Opera Omaha is proud to announce its 60th Anniversary season featuring three new productions, a world premiere, and the launch of the ONE Festival, Opera Omaha’s new annual spring festival for the community.
Join us for this collection of beloved masterpieces and thrilling new work to celebrate the best of Opera Omaha’s past and to share together its future.
NOVEMBER 3 & 5, 2017 at the Orpheum Theater
Love, lust, religion and politics fatally collide in Puccini’s beloved masterpiece. The lecherous chief of police, Scarpia, will stop at nothing to possess the beautiful singer Floria Tosca who must give the ultimate performance in a desperate attempt to save the man she loves. Conductor Carlos Izcaray makes his Opera Omaha debut and director Crystal Manich returns following her widely heralded production of La bohème last fall.
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa
Adapted from the play La Tosca by Victorien Sardou
FEBRUARY 9 & 11, 2018 at the Orpheum Theater
To feed his voluminous appetites, the grandiose knight Sir John Falstaff attempts to woo two wealthy women who outsmart him at every turn. Despite it all, Falstaff believes himself irresistible, and – in the end – we can’t help but agree. Shakespeare’s endearing rogue is the subject of Verdi’s great comic opera. Hal France returns to Opera Omaha to conduct an uproarious production by director Allegra Libonati in her company debut.
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by Arrigo Boito
Adapted from Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor and scenes from Henry IV, parts 1 and 2
APRIL 20 & 22, 2018 at the Orpheum Theater
Opera Omaha joins Ireland’s Wexford Festival Opera for a striking new production of this dark chapter of Greek mythology by the renowned actor and director, Fiona Shaw. Medea is the powerful sorceress whose powers enable Jason of the Argonauts to steal the magical golden fleece. His subsequent betrayal triggers a horrifying act of revenge as Medea destroys everything – and everyone – that binds them.
Music by Luigi Cherubini
Libretto by François-Benoît Hoffman
Adapted from Euripides’ tragedy Medea and Pierre Corneille’s play Médée
APRIL 13, 15, 19, 21 & 22, 2018 at KANEKO
Set in the brutal early years of post-Civil War Nebraska, a mother is pushed to the brink as her family is pulled apart by loss and isolation. Her son, Miles, must bear the weight of the family’s unrelenting pursuit of the American Dream. Opera Omaha’s ONE Festival Artistic Director, James Darrah, directs and conductor Christopher Rountree brings his L.A.-based orchestral ensemble wildUp to Omaha as all bring Mazzoli's innovative and haunting score to life.
Music by Missy Mazzoli
Libretto by Royce Vavrek
Adapted from the short story Proving Up by Karen Russell
Co-commissioned by Washington National Opera, Opera Omaha and Miller Theater at Columbia University
© 2018 G. Schirmer Inc.
In April, 2018, Opera Omaha launches the inaugural ONE Festival. Building on the company’s innovative work and the power of opera, the ONE Festival spans two weeks that blend music, theater, visual art, dance, and film. It’s an intersection of artists who collaborate to astonish and inspire. The ONE Festival is anchored by two new productions: Luigi Cherubini’s Medea and the world premiere of Proving Up by Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek. This new festival is curated by Opera Omaha’s General Director, Roger Weitz, and the ONE Festival Artistic Director, James Darrah.
Together, among a community of artists and audience, the ONE Festival redefines opera.
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