September 18, 2012 - 9:00am
Baritone Michael Chioldi takes on one of his favorite roles, the villainous Scarpia in Tosca, as Kentucky Opera opens its 60th Season. He talks about how he became an opera star, sharing the stage with Pavarotti, his favorite food in Louisville, and nude scenes!
Baritone Michael Chioldi takes on the role of the villainous Scarpia in Kentucky Opera's opening performance of Tosca this Friday night. Puccini's classic tale of love, jealousy, betrayal, and tragedy is a grand entry to ring in the 60th Kentucky Opera season and to welcome back the much-...
June 28, 2012 - 8:15am
Kentucky Opera is set to present revenge, fairy tales, and other stories during its 2012-13 season.
Kentucky Opera is set to present revenge, fairy tales, and other stories during its 2012-13 season. During the 2012-13 season, Kentucky Opera will present three shows: Tosca (September), Cinderella (November), and Don Giovanni (February 2013). Season subscriptions...
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...