opera http://wfpl.org en A Side of Emily Dickinson (and Opera) Seldom Seen in Thompson Street's Season Opener http://wfpl.org/post/side-emily-dickinson-and-opera-seldom-seen-thompson-streets-season-opener <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s possible you’ve not seen opera quite like this. Thompson Street Opera Company opened its second season last night with a regional premiere of Eva Kendrick’s chamber opera “Emily,” a satisfying peek into the family dynamics and dramatic social life of one of America’s most intriguing foundational poets.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Staged in the as-yet-unfinished theater at Vault 1031, a new performance space on the edge of Old Louisville (1031 S. Sat, 24 May 2014 15:03:17 +0000 Erin Keane 9421 at http://wfpl.org A Side of Emily Dickinson (and Opera) Seldom Seen in Thompson Street's Season Opener Thompson Street Opera Company Dreams Big, Thinks Small http://wfpl.org/post/thompson-street-opera-company-dreams-big-thinks-small <p>Claire DiVizio launched Thompson Street Opera Company last year to lift up works by living opera composers - no old warhorse productions here. That approach was novel last year, but with the <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-opera-makes-bold-move-focus-new-rare-unfamiliar-works">Kentucky Opera's announcement that the next five seasons of the flagship company's programming would also be devoted to new and rare work</a>, Thompson Street's new defining characteristic is its size. Wed, 21 May 2014 20:01:42 +0000 Erin Keane 9401 at http://wfpl.org Thompson Street Opera Company Dreams Big, Thinks Small Squallis Puppeteers and Bourbon Baroque Give French Opera a Wild Makeover http://wfpl.org/post/squallis-puppeteers-and-bourbon-baroque-give-french-opera-wild-makeover <p></p><p>Louisville’s Bourbon Baroque and the Squallis Puppeteers are teaming up to take an 18<sup>th</sup> century opera for a walk on the wild side. Their zoomorphic adaptation of Jean-Phillipe Rameau’s baroque opera “Les Sauvages,” which they first produced in 2012, runs for four performances this weekend.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 17:45:16 +0000 Erin Keane 8913 at http://wfpl.org Squallis Puppeteers and Bourbon Baroque Give French Opera a Wild Makeover 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 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 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' 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’