NOVEMBER 1 & 3, 2019
An innocent young Japanese woman swept away by a dashing American naval officer is the heroine of a tragic tale of love, betrayal and, ultimately, sacrifice. With its heartbreaking melodies, Madama Butterfly has earned a place in history as one of the most popular operas of all time. Renowned artist Jun Kaneko’s stunning production of Puccini’s Romantic masterpiece comes home to Omaha after gracing many of the world’s most famous opera houses.
FEBRUARY 7 & 9, 2020
THE ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO
(Die Entführung aus dem Serail)
A brazen rescue attempt brings Belmonte to The Seraglio, an elegant night club where his beloved Konstanze is held against her will as the club’s star attraction and object of the dubious owner’s affection. This witty new production of Mozart’s situation comedy evokes the golden age of decadence at the height of Germany’s Weimar Republic. An outstanding ensemble cast, all making their Opera Omaha debuts, will ignite the vocal fireworks that only Mozart could write.
MARCH 21–APRIL 5
ONE FESTIVAL 2020
MARCH 25, 27 & 29 & APRIL 4 & 5, 2020
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST
(San Giovanni Battista)
Location To Be Revealed
A dramatic and emotionally vivid telling of the final days of John the Baptist, a spiritual leader reduced to pawn in the lustful bargain between Herod and his own stepdaughter, Salome. Through the prism of an ancient story, Opera Omaha’s new production by director Christopher Alden asks a modern audience to explore the eternal tension in power dynamics between men and women. Conductor Stephen Stubbs returns to Opera Omaha to lead a blended ensemble of modern and Baroque period instruments.
APRIL 3 & 5, 2020
THE CAPULETS AND THE MONTAGUES
(I Capuleti e i Montecchi)
Bellini’s bel canto 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. Known to us through Shakespeare but inspired by writings of the Italian Renaissance, I Capuleti gives thrilling voice to one of the world’s most overwhelming and vital love stories. Opera Omaha’s new production by ONE Festival Artistic Director James Darrah is a dark and rich exploration of love and loss illuminated by a powerful ensemble of world-class artists including soprano Andriana Chuchman as Juliet and mezzo soprano Daniela Mack as her Romeo.