Opera Unbound” is the slogan for Opera Omaha’s 2014-2015 season, and the company successfully let loose with vibrant, contrasting visual and musical colors in its season’s first production, Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto, on October 17. A co-production with Boston Lyric Opera and Atlanta Opera, this Rigoletto was set in its original historical context, depicting a world where absolute rulers have absolute power over life and death. The scenic design by John Conklin, vibrantly lit by designer Robert Wierzel, featured a white marble replica of an ideal city taken from a Piero della Francesca painting, set above large walls creating “a dark pit where love, lust and revenge fuel the city.” The dark walls were brightened by a fractured Italian-style painting of Mars and Venus that symbolized the conflict within Rigoletto, trapped between his desire for vengeance against the Duke and his love for his daughter. Costume designer Victoria Tzykun crafted spectacular, colorful period clothes, among them the Duke’s gilded costume and Rigoletto’s blood red jester’s outfit in Act I, and a stunning vibrant blue cloak worn by Gilda in Act III.
OMAHA, Neb., Dec. 3, 2014- Omaha’s holiday tradition is back and better than ever before, as the Physicians Mutual Omaha Symphony Christmas Spectacular brings Broadway singers, dancers, and memorable holiday songs to the Holland Performing Arts Center stage for six performances Dec. 18-21, 2014.
Away from the realms of performing fortune and fame (or infamy, in the cases of a few) lies a simpler world where music teachers seek to stir magic in the hearts of young people. It’s the world that earned the cheers and ovations at the Holland Performing Arts Center on Sunday.
OMAHA, Neb., Nov. 12, 2014- Just in time for autumn’s glorious beauty comes the Omaha Symphony’s second offering in the Symphony Joslyn series, Musical Colors: Music for Timpani, Strings and Brass, featuring the world premiere of a timpani concerto, Sunday, November 23, 2 p.m., Joslyn Art Museum.
Hear the name Andrew Lloyd Webber, and you probably think of “Cats” or “Evita” or “Jesus Christ Superstar,” or any of the other notable Broadway musicals for which the incredibly successful composer has provided music.
You probably don’t think of death.
OMAHA, Neb., Nov. 10, 2014- A chorus of nearly 500 high school students will breathe life into Andrew Lloyd
Webber’s Grammy-winning Requiem and a variety of favorite Broadway choruses on Sunday, November 16, 2
p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
OMAHA, Neb., Oct. 29, 2014- Vocal soloists, chorus, and the largest orchestra the Omaha Symphony has ever assembled on the Holland Center stage will join to present Mahler’s Second Symphony, “Resurrection,” a transcendent monument to human aspiration and redemption, Friday and Saturday, November 7 & 8, 7:30 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
Music and magic make for a bewitching Halloween celebration, as the Omaha Symphony presents its annual Symphony Spooktacular concert this Sunday at the Holland Performing Arts Center. Resident Conductor Ernest Richardson returns to tell us what's in store for this family-friendly event!
The Omaha Symphony opens a new season of its “Rocks” series Saturday night with a concert devoted to one of pop music’s most remarkable eras and certainly one of its most astonishing recording companies.
Nutty costumes abounded onstage, above stage and in the audience Saturday night as the Omaha Symphony signaled Halloween’s approach with two hours of “Scary Movie Music” — well, mostly scary and mostly from the movies, anyway.
OMAHA, Neb., Oct. 15, 2014- Music and magic make for a bewitching Halloween celebration, as the Omaha Symphony presents its annual Symphony Spooktacular concert, Sunday, October 26, 2 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
OMAHA, Neb., Oct. 14, 2014- The Motown sound is coming to the Omaha Symphony with Motown’s Greatest Hits opening the Symphony Rocks series, Saturday, Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center.