Wine, tapas and Strauss' music delighted a crowd that spilled into the streets. The Nevada Opera Chorus and members of the Resident Artists program performed the second act of Morzart's Die Fledermaus.
Fuego was the scene of Prince Orlovsky's party. In addition to developing the complex plot, the singers tried to dazzle the perpetually bored Prince with Spanish art songs and arias. The Prince may have been bored but the overflow audience certainly wasn't! The owner of Fuego, Miguel Perez, a former Opera Chorus member, was our gracious host. We hope to have many future events in this charming restaurant.
For a synopsis of Die Fledermaus, click here.
A collection of nine short operas that are funny, heart-breaking, cute, serious ...everything you want from opera in 10 minutes or less.
Opera Shorts was developed by Christian McLeer and NVO's Monica Harte, co-founders of Remarkable Theatre Brigade in New York City. Shorts were recently performed in Carnegie Hall. The plots range from the ridiculous (heroes zapped by a giant flying squid!) to the sublime (castaways on a raft and their rescue) and current (on-line dating).
For a sample YouTube of one opera, Kindergarten, click here.
House is a Sci-Fi children’s opera the whole family can enjoy filled with catchy tunes, a hilarious story, and an uplifting message. The Reno Video Game Symphony joined us performing arrangements of beloved music from video games including the epic Dream Oath Opera from Final Fantasy V1. The program also included a selection from Opera Shorts, all presented in this beautiful outdoor setting
Photos provided by Misty Kinser Photography
HOUSE is a ragtime opera about a socially awkward, magical being that travels through space and time trying desperately to in new friends. This opera packs ragtime music, virtuosic singing and social awareness into 40 minutes of fun for children and adults with important messages throughout for young listeners.
HOUSE has been performed in New York, Mississippi, Louisiana and Nevada. The Sci‐Fi features and computerized sound effects are big sells for today’s technologically savvy children. The show’s big number Guacamole in a Toothpaste Tube was recently used in a Taco Bell commercial in Mississippi.
House was also performed on July 13th at the Boys and Girls Club. While not strictly an Artown performance, we were delighted to have the opportunity to reach out to a new audience of the children and staff of the club, their mentors, supporters and parents.
Nevada Opera's two productions of Ghost at Sarah Winnemucca (photos above) and the Discovery Museum (below) had overflow crowds. The casting was changed so that many Youth Program students had an opportunity for solo roles. NVO stalwart Stephen Meyer was the 'ghost'.
The Great Grey Ghost of Old Spook Lane is about a youong girl, Kelly who is new in town. The kids at school tell her about a haunted house and dare her to go in. Kelly feels she has to do it to get “in” with the gang. So on a rainy night they all meet and push her in through a window. The lights go on. The house isn’t empty. An elderly man lives there quietly. He used to be a sound effects man back in radio daysand he has all the equipment in the basement. They play a trick on the kids and invite them back for dinner. The house is filled with scary sound effects as the “Ghost” serves his “Ghostly Repast” of evil eye soup, phantom pie, etc. Everyone is scared except brave Kelly.
The kids learn a lesson about accepting new people and Kelly learns there are limits to what you should do to be accepted.