Opera Omaha's Inaugural ONE Festival Proves Up to Its Ambitions
By Thomas May
The only professional opera company in Nebraska, Opera Omaha crowned its 60th-anniversary season by launching a brand-new, genuinely insight-provoking festival this month. ONE Festival, which takes its name from the abbreviated city and state, culminated over the weekend (April 20-22) in back-to-back presentations that made it possible to take in all of the main offerings. The highpoint was the world premiere, in its fully staged, professionally sung version, of Proving Up, the latest collaboration from the remarkable composer-librettist-director team Missy Mazzoli, Royce Vavrek, and James Darrah.