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.


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.

The first in this Opera Boot Camp series spotlights one of the greatest exponents of operatic realism, Giacomo Puccini. In anticipation of Opera Omaha's production of La bohème, find out how this young struggling composer went on to create a string of beloved operas that established him as the leading Italian composer after Verdi.

Opera Omaha’s Engagement Programs Manager DIMITRI KONTOS and conductor HAL FRANCE present stimulating talks accompanied by audio and video excerpts that will each cover a different time period in Puccini's life.

Each hour-long session will be held twice – once at Le Bouillion restaurant in Omaha and once at Dixie Quicks in Council Bluffs.

REGISTER HERE. Walk-ins are welcome, but due to space limitations, reservations are encouraged. 


Part I: The Great Break: Le villi to Manon Lescaut

TUES OCT. 4       5:30-6:30PM
                               Le Bouillon 
                               1017 Howard St, Omaha, NE 68102

THURS OCT. 6    5:30-6:30PM
                               RNG Gallery at Dixie Quick's
                               157 West Broadway, Council Bluffs, IA 51503

Lecturer: Dimitri Kontos

Part II: The New King of Italian Opera: La bohème to Tosca

THURS OCT. 13  5:30-6:30PM
                               RNG Gallery at Dixie Quick's
                               157 West Broadway, Council Bluffs, IA 51503

TUES OCT. 18     5:30-6:30PM
                               Le Bouillon
                               1017 Howard St, Omaha, NE 68102 

Lecturer: Hal France

Part III: The Changing Tides: La fanciulla del west to Turandot

TUES OCT. 25      5:30-6:30PM
                                Le Bouillon 
                                1017 Howard St, Omaha, NE 68102

THURS OCT. 27   5:30-6:30PM
                                RNG Gallery at Dixie Quick's
                                157 West Broadway, Council Bluffs, IA 51503

Lecturer: Dimitri Kontos


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.



Friday, October 28, 2016, 12:15-12:45 P.M. - Midday Music: La bohème
Opera Omaha's Rehearsal Room |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 Room |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 Room |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 2015 was the biggest and farthest-reaching yet with more than 200 organizations and individuals from 41 states and provinces hosting 190 events, while many others attended Opera Week offerings and joined online discussions using #OperaWeek on Twitter. During this week-long celebration, Opera Omaha hosted a variety of free, dynamic community activities, which were enjoyed by novices, opera lovers and everyone in between.

We would like to give a special thanks to our National Opera Week 2015 partners: Film Streams, Omaha Children's Museum, Fontenelle Forest, House of Loom, Humanities Nebraska, Nebraska Cultural Endowment and the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Save the date for National Opera Week 2016, which will take place from Friday, October 28 though Sunday, November 6, 2016.



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.


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


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.


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

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. 


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!


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:



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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