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Charlie Schaffler 2019 National Opera Trustee

Opera Memphis Trustee Charlie Schaffler One of Five Recipients of OPERA America 2019 National Trustee Recognition Award.   From Nicholas Wise at OPERA America: February 6, 2019 (New York) — OPERA America , the national service organization for opera and the nation's leading champion for American opera, is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2019 National Opera Trustee Recognition Awards. Now in their... Read More
Posted by Jillian Barron at Wednesday, February 20, 2019
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Dick Deadeye Related to Parks&Rec Jerry Gergich!

BREAKING NEWS: Dick Deadeye of  H.M.S. Pinafore  and Gary/Jerry/Larry/Terry Gergich/Gengurch of  Parks and Rec   actually related! Local researchers and art enthusiasts find "undeniable proof" that Jerry Gergich is great-great-great-great-great-great grandson of Dick Deadeye.  After weeks of late-night Netflix binges and scouring the internet for any scrap of information to support their claims, these researchers say the truth... Read More
Posted by Jillian Barron at Monday, January 28, 2019
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Robert Orth Returns to Opera Memphis

World-renowned baritone Robert Orth returns to Opera Memphis after nearly two decades. The year was 1980. The hair was big, the shoulder pads bigger, and Opera Memphis was celebrating its 25th anniversary with an exceptional season including performances of Lucia Di Lammermoor , La Périchole , Madame Butterfly , and La Traviata . That November a young man with an indomitable moustache took the stage as Don Pedro in Jacques Offenbach's La Périchole and wowed... Read More
Posted by Jillian Barron at Wednesday, January 16, 2019
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A Victorian Holiday with Opera Memphis

Opera Memphis celebrates the holiday season with a new interactive operatic experience,  A Victorian Holiday with Opera Memphis. This one-of-a-kind experience puts guests in the center of an 1890's holiday party with interactive characters and games, opera singers, caroling, Victorian Conjurer Jeffrey Day performing illusions on stage and amongst party-goers, and festive libations being served. The evening is tied together by an ongoing story of love lost and found that... Read More
Posted by Jillian Barron at Wednesday, December 5, 2018
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What to Wear: A Victorian Holiday

A guide to your perfect Victorian-inspired outfit! A Victorian Holiday with Opera Memphis is right around the corner! This immersive, interactive theatrical experience will send you back in time to the Victorian Era where you will join socialites, singers, performers, conjurers, and more characters at a festive holiday party! Our Costume Designer, Sona Amroyan-Peric has put together a list of items you probably have in your closet that you can use to dress like our performers to... Read More
Posted by Jillian Barron at Wednesday, November 28, 2018
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Which Opera is Your Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving is almost here! Which opera matches your family gathering? It's that time of year again for turkey and mashed potatoes, travel plans and airline tickets. Here at Opera Memphis we've compiled a short list of Thanksgiving gatherings along with the perfect opera for each of these dynamics. Read through and find your opera for Turkey Day! 1. The Friendsgiving For this reason or that, family just can't/won't be in the picture this year.... Read More
Posted by Jillian Barron at Monday, November 12, 2018
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In the News: Jonathan Ealy

Jonathan Ealy named one of MBJ's 40 Under 40 Opera Memphis Venue Director Jonathan Ealy named one of Memphis Business Journal's 40 Under 40 for his work with OUTMemphis : The LGBTQIA Center for the Mid-South. Ealy joined the staff of Opera Memphis in November of 2009. He was first introduced to opera by his late high school choral teacher, Charlotte Polk. "My first Opera ever was an Opera Memphis production of  Buoso's Ghost  written by then... Read More
Posted by Jillian Barron at Wednesday, October 24, 2018
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Yunah Lee Headlines in Madama Butterfly

"With her strong, forthright soprano, Yunah Lee brought unflagging stage presence and confidence to Butterfly, demonstrating the geisha's spine, not her victimhood," - The Wall Street Journal Opera Memphis opens its 2018-19 Season with Puccini's classic  Madama Butterfly  on Oct. 26 & 27 with internationally-acclaimed soprano Yunah Lee performing the title role of Cio-Cio-San, Madama Butterfly. Since her first performance of ... Read More
Posted by Jillian Barron at Wednesday, October 17, 2018
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In the News: Shirley Hill

Opera Memphis' Shirley Hill named "Women to Watch" Shirley Hill, Community Relations Associate for Opera Memphis, featured in Memphis Magazine 's "Women to Watch" spread in their October 2018 issue. From the article: "Shirley Hill first joined Opera Memphis in 2009 as a chorus member. This year she will be the Project Manager for the McCleave Project. The McCleave Project seeks to deepen Opera Memphis' engagement with issues of equity... Read More
Posted by Jillian Barron at Wednesday, October 3, 2018
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2018 Company Artist: Philip Himebook

"I'm a singer first, actor second, dancer never." - Philip Himebook Say, "Hello!" to Opera Memphis Company Artist Philip Himebook. A tenor who grew up in Huntsville, AL and Atlanta, GA, and a self-proclaimed rookie in the professional opera realm, Himebook grew up surrounded by music. His parents both have degrees in Music Education, his mother's parents were symphony musicians (violin and cello), his father's father was a member of the ... Read More
Posted by Jillian Barron at Wednesday, September 19, 2018
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