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Apr 21, 2022
Tchaikovsky and Ukraine
Opera Omaha denounces Putin’s invasion and the ongoing atrocities in Ukraine. Tchaikovsky composed Eugene Onegin nearly 143 years ago and it has no connection to the actions of Russia’s current government. In fact, Tchaikovsky spent several months a year in Ukraine and had close family ties to the nation; his paternal grandfather was born there. We are proud to present this piece by a composer that championed Ukraine throughout his lifetime. No one in Russia; whether a person, publisher, or company is involved in the creation of Opera Omaha’s production or will benefit financially from it. We offer these performances of Tchaikovsky’s opera – not as an endorsement of the cur...
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Apr 12, 2022
The Costumes of Eugene Onegin
We asked our Costume Designer, Neil Fortin, to give us some insight into the process of creating the costume designs for this new production of Eugene Onegin. The enduring story of longing, remorse and love unfulfilled will echo grandly in our 1950's world. While we were designing Opera Omaha's production of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, director Rosetta Cucchi and I searched for the correct time period in which to place our new production. In my mind traditional productions of this beautiful tale tend to place the action during the mid-19th century. Together we knew we didn't need the period trappings of the story but wanted to make sure that it ...
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Apr 12, 2022
Know Before You Go | Eugene Onegin
Join us for Eugene Onegin Friday, April 22, 2022 | 7:30pm Sunday, April 24, 2022 | 2:00pm Orpheum Theater 409 S. 16th Street, Omaha, NE 68102 View performance details CONTENT WARNING This performance contains scenes that depict suicide, and uses simulated gunshots, theatrical fog and haze. Safety precautions Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our patrons, staff, artists, volunteers and community. To ensure the safety of those who work at and visit the Orpheum Theater, the following safety measures are in place to provide the best performing arts experience. Masks are recommended for this performance Enhanced cleaning and sanitation Virus filtering heating and cooling Staff and patron precautions Touchless experience For more information, please ...
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Apr 11, 2022
Eugene Onegin Study Guide
Eugene Onegin Student Dress Rehearsal Study Guide Created as a companion to Opera Omaha’s Student Dress Rehearsal of Eugene Onegin, the study guide includes information about the opera, notes from the Director and Conductor, as well as brief articles about related topics and an overview of the dress rehearsal experience. Download Study Guide Special thanks to Jack Hardwick for his work creating this study guide.
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Apr 7, 2022
Conductor Notes | Eugene Onegin
Some Personal Thoughts on Eugene Onegin What a privilege it is for me, in my role as a conductor, to expend my meager intellectual and aesthetic resources in a joyful quest to explore the innumerable beauties and inspirations to be found in operatic masterpieces. Particularly precious are the treasures I find in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. It goes without saying that the vast number of successful operas could be said to be “poetic.” Indeed, the mystical union of poetry and music that creates “lyric expression” is an inviolable marriage that defines the very nature of opera itself. But Eugene Onegin is unique in the degree to which poetry pervades not only the d...
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Mar 28, 2022
Director Notes | Eugene Onegin
When Mrs. Lavrovskaja proposed the Pushkin versed Eugene Onegin to Tchaikovsky, he wasn’t so sure about writing an opera based on this story. But after a day and a lot of thought he wrote to his brother saying, “I don't mind that there is no action, I am in love with the character of Tatyana, I am fascinated by Pushkin's verses." The same happened to me when I first read the opera. Tatyana’s character became, in my imagination, a real, deep human being with desires, regrets, and pains. A young woman able to look inside herself, deciding to come out with her feelings in front of the world....
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Feb 14, 2022
Sweeney Todd - Study Guide
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Student Dress Rehearsal Study Guide Created as a companion to Opera Omaha’s Student Dress Rehearsal of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, the study guide includes information about the opera, notes from the Director and Conductor, as well as brief articles about related topics and an overview of the dress rehearsal experience. Download Study Guide Special thanks to Jack Hardwick for his work creating this study guide.
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Feb 7, 2022
Know Before You Go - Sweeney Todd
Join us for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Friday, February 25, 2022 | 7:30pm Sunday, February 27, 2022 | 2:00pm Orpheum Theater 409 S. 16th Street, Omaha, NE 68102 View performance details CONTENT WARNING This production contains stylized scenes of violence and sexual assault, fog, flashing lights, and a gunshot effect. Safety precautions Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our patrons, staff, artists, volunteers and community. To ensure the safety of those who work at and visit the Orpheum Theater, the following safety measures are in place to provide the best performing arts experience. Masks are required for this performance A designated socially-distanced seating zone is available Enhanced cleaning and sanitation ...
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Feb 7, 2022
Conductor Notes - Sweeney Todd
A Short Perspective on Sweeney Todd The 1979 musical Sweeney Todd was the final work of an extraordinary decade of achievement in musical theatre history. In the 70s, Stephen Sondheim’s series of five groundbreaking musicals changed the landscape of Broadway. The shows were each unique and totally different and yet each bore the indisputable signature of this American master. A creative force that never stopped reaching. Company in 1970 and Follies in 1971 brought the psychology of contemporary relationships into view. Two years later, the same impeccable insight into the human psyche combined with romantic nostalgia in A Little Night Music. In 1976 he marked the American Bicentennial with a critical look at we...
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Sep 28, 2021
Know Before You Go - The Capulets and the Montagues
Join us for The Capulets and the Montagues (I Capuleti e i Montecchi) Friday, October 15, 2021 | 7:30pm Sunday, October 17, 2021 | 2:00pm Orpheum Theater 409 S. 16th Street, Omaha, NE 68102 View performance details CONTENT WARNING: Act II of this performance contains scenes that depict sexual assault and suicide. This production uses theatrical fog and haze Safety precautions Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our patrons, staff, artists, volunteers and community. To ensure the safety of those who work at and visit the Orpheum Theater, the following safety measures are in place to provide the best performing arts experience. Masks are required for this performance A designated socially-distanced seating zone is ...
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