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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

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

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

2018 Company Artist: Stephanie Doche

Say, "Hello!" to Stephanie Doche, one of our 2018 company artists. Stephanie Doche (rhymes with posh), was born in France and moved to the United States with her parents when she was 4 years old. Her love for music and opera began around this time between listening to Luciano Pavarotti and Friends on the stereo and encouragement she received from her grandmother to play piano and pursue music. Doche received her first solo during a kindergarten performance, and in high... Read More
Posted by Jillian Barron at Wednesday, September 5, 2018

In Pictures: RedBirds Non-Profit Game 2018

Opera Memphis joined the Memphis Redbird's as the Lipscomb & Pitts' featured Non-profit of the game last Friday, August 17. The Redbirds faced off against the Nashville Sounds for an exciting evening of baseball! And although the Redbirds put up a good fight, the Sounds won the game 11-8. Opera Memphis favorite, Chelsea Miller, took the field to sing "God Bless America," while McCleave Fellowship winner Dennis Whitehead Darling threw the opening pitch at the top... Read More
Posted by Jillian Barron at Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Where Are They Now: Margaret Bridge

Past Opera Memphis artist, Margaret Bridge, returns to Ireland to perform as Melanto in Opera Collective Ireland's production of  The Return of Ulysses  by Monteverdi. You may remember Margaret, a stunning mezzo, from Opera Memphis's 2017 production of  Later the Same Evening  where she appeared in the role of Elaine O'Neill. She also performed in that season's Midtown Opera Festival. She is now based out of Boston, MA but has performed all over... Read More
Posted by Jillian Barron at Wednesday, August 15, 2018

OM Co-commissioned Opera Gains National Recognition

Opera Memphis's co-commissioned opera  The Falling and the Rising  gains national recognition with a featured 2-page spread in Opera America's summer 2018 magazine. Composed by Zach Redler and Memphis's own Jerre Dye,  The Falling and the Rising  is a new american opera conceived by "Staff Sgt. Ben Hilgert, a tenor in the Soldiers' Chorus of the U.S. Army Field Band." It explores the sacrifice, duty, and human connection experienced by... Read More
Posted by Jillian Barron at Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Where Are They Now: Christine Amon

Congratulations to our very own Christine Amon, a prize-winning finalist at the 20th Anniversary Lotte Lenya Competition! You may remember Christine and her "sweet, powerful voice," in Opera Memphis productions like  Hansel and Gretel, The Music Shop, The Mikado, The Ghosts of Crosstown,  and countless others. Christine studied at the renowned Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, received her Bachelor of Music from Grand Valley State University,... Read More
Posted by Jillian Barron at Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Where Are They Now: Chelsea Miller

Opera Memphis is thrilled to share an article posted by Anchorage Opera about our very own Chelsea Miller! Her grand success should come at no surprise to Memphis audiences who have seen her remarkable talent. Congratulations, Chelsea! From all of us here at OM, we wish you the best of luck with your endeavors and can't wait to have you back on stage with us! "We're thrilled to welcome rising young star, Chelsea Miller for HMS Pinafore - Nov 2, 3 & 4, 2018!... Read More
Posted by Jillian Barron at Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Ten Things I've Learned about Opera

I'm still a new kid on the Opera block. When I joined the Opera Memphis team as the Marketing and Outreach Associate in October, I knew...well...that I liked opera. But any of the fine points? Nope. While I've certainly learned a lot more about the operas themselves, what I've most enjoyed is learning about this whole world of auditions, costume shops, and weird tax nuance. Here are my favorite new learnings from thus far in my opera administrative career! 1. The Met Auditions... Read More
Posted by Tierney Bamrick at Wednesday, January 27, 2016