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May 7, 2023
Opera Omaha's Poetry & Music project 2022-2023 concert
For the last six years, Opera Omaha has brought poetry, music, and performance together through their Poetry and Music Project. Each year they ask students across Nebraska and Iowa to submit a poem that focuses on a specific theme- this year's theme is "Finding Your Voice". Professional composers then read through the entries. “They will select a handful of them-this year it’s 15- to which they are inspired by, and they will write original music," said Lauren Medici, director of engagement programs for Opera Omaha. "Today we’re premiering 15 original songs with words by Nebraska poets who are in 3rd grade all the way through senior...
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Apr 23, 2023
Opera Omaha’s 2023-24 Season Begins! With Lauren Medici and Kurt Howard
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Apr 4, 2023
OI Interview | Allison Swenson, Opera Omaha’s New General Director
(Santa Fe, NM) - We were thrilled when we heard about Allison Swenson’s move to Omaha as General Director, but a little sad, too. Allison’s been an incredible force at Santa Fe Opera for many years, and it’s been wonderful to watch her progress to leading that company’s robust and successful development arm. However, in opera as in any other business, the only way is up. So, this progression to General Director at one of the Midwest’s most important, vibrant and cutting edge small companies is absolutely in line with the professional that we’ve come to know and admire. In the lead up to this Zoom in...
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Mar 30, 2023
Omaha native makes professional opera debut
Graham Brooks, an Omaha native will make his professional opera debut as Don Basilio/Don Curzio in Mozart’s "The Marriage of Figaro". Brooks said it is wonderful to be back by his friends and family and for them to watch his opera Omaha debut as well as his professional debut. Brooks has trained for several years, and he is bringing all of that training and his skills to the audience.
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Mar 28, 2023
Opera Omaha Has Dean Anthony Return To Where His Life Literally Started…And Brings Him Full Circle With "The Marriage of Figaro"
Dean Anthony returns to Opera Omaha after last directing Opera Under the Stars, to now direct The Marriage of Figaro. Mr. Anthony holds a comprehensive career as a performer, director, educator, producer, and administrator. And his connection to Omaha is literally lifelong. During this three-part interview with Dean, (condensed here into one continuous conversation), it was revealed that his career moments in Omaha included singing on the Orpheum stage in the role of Sancho Panza in Man of La Mancha as well as demonstrating his Washington Post earned nickname “The Tumbling Tenor.” It was also revealed that KIOS-FM’s Mike Hogan and Dean have known each other since junior high school...
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Mar 24, 2023
Opera Omaha Presents The Amusing ‘Marriage of Figaro’
Baritone Sidney Outlaw is very excited to come to Omaha for the first time to play the role of Figaro in Opera Omaha’s big production, The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart, which is one of the most frequently performed operas around the world.
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Mar 23, 2023
Meeting the new leaders in Omaha and what plans they have for the city's future
Opera Omaha is ushering in a new general director. Her name is Allison Swenson. She's only been with Opera Omaha for a month but she's ready to bring the art form to the forefront of the city. "My overarching goal is to really boost attendance and get people in the house and excited about Omaha and know that Opera Omaha is made here," Swenson said.
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Mar 19, 2023
Mary Feminear and Michael Adams Singing Together in Opera Omaha’s The Marriage of Figaro
The excitement is brewing! Opera Omaha is ending this season with The Marriage of Figaro, and we had a lovely conversation with Michael Adams and Mary Feminear, who play the Count and the Countess in this beloved opera. Mary and Michael are married in real life as well as their characters onstage, and it made for a great interview. Our conversation was cut short because of technical problems, and we hope to talk with them again in the future. Both of these Creatives are immensely experienced and talented and it was an honor to talk with them. Don't miss this famous and timeless opera, which is Directed by Dean Anthony ...
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Mar 16, 2023
Married couple plays married couple trying to stop another couple from marrying in Omaha show
A married Texas couple will perform as a married Spanish couple in Opera Omaha’s concluding season production of Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” at the Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St.
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Mar 15, 2023
Opera Omaha’s New General Director, Allison Swenson, Talks About New City, Job, & Season on KIOS-FM
Opera Omaha is thrilled to announce Allison Swenson as General Director.
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