NEVADA OPERA ANNOUNCES 40TH SEASON REPERTORY
Nevada Opera’s 40th season opens on Saturday, September 29, 2007 and continues through Sunday, April 13, 2008. The season includes an Anniversary Concert and anniversary celebration afterwards, followed by the grandest of all operas - Verdi’s Aïda will be sung in Italian. Next is an opera for the whole family - Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel will be sung in English and closing up the season is one of the funniest operettas ever - Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado will be sung in English. As always, English supertitles will be projected above the stage for all operas this season.
Our 40th season gets underway with an Anniversary Concert of all your favorite opera hits with full chorus, soloists and Nevada Opera Orchestra. At the concert, you’ll be treated to a musical celebration of Nevada Opera with favorites from our past and pieces you haven’t ever heard in Reno. For the Anniversary Concert, the singers and orchestra will be on stage to bring you the “best of opera.” Ticket prices range from $30 - $70 each and can be purchased on nevadaopera.org or by calling the Nevada Opera office at 775-786-4046.
The grandest of all operas, Verdi’s Aïda is finally back after 18 years, this is a once-in-a-generation opportunity! One of the most popular operas of all time, Aïda combines the spectacular and exotic features of grand opera with the orchestral virtuosity of Verdi’s later style and, especially in the third act, his vivid delineation of personal relationships. Claudia Waite (Turandot 2004) returns as Aïda with Gwendolyn Jones (Carmen 2002) as her rival Ameneris. Drew Slatton (Tosca 2006, Carmen 2002) portrays Radames, the love interest of both ladies. Ticket prices range from $35 - $90 each and can be purchased on nevadaopera.org or by calling the Nevada Opera office at 775-786-4046.
We continue on with an opera for the whole family, Hansel and Gretel, in which young and old will delight to this familiar tale. This is a “happily-ever-after-must-see” opera in which Cherry Duke and Danielle Talamantes (Opera in Blue Jeans 2006) portray Hansel and Gretel, respectively, in a delightful production from Carolina School for the Arts. Ticket prices range from $35 - $90 each and can be purchased on nevadaopera.org or by calling the Nevada Opera office at 775-786-4046.
Our season wraps up with the rollicking The Mikado and is among the funniest operettas ever. Its elegant score and hilarious plot (the Lord High Executioner must execute himself unless he can find a substitute) have made it hugely popular all over the globe. The original version made fun of Victorian England and its craze for anything Japanese. Nevada Opera will offer all its beloved music and impeccable text amid present-day references to Reno, politicians (don’t forget – it will be an election year) and other hot topics. The Mikado will be tuneful entertainment for all with Matthew Lau (La Cenerentola 2007) returning as the title character and Julie Wright Costa does double duty as Katisha and our stage director. Ticket prices range from $35 - $90 each and can be purchased on nevadaopera.org or by calling the Nevada Opera office at 775-786-4046.
Free “pre-performance talks,” given by Artistic
Director and Conductor Michael Borowitz, are an hour before each performance
begins and gives insight to what the audience might be hearing in the
following opera. Nevada Opera is perfect for first-time opera goers and
life-long lovers of the opera. Season subscriptions (prices range from
$90 - $225 each) may be purchased at the Nevada Opera office and single
tickets (prices range from $35 – $90 each) will go on sale to the
public on August 6, 2007, complete ticket information is available online
at nevadaopera.org. All performances take place at the Pioneer Center
for the Performing Arts. Students can come for “rush” tickets
for $11 per ticket, one half-hour before the performance and must bring
a valid student ID.