Oct 17, 2019
Opera in Conversation: 'Exploring Jun Kaneko's Set Design' Takeaways
Jun Kaneko’s renowned production of Madama Butterfly returns to the Orpheum Theater for two performances only, November 1 and 3! Tickets start at $19: Thank you to all who attended our first Opera in Conversation for Madama Butterfly on October 15, and thank you to Stephan Grot, Executive Director at KANEKO, and Kurt Howard, Producing Director at Opera Omaha, for guiding the conversation. In case you were not able to attend, here are some important takeaways and discussion points: Jun Kaneko’s production of Madama Butterfly, which has toured nationally and internationally, returns to Opera Omaha for its third staging in the city. It debuted at Opera Omaha in early 2006, but ...
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May 6, 2019
OPERA OMAHA CHORUS AUDITIONS (OMAHA, NE) – Opera Omaha will hold chorus auditions on May 28 and May 30, 2019. The Opera Omaha Chorus is comprised of paid, professional singers from Omaha, Lincoln, and the surrounding communities. Auditions are for placement on Opera Omaha’s chorus roster, from which our Head of Music will select the chorus members for each individual show. Singers placed on Opera Omaha’s chorus roster need not audition yearly for placement in shows. Audition Dates and Times: Tuesday, May 28 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm Thursday, May 30 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm Requirements: Men and women auditioning for the Opera Omaha chorus roster must be at least 18 years of age and must be able to read mu...
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Apr 5, 2019
ONE Festival Week Two Community Events
Here are the upcoming community events Tuesday, April 9th through Sunday, April 14th! PLAYGROUND and RUN continue, Joslyn Art Museum An interactive sound sculpture installation, curated by Ellen Reid. STAGED READING OF DOCTOR FAUSTUS: Monday, April 9th at 6:30pm, Creighton University Lied Education Center for the Arts Creighton University's Department of Fine and Performing Arts, in partnership with Opera Omaha, will present a staged reading of Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus. This one-hour semi-staged reading will include elements of movement, costumes and theatrical lighting. ONEMORE HEALING ARTS CONCERT: Tuesday, April 10th at 12pm, Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center ONE Festival artists perform a free concert for UNMC patients, families, staff, st...
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Apr 2, 2019
ONE Festival Community Events
Here are the upcoming community events through Sunday, April 7th! PLAYGROUND and RUN continue, Joslyn Art Museum An interactive sound sculpture installation, curated by Ellen Reid. REID + CONCERT: Thursday, April 4th at 7pm, Joslyn Art Museum A chamber concert featuring the works of Ellen Reid and her contemporaries with performances by the Holland Community Opera Fellows, Creighton University Chamber Choir and members of the International Contemporary Ensemble. MIDDAY MUSIC: FAUST: Friday, April 5th at 12:15pm, Opera Omaha Rehearsal Studio Midday Music is a lunchtime preview of the opera and features a short performance it provides a quick taste of the story and music, along with some personal behind-the-scenes insight into ...
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Apr 1, 2019
The Deconstruction of Opera: ONE Festival 2019
The definition of opera might be fluid, however, the richness of artistry is undeniable. What makes opera so special is a feeling of grandeur, the expression and evocation of emotion, and a reverence for music. To limit that experience to a prescribed formula of “soprano + large stage + orchestra” also limits experimentation. Opera Omaha hopes to combat staleness by thoroughly exploring processes of interdisciplinary collaboration through its ONE Festival. The company is attempting to deconstruct opera in order to provide a space for truly diverse performances while still cultivating the craft. Opera should not be expected or derivative; the deconstruction of its components provides the impetus to question everything and seek answ...
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Mar 28, 2019
Les Enfants Terribles: Dance Opera
You can see a dance-focused FREE preview at Midday Music on Friday, March 29th: Tickets are still available for the ONE Festival! Our third and final installment of the Opera in Conversation for the ONE Festival ended with guests James Darrah, the Director of Les Enfants Terribles and Artistic Director of the 2019 ONE Festival, and Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, the Choreographer of Les Enfants Terribles. The pair has worked together several times before, including on Semele, which Opera Omaha staged in 2016. The collaboration has been successful and prolific. Gustavo grew up in a small town of roughly two hundred ...
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Mar 21, 2019
Opera in Conversation: The Costumes of the ONE Festival
Tickets are still available for the ONE Festival! Our second Opera in Conversation of the 2019 ONE Festival featured the costume designer of Les Enfants Terribles, Camille Assaf, and of Faust, Kaye Voyce. Producing Director Kurt Howard moderated the conversation. Both Camille and Kaye are artists in residence during the ONE Festival, so the numerous costumes will be made in Omaha. In a way, the costumes take on a sort of site specificity that is exciting to explore. Camille Assaf is based in Paris and worked in New York before that. She met James Darrah, the Artistic Director of the Festival, through Opera America, where they ...
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Mar 19, 2019
“The Front and Center Angle is the Least Interesting”: Opera in Conversation with Adam Larsen
Tickets are still available for the ONE Festival! Adam Larsen Our first Opera in Conversation of the 2019 ONE Festival featured Adam Larsen, who has curated works, designed lighting, as well as exercised a special sort of creativity behind the lens as a photographer. He has worked in film, theatre, and performing arts. Those of the Omaha community might recognize him from his film work from the 2018 ONE Festival, Dharma at Big Sur, of which he was curator and filmmaker. Dharma at Big Sur premiered at the Cincinnati Symphony as a triptych last year. He has worked in multiple capacities for Opera Omaha for 6 seasons, and ...
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Feb 26, 2019
Les Enfants Terribles: The Mythos of the Toxic Partnership
*some spoilers Buy tickets here: Les Enfants Terribles by Philip Glass , based upon the novel of the same name, explores the psychological isolation enforced by two children and the ways in which they challenge one another in boredom. They seek to further their reality together, often at the expense of others. Although the relationship between main characters Paul and Elisabeth in Les Enfants Terribles seems particularly unsavory given its borderline incestuous nature, there is an abundance of obsessive and codependent narratives between main characters of the past, and current times, still proposed in literature and film today, such as the play Macbeth, the film Cruel ...
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Feb 19, 2019
The Elixir of Love: Nostalgia in Opera
On January 29th with our Opera in Conversation, we discussed the power of 80’s Pop Culture, pop culture in general, and nostalgia, in honor of Opera Omaha’s upcoming production of The Elixir of Love (set in the 1980’s in all its glory) with the owner of Pop Culture Exchange, Candy Pacheco. Our rendition of The Elixir of Love taps into very current trends of covet towards fashion and styles of the past with costumes that are straight out of Grease and Clueless. We recognize each of the characters for the tropes that they represent, and in spite of having seen them before, continue to want them replicated. Candy Pacheco has bu...
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