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
  • For more details, visit Facebook.
    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

Monday | Jan 16, 2012

Opera Omaha Guild awards Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions scholarship

Saturday, January 14 in the O’Donnell Auditorium of Nebraska Wesleyan University, fifteen young singers competed in the Nebraska District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.  The singers were vying for scholarships and the opportunity to advance to the Council’s Upper Midwest Region Finals in Minneapolis next month.
Opera Omaha Guild President Sheila McNeill was on hand to award one talented singer, tenor Adam Fieldson, the Opera Omaha Guild’s Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions scholarship.  This $600 scholarship comes with an invitation for the winner to perform at future Opera Omaha Guild events.  There was a strong showing from Opera Omaha at the event. Joining Guild President Sheila McNeill was a past Guild President Gloria Dunbar, Guild member Kate Morris, Board Chairman John Newman, Advisory Board member Don Burt, and General Director Roger Weitz.  
This is an annual event that is free and open to the public – we hope to see you there next year!

Opera Omaha Guild President, Sheila McNeill congratulating scholarship winner Adam Fieldson.

(from left to right) Sheila McNeill, Roger Weitz, Gloria Dunbar, and Kate Morris enjoyed the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions together last weekend.


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