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...
July 29, 2012 - 8:01pm
The show will go on for Kentucky Opera's production of The Merry Widow with a replacement orchestra made up of local musicians and a late substitution for Kentucky Opera Conductor Joseph Mechavich, who announced his departure today.
It's been a bumpy road for Kentucky Opera this season, having become embroiled in the labor dispute between Louisville Orchestra's management and its union musicians, who have not been able to come to terms on a new contract.
November 21, 2011 - 10:30am
The show must go on for Kentucky Opera, even without an orchestra. The Marriage of Figaro opened Friday night at the Brown Theatre.
It is unusual to mount an opera without an orchestra, but for Kentucky Opera, the unresolved dispute between the Louisville Orchestra and its players resulted in a creative workaround that is interesting in its simplicity. Luckily, the substitution of piano and harpsichord to accompany the singers...
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...
November 7, 2011 - 3:45pm
Local news for Oct. 21, 2011
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