March 21, 2012 - 10:06am
The Louisville Civic Orchestra performed Irish inspired repertoire for St. Patrick's Day.
I was surprised to find myself spending St. Patrick's Day at the Louisville Civic Orchestra's concert. My original plans fell through, and due to my husband playing upright bass in the ensemble I happily attended.
July 29, 2012 - 8:01pm
Kentucky Opera presented its last production of the season, Franz Lehar's The Merry Widow. Full of fin de siecle excess and broad comedy, it's more musical theater than opera.
The Merry Widow, composed by Austrian Franz Lehar, is a light, frolicsome piece that concerns the romantic and monetary intrigues of a group of European aristocrats living the high life in fin de siecle Paris -- right before the world hurtles into the conflagration of war. That's what we know...
February 3, 2012 - 12:21pm
With the Louisville Orchestra's current situation being less than ideal, some people find the future of classical arts in Louisville to be very dim.
The recent state of the Louisville Orchestra may have created a dark cloud over the classical arts in Louisville, but concert goers can still support classical music in other ways. There are still many other wonderful music opportunities in the community for classical ...
November 9, 2011 - 11:00am
Former Kentucky Opera General Director Thomson Smillie wants to win new opera fans with his congenial guidebook to better appreciation of the art form. Brush up on the basics just in time for next week's production of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro.
Author Thomson Smillie is no stranger to the Louisville arts scene. For 16 years, he was the General Director of Kentucky Opera and worked in similar capacities for the Opera Company of Boston, the Scottish Opera and the Wexford Festival in Ireland. Smillie's love for opera as an art form runs...
September 18, 2011 - 10:05pm
Michael Mayes takes the stage as dashing bullfighter Escamillo. for Kentucky Opera's Carmen. Here he talks about being chased by an actual bull, posing for a pinup calendar, and promoting the art form in an information age.
Baritone Michael Mayes plays the bullfighter who steals away the gypsy Carmen from her jealous lover. He carved out some time from a busy rehearsal schedule to answer some questions before this Friday's opening night. You can follow Michael on Twitter.com @mazerthehazer.