Opera Omaha will once again bring Opera Outdoors, a free, fun, family-friendly opera concert to Omaha at The Pavilion in Turner Park. This free concert, now in its third year, is presented in collaboration with Midtown Crossing on Friday, September 11, 2015 at 7:30 P.M. Four stars of the opera world will perform with the Opera Omaha Chorus.
Opera Outdoors will feature some of opera’s most beloved melodies from Carmen, The Daughter of the Regiment, The Barber of Seville, The Tales of Hoffmann and more. Dipping into lighter fare, there will also be highlights from Romberg’s The Student Prince, Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti and the effervescent champagne song from Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus. Not to be missed—this evening is sure to provide a little something for everyone in the beautiful, under-the-stars setting of Midtown Crossing’s Turner Park.
A dynamic, young cast of stars of the opera world include soprano Leah Partridge—returning to the Company after her triumphant portrayal as Micaëla in Opera Omaha’s 2013 production of Carmen— and three principal artists of Opera Omaha’s October production of The Barber of Seville: Mezzo- soprano Sandra Piques Eddy, tenor Andrew Bidlack, and baritone John Moore. The Barber of Seville runs for two performances at the Orpheum Theater on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 7:30 P.M. and Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 2:00 P.M.
Joined by the Opera Omaha Chorus and accompanied by pianist Eric Andries, Opera Outdoors will be conducted by Opera Omaha’s Resident Music Director J. Gawf and directed by Henry MacCarthy.
The performance will be projected onto two 12’ x 12’ screens to the left and right of the stage, ensuring that the entire audience has a great view. The program will last approximately 1 hour, 20 minutes and feature English subtitles on three screens. Lawn chairs, blankets and picnics are encouraged. There is no rain date for the concert.
Opening the concert at 7:00 P.M., Ballet Nebraska will perform excerpts from Cleopatra, which opens their season on Friday, October 2, 2015 at the Orpheum Theater.
Opera Omaha’s free live outdoor concerts, part of Opera Omaha’s mission to share opera with the community and wider audiences, have drawn nearly 10,000 people of all ages since 2013.
Opera Outdoors is supported, in part, by public funds from the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, in partnership with the Nebraska Arts Council. Major funding has also been provided by the Lincoln Financial Foundation and Omaha Steaks.
A Free, Fun, Family-Friendly Opera Concert
WHEN: Friday, September 11, 2015 — 7:30 P.M.
(Ballet Nebraska pre-show at approximately 7:00 P.M.)
WHERE: The Pavilion at Turner Park in Midtown Crossing, Omaha, NE
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