THE CAPULETS AND THE MONTAGUES
OCTOBER 15 & 17, 2021
New Production and Company Premiere
Music by Vincenzo Bellini
Libretto by Felice Romani
Performed in Italian with English supertitles
Previously slated to debut in our 2020 ONE Festival, Bellini’s masterpiece is a seldom-seen telling of Romeo and Juliet, the infamous “star-crossed lovers” engulfed by rival political factions on the brink of war. Most commonly known through Shakespeare but inspired here from writings of the Italian Renaissance, I Capuleti e i Montecchi gives thrilling voice to one of the world’s most overwhelming and vital love stories. This new production by ONE Festival Artistic Director James Darrah is a dark and visually rich exploration of love and loss illuminated by a powerful ensemble of world-class artists, designers and dancers, including the return of soprano Andriana Chuchman (2015 A Flowering Tree, 2017 Flight) as Juliet. True to Bellini’s original score, Romeo is performed by a mezzo soprano, the acclaimed Cecelia Hall, in her Opera Omaha debut.
Conductor | Christopher Allen*
Director | James Darrah
Giulietta | Andriana Chuchman
Romeo | Cecelia Hall*
Tebaldo | Jesus Garcia
Capellio | Jeffrey Beruan*
Lorenzo | Daniel Mobbs*
Dancers | Lindsey Matheis and Sam Shapiro
The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
A Musical Thriller
FEBRUARY 25 & 27, 2022
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Hugh Wheeler
From an Adaptation by Christopher Bond
This dark, Tony Award-winner for Best Musical by Stephen Sondheim has thrilled opera audiences across the nation. Leading an all-star cast are two of Omaha’s most dynamic and acclaimed artists, Conductor Hal France (Opera Omaha’s Artistic Director from 1995-2005) and Director Susan Clement-Toberer (Producing Artistic Director, BLUEBARN Theatre), making her Opera Omaha debut.
Sweeney Todd, whose real name is Benjamin Barker, uses his new alias to resume work in his barber shop above Mrs. Lovett’s struggling pie shop after being wrongfully sentenced to life imprisonment by the corrupt Judge Turpin. After swearing vengeance against the judge that tore his family apart, Todd and Lovett plot a unique plan that helps them both and leads them down a dangerous, thrilling path with deadly consequences. This all-star cast features Zachary James in the title role of Sweeney Todd and Emily Pulley (2019 Faust, 2002 Carmen, 2000 Falstaff), returning to Opera Omaha in the role of Nellie Lovett.
Conductor | Hal France
Director | Susan Clement-Toberer*
Sweeney Todd | Zachary James*
Nellie Lovett | Emily Pulley
Johanna Barker | Ashley Emerson
Anthony Hope | Jonathan Johnson*
Judge Turpin | Rodney Nelman*
Originally Directed on Broadway by Harold PrinceOrchestrations by Jonathan TunickOriginally Produced on Broadway by Richard Barr, Charles Woodward, Robert Fryer, Mary Lea Johnson, Martin Richards in Association with Dean and Judy ManosSweeney Todd is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIshows.com
APRIL 22 & 24, 2022
Music and libretto by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Based on the novel by Alexander Pushkin
When sensitive Tatyana bares her soul in a love letter to the dashing Eugene Onegin, he coldly rejects her and flirts with her sister, resulting in a deadly duel with his trusted friend, Lensky. Years later, Onegin returns to Russia, tortured by guilt and remorse. Opera Omaha favorites Steven White and Rosetta Cucchi will transport literary Russian romance to life in this achingly beautiful tale of longing, remorse, and love unfulfilled - with breathtaking music by Tchaikovsky (The Nutcracker, Swan Lake).
Alexander Elliott (2018 Pagliacci, 2017 Cosi fan tutte) returns to Opera Omaha in the title role of Eugene Onegin with Lauren Michelle making her Orpheum Theater debut as Tatyana.
Eugene Onegin | Alexander Elliott
Tatyana | Lauren Michelle*
Vladimir Lensky | Arseny Yakovlev*
Olga | Hilary Ginther*
Filippyevna | Victoria Livengood