style
  • Light hors d’oeuvres
  • Staged photo op
  • Ticket to Opera Omaha’s The Marriage Contract
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    To purchase tickets, go to

    Giveaway Rules and Disclaimer:
  • Eligibility: Attendees of “The Mixer in Mad Style” event who then attend one of “The Marriage Contract” performances are eligible.  Attendees must fill out the entry form provided at “The Mixer in Mad Style” event and return it to the Opera Omaha table in the lobby of the Scottish Rite Masonic Center during one of “The Marriage Contract” performances for valid entry. Employees of Opera Omaha, Step Group, House of Loom and Clark Creative Group as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings and children) and household members of each such employee are not eligible.  Only one entry per attendee.  Multiple entries will disqualify the participant.
  • The winner of the Borsheims diamond will be randomly chosen after “The Marriage Contract” performances have taken place.  The winner will be contacted on or around February 21, 2012 by Opera Omaha via the contact information provided on the entry form. Only the winner will be contacted personally.  The winner will be required to retrieve the prize from Opera Omaha within ten (10) days of the date notice or attempted notice is sent.  If the winner: (a) cannot be contacted within 48 hours of initial contact from Opera Omaha; (b) fails to retrieve the prize within the required time period (if applicable); (c) is not in compliance with these Official Rules; and/or (d) prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable; then such potential winner forfeits the prize.  If a potential winner is disqualified for any reason, the prize may be awarded to a runner-up, if any, at Opera Omaha’s sole discretion.
  • Prize: ONE (1) GRAND PRIZE: One .52 carat diamond valued at $2,390.
  • The prize must be taken as stated and cannot be deferred.
  • There will be no cash alternatives.
  • Participants must comply with all rules to be eligible for the prize. No responsibility is accepted for ineligible entries or entries made fraudulently.
  • Opera Omaha’s decision is final in every situation including any not covered above and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Opera Omaha reserves the right to cancel the giveaway at any stage, if deemed necessary in their opinion, and if circumstances arise outside of their control.
  • Entrants will be deemed to have accepted these rules and to agree to be bound by them when entering this competition.
  • This competition is promoted by Opera Omaha on behalf of Borsheims.
  • Disclaimer: We will not pass on your personal details to any other organization except for Opera Omaha who is sponsoring this giveaway


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