Passion, jealousy, and rage collide for Nedda and her husband Canio, leaders of a troupe of traveling street performers. The love triangle they enact on stage is, for them, all too real and all too deadly. Pagliacci is a quintessential Italian verismo opera featuring one of the most famous tenor arias of all times. Conductor Timothy Myers leads an all-star cast including Jonathan Burton as the tragic clown and Leah Partridge singing her first Nedda.
Music and Libretto by Ruggero Leoncavallo
THE ELIXIR OF LOVE (L’ELISIR D’AMORE)
FEBRUARY 15 & 17, 2019
Hapless and hopelessly in love, Nemorino idolizes the beautiful and popular Adina. To win her heart he spends everything he has to buy a “love potion” from the dubious Dulcamara. Director Rosetta Cucchi’s ingenious production updates this light-hearted romantic comedy to an American High School circa 1980. Conductor David Agler leads a stellar cast including Deanna Breiwick and Taylor Stayton as the young lovers in the most popular of all of Donizetti’s glittering bel canto operas.
Music by Gaetano Donizetti
Libretto by Felice Romani
LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES
APRIL 3, 5, 7, 13 & 14, 2019
The third installment of composer Philip Glass’s trilogy based on the work of Jean Cocteau, Les Enfants Terribles is the story of a brother and sister – Paul and Lise – cut off from the world and dangerously dependent on each other. The psychological game that intertwines their lives twists inevitably to tragedy. ONE Festival Artistic Director James Darrah creates a site specific production to shed new light on the work’s unique conception as a dance-opera.
In despair the aging and regretful scholar Faust makes a deal with the devil for an ill-fated chance at youth, vitality and love. Featuring music from the opera that hasn’t been heard in over 150 years, Opera Omaha taps a new edition of Faust that reconstructs Gounod’s earliest versions of the work. Conductor Steven White returns to Opera Omaha and tenor Gerard Schneider makes his company debut in the title role of a fascinating new production by director Lileana Blain-Cruz.
Music by Charles Gounod
Libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré from Carré’s play Faust et Marguerite, loosely based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Faust, Part One