2013-14 Opera Omaha season lineup announced
By Bob Fischbach
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER
Three strong female characters will headline the three productions in Opera Omaha’s 2013-14 season, dubbed a year of “Breaking Boundaries.”
General director Roger Weitz said he is again balancing the season with shows representing a classic greatest hit, Bizet’s “Carmen”; a widely known top-200 title, Rossini’s “Cinderella”; and a lesser-known, more adventurous work, Handel’s “Agrippina.”
The oldest opera ever staged by Opera Omaha, this 1709 work centers on the mother of Roman emperor Nero. When her husband dies, Agrippina uses seduction and deception to make sure her son takes the throne. The show is fast-paced and full of plot twists and dark comedy, and is considered one of George Frideric Handel’s best.
The production is being built from scratch for Opera Omaha, which is premiering a new version shaped by director James Darrah and conductor Stephen Stubbs. It will include an aria imported from another Handel work.
Weitz said “Agrippina” often is considered Handel’s first masterpiece. He said Darrah is a rising young star in the opera world, employing a team of designers committed to staging early operas in ways that resonate with contemporary audiences.
Stars will be Jennifer Rivera, Hadleigh Adams and Nathan Medley. It’s in Italian with English supertitles.
Season subscriptions go on sale Wednesday, starting at $49. That’s a 15 percent discount on individual tickets, which will go on sale around Labor Day. Information is available at operaomaha.org.
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