400 Voices to Sing “Lord Nelson Mass”

November 7th, 2019

By Corbin Hirschhorn

Omaha, NE—This weekend, Omaha Symphony will perform a special concert, Haydn’s “Lord Nelson Mass.” Not only featuring regular symphony performers, the production will include a 400 voice choir made up of area high school students and four opera singers, like Soprano, Sarah Shafer, visiting from Philadelphia. Shafer, and the other featured singers have been travelling school-to-school, preparing eager choir students for a milestone opportunity.

Featuring Soprano Sarah Shafer

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Opera Omaha Presents ‘Madama Butterfly’

October 31st, 2019

By Corbin Hirschhorn

Omaha, NE—1904, an American sailor lands in the port of Nagasaki, Japan, where he meets his bride-not-meant-to-be, and his deception opens the tale that leads to nightmare. It’s the plot of arguably one of the most iconic operas ever written, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, making its return to Opera Omaha this weekend. It’s also the return of Opera Omaha’s historic collaboration with famed local artist, Jun Kaneko, working with Director Leslie Swackhamer.

Featuring Director Leslie Swackhamer and Conductor Joseph Rescigno

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Opera Omaha’s Pagliacci Part 2

October 15th, 2018

By Corbin Hirschhorn

Opera Omaha’s Pagliacci opens this week. It’s the story of a weary actor and a marriage falling apart. First premiered in 1892, it will be re set just after World War II.

Opera might be one of the most elaborate performative art forms, requiring so much collaboration between expert musicians, vocalists, and designers. The story is theatrical, but music holds the production together. Conducting opera is not an easy task, and there are some inherent challenges that complicate matters.

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Opera Omaha’s ‘Pagliacci’ Part 1

October 15th, 2018

By Corbin Hirschhorn

Opera Omaha opens Pagliacci next week, with music and libretto by Italian composer, Ruggero Leoncavalo.

It wouldn’t be an Italian opera without romance gone wrong—in this case for Canio, wife and fellow actor, Nedda, and Silvio. For Canio, life on and off the stage are starting to become a little too similar.

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Opera Omaha Presents “Medea”

April 19th, 2018

By Corbin Hirschhorn

Omaha NE—Baritone Weston Hurt has played many of the principal roles in popular operas by Verdi, Puccini, and Donizetti, and now he’s taking on Creonte in Cherubini’s Medea, Opera Omaha’s next performance as part of the ONE Festival.

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Opera Omaha Introduces ONE Festival

April 9th, 2018

By Corbin Hirschhorn

Omaha, NE—Opera Omaha introduces the ONE festival this month, a series of performances that experiments with the production, aesthetic, and the setting of opera. Expect some classics, like Cherubini’s Medea and Handel’s Ariodante but also new works and premiers performed in some nontraditional venues.

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