Kentucky Opera http://wfpl.org en Kentucky Opera Makes Bold Move to Focus on New, Rare, Unfamiliar Works http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-opera-makes-bold-move-focus-new-rare-unfamiliar-works <p>Many opera companies anchor their programming with a handful of crowd-pleasing, time-tested operas, like "La Traviata," "Carmen" and "Don Giovanni" — the guaranteed blockbusters. And f<span style="line-height: 1.5;">or years, the Kentucky Opera has been no exception. Sun, 16 Feb 2014 16:36:05 +0000 Erin Keane 8610 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Opera Makes Bold Move to Focus on New, Rare, Unfamiliar Works Kentucky Opera Closes Season with Star-Crossed Valentine http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-opera-closes-season-star-crossed-valentine <p>Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Kentucky Opera brings its season to a close this weekend with an operatic adaptation of Shakespeare’s "Romeo and Juliet" by French composer Charles Gounod.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Erin Keane 8522 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Opera Closes Season with Star-Crossed Valentine Service Plans for Former Kentucky Opera Director Thomson Smillie http://wfpl.org/post/service-plans-former-kentucky-opera-director-thomson-smillie <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A funeral Mass for Thomson </span>Smillie<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, director of Kentucky Opera from 1982-1997, is planned for Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Assumption, 433 S. Fifth Street. A Memorial Concert will follow at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the W.L. Lyons Brown </span>Theatre<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, 315 W. Broadway. A reception will follow the concert in the adjacent Fifth/Third Conference Center.</span></p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 17:53:57 +0000 Keith Runyon 8312 at http://wfpl.org Service Plans for Former Kentucky Opera Director Thomson Smillie Former Kentucky Opera Leader Thomson Smillie Dies http://wfpl.org/post/former-kentucky-opera-leader-thomson-smillie-dies <p>Thomson Smillie, who led the Kentucky Opera to become one of the nation’s leading regional opera companies, died at 10:30 Saturday night at his home. He was 71.</p><p class="c1"><span>A native Scotsman, Smillie came to Louisville in 1981, where he spent a year working with the Kentucky Opera’s founder, Moritz Bomhard, before taking the reigns as Mr. Bomhard’s successor in 1980. </span></p> Sun, 19 Jan 2014 23:46:36 +0000 Keith Runyon 8296 at http://wfpl.org Former Kentucky Opera Leader Thomson Smillie Dies Kentucky Opera's New Staging Moves Verdi's 'Simon Boccanegra' Into Recent History http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-operas-new-staging-moves-verdis-simon-boccanegra-recent-history <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Kentucky Opera performed its new production of </span>Guiseppe<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Verdi's "Simon </span>Boccanegra<span style="line-height: 1.5;">" last weekend. The story of an eponymous populist sea captain vaulted to political power by scheming partisans revolves around the intersection of political treachery and his tumultuous relationship with his aristocratic lover's family.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 22:15:09 +0000 Erin Keane 7602 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Opera's New Staging Moves Verdi's 'Simon Boccanegra' Into Recent History Happy Birthday, Verdi! Kentucky Opera Gives His Seldom-Seen 'Simon Boccanegra' a New Look http://wfpl.org/post/happy-birthday-verdi-kentucky-opera-gives-his-seldom-seen-simon-boccanegra-new-look <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Giuseppe Verdi turned 200 last month. To celebrate his bicentennial birthday, the Kentucky Opera is staging a <a href="http://kyopera.org/simon-boccanegra-2013/">brand-new production of the Italian composer's infrequently-produced "Simon </a></span><a href="http://kyopera.org/simon-boccanegra-2013/"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Boccanegra</span></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://kyopera.org/simon-boccanegra-2013/">,"</a> an opera about the intersection of populist politics and familial intrigue.</span></p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 16:32:50 +0000 Erin Keane 7470 at http://wfpl.org Happy Birthday, Verdi! Kentucky Opera Gives His Seldom-Seen 'Simon Boccanegra' a New Look Kentucky Opera Premieres New Work on Benjamin Franklin http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-opera-premieres-new-work-benjamin-franklin <p></p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 18:16:43 +0000 Erin Keane 7173 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Opera Premieres New Work on Benjamin Franklin REVIEW | Truth, Youth and Beauty Shine in Kentucky Opera's 'La Bohème' http://wfpl.org/post/review-truth-youth-and-beauty-shine-kentucky-operas-la-boh-me <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Kentucky Opera opens its season Friday with a gorgeous production of Giacomo Puccini’s “La Bohème.” The talented cast is young and beautiful, Robert Little’s set is sumptuous, and when combined with Puccini’s stirring score – let’s just say that freezing in a shabby candlelit Paris apartment with your underemployed friends never felt so appealing. &nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 19:15:48 +0000 Erin Keane 6905 at http://wfpl.org REVIEW | Truth, Youth and Beauty Shine in Kentucky Opera's 'La Bohème' Happy Friday: 'La Bohème' Star Performs Pop-up Opera Concert in Galt House Bar http://wfpl.org/post/happy-friday-la-boh-me-star-performs-pop-opera-concert-galt-house-bar <p>Louisvillian Emily Albrink performs the role of Musetta in the <a href="/post/kentucky-opera-opens-season-puccinis-starving-artists-la-boh-me-0">upcoming Kentucky Opera production of Puccini's “La Bohème,” </a>and to warm up, she and other cast members have been performing short pop-up concerts around town. Yesterday over lunch, she surprised travelers in the Galt House atrium bar and pedway with a song.</p><p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 13:33:12 +0000 Erin Keane 6822 at http://wfpl.org Happy Friday: 'La Bohème' Star Performs Pop-up Opera Concert in Galt House Bar Kentucky Opera Opens Season with Puccini's Starving Artists in 'La Bohème’ http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-opera-opens-season-puccinis-starving-artists-la-boh-me-0 <p>The Kentucky Opera returns this month with Giacomo Puccini’s “La Bohème,” the bittersweet story of artists living and dying and falling in and out of love in the cafés and garrets of 19<sup>th</sup> century Paris.</p><p>Puccini premiered “La Bohème” at Turin’s Teatro Regio in 1896, and it remains one of the top five operas performed around the world. Kentucky Opera opened last season with Puccini’s “Tosca,” another perennial favorite. The company last staged “La Bohème” in 2006.</p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 20:32:45 +0000 Erin Keane 6808 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Opera Opens Season with Puccini's Starving Artists in 'La Bohème’