Guild Spring Luncheon
Join us for the annual Opera Omaha Guild Spring Luncheon on Thursday, May 28 from 11:30 am - 1:00pm at the Happy Hollow Country Club. Soprano Karina Brazas will perform. Click here to register.
Soprano Karina Brazas began the 2013-14 season with a return to the Midwest Institute of Opera as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro. Other engagements in 2013-2014 included Rosina in The Barber of Seville with Opera for the Young and Gretel in Opera Omaha’s education production of Hansel and Gretel. Recent performing credits include Susanna in Vancouver Summer Opera Studio’s production of Le Nozze di Figaro, Zerlina (cover) in Don Giovanni at Midwest Institute of Opera, and the soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Fort Dodge Area Symphony. Ms. Brazas is a two time winner of Nebraska MONC Encouragement Awards sponsored by the Friends of Opera and Opera Omaha, the winner of the Nebraska NATS Artist Award Competition, and the recent recipient of the Opera Omaha Guild’s Encouragement Award at the Regional Metropolitan Opera Auditions. She has been featured as a soloist with the Washington-Idaho and Coeur d’Alene Symphonies. Ms. Brazas completed her master’s degree in vocal performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Opera Outdoors 2015
Join us on Saturday, September 12 in Midtown Crossing's Turner Park for a FREE evening of opera under the stars! Featuring four of opera's biggest performers and the Opera Omaha Chorus:
Soprano - Leah Partridge
Mezzo Soprano - Sandra Piques Eddy
Tenor - Andrew Bidlack
Baritone - John Moore*
Directed by Henry MacCarthy
Conducted by J. Gawf
Featuring the Opera Omaha Chorus
*Opera Omaha Debut
Soprano Leah Partridge has received consistent praise world-wide for her compelling stage presence and intelligent interpretations of opera’s most beloved characters. Since making her debut in 2003 as Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, Ms. Partridge has had a career full of remarkable milestones. Her Metropolitan Opera debut came in 2008 as the First Niece in Peter Grimes followed by a return engagement as La Charmeuse in Thaïs. In 2010, Ms. Partridge performed Marie in La fille du Regiment with The Metropolitan Opera to great acclaim as a last minute replacement, which was captured live on Sirius Satellite Radio. Ms. Partridge returns to Opera Omaha having performed the role of Micaela in the 2013 production of Carmen.
Mezzo-Soprano Sandra Piques Eddy has been praised by the Boston Globe as "a charismatic mezzo with future star written all over her," with a voice possessed of "extraordinary richness of timbre and expressiveness." Since her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2001, she has returned to the legendary stage to perform such roles as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Lola in Cavalleria rusticana, Olga in The Merry Widow, Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto, and Mercédès in Carmen. Ms. Eddy graduated from Boston University’s School for the Arts with a master’s degree in Vocal Performance, and was an apprentice artist at the Boston Opera Institute. Ms. Eddy returns to Opera Omaha having performed the role of Zerlina in the 2011 production of Don Giovanni.
Tenor Andrew Bidlack, a graduate of San Francisco Opera's prestigious Adler Fellowship, began the 2014-15 season with a return to San Francisco Opera covering both Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola and Emilio in Handel’s Partenope. He also performed with Dallas Opera to create the role of Rob Hall in Joby Talbot’s Everest. A frequent interpreter of new works by some of today’s most significant composers, Mr. Bidlack sang Ishmael in a workshop production of Jake Heggie’s Moby Dick with the San Francisco Opera and later workshopped the role of Tancreid in John Musto’s new opera The Inspector at Wolf Trap Opera. Mr. Bidlack returns to Opera Omaha having performed the role of Don Ramiro in the 2014 production of La Cenerentola.
Baritone John Moore, a recent graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Program, is garnering praise for his energetic performances and burnished baritone in both operatic and concert repertoire. In 2007, he made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera singing Fiorello in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Mr. Moore made his international debut at Welsh National Opera in 2008 singing Figaro in WNO’s acclaimed English Barber of Seville. The 2014-2015 season saw John Moore return to the Metropolitan Opera stage as Moráles in Carmen, and Nachtigal in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. Mr. Moore makes his Opera Omaha debut at the 2015 Opera Outdoors Concert.
Director Henry MacCarthy joined the Department of Theatre and Dance at Gustavus Adolphus College in 2007. He completed undergraduate studies in performance at the National School for the Performing Arts in Caracas, Venezuela. After working several years as an actor he returned to the U.S. to attend Indiana University’s graduate program in opera directing. He has been part of the directing staff of several companies including Houston Grand Opera, Baltimore Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Opera North, and most recently Opera Omaha, where he directed a new production of Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel.
Conductor J. Gawf has served as Resident Music Director for Opera Omaha since 2004 and has prepared a variety of traditional and contemporary repertoire. Mr. Gawf has been Chorus Master for all Opera Omaha productions since 2008 and has helped plan and prepare education and outreach programs for Opera Omaha with the Omaha Symphony, Omaha Area Youth Orchestras, the Rose Theater and numerous Omaha area high schools and middle schools. In 2007, Mr. Gawf was privileged to be Assistant to the Conductor and Orchestrator, Mark Flint, and Composer, David DiChiera for the World Premiere production of Cyrano at Michigan Opera Theater. Additional World Premiere musical preparation includes Anthony Davis’ Wakonda’s Dream and Paul Morovec’s The Blizzard Voices for Opera Omaha and Ned Rorem’s Our Town for Lake George Opera.
Concert in Brownville, Nebraska
Following Opera Outdoors, join us on Sunday, September 13 in Brownville, Nebraska. Opera Omaha will feature two performances in the Brownville Concert Series. See a special performance featuring Baritone John Moore and the Opera Omaha Chorus. To purchase your tickets click here.
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