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Arts and Humanities
11:03 am
Sat May 24, 2014

A Side of Emily Dickinson (and Opera) Seldom Seen in Thompson Street's Season Opener

  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. Staged in the as-yet-unfinished theater at Vault 1031, a new performance space on the edge of Old Louisville (1031 S. 6th Street), this is opera stripped down to its bare essentials – powerful voices and beautiful music – that’s right-sized for the intimate, dressed-down space.

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Arts and Humanities
4:01 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Thompson Street Opera Company Dreams Big, Thinks Small

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 Kentucky Opera's announcement that the next five seasons of the flagship company's programming would also be devoted to new and rare work, Thompson Street's new defining characteristic is its size.

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Arts and Humanities
1:45 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Squallis Puppeteers and Bourbon Baroque Give French Opera a Wild Makeover

Squallis Puppeteers and Bourbon Baroque collaborate on a zoomorphic adaptation of Rameau's "Les Sauvages."
Credit Bourbon Baroque

Louisville’s Bourbon Baroque and the Squallis Puppeteers are teaming up to take an 18th 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.

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Arts and Humanities
11:36 am
Sun February 16, 2014

Kentucky Opera Makes Bold Move to Focus on New, Rare, Unfamiliar Works

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 for years, the Kentucky Opera has been no exception. But general director David Roth says playing it safe isn’t working for the company any longer, so starting with its 2014-15 season, the company will focus on rare and new operas instead

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Kentucky Opera Closes Season with Star-Crossed Valentine

Gounod's "Romeo et Juliette" at the Kentucky Opera.
Credit Kentucky Opera

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. 

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Arts and Humanities
12:53 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Service Plans for Former Kentucky Opera Director Thomson Smillie

Thomson Smillie
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A funeral Mass for Thomson Smillie, 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 Theatre, 315 W. Broadway. A reception will follow the concert in the adjacent Fifth/Third Conference Center.

Smillie died Saturday at his home. He was 71.

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Arts and Humanities
6:46 pm
Sun January 19, 2014

Former Kentucky Opera Leader Thomson Smillie Dies

Thomson Smillie
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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.

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.

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Arts and Humanities
11:32 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Happy Birthday, Verdi! Kentucky Opera Gives His Seldom-Seen 'Simon Boccanegra' a New Look

Design sketch of the Kentucky Opera's new production of "Simon Boccanegra."
Credit Kentucky Opera

Giuseppe Verdi turned 200 last month. To celebrate his bicentennial birthday, the Kentucky Opera is staging a brand-new production of the Italian composer's infrequently-produced "Simon Boccanegra," an opera about the intersection of populist politics and familial intrigue.

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Arts and Humanities
3:15 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

REVIEW | Truth, Youth and Beauty Shine in Kentucky Opera's 'La Bohème'

Rodolfo (Patrick O'Halloran) and Marcello (Luis Orozco) comfort Mimi (Corinne Winters) on her deathbed as Schaunard (Christiaan Smith-Kotlarek), Musetta (Emily Albrink) and Colline (John Arnold) look on.
Credit Patrick Pfister / Kentucky Opera

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.  

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Arts and Humanities
4:32 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Kentucky Opera Opens Season with Puccini's Starving Artists in 'La Bohème’

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 19th century Paris.

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.

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