Friday | Feb 06, 2009

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Thursday | Dec 11, 2008

Happy Holidays

Ah, my dear Friends!

Your old friend The Fat Lady here, wishing all my Opera Omaha pals the absolute best holidays ever! I was sitting the other day, deciding about the number of zeros I would add to my annual gift to Opera Omaha and reflecting on this most eventful fall, and I decided to share some thoughts with all of you.

Deep in contemplation, in my warmest slippers and robe, and with ceramic heater blazing, I realized how proud I was of Opera Omaha. The Blizzard Voices was a wonderful moment for our community, made even richer by the clothing drive and special ticket offer for teachers. Harrowing though it was, my experience with the Pirates of Penzance was ultimately uplifting. For you darlings that love to reminisce like I do, you can read the full details of my adventure at And then, there was Choral Collaborative! All of those bright, shining high school faces bursting forth in song. What better service for an arts organization than to get young people singing!

My friends at Opera Omaha and I are so grateful to you for your help in making all of this possible. Your purchase of tickets, gifts of money and time, and your advocacy for what we know is THE most beautiful and transforming entertainment around … all of these gifts made us think about giving you a present this holiday season.
So, sweeties, here goes. Many of you know that one of the Great People of Opera, our own Giacomo Puccini, turns 150 years young this month. We at Opera Omaha will celebrate with the help of our good friends at KVNO (90.7 Classical FM, Omaha’s home for the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts). Tune in on Monday, December 22nd throughout the day and hear Puccini’s music, tidbits about the man and for chances to win Opera Omaha tickets. Cap off the day by having your very own Perfect Puccini Party. We’ve added some wonderful recipes and listening suggestions to our website,, so that you can add a little Puccini to your holidays.
From all of us at Opera Omaha come warm wishes to you as you celebrate this special season. Keep a song in your heart and some Puccini Punch in your glass, and we’ll see you next year at one of the wonderful events only Opera Omaha can bring!

Wishing you the Jolly Giacomo-est of Holidays!

Tuesday | Nov 25, 2008

Who knew I’d like the Cod ? My first three events in Omaha were all marked by fantastic questions and conversations with loyal patrons and opera lovers. But the Wine Seller’s Dinner was a unique and fantastic event. Four reasonably priced wines complemented by four courses designed specifically for the occasion by four local chefs ! And Le Voltaire came up with a “Black Cod on an Onion Medley Confit served over truffle Polenta” which was paired with a Bridalwood Viognier. I would never have ordered this at the restaurant because I am not a fish fan — but I would rush to embrace this meal again ANYTIME !

But my fish also makes me think about some of our audience’s aversion to Opera. Get it in front of them and they might actually love it at first bite, but the hard part is getting them over the threshold. So, it was really rewarding that so many folks attended the Dr Atomic lecture prior to the Filmstreams broadcast — folks that wanted a leg up to understand the complex John Adams/Peter Sellars opera. Proof positive that Omaha is an adventurous and erudite society that is willing to take the risk on contemporary opera from a safe distance.

Likewise, the Puccini 101 class was filled to capacity. Such a well-known composer amongst those of us in the profession, but again, realizing the folks here wanted a bit more information to go with their experiences with these classic works. I was glad to introduce some music we don’t hear very often and to help frame a context for who Puccini was as we head into this 150th Birthday year and ultimately La Boheme. Hopefully those patrons who attended these events can be ambassadors for the opera to the “newcomers” — helping a few more local folks to try the cod !


Thursday | Nov 13, 2008

Hello Friends

FL here (aka the Fat Lady) – now that I’ve renewed my association with Opera Omaha, they’ve asked me to be a guest blogger. Such a lovely turn of events, following a few frightful weeks prior to The Pirates of Penzance performances. Don’t worry darlings – it was all just a misunderstanding. Plus, everyone was so supportive during my ordeal that I not only bonded with the Pirates, but I was able to renew my friendship with the folks at Opera Omaha. Read about when the Pirates kidnapped ME!
I was delighted when Opera Omaha asked me to come out of retirement and help keep everyone updated on all the exciting programming and events coming up. [My poor 401K needed some help too!] Already I have two exciting events to tell you about: Wine Seller Weekend and Puccini 101.
Wine Seller Weekend is this weekend Friday 11/14 and Saturday 11/15. You can still get tickets if you call now – 346-4398 and ask for Tom. Enjoy good wine, food and entertainment with your friends. Get your tickets and full information
Puccini 101 – I just adore this composer! Sign up today for our four classes and learn more about his work, life and inspirations. The first class is Monday, November 17th so you’ll want to sign up today! Click here for more details and to sign up

Thursday | Sep 25, 2008

From General Director, John Wehrle

Welcome to Opera Omaha’s brand new blog. I’m a little new to this – Not ‘Ted Stevens’ new, but when first asked to write the first Opera Omaha Blog entry, I feared being sent on a new and improved snipe hunt. (“No, it’s over there, John, You can’t miss it!”) Fun for somebody, but I was dubious.

Imagine my relief when it turned out to be like typing an email.

Okay, if I understand this, you can check back as often as you like and see entries by cast members, Opera Omaha staff, and maybe even a few other people. I might even get into the act, especially if I can catch that snipe.


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