Blog - 2019-20 Season


Category: 2019-20 Season

A Time Traveling Tradition

Opera Memphis travels back in time this holiday season with A Victorian Holiday! It’s that most wonderful time of the year, and Opera Memphis teams up with Dixon Gallery & Gardens to bring back A Victorian Holiday for Memphis families and friends. This unique theatrical experience transports party-goers back to 19th-Century Memphis where they are invited to immerse themselves in Victorian-era music, costumes, characters, and more! The full-evening event will include operatic... Read More
Posted by Jillian Barron at Wednesday, December 11, 2019

2019 Handorf Company Artist: Tahanee Aluwihare

"I definitely have equally poor restraint with an éclair as I do with a quiche Lorraine..." Hey everybody! Jillian here! We're gonna deviate from our standard "Welcome to Opera Memphis," introductions, and I'm going to personally introduce you to this awesome woman who will be delighting Memphis with her powerhouse voice this season. Tahanee Aluwihare (that's pronounced phonetically: Tah-HAH-nee Ah-loo-vee-HAH-ray) is a charismatic, beautif... Read More
Posted by Jillian Barron at Wednesday, September 11, 2019

30 Days of Opera: New and National

Opera Memphis in National Spotlight during this year’s 30 Days of Opera events Since its inception, #30DaysofOpera has been turning the opera house inside out to bring free professional opera performances to men, women, and children all over Memphis and the Mid-South - people who may otherwise never get to experience a live opera performance because of financial limitations, geographic restrictions, or time constraints. We dedicate the entire month of September to put the &q... Read More
Posted by Jillian Barron at Wednesday, August 28, 2019

2019 Handorf Company Artist: Jake Stamatis

"I'm an artist, thinker, goof, Pennsylvania born citizen of the world who loves adventure, coffee, and cats." Meet the first of Opera Memphis's two Handorf Company Artists for the 2019-20 Season: Jake Stamatis! Born and raised in the tiny rural town of Tunkhannock in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Jake's love for opera began during his formative years while watching the popular children's cartoon Hey, Arnold! on Nickelodeon. "There was a full episode where... Read More
Posted by Jillian Barron at Friday, August 16, 2019

Bethania Baray Next McCleave Fellow in Directing

PHOTO BY: Ziggy Mack Opera Memphis Announces Second McCleave Fellowship Recipient   Opera Memphis is proud to announce the second participant in The McCleave Fellowships - Bethania Baray. A first-of-its-kind program launched in 2018, The McCleave Fellowships are designed to identify and nurture emerging artists, directors, and conductors of color in opera and are the second phase of The McCleave Project established by Opera Memphis in 2017.   Bethania Baray, the new McCleave ... Read More
Posted by Jillian Barron at Friday, August 2, 2019

NEA Awards Opera Memphis

Opera Memphis to Receive $25,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts Memphis, TN—National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $25,000 to Opera Memphis for their 30 Days of Opera program and The McCleave Project, a multi-pronged effort to build a more equitab... Read More
at Wednesday, May 15, 2019

2019-20 Handorf Company Artists

Opera Memphis Announces 2019-20 Handorf Company Artists: tahanee aluwihare & Jake Stamatis   After an amazing 2018-19 Season with Handorf Company Artists Stephanie Doche and Philip Himebook, Opera Memphis welcomes 2019-20 Handorf Company Artists: Mezzo-soprano Tahanee Aluwihare and Baritone Jake Stamatis to Memphis. Learn more about these emerging singers below. Tahanee Aluwihare A native of Sri Lanka, Tahanee Aluwihare (mezzo-soprano) made her debut with the Symphony Orchestra ... Read More
Posted by Jillian Barron at Wednesday, April 24, 2019