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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October 5, 2011 - 5:03pm
First Friday at the Speed Museum brings opera and art together in order to help local advocacy groups.
Prepare to spend the evening with art. Not the person, but the subject. The Speed Museum will host an assortment of events on Friday, Oct. 7th that will bring out the artist and the advocate in everyone.
September 24, 2011 - 3:06pm
Kentucky Opera begins the season with the darkly romantic Carmen by Georges Bizet. Four strong lead performances make this a show you shouldn't miss.
There's nothing quite like a night at the opera -- especially an opening night when everyone is elegantly dressed and looking forward to a classic like Bizet's Carmen. It was nice to be part of full house in the Brown Theater -- a reflection of the consistently fine job that Kentucky Opera...
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.