Arts and Humanities
5:15 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

New Operas, New Company in Town

No "La Traviata." No "Don Giovanni." Absolutely no "La Bohème." You won't find the usual suspects from the classical repertoire in Thompson Street Opera Company's season. The young company is more interested in exploring new works by living composers, like Marcus Maroney's morality play "Dust of the Road," a one-act opera that opens Friday at Central Presbyterian Church. 

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Arts and Humanities
5:26 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Opera Remembers Reign of Terror's Martyred Nuns

Debbie Hill as Sister Constance and Claire DiVizio as Blanche in "Dialogues of the Carmelites."
University of Louisville School of Music

In the summer of 1794, Robespierre’s Reign of Terror, a period of violence against those opposing the French Revolution, claimed the lives of sixteen Carmelite nuns. The Martyrs of Compiègne, who were guillotined in Paris, are memorialized in Francis Poulenc’s opera “Dialogues of the Carmelites.”  

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Mozart Masterpiece Goes Noir

Still from "Gun Crazy," screening at Louisville Film Society on Wednesday.

The Kentucky Opera gives Mozart's masterpiece "Don Giovanni" a film noir makeover for the final production of the season. Mozart’s opera (with libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte) is based on the legends of Don Juan, the fictional unrepentant heartbreaker. In "Don Giovanni," the eponymous womanizer seduces Donna Anna then kills her father in a duel -- and that’s just the first scene.

“Don Giovanni” runs Friday evening and Sunday afternoon in the Brown Theater. 

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Arts and Humanities
12:06 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

First Operas of the Season Show Company Range

The Kentucky Opera opened a company premiere last night of Benjamin Britten's "The Prodigal Son," an installment of the celebrated 20th century composer's Parables for Church Play trilogy. It's part of the company's contemporary chamber series, staged in St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church in Harrods Creek and featuring a small chamber orchestra ensemble, members of the Choral Arts Society and the Opera's studio artists.

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Arts and Humanities
4:12 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Parable Play Opens Opera Contemporary Series

Portrait of Benjamin Britten from ''Portraits of Greatness'' by Yousuf Karsh.
Yousuf Karsh Wikimedia Commons

The Kentucky Opera opens a company premiere this week. Benjamin Britten’s “The Prodigal Son,” which premiered in 1968, is part of Kentucky Opera's Chamber Series of Contemporary Opera staged in alternative venues around Louisville.

Performances are Thursday and Friday evening at St. Francis in the Fields Episcopalian Church in Prospect. 

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Arts and Humanities
5:30 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Opera Season Opens with 'Tosca'

Kara Shay Thomson as Tosca and Jon Burton as Cavaradossi in "Tosca."
Patrick Pfister Kentucky Opera

The Kentucky Opera opens Puccini’s tragedy “Tosca” this week.  The company will begin its 60th anniversary season with Friday’s gala performance in the Brown Theatre, accompanied by the Louisville Orchestra.

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