General Director Barbara Lynne Jamison launches Youth Opera Initiative, adding 4th opera to the season!
The Brown-Forman 2019/20 Season — the first programmed by General Director Barbara Lynne Jamison who joined the company in August 2018 — will be framed by two timeless classics along with two Kentucky Opera debuts that allow the company to deeply engage with its community. The season kicks off in September with Georges Bizet’s Carmen. On Veteran’s Day weekend in November, Kentucky Opera presents Tom Cipullo’s Glory Denied – a story that follows the saga of Jim Thompson, America’s longest-held prisoner of war. The season continues with Mozart’s classic comedy The Marriage of Figaro over Valentine’s Day weekend in 2020.
Cynical. Reviled. And desperate for revenge.
Rigoletto – he is the jaded jester who laughs as he aids his debauched master the Duke in seducing the wives and daughters of the court’s noblemen. These men hate Rigoletto with a passion, and only his daughter Gilda brings sunlight to his life. But then comes tragedy on a catastrophic scale. Rigoletto’s enemies want revenge. The Duke sets his sights on Gilda. Rigoletto’s desperate plan to avenge his defiled daughter goes tragically wrong.
Kentucky Opera’s ‘Opera Gala’ Goes BOLD at the Louisville Marriott Downtown Saturday, February 2, 2019
Kentucky Opera goes BOLD with its signature fundraising event ‘Opera Gala’ on Saturday February 2 at 6 PM. Guests are encouraged to be daring in their dress for one of Louisville’s best Black Tie affairs as Kentucky Opera creates an atmosphere to shake up the senses — including bold cocktails, dramatic lighting, performances by Kentucky Opera singers, Cirque Louis, and Wax Factory. The event will be hosted by Kentucky Opera’s General Director, Barbara Lynne Jamison. Cocktail hour will feature acrobatics from Cirque Louis, Brown-Forman BOLD Martinis and Manhattans, silent auction, and a specialty wine bar provided by Jackson Family Wines, and an amazing silent auction.read more
Highlights will include Top Shelf, a tasting event featuring Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon, Cocktail and Culinary Challenge, showcasing classic and contemporary Bourbon cocktails paired with a chef’s Bourbon-themed culinary complement, Bourbon University, breakout classes focused on a variety of bourbon-themed topics; and TASTE, which will provide ample opportunities for the public to sample top brands of Bourbon, food pairings from featured restaurants and Bourbon-inspired products.read more
According to a press release, Kentucky Opera’s Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Barbara Lynne Jamison as its new General Director effective August 15, 2018. Jamison will be the sixth General Director in the company’s 67-year history and comes from the Seattle Opera, where she currently is Director of Programs and Partnerships and a member of the senior management team.read more
Overview: Fairytale? Love Story? Multi-layered allegory? You decide! And remember…long before there was Harry Potter, there was Mozart’s incandescent Magic Flute! Into the woods we go with Prince Tamino and his pal. the irreverent bird-catcher Papageno. The Prince is searching for the perfect girl to marry, and happily, he finds her…but not before being saved from a dragon, outsmarting the duplicitous Queen of the Night, and proving himself worthy through an epic set of challenges set forth by the mysterious high priest Sarastro!read more
Overview: Two Wives. One Mistress. Secrets and lies. That’s the life of Herman Broder, ghostwriter for a famous rabbi in 1948 New York. Herman escaped from the Nazis thanks to his current wife who hid him in a hayloft. But he’s really in love with his mistress, a concentration camp survivor, whom he also marries. And then his first wife – who supposedly died in the Holocaust – suddenly reappears!
Watch what happens when everybody finally meets in this darkly funny and deeply moving tale of hope, guilt, and despair. Can a man who has learned to hide truly come out of hiding? Can survivors love again? A brilliant new opera based on the novel by I. B. Singer, which also inspired an award-winning movie. Featured as part of Kentucky Opera’s Composer Workshop in the fall of 2009 and the fall of 2011.read more
What: Enemies, A Love Story | by Ben Moore | Libretto by Nahma Sandrow
When: Friday, November 9th at 8pm and Sunday, November 11th at 2pm
Where: Brown Theatre | 315 W Broadway | Louisville, KY 40202
Tickets: On sale NOW starting at $20. To purchase tickets, visit kyopera.org or call 502.584.7777
Overview: A brilliant new opera based on the novel by Isaac Bashevis Singer, which also inspired an award-winning film adaptation. Sung in English with projected English supertitles, Enemies, A Love Story was workshopped as part of Kentucky Opera’s Composer’s Workshop Series in 2009 with piano only.read more
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