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Apr 27, 2017
Review: In world premiere at Opera Omaha, mythical visuals fuse with transcendent music
Omaha World-Herald Travel 200 years into the past and you might learn where humanity is headed. For Opera Omaha and the Great Plains Theatre Conference on Friday night, at the world premiere of “Stranger from Paradise,” such a sentiment is appropriate for a discussion of where opera theater is headed. The production, staged at Metropolitan Community College’s South Campus Industrial Training Center, is a stream-of-consciousness biography of English Romantic poet and painter William Blake.
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Apr 22, 2017
Review: Characters in Opera Omaha's "Flight" May Be Grounded, But Their Voices Soar
Omaha World-Herald In the opera “Flight,” a violent storm strands a disparate group of travelers overnight in an airport. There’s a couple on their way to a tropical vacation, hoping to revive their relationship. A diplomat who’s headed to an assignment in Minsk with his very pregnant wife, who doesn’t want to go. Two lust-addled airline employees. A people-hating controller who announces flights and takes care of other business. An immigration officer. And a refugee who appears to live there.
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Apr 20, 2017
After Debut at Omaha Festival, Opera Set in Nebraska Will Play in NYC
Omaha World-Herald: Go A work commissioned for Opera Omaha’s new ONE Festival is destined for New York City. “Proving Up,” about a family’s loss and isolation in rural Nebraska after the Civil War, will be presented by the Miller Theatre at Columbia University after its run in Omaha next year. It was co-commissioned by the Miller Theatre and the Washington National Opera.
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Mar 26, 2017
Opera Omaha Fellowship Program to Take Arias Into More Areas
Omaha World-Herald: Go Before long, you might hear a professional opera singer at your neighborhood association meeting or in your company’s breakroom. Your kids, meanwhile, could learn about opera at the community center or in their after-school program. Opera Omaha is launching a new initiative — the Holland Community Opera Fellowship — that will facilitate those activities and more.
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Feb 11, 2017
Review: Opera Omaha Breathes Life Into 'Cosí' Characters
Omaha World-Herald: Go An affectionate audience responded cheerfully Friday night to the witty “Cosí fan Tutte,” composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s final collaboration with librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte. Opera Omaha presented the piece at the Orpheum Theater under director Andrew Eggert, accompanied by the Omaha Symphony and conductor Steven White.
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Nov 5, 2016
Review: Opera Omaha's Delightful 'La Bohème' is Love at First Sight
Omaha World-Herald: Go It doesn’t get more romantic than “La Bohème.” A group of starving artists and other bohemians work and play in Paris, the most romantic of cities. Two of them, a writer and a seamstress, meet and instantly fall in love. They quarrel, part and meet again when one of them is dying. A subplot features the rocky relationship between a painter and a flighty singer.
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Nov 3, 2016
Opera Omaha Presents 'La Bohème' at the Orpheum
KVNO Radio See tenor Cleyton Pulzi play Rodolfo this weekend, in Puccini's La Bohème. “You’re going to fall in love for La Bohème, for sure. I did, and I watched it the first time and I was crying and fell in love with the opera saying, “Oh my God, this is so beautiful”.-Cleyton Pulzi
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Nov 3, 2016
Debuts Aplenty in Opera Omaha's 'La Bohème'
Omaha World-Herald: Go Some artists are experiencing important firsts in Opera Omaha’s “La Bohème,” premiering Friday at the Orpheum Theater. The new production of Giacomo Puccini’s 120-year old tragedy marks the first time that New Yorker Crystal Manich has directed for Opera Omaha. It also will be the first time Atlanta soprano Leah Partridge, 41, sings the much-prized role of Mimi, the female lead.
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Oct 27, 2016
'La Bohème' on The Morning Blend
The Morning Blend One of the best known and beloved operas of all time, La bohème is the cherished story of love and loss. Beginning as a tale of youth, romance and optimism, a group of passionate Bohemians in Paris live as artists and musicians, celebrating life’s victories and weathering its hardships. As time passes, love turns to loss and hopefulness to heartache. Puccini’s timeless story of love, friendship and unwavering dreams has been cherished for more than a century. We'll learn more about the production from two of the performers.
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Sep 8, 2016
Kids and Pros Share Stage at Opera Outdoors
Omaha World-Herald: Go Some kids from the Omaha Conservatory of Music have been immersed in opera for the past few weeks. They’re members of the children’s chorus that will perform at Opera Outdoors, the annual Opera Omaha concert at Turner Park. The kids — between the ages of 8 and 14 — started studying over the summer when they received sheet music and recordings of two songs from Georges Bizet’s “Carmen”: “Avec La Garde” and “Lesvoici.” They will perform both in French, one alone and one with the adult chorus.
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