Omaha Opera Project
September 7th, 2016
“The theme’s around human loss and the emotion there, redemption and mercy, specifically. He wanted to make people cry and I think he did that in this, in a good way”-Kathryn Bisanti
Omaha Opera Project announced their first Opera Production showing this weekend, September 9th-11th. Kathryn Bisanti is the General manager for the new community initiative here in Omaha and spoke about the upcoming event.
Bisanti: “The mission of our project is to create performance opportunities for local professionals, as well as engage the Omaha community in opera and classical music and target some younger generations. The design of how we work, we invite professionals to come sing the large roles, and then invite high school and college students and emerging professionals to audition to also be in the shows also. So, we have professionals working alongside of our voice students, local college students and local high school students and other professionals in the working world.”
Their goal is to make opera accessible to new and younger audiences, beginning with shorter Opera productions, this year is Puccini’s Suor Angelica.
Bisanti: “Our goal is to do shorter productions, to peak peoples interest and we want to continue to keep our production short in length because we want people to continue to come and experience the genre and then become interested in opera and be the patrons to Opera Omaha and Kansas City Opera; these places that do the larger performances. Our goal is to immerse our community in this genre that has the reputation of being esoteric, but really opera has a way of expression human emotion like no other medium of art can. You use a human person and the human voice along with the music to engage the listener and it’s really an incredible experience.”
The efforts behind this project have already touched many lives in the community, and Bisanti says she’s expecting a very diverse audience.
Bisanti: “I think we are going to have a really unique audience, with younger families who don’t have the time or it’s out of their budget to go see a larger production at this point in their lives, but they can get started with us and in a new season of their lives they can be patrons to our larger opera houses of our country. The concept is not new, this is our first production and we have been so lucky and blessed that people all the community have come out of the woodwork to help us. Between the singers, between the costumes designers and videographers. Everyone stepped up and said, ’Hey, I want to help, this is awesome and I believe in this project and I in you guys.’”
The music director of this production is Sharon Eller from Duchesne Academy, guests artist include Sopranos Anne Gray, Kathryn Bisanti, Karina Brazas, Mezzo Sopranos Laruen Hendersen-Turner and Angela Heim and Dr. Sharon O’Connell Campbell along with students from Marian, Duschene, UNO and members of local community church choirs. Omaha Opera Project presents Puccini’s “Suor Angelica” this Friday and Saturday evening at 7:30 and Sunday at 2:00pm. All performances are located at Marian High School Performing Arts Center, seats are first come, first serve with a suggestions donation at the door. For more information about the show, performances and the opera mission, visit omahaoperaproject.org.
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