Opera Omaha Announces 2014-15 Season
Opera Omaha is pleased to announce their 2014-2015 season. This will be the 57th year that OperaOmaha has brought world-class opera to the Omaha Metro area. Remarkable new productions ofoperatic masterpieces featuring internationally renowned artists will be the hallmarks of another very exciting year for the company and its audience members. All three main-stage operas will be presented in the historic Orpheum Theater.
The theme of the season, “Opera Unbound,” relates to both the plights and triumphs of the season’s operas’ central characters as well as the aspiration and ambition of Opera Omaha after another year of sustained growth.
“I’m delighted to announce the details of Opera Omaha’s new season,” says General Director Roger Weitz. “We begin in October with Verdi’s classic, Rigoletto. Despite its status as one of the most popular operas of all time, Rigoletto has not been produced in Omaha in 25 years. We will continue the season in February with a brand new production of A Flowering Tree, a young opera by the towering American composer John Adams. The same dynamic director and design team responsible for this season’s Agrippina will create our premiere production of A Flowering Tree. We end the season in April by celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, in a production designed by Jun Kaneko that has never before been seen in Omaha.”
“Opera Omaha continues to go from strength to strength,” Weitz said. “The 2014-2015 season propels that momentum even further.”
Season subscriptions are on sale now for the 2014-2015 season; tickets to individual operas will go on sale by September 2. Season subscriptions can be purchased by phone: 402-346-4398.
Details about the season follow:
October 17 (7:30pm) an October 19 (2:00pm), 2014
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, based on the play Le roi s’amuse by Victor Hugo
New Production (co-producers: Opera Omaha, Boston Lyric Opera, and Atlanta Opera; premiered in Boston on March 14, 2014)
Sung in Italian with English Supertitles
A Flowering Tree
February 14 (7:30pm) and February 15 (2:00pm), 2015
Music by John Adams
Libretto by John Adams and Peter Sellars, adapted from the ancient Indian folktale and poetry intranslations by AK Ramanujan
New Production (Opera Omaha premiere)
Sung in English and Spanish with English Supertitles
April 17 (7:30pm) and April 19 (2:00pm), 2015
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Libretto by Joseph Sonnleithner from the French of Jean-Nicolas Bouilly
Originally designed by Jun Kaneko for The Opera Company of Philadelphia; premiered in Philadelphia on October 10, 2008
Sung in German with English Supertitles