A FREE Family-Friendly Community Concert
Join us for a beautiful night under the stars as we kick off our 2017-2018 60th Anniversary season with Opera Outdoors.

The evening will include a little bit of something for everyone.  In addition to performances by Opera Omaha and the Omaha Conservatory of Music, we’ll also have a pre-concert activities including:

  • A Kids Zone with face painting and balloon animals, a costume dress-up station, arts and crafts, and more.
  • Lawn games for all ages to enjoy!

*Children must be supervised at all times.

If needed, the rain location for this event will be the Omaha Conservatory of Music | 7023 Cass St | Seating is limited & food/beverages are not allowed in the concert hall.  An announcement will be made the afternoon of 8/26 if the rain location will be used. 

Creative Team

Amanda Consol, Director

Stage director Amanda Consol has created new productions including The Rape of Lucretia at the Maryland Opera Studio and The Turn of the Screw at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. Additional credits include The Songs and Proverbs of William Blake at The Bushwick Starr in Brooklyn, NY, and an upcoming production of Dialogues of the Carmelites with the Maryland Opera Studio.  As an assistant director, she regularly collaborates with directors including James Darrah, Anne Bogart, and Francesca Zambello. Credits in this capacity include the world premiere of Breaking the Waves at Opera Philadelphia, Götterdämmerung at Washington National Opera, and il Barbiere di Siviglia at the NCPA in Beijing.


Corey Crider, Baritone

Baritone Corey Crider returns to Opera Omaha having last appeared in The Tragedy of Carmen in 2008. Recent engagements include Marcello in La bohème with the Munich Philharmonic and Arizona Opera, Sharpless in Madame Butterfly with Dayton Opera, Escamillo in Carmen with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Ford in Falstaff with Opera on the James, and the title role in Rigoletto with Mississippi Opera. Upcoming engagements include Escamillo in Carmen with Madison Opera, a return to Opera Roanoke, and an appearance with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Crider was a member of the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center and Florida Grand Opera’s young artist program. He is an alumnus of the Artist Diploma program at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music; as well as of the University of Kentucky and Murray State University.

Kara Shay Thomson, Soprano

Soprano Kara Shay Thomson returns to Opera Omaha having most recently appeared in Bluebeard’s Castle in 2013, and she will return this season as the title role in Medea. Recent engagements include being a soloist with Berkshire Choral International in Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, Agathe in Der Freischütz with Virginia Opera, the title role in Tosca with Intermountain Opera Bozeman and Utah Opera, Leonore in Fidelio with Sarasota Opera, and a New Year’s Eve concert with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Upcoming engagements include the title role in Tosca with Arizona Opera, Marta in Tiefland by Eugene d’Albert with Sarasota Opera, and the title role in Turandot and Magda Sorel in The Consul with Dayton Opera. Ms. Thomson’s concert engagements have included Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with National Chorale at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, and a soloist in Dvoƙák’s Te Deum and a recital with Cincinnati May Festival.

Jessica Johnson Brock, Mezzo Soprano

North Alabamian Mezzo-soprano Jessica Johnson Brock was most recently seen at the Aspen Music Festival, performing the roles of Nettie and Aunt Bea in Bolcom’s A Wedding and covering Ursule in Béatrice et Bénédict. Through the last three seasons, Jessica has become a sought after artist in the New England area – performing the roles of Mamka in Boris Godunov with Commonwealth Lyric Theater, Jo in Little Women, and La Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica with MetroWest Opera. She has also been seen with Opera Providence, Boston Lyric Opera, and Odyssey Opera, and was a New England Finalist in the 2016 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

During her studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Jessica performed many roles, including Madame de la Haltiere in Cendrillon, The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Juno/Ino in Semele, Third Lady in The Magic Flute and the title role in Dido and Aeneas. She also appeared frequently in concerts and recitals – including a winning performance of Ravel’s Shéhérazade in the UNCG concerto competition, a solo appearance at the Greensboro Opera annual Gala concert, and many concert performances of new works.


Midtown Crossing's Turner Park

 Saturday, Aug 26, 2017

6:30 p.m.  | Pre-show entertainment by Omaha Conservatory of Music

 7:30 p.m.  | Opera Omaha Concert

Major Sponsors

Omaha Steaks

Simons Foundation



Production Sponsor

Lincoln Financial Foundation


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