Event Calendar

Event Calendar

  • City of Song: Partnership with Iris Orchestra

    Mar 18th, 2017
    7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Germantown Performing Arts Center
    Presented in partnership with Iris Orchestra and Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music
     
    Tickets available from IRIS Orchestra. Click here to purchase.

     

    For the first time in its history, IRIS will collaborate with Opera Memphis in a staged production. This concert also IRIS's first collaboration with the chorus of the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis, which will appear in both halves of the program.

    This concert opens with Gioachinno Rossini’s sparkling overture, The Silken Ladder, and continues with Brahms’s profound Song of Fate. Dubbed the “Little Requiem” in reference to its clear relation to his greatest choral work, this unabashedly Romantic work is bathed in the deepest humanity, a perfect marriage of music and text. The final work on the program is Donizetti’s operetta, Il campanello di notte (The Bell of the Night). This delightful comic farce is the perfect vehicle to showcase the joined creative talents of IRIS; the chorus from the University of Memphis; and the singers of Opera Memphis, with stage direction by its Opera Memphis General Director, Ned Canty.

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  • City of Song: Partnership with Iris Orchestra

    Mar 19th, 2017
    2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Germantown Performing Arts Center
    Presented in partnership with Iris Orchestra and Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music
     
    Tickets available from IRIS Orchestra. Click here to purchase.

     

    For the first time in its history, IRIS will collaborate with Opera Memphis in a staged production. This concert also IRIS's first collaboration with the chorus of the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis, which will appear in both halves of the program.

    This concert opens with Gioachinno Rossini’s sparkling overture, The Silken Ladder, and continues with Brahms’s profound Song of Fate. Dubbed the “Little Requiem” in reference to its clear relation to his greatest choral work, this unabashedly Romantic work is bathed in the deepest humanity, a perfect marriage of music and text. The final work on the program is Donizetti’s operetta, Il campanello di notte (The Bell of the Night). This delightful comic farce is the perfect vehicle to showcase the joined creative talents of IRIS; the chorus from the University of Memphis; and the singers of Opera Memphis, with stage direction by its Opera Memphis General Director, Ned Canty.

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  • WKNO Preview & Party

    Mar 21st, 2017
    6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Clark Opera Memphis Center

    Join us for this FREE event and a behind-the-scenes look at the operas of our upcoming Midtown Opera Festival! WKNO's Darel Snodgras will lead a discussion with General Director Ned Canty, and Music Director Ben Makino and the casts will rehearse excerpts from the opera live on air. Being part of our live studio audience for this event is a one-of-a-kind experience, but you can also catch the event on WKNO 91.1 FM.

    Doors open at 6:00 for beverages and hors d'oeuvres.
    Live broadcast begins at 7:00.

    FREE TO ATTEND.

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  • Midtown Opera Festival (MOF)

    Start: Mar 31, 2017
    End: Apr 9, 2017
    Playhouse on the Square

    Opera Memphis’ Fifth Annual MIDTOWN OPERA FESTIVAL takes place over ten days at Playhouse on the Square. It will feature three intimate operas by living American composers: John Musto's Later the Same Evening, Jake Heggie's Three Decembers, and Hilliard & Boresi's Blue Viola. In addition, we'll present a one-of-a-kind performance of Arnold Scheonberg's groundbreaking Pierrot Lunaire, art directed by Memphis' own Joey Miller. Add aerialists, dance performances, panel discussions, cabaret and cocktails, and we have the makings of an incredible fifth year in the herat of Memphis!

    This season's Midtown Opera Festival will also feature workshop performances of our newest commission-in-progress, allowing our patrons to be part of the creative process like never before!

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  • Later the Same Evening

    Mar 31st, 2017
    7:30pm - 8:30pm
    Playhouse on the Square
    "Combines the Copland/Bernstein style with snatches...of urban razzle-dazzle." —New York Times

     

    Edward Hopper created some of America's most iconic painitngs. This opera imagines the lives of a few of his characters. We the moments before and after the ones captured on canvas, as all of these story lines converge at a Broadway show one rainy night in 1932.

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  • Three Decembers

    Apr 1st, 2017
    7:30pm - 8:30pm
    Playhouse on the Square
    "Heggie's people move us because the have musical souls." —Opera News

     

    Based on an unpublished play by Terrence McNally, Three Decembers traces the relationship between a famous actress and her two adult children. Over the course of three decades, they confront personal and family issues, struggling to understand, connect, and forgive.

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  • Blue Viola - Pay What You Can

    Apr 6th, 2017
    7:30pm - 8:30pm
    Playhouse on the Square
    "Mingling classical with blues and jazz, the music was robust and evocative, with homor and charm..." —D.C. Theatre Guide
     

    Blue Viola follows the journey of a priceless viola from its orignal owner to a junk dealer, who sees it as a lost treasure in need of rescue. But his girlfriend, Anita, has other plans.

    This event takes place in the Festival Lounge at Playhouse on the Square, and seating is limited.
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  • Blue Viola

    Apr 7th, 2017
    7:30pm - 8:30pm
    Playhouse on the Square
    "Mingling classical with blues and jazz, the music was robust and evocative, with homor and charm..." —D.C. Theatre Guide
     

    Blue Viola follows the journey of a priceless viola from its orignal owner to a junk dealer, who sees it as a lost treasure in need of rescue. But his girlfriend, Anita, has other plans.

    This event takes place in the Festival Lounge at Playhouse on the Square, and seating is limited.
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  • Blue Viola

    Apr 8th, 2017
    3:00pm - 4:00pm
    Playhouse on the Square
    "Mingling classical with blues and jazz, the music was robust and evocative, with homor and charm..." —D.C. Theatre Guide
     

    Blue Viola follows the journey of a priceless viola from its orignal owner to a junk dealer, who sees it as a lost treasure in need of rescue. But his girlfriend, Anita, has other plans.

    This event takes place in the Festival Lounge at Playhouse on the Square, and seating is limited.
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  • Later the Same Evening

    Apr 8th, 2017
    5:00pm - 6:00pm
    Playhouse on the Square
    "Combines the Copland/Bernstein style with snatches...of urban razzle-dazzle." —New York Times

     

    Edward Hopper created some of America's most iconic painitngs. This opera imagines the lives of a few of his characters. We the moments before and after the ones captured on canvas, as all of these story lines converge at a Broadway show one rainy night in 1932.

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  • Three Decembers

    Apr 8th, 2017
    8:00pm - 9:00pm
    Playhouse on the Square
    "Heggie's people move us because the have musical souls." —Opera News

     

    Based on an unpublished play by Terrence McNally, Three Decembers traces the relationship between a famous actress and her two adult children. Over the course of three decades, they confront personal and family issues, struggling to understand, connect, and forgive.

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  • Pierrot Lunaire

    Apr 8th, 2017
    10:00pm - 11:00pm
    Playhouse on the Square
    “Benjamin Makino, a young conductor... needed to make all these disparate parts feel part of the same unreal world. He succeeded.” — The Los Angeles Times

     

    In 2010, Ben Makino's Blackbird Music Project and California artist Jeff LeFever produced a groundbreaking multimedia performance of Arnold Schoenberg's 1912 melodrama, Pierrot Lunaire. Pierrot Lunaire is nothing short of a watershed in 20th century music, and Makino/LeFever created a realization that presented it anew to the 21st century audience. Join Opera Memphis and Ben Makino for the Memphis version of this unique performance, with art direction by visionary photographer Joey Miller.

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