Opera in the Community

Opera Omaha’s Community Programs offer a wide variety of opportunities that go beyond the mainstage productions. Our vision is to make opera accessible to everyone in the community. Each year, our educational and community partnerships programs reach thousands of young students across the metropolitan area. Whether providing a free shuttle to the Orpheum Theater or delivering high-quality singing at our popular lunchtime preview performances, Opera Omaha is committed to making opera a part of everyone’s life. This is because we know that exceptional opera is truly one of the greatest and most impactful art forms in the world.

OPERA BOOT CAMP (FREE PROGRAM SERIES)

In this exciting new FREE Opera Boot Camp series, newcomers and seasoned opera lovers alike will deepen their understanding of the life and works of some of the composers featured in our mainstage productions.


Mozart

You may be familiar with Mozart’s music, but how well do you know the opera trilogy that forever revolutionized the art form? In this three-part Opera Boot Camp series,  newcomers and seasoned opera lovers alike will deepen their understanding of the life and works of one of the greatest collaborations in musical history, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Lorenzo Da Ponte. Find out how this duo created three of the most memorable operas in the repertoire and forever changed the musical landscape. Opera Omaha’s Engagement Programs Manager Dimitri Kontos presents stimulating talks accompanied by audio and video excerpts this January at Le Bouillon.

Admission: Free
Location: Le Bouillion (1017 Howard St, Omaha, NE 68102) 

Walk-ins are welcome, but due to space limitations, reservations are encouraged. Reservations will be open one- week prior to the event. 

Have dinner plans afterward? All Opera Boot Camp attendees will receive 10% off their meals at Le Bouillon following the program.


MOZART BOOT CAMP: COMPLETE SCHEDULE


Part I: The Day of Madness: Le nozze di Figaro
TUES JAN 17 | 6:00-7:00PM

Part II: The Serial Seducer: Don Giovanni
TUES JAN 24 | 6:00-7:00PM

Part III: The School for Lovers: Così fan tutte
TUES JAN 31 | 6:00-7:00PM

MIDDAY MUSIC (FREE PROGRAM SERIES)

Make the most of your lunch hour.


(from left to right) pianist Eric Andries, tenor Andrew Bidlack, baritone John Moore and mezzo-soprano Sandra Piques Eddy performing in Midday Music (October 2015).

This series of FREE midday conversations hosted by opera directors and conductors, and featuring a performance by our principal artists, presents a 30-minute crash course into one of the operas featured in our season. This dialogue will provide the audience with a quick taste of the story and music behind the operas, along with some behind-the-scenes insight into our productions. An audience Q&A will follow each half-hour program. Tables will be set, so bring a meal and make the most your lunch hour!

This FREE community program occurs the Friday before opening night of our mainstage productions.

MIDDAY MUSIC SNAPSHOTS

2016-17 MIDDAY MUSIC SCHEDULE

Friday, October 28, 2016, 12:15-12:45 P.M. - Midday Music: La bohème
Opera Omaha's Rehearsal Studio |1850 Farnam Street, Omaha, NE 68102
Hosts: Director Crystal Manich & Conductor Leonardo Vordoni
Featuring a performance by members of Opera Omaha's cast of La bohème.

Friday, February 3, 2017, 12:15-12:45 P.M.- Midday Music: Così fan tutte
Opera Omaha's Rehearsal Studio |1850 Farnam Street, Omaha, NE 68102
Hosts: Director Andrew Eggert & Conductor Steven White
Featuring a performance by members of Opera Omaha's cast of Così fan tutte.

Friday, April 14, 2017, 12:15-12:45 P.M.- Midday Music: Flight
Opera Omaha's Rehearsal Studio |1850 Farnam Street, Omaha, NE 68102
Hosts: Director James Darrah
Featuring a performance by members of Opera Omaha's cast of Flight.

NATIONAL OPERA WEEK

Now in its eighth year, National Opera Week celebrates the vibrancy of opera in America today, and brings the inventiveness and excitement of opera to a national audience. Opera Omaha and over 200 companies, schools, and organizations across North America will celebrate from Friday, October 28 through Sunday, November 6, 2016, by sharing free, dynamic activities designed to engage novices, opera lovers and everyone in between. This week-long series of free events are coordinated by OPERA America.

Join in this year’s conversation by using #OperaWeek on Twitter.

Reservations are required for some programs.


COMPLETE SCHEDULE


FRIDAY, OCT. 28, 2016 AT 12:15 PM | OPERA OMAHA REHEARSAL STUDIO
Midday Music: La bohème

SATURDAY, OCT. 29, 2016 AT 9:30 AM | OPERA OMAHA REHEARSAL STUDIO
Behind the Curtain: La bohème with Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska
(Ages 5-14)

TUESDAY, NOV. 1, 2016 AT 11:45 AM | OMAHA CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
OPERAtion Storytime
(Ages 4-8)

TUESDAY, NOV. 1, 2016 AT 6:00 PM | OMAHA CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC
Sole e amore: An Evening of Puccini Inspirations

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 2 AT 7:00 PM | ORPHEUM THEATER
Student Dress Rehearsal: La bohème
(Grades 6-12)

THURSDAY, NOV. 3, 2016 AT 8:00 PM | HOUSE OF LOOM
Voice from Afar: An Evening of New, Experimental Music

RECENT PARTNERSHIPS

VOICES IN THE COMMUNITY RECITAL

Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 1:30 p.m.
The Rose Blumkin Jewish Home Auditorium


(from left to right) mezzo-soprano Nikola Printz, OO Resident Music Director J. Gawf

Mezzo-soprano Nikola Printz, debuting in April 2016, covering the role of Ino/Juno in Handel’s Semele, performed a solo recital in the Auditorium at The Rose Blumkin Jewish Home, accompanied by Opera Omaha’s Resident Music Director J. Gawf.

This 45-minute program offered beloved melodies from both opera and musical theater along with popular standards. This performance was followed by a brief Q & A session and ice cream social.

This special community concert was open only to members of The Rose Blumkin Jewish Home and The Jewish Community Center.


This program was made possible through a collaboration with:

    

This performance was also made possible through the generous support of the Ruth Riekes Richards Endowment Fund of the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation.

ARTS & SMARTS: PANEL DISCUSSION

Young Nonprofit Professionals Network—Greater Omaha Event 

Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 5:30 p.m.
The BLUEBARN Theatre

Opera Omaha’s General Director Roger Weitz and Board Advisors Brigitte McQueen Shew and Rachel Jacobson joined the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network—Greater Omaha (ynpnGO) and other colleagues from the arts community for a panel discussion on how our city’s cultural community help make Omaha the Midwest’s best kept secret. YNPN's learned how to support the arts, give back to their community, and continue to help make Omaha a fantastic place to live!

5:30 P.M.│Artistic Previews by NE Shakespeare & art designs by Jenny Pool.
6:00 P.M.│Discussion Panel

GUEST PANELISTS

Brigitte McQueen Shew
Founder + Executive Director, Union for Contemporary Arts

Vincent Carlson-Brown 
Interim Artistic Director, NE Shakespeare

Susan Clement-Toberer
Artistic Director, The BLUEBARN Theatre

Weston Thomson
Community Outreach Manager, Joslyn Art Museum

Sabrina Weiss
Vice President for Development, Omaha Performing Arts

Rachel Jacobson
Executive Director, Film Streams

Roger Weitz 
General Director, Opera Omaha


Free for ynpnGO members │$5 for non-members
For more information on ynpnGOCLICK HERE.

ART FOR FOOD EXHIBIT

January 1-31, 2016
Hot Shops Art Center | 1301 Nicholas Street, Omaha, NE 68102

FREE EVENT- 
Opera Omaha celebrated an exhibit produced by local artists and inspired by our production of Puccini's The Girl of the Golden West.

Opera Omaha in a partnership with WhyArts? worked with teaching artist Paula Wallace in an art creation piece around The Girl of the Golden West with the residents of Quality Living, Inc. (QLI). This joint western-inspired exhibit featured the work of QLI’s residents along with those of Omaha area Girl Scouts and local artists John Miller, Dorothy Tuma, Kris Paddock Kahn, Robin Zagurski, Darcy Horn, John Prouty, Terry Koopman, Kristin Pluhacek and more.

Guests were encouraged to bring non-perishable food items, grocery store gift cards or cash/check donations for the Food Bank collection at the exhibit.


This program was made possible through a collaboration with:

            

This program was also part of
 WESTWARD O!- a citywide arts festival celebrating the grit and grandeur of the American West. 

ELISE QUAGLIATA MASTER CLASS

For High School singers, ages 13-17

Friday, January 22, 2016, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Omaha Conservatory of Music | 7023 Cass Street

 

FREE EVENT- Opera Omaha's mezzo-soprano Elise Quagliata, featured in this February's opera, The Girl of the Golden West,  presented a master classes for high school students of the Omaha Conservatory of Music, focusing on the song and musical theater repertoire. Four singers were selected to participate in this free public event, which was held at the Omaha Conservatory of Music new permanent home.


This program was made possible through a collaboration with:


This program was part of OCM's 2015-16 Inside the Mind of the Artists series, which was made possible through generous support from Nebraska Arts Council and Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

Kids' Creations & The Magic Flute

November 1 through December 12, 2015
Creative Art Center, Omaha Children's Museum

A perfect way for the whole family to experience opera!

      
PHOTOS: OPERA OMAHA

In celebration of a special holiday presentation of Mozart’s beloved opera, The Magic Flute, part of Opera Omaha & Film StreamsThe Met Live in HD series, children were invited to create their own Magic Flute-inspired puppet at the Omaha Children's Museum. Children who brought their puppets to The Magic Flute broadcast on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at Film Streams received a complimentary fun-sized popcorn. The Magic Flute is a colorful abridged production, sung in English, and is an excellent opportunity to introduce kids to opera. Puppets were made in the Omaha Children's Museum's Creative Art Center from November 1 through December 12, 2015.

Learn more about the broadcast. Read our blog post why musical expression is important for kids.


This program was made possible through a collaboration with:

                                             

STUDENT PREVIEW PERFORMANCES

In November 2013, our ten student performances of Hansel & Gretel at the Scottish Rite delivered kid-friendly opera to nearly 8,000 students from elementary schools all over the Omaha metropolitan area. During our most recent season, more than 1,800 middle and high school students attended Opera Omaha performances, many for the first time.

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