Opera https://nashvillearts.com Tue, 18 Sep 2018 16:51:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 https://nashvillearts.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/cropped-NashArtsLogoIcon-1-32x32.jpg Opera https://nashvillearts.com 32 32 Susannah: Nashville Opera https://nashvillearts.com/2018/04/susannah-nashville-opera/ Mon, 02 Apr 2018 13:50:40 +0000 https://nashvillearts.com/?p=74208 April 2018 TPAC | April 6–8 WORDS Gina Piccalo PHOTOGRAPHY Brian Biery There are few operas more culturally relevant today than the Southern Gothic parable Susannah, performed by Nashville Opera this month. This piece of McCarthy-era Americana so precisely echoes the contemporary tragedies of fake news and #MeToo, it could easily have been written today. […]

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Nashville Opera Cinematic Camp at TPAC https://nashvillearts.com/2018/02/nashville-opera-cinematic-camp-tpac/ Wed, 28 Feb 2018 14:37:30 +0000 https://nashvillearts.com/?p=73709 March 2018 by Joseph E. Morgan As the Oxford Dictionary defines it, “camp” is a “deliberately exaggerated and theatrical behavior or style,” a style that is very well exemplified in Mario Bava’s Hercules in the Haunted World. Composer Patrick Morganelli must have recognized that opera is a genre that specializes in both heroes and exaggerated […]

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Nashville Opera and CMHF: The Enchanted Forest https://nashvillearts.com/2018/01/nashville-opera-cmhf-enchanted-forest/ Wed, 31 Jan 2018 13:15:02 +0000 https://nashvillearts.com/?p=73150 February 2018 by DeeGee Lester In the 1920s, back-to-back radio programming of classical opera and country music inspired WSM Barn Dance host George D. Hay to christen the iconic nickname “Grand Ole Opry.” But the connections between the two genres run deeper, including universality of themes, the emotional connections of music and text, and the […]

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Nashville Opera’s Maria de Buenos Aires https://nashvillearts.com/2017/11/nashville-operas-maria-de-buenos-aires/ Thu, 30 Nov 2017 14:15:26 +0000 https://nashvillearts.com/?p=71483 December 2017 WORDS Joseph E. Morgan The origin of the word “tango” seems lost in the mists of time, but it surely emerged in the amalgamation of African and Spanish cultures in the La Plata area (Argentina and Uruguay) of South America. Although in its earliest use the tango was closely related to the Cuban habanera, […]

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Diva’s Delight: Superstar soprano Renée Fleming performs at OZ Arts Nashville on December 1 https://nashvillearts.com/2017/11/divas-delight-superstar-soprano-renee-fleming-performs-oz-arts-nashville-december-1/ Wed, 01 Nov 2017 12:45:39 +0000 https://nashvillearts.com/?p=70887 November 2017 WORDS John Pitcher A few months ago, the opera world experienced a seismic event. Renée Fleming, the star soprano, sang her signature role of the Marschallin in Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier at the Metropolitan Opera for the last time. For more than a quarter century, Fleming reigned supreme at the Met. Naturally, her swan song […]

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Nashville Opera’s Tosca https://nashvillearts.com/2017/08/nashville-operas-tosca/ Wed, 30 Aug 2017 13:20:49 +0000 https://nashvillearts.com/?p=69569 September 2017 TPAC | October 5 and 7 WORDS Joseph E. Morgan “You will leave the theater as Puccini intended—shocked and heartbroken.” On October 5 and 7 at TPAC, the Nashville Opera is producing Giacomo Puccini’s violent, political, and beautiful Tosca. The story centers on its title character, an opera singer attempting to live the life […]

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Nashville Opera’s Carmen: an Unqualified Success https://nashvillearts.com/2017/05/nashville-operas-carmen-unqualified-success/ Tue, 02 May 2017 14:00:56 +0000 https://nashvillearts.com/?p=66797 May 2017 by Joseph E. Morgan On April 6 and 8 the Nashville Opera closed its 2016–17 season with a stellar performance of Georges Bizet’s Carmen at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. The season opened with a controversial yet remarkable staging of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, but for Carmen, director John Hoomes chose a traditional setting […]

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Carmen https://nashvillearts.com/2017/03/carmen-nashville-operas-sizzling-new-production/ Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:40:42 +0000 https://nashvillearts.com/?p=66223 April 2017 Nashville Opera’s Sizzling New Production by Joseph E. Morgan On April 6 and 8 the Nashville Opera will close its 2016–17 season with a production of Georges Bizet’s masterpiece, Carmen. Composed late in Bizet’s life, at its premiere run at the Opéra Comique, the opera sparked quite the controversy for its unconventional forms and […]

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Sex, Lies, and Contemporary Opera https://nashvillearts.com/2017/01/sex-lies-contemporary-opera/ Tue, 03 Jan 2017 14:30:13 +0000 https://nashvillearts.com/?p=64847 January 2017 Nashville Opera Presents the World Premiere of Three Way at TPAC January 27–29 by John Pitcher The Client should have known he was in trouble the moment he entered the Dominatrix’s dungeon. An arrogant, willful businessman, the Client had scheduled an appointment to see the Mistress Tosca, but he found the Mistress Salome inside […]

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Sounding Off: Nashville Opera’s Don Giovanni https://nashvillearts.com/2016/11/nashville-operas-don-giovanni/ Tue, 01 Nov 2016 14:00:45 +0000 https://nashvillearts.com/?p=63923 November 2016 by Joseph E. Morgan On October 6–8 the Nashville Opera presented a funny, beautiful, and timely production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s masterpiece Don Giovanni at the Andrew Jackson Hall in TPAC. Typically, the difficulty with this opera is balancing a basic tension between its identity as a comic opera and the fact that […]

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