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Feb 5, 2020
Opera in Conversation: 'Romantic Comedies' Takeaways
Mozart’s hilarious sit-com The Abduction from the Seraglio lights up the Orpheum Theater for two performances only, February 7 & 9! Tickets start at $19: operaomaha.org/abduction Thank you to everyone who came out on this cold winter’s evening for our final Opera in Conversation event before The Abduction from the Seraglio! Director Alison Moritz and Dr. Diana Martinez PhD of Film Streams had a fascinating conversation about the film influences in Moritz’s production of this opera, and about the parallels between film and opera. While it would be impossible to summarize everything that was discussed during the expansive conversation on Tuesday evening, this summary hopes to provide an overvi...
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Feb 3, 2020
Midday Music: The Abduction from the Seraglio Takeaways
Mozart’s hilarious sit-com The Abduction from the Seraglio lights up the Orpheum Theater for two performances only, February 7 & 9! Tickets start at $19: operaomaha.org/abduction Thank you to all who attended Midday Music on Friday, January 31. We received a fantastic preview of Opera Omaha’s production of The Abduction from the Seraglio from director Alison Moritz and conductor Gary Thor Wedow in a conversation lead by Opera Omaha Producing Director Kurt Howard, and then heard an introduction to Mozart’s music for the opera from bass Erik Anstine (Osmin) and tenor Michael Kuhn (Pedrillo). The conversation started by covering the inspirations for this production, which is set in interwar German...
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Jan 29, 2020
Opera in Conversation: 'The Costumes of The Abduction from the Seraglio' Takeaways
Mozart’s hilarious sit-com The Abduction from the Seraglio lights up the Orpheum Theater for two performances only, February 7 & 9! Tickets start at $19: operaomaha.org/abduction Thank you to all who attended our second Opera in Conversation for Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio. We had an enlightening conversation with costume designer Neil Fortin about his incredible work on this production. The conversation was moderated by Kurt Howard, Opera Omaha Producing Director. If you were not able to attend, this summary will help get you up to speed! We started the evening by becoming acquainted with the setting and time period of this production of Abduction, which takes place in W...
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Jan 21, 2020
Opera in Conversation: 'Mozart and Comic Opera' Takeaways
Mozart’s hilarious sit-com The Abduction from the Seraglio lights up the Orpheum Theater for two performances only, February 7 & 9! Tickets start at $19: operaomaha.org/abduction Thank you to all who attended our first Opera in Conversation for Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio on January 21 and thank you too to Maestro Gary Thor Wedow, conductor of Abduction for his wonderful insights, and Kurt Howard, Opera Omaha’s Producing Director for leading the conversation. If you were not able to attend on Tuesday evening, this blog will bring you up to speed! The conversation covered three main topics; an overview of Mozart’s music, a deeper look at the music of...
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Nov 21, 2019
Highlight From A Community Partner: “What??? Opera? What the heck is Opera? Won’t that be too hard? We can’t do that? Do we have to learn Italian?”
Tiffiny Clifton Gotta Be Me, Founder & Executive Director “What??? Opera? What the heck is Opera? Won’t that be too hard? We can’t do that? Do we have to learn Italian?” Yes, this is what we heard back from the Gotta Be Me Heartlight choir crew when we excitedly told them we were lucky enough to be working with the Opera Omaha Holland Community Opera Fellows. And then we laughed and joked and talked all about how Opera is for everyone – we just didn’t know it yet – we couldn’t see it yet or feel it……….not just yet. We talked and learned about how Opera is so much more than sing...
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Oct 30, 2019
Opera in Conversation: 'Artistic Choices & Obligations' 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: operaomaha.org/butterfly Thank you to all who attended our final Opera in Conversation for Madama Butterfly on October 29. We discussed how directors and designers can work to address the problematic elements in many of our favorite operas. Thank you also to Leslie Swackhamer, Madama Butterfly director, Yuki Izumihara, set designer for Opera Omaha’s upcoming production of The Capulets and the Montagues, and Katherine MacHolmes of Inclusive Communities for a thoughtful discussion of these topics. Here are some important takeaways from the conversation: While the evening covered a nu...
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Oct 24, 2019
Opera in Conversation: 'Madama Butterfly and the Politics of Exoticism' 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: operaomaha.org/butterfly Thank you to everyone who attended our second Opera in Conversation for Madama Butterfly on October 22. Thank you also to Ikuho Amano Ph.D., Associate Professor of Japanese and Japanese Program Coordinator at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, who led our conversation. In case you were not able to attend, here are some important takeaways from the conversation: Professor Amano began the conversation by laying out three frames through which one can seek to understand the cultural landscape in which Madama Butterfly was created. The firs...
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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: operaomaha.org/butterfly 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
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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