Opera Memphis Announces Full Line-up for Midtown Opera Festival 2019
The seventh annual Midtown Opera Festival is upon us, and this year Opera Memphis is celebrating more than just opera. From the anchoring opera The Falling and the Rising celebrating our nation's troops, to the Festival Fringe Events celebrating everything from aerialists to Bugs Bunny to improv theatre to Broadway showtunes, this year's festival has something for everyone. CLICK HERE to find out more about the premiere of The Falling and the Rising, and scroll down to learn more about the Fringe Events.
Surrounding The Falling and the Rising, are the Festival Fringe Events that are designed to deepen your experience, highlight something new, or expand the definition of what an opera festival can be. Check them out below and clink on the links to learn more about each event, purchase tickets, or see the full schedule.
Enjoy a delicious brunch and drinks in our Festival Lounge while your favorite Opera Memphis singers belt out Broadway's biggest hits! Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door. This Fringe Event is not included in the All-Access Subscription. Featured singers: Philip Himebook, Chelsea Miller, Amanda and Joshua Quinn, Darren Stokes, Sarah Squire, and Tracy Thomas.
After performances of The Falling and the Rising, join us in our Festival Lounge for drinks and cabaret performances by members of our Military Chorus in the finale of The Falling and the Rising. This is a FREE EVENT.
High Expectations Aerial Artists take the stage and delight audiences with unique and dynamic cirque-style entertainment performed to live opera music. Tickets available soon.
Saturday morning means cartoons! Join us in the Festival Lounge for the new and classic cartoons that introduced us to the world of opera before we were old enough to realize what opera was. Cereal will be provided. Tickets available soon.
You are invited to a behind-the-scenes look at the making of an opera. Librettist Jerre Dye and festival artists will perform a dramatic reading of Jerre's newest full-length opera Pretty Little Room which is based on the true story of Alice Mitchell - a young woman sent to the Western State Hospital for the Insane in Bolivar, TN after murdering her former lover, Freda Ward, in Memphis, TN in 1892. Since this is a libretto workshop, no music will be performed. Participants will be given the opportunity to respond to what they hear and ask questions about the work. Due to the mature content of this opera, it is recommended that children under 13 not attend. This is a FREE EVENT.
Speaking of behind-the-scenes, after each performance of The Falling and the Rising, the creators of the opera will host a Q&A session in the mainstage theatre of Playhouse on the Square to give audience members a chance to learn more about the history of the opera, the making of it, or the content itself. Creators Zach Redler, Jerre Dye, and/or Staff Sergeant Ben Hilgert will be at these sessions. This is a FREE EVENT.
Looking for something really different to start your festival weekend? Then check out B&G Improv's newest show - Then What Happened?! Improv artists Jillian Barron and Laurel George take your favorite opera story and show you what happens to the characters after the curtain goes down. It's fast-paced, totally made up, non-musical, and located in the Festival Lounge (which means you can drink while you watch!). Tickets available soon.
Gear up or wind down from your festival day with a drink and performance by an Opera Memphis singer in the Festival Lounge. 20-30 minutes each, these performances are fun and entertaining. This is a FREE EVENT.
This year our featured community partner is University of Memphis and their performance of Mozart's The Magic Flute. Bring your whole family for this fun and festive journey that includes powerful sorcerers, damsels in distress, brave princes, and cowardly birdmen. Tickets are $20.
For the complete festival schedule, CLICK HERE.