1801 Exeter Rd, Germantown, TN 38138
The pinnacle of the legendary collaboration between W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan is this witty and satirical romp of disguised noblemen, corrupt bureaucrats, and love triumphing over all. Nanki-Poo, son of the Emperor of Japan has fled the court to escape the affections of the decrepit Katisha. While on the run, he falls desperately in love with Yum-Yum. But as she is betrothed to Ko-Ko, the Lord High Executioner, he has no hope of winning her love. Or does he? “Three Little Maids,” “A Wand’ring Minstrel,” and “I’ve Got A Little List” top the roster of unforgettable tunes in this timeless classic.
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Family Night: January 14, 2014
Join us in the lobby from 6-7pm for family-friendly activities about Japan, the setting of The Mikado. The performance will be ceremonially opened by the Japanese Consul, Motohiko Kato. Performance at 7:30. After the performance, we’ll have a lobby meet-and-greet with the singers!
Costume Night: January 17, 2014
In the spirit of our energetic and playful production, we invite our patrons to come in costume to this Friday night performance. We will have entertainment in the lobby before the show and a costume contest at intermission! Performance at 7:30. After the performance, we’ll have a meet-and-greet with singers, as well as J-Pop dance party!
Japan Night: January 18, 2014
Join us in the afternoon from 2-5pm for a free festival in honor of all things Japanese. There will be origami and kendo demonstrations, a traditional tea ceremony and food available for purchase. Performance at 7:30. After the performance, meet us in the lobby for a cast party with the singers.
Our Mikado revives a 2007 production from Opera Theatre of St. Louis (OTSL), which was created by our own General Director Ned Canty. That production received outstanding reviews and it sold more tickets than any show in the history of OTSL. Mr. Canty’s vision for the operetta is heavily influenced by contemporary Japanese pop-culture. It is fun for the whole family!
The cast includes Metropolitan Opera stars Monica Yunus (as Yum-Yum) and Kevin Burdette (as Ko-Ko). Yunus brought down the house last year in our production of Don Pasquale; and Burdette was recently dubbed “the Robin Williams of opera” by The New York Times! And if that weren’t enough, mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton is returning to Memphis to play Katisha in-between engagements at Carnegie Hall and The Met. For those who saw Jamie’s brilliant portrayal of Julia Child in last season’s Bon Appetit! it came as no surprise when she won the BBC’s Singer of the World Competition this past summer. (And, yes, the Singer of the World Award is every bit as impressive as it sounds: each country is represented by just one singer, and Jamie won the title on behalf of the entire United States!) Check out this recent New York Times article, raving about Jamie.