The 2013-14 Nashville Opera season will feature a tale of exotic Ceylon, a contemporary story of the healing power of music, a family-friendly comedy set in Seville and a classic based on a Shakespearean drama featuring one of the most memorable villains in all of opera. New season tickets are available by calling (615) 832-5242 or online at www.nashvilleopera.org.
“We are proud to continue Nashville Opera’s tradition of creating legendary productions,” says John Hoomes, Artistic Director. “This season promises to be one of our finest with an exotic grand opera, a beloved family favorite, a Verdi masterpiece, and a poignant contemporary work.”
The Pearl Fishers, the first production of the new season, is from Georges Bizet, the composer of Carmen, and will be performed on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 12 at 8 p.m. in the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Andrew Jackson Hall located at 505 Deaderick St. in Downtown Nashville. Set in ancient Ceylon, this exotic tale is the story of a rivalry between two men and the woman they both love. The opera is sung in French with projected English translations and features the Nashville Symphony.
Nashville Opera will present the Tennessee premiere of a unique work by noted English composer Michael Nyman. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat offers a comedic and poignant exploration of the connection between the brain, our existence, the soul, and coping with adversity through the healing power of music. It will be performed in the intimacy of the Noah Liff Opera Center’s Studio Theater at 3622 Redmon St. in Sylvan Heights on Friday, Nov. 8 at 8 p,m., Saturday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. The opera will be sung in English with projected titles.
Following the smashing success of Cinderella this season, Nashville Opera will present Gioachino Rossini’s most popular work ever, The Barber of Seville, on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 at 8 p.m. in Andrew Jackson Hall. Often regarded as the King of Italian comic opera, Rossini’s BARBER is a masterpiece of love and laughter, and the Largo (“Figaro! Figaro! Figaro!”) is one of the most popular arias of all time. The production features the Nashville Symphony and will be sung in Italian with projected English titles.
Nashville Opera will conclude its 2013-14 season with Giuseppe Verdi’s Otello on Friday, April 11, 2014 at 8 p.m., Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 2 p.m., and Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 7 p.m. in the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s James K. Polk Theater. Verdi’s Otello is a prime example of a masterful composer writing at the peak of his musical and theatrical powers. Based on William Shakespeare’s Othello, this beloved operatic dramatization asserts that even the noblest of hearts is not immune to blind rage. The production features the Nashville Symphony and will be sung in Italian with projected English titles.
Full-season, three-show, two-show, and FLEX voucher packages are available online at www.nashvilleopera.org or directly from the Nashville Opera’s Box Office by calling (615) 832-5242. Nashville Opera’s multi-show season tickets offer significant savings, with many packages including free parking, backstage tours, rehearsal receptions, and a host of other benefits. Season tickets start at as little as $49. Nashville Opera now offers a convenient interest-free installment payment option for season tickets purchased through the opera’s box office. Single tickets to the 2013-14 productions go on sale July 1.
Nashville Opera, Tennessee’s largest professional opera company, is dedicated to creating legendary productions and programs. Among the most successful regional companies in the United States of America, Nashville Opera has presented three different world premiere operas since its inception in 1981. Main stage performances are presented at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center and play to over 17,000 people annually. Nashville Opera’s extensive education and outreach touring program reaches over 30,000 students throughout Middle Tennessee. These projects are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Metro Nashville Arts Commission.
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