Review: Nashville Opera delivers a powerful and intimate Susannah

Much like the perennial argument over who wrote the “Great American Novel,” there is a parallel debate about the “Great American Opera.” Susannah, a serious contender for the latter crown, was the focus of a Nashville Opera production last week at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. Carlisle Floyd’s 1955 opera is set in rural East […]

Review: Nashville Opera Delivers the Goods in Sensuous Carmen

For its final production of the season, Nashville Opera calls on the power of one of music’s most-loved and oft-performed operas, Georges Bizet’s Carmen. Director John Hoomes presents a compelling, well-acted, and beautifully sung treatment of this operatic staple, filled to the brim with all the passion, fire, and lust present in this work. TPAC’s […]

Opera Review: New Nashville Opera ‘La Boheme’ One to Cherish

In Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème love can be found in a look and a kiss. In Nashville Opera’s exquisite new production it’s also found (among other places) in the voices and even the set. General and Artistic Director John Hoomes has helmed this 1896 comic-dramatic-tragic homage to amore several times over the course of his […]

Fresh Look for ‘La Boheme’ as Nashville Opera Opens Season

Yes, it’s La Bohème: starving bohemians and a tragic consumptive in 19th Century Paris. But this beloved opera is getting a fresh look as Nashville Opera opens its 2014-15 season Thursday. “We received a very generous gift from (the Three of US Foundation) for the express purpose of building this new production of La Bohème,” […]

OZ Second Season: Conversation, Contemplation and Connection

It’s an exciting time for Nashville’s contemporary arts center OZ. Artistic Director Lauren Snelling is very happy with the rapturous response such first-season offerings as Peter Brook’s The Suit and the music of Philip Glass and Tim Fain received, and she’s thrilled to talk about what’s coming up at 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle. “I don’t […]

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Nashville Opera & ‘Mary Poppins’

The third annual Nashville Opera movie sing-a-long at Franklin Theatre on July 13 should be practically perfect in every way – it’s Disney’s Mary Poppins in glorious, full-screen Technicolor complete with lyrics so the whole audience can join in, and there are two screenings because of demand! “Nashville Opera is pleased to present one of the most-beloved movies of all time, […]

The Big Payback is Here and ArtsNash Needs Your Support!

(Editor’s Note on May 7, 2014: The Big Payback has ended and we thank those contributors that gave $430 to ArtsNash as well as nearly $1.5 million to more than 500 midstate charities. To make a tax-deductible contribution to ArtsNash through our secure form click here to visit out Donate page.) It’s here! The […]

Opera Review: A Timeless ‘Otello’ for All from Nashville Opera

In the worlds of theater and opera William Shakespeare and Giuseppe Verdi are, among their other accolades, the masters of tragedy. The opera Otello is a work by Verdi and librettist Arrigo Boito that distills the Bard’s story of passion, love, jealousy and hate into four gripping acts. Nashville Opera General and Artistic Director John […]

Jealousy & Desire: Nashville Opera Presents Verdi’s ‘Otello’

Nashville Opera concludes its 2013-14 season next week with three performances of Giuseppe Verdi’s operatic take on Shakespeare’s famous play about a great leader destroyed by his own uncontrollable jealousy and desire. Otello was composed near the end of his dynamic career and is the prime example of a masterful composer writing at the peak of his musical […]

New ‘Bohème’, ‘Penzance’ and Modern Works Upcoming for Nashville Opera

Nashville Opera’s 2014-15 season brings new productions of classic works by Giacomo Puccini as well as Gilbert and Sullivan. It also brings contemporary pieces by Carly Simon (in a newly revised edition) and Daniel Catán to the Music City. “I am excited about this season because of the diversity of programming,” General and Artistic Director John […]

Opera Review: Fine Shave from Nashville Opera’s ‘Barber of Seville’

Ah, Figaro, Figaro, Figaro! What a fine shave you give when The Barber of Seville is in the hands of Nashville Opera. Gioachino Rossini’s 1816 opera buffa farce extraordinaire has elements even non-opera fans will recognize, particularly its overture (which among other humorous homages provided a certain Warner Bros. cartoon character with a very memorable vehicle) and […]

‘The Barber of Seville’ Shaves it Comically Close at Nashville Opera

Nashville Opera’s next presentation is Gioachino Rossini’s beloved family-friendly comedy The Barber of Seville. A beautiful girl must enter an arranged marriage with old Doctor Bartolo, but she is in love with the handsome Count Almaviva. There’s only one man who can help them – can Figaro save the day? Will the young lovers be […]

Time is running out …

The deadline to contribute to our end-of-the-year Indiegogo fundraiser was December 31 but has now been extended through New Year’s Day. We need your help, dear reader, to sustain ArtsNash. All funds raised will go to pay writers and staff – one of our board members has generously agreed to pay all of our administrative […]

Breaking News: Beloved Tennessean Journalist Clara Hieronymus is Dead

Clara Hieronymus, whose prose on arts graced the pages of The Tennessean for more than 40 years, died Saturday in Savannah, Tenn., according to her daughter-in-law Martha Hieronymus. “She went peacefully at home around 9:05 p.m.,” Martha Hieronymus tells ArtsNash. Per a 1982 agreement her remains have been donated to Vanderbilt University Medical Center; there are […]

Breaking News: ArtsNash Gains Tax-Exempt Status From IRS

It’s official: ArtsNash is now tax exempt. On Monday, the Nashville-based nonprofit arts journalism company received a letter from the Internal Revenue Service indicating it has been approved for tax exemption under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. What does that mean? Among other things, it means contributions to ArtsNash like those […]

Philip Glass, Peter Brook, Wayne McGregor Headline 1st OZ Season

Renowned composer Philip Glass, Peter Brook’s theater troupe and Wayne McGregor’s dance company are among those visiting OZ Nashville during its inaugural season, OZ leaders announced today at a ribbon-cutting launch party attended by a capacity crowd. Their first series of performances, which will run Feb. 13 – June 21, will introduce audiences to OZ’s flexible and […]

Pictorial: Truly a Wonderful World of Arts Awaits at OZ

A word that comes quickly to mind when viewing the incredible artistic showcase of OZ Nashville is passion. The Ozgener family’s passion for this community and the arts infuses every part of the impressive complex that sits next to John C. Tune Airport. “It is our family’s gift to the city of Nashville,” says Founder Cano […]

Opera Review: Love Puts on a Tender ‘Hat’ at Nashville Opera

Nashville Opera’s The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat in little over an hour packs everything a good piece should have – compelling characters, engaging plot that generates emotional responses through resonant conflicts, gorgeous voices, terrific technical framing and sublime music played beautifully. Those remarkable custodians of artistic expression housed at Noah Liff […]

Opera Review: Belmont Opera Theatre hits all the right notes in ‘Figaro’

I hadn’t been back on Belmont University’s campus in years before last night and was pleasantly surprised. The campus was bustling – streets full of cars, sidewalks full of people. Things were even more energetic inside the university’s intimate Troutt Theatre on Thursday night, when Belmont Opera Theatre’s new production of The Marriage of Figaro […]

Probing Nashville Opera’s ‘The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat’

Nashville Opera patrons will likely come away from The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat with a myriad of conclusions. General and Artistic Director John Hoomes certainly encourages that, but there’s one judgment he hopes those accustomed to downbeat operatic endings will avoid. “It’s not about tragedy, he says. “It’s about cherishing those […]