• Exciting mix of events and venues starting in March and running through September
• New partnerships added for 2012
• Compliments Nashville Opera’s October through April performance season
• Visit www.nashvilleopera.org or call (615) 832-5242 for information and to reserve tickets
• This series is supported by HCA/TriStar

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February 29, 2012 (Nashville, TN) – Nashville Opera announces a significant expansion of its popular special events with the creation of the new Opera @ Series. Nashville Opera is collaborating with unique organizations and businesses throughout Middle Tennessee to offer a variety of exciting activities:
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Opera @ Cheekwood – Go West
Saturday, March 3, 2012
2 p.m., Botanic Hall, Massey Auditorium
FREE program, Cheekwood admission fee applies
No reservations required; open to the public
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A family-friendly afternoon of music, cowboys and fun.  Nashville Opera’s Mary Ragland Young Artists will offer beloved favorites of the American musical theatre mixed with familiar tunes from classic American composers.  This interactive program will include popular melodies from Annie Get your Gun and Shenandoah as well as arias from The Ballad of Baby Doe and The Tender Land. American composers Libby Larsen and Aaron Copland will also be featured.  This western-themed event celebrates Nashville Opera’s production ofThe Girl of the Golden West and Cheekwood’s Visions of the American West exhibit.
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Opera @ Boxwood Bistro
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
6:30 p.m., Boxwood Bistro, Franklin
$60 per person • Reservations required through www.nashvilleopera.org or (615) 832-5242
Tax and gratuity NOT included
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Join Nashville Opera’s Young Artists in the intimate setting of this Franklin eatery for an evening of delicious food and song!  Opera’s greatest hits will be performed during courses with a western theme, another nod to The Girl of the Golden West.
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Opera @ the Library – An Enchanted Evening
Thursday, May 3, 2012
6:15 – 7:30 p.m., Downtown Public Library
FREE and open to the public • Reservations required through www.nashvilleopera.org or (615) 832-5242
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Who doesn’t like a good love story (and hors d’oeuvres!)?  Director of Education and Outreach Stuart Holt investigates an adult perspective of the magic and passion behind fairy tales. This fun-filled evening of music and stories explores the literary roots of Cinderella in different cultures from ancient Greece, early China, Europe, and the Far East through audio and video samples.
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Opera @ Dyer Observatory – Opera on the Mountain
Saturday, June 2, 2012
6 p.m. – Gates open, 7:30 – Concert starts, 9 p.m. – Saturn viewing
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$50 table seat
$30 concert seat
$60 per carload for grass seating (limit 6 per car)
$85 Patron Level – includes rooftop concert, wine and dessert!
Reservations required through www.nashvilleopera.org or (615) 832-5242
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This third annual collaboration combines picnicking, an outdoor concert of popular arias and Broadway standards, and the opportunity to gaze at the stars through the observatory’s main telescope.  A cast of professional opera singers will perform under a large open-air canopy.  A heavenly sell-out each year!
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Opera @ The Liff Center – Paint Along Opera!
Thursday, July 12, 2012
6:30, The Noah Liff Opera Center, 3622 Redmon Street, 37209
$45 (includes all supplies and light refreshments)
Reservations required through www.nashvilleopera.org or (615) 832-5242
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Enjoy light refreshments as Artistic Director, John Hoomes discusses the combination of visual and artistic elements that are used to design the set of an opera.  A Paint Along Nashville visual artist will lead a painting workshop on canvas using, as inspiration, Nashville Opera’s production of Madame Butterfly. Some participants will be chosen to have their paintings displayed at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center during Nashville Opera’s Madame Butterfly, October 11 and 13, 2012, and returned at the conclusion of the production. Space is limited.
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Opera @ The Frist with the Nashville Symphony
Thursday, September 27, 6:30 p.m., Frist Center auditorium
$8 per person  (Members of the Frist, the Nashville Symphony, Nashville Opera)
$10 per person  (Non-Members)
Reservations required through www.nashvilleopera.org or (615) 832-5242
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Music, Art, and Opera will collide this fall at the Frist!  Join the artistic staff of Nashville Symphony, Nashville Opera, and the Frist Center for a panel discussion exploring the cultural make-up of Germany during the early twentieth-century German Expressionist movement which spawned a new style of music, art and theatre.  The discussion will include examples of art and vocal/musical excerpts, as well as a live musical performance.  Panelists include Trinita Kennedy, John Hoomes, and Andy Campbell.
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This panel discussion is a precursor to the Frist Center exhibition, German Expressionism: Masterworks from the Detroit Institute of Arts on view at the Frist Center from October, 19, 2012, through February, 10, 2013.
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“Nashville Opera is thrilled to be able to expand our popular community events into a separate special event series,” says Carol Penterman, Nashville Opera CEO. “Each is a unique and exciting way to enjoy opera related activities in a variety of exciting venues.”
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About Nashville Opera
Nashville Opera, Tennessee’s largest professional opera company, is dedicated to creating legendary productions and programs. Among the most successful regional companies in the United States of America, Nashville Opera has presented three different world premiere operas since its inception in 1981. Main stage performances are presented at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center and play to over 17,000 people annually. Nashville Opera’s extensive education and outreach touring program reaches over 30,000 students throughout Middle Tennessee. These projects are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the Metro Nashville Arts Commission.

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