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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

A Hero's Journey

By Alison Moritz, Director of  The Magic Flute “The fates lead him who will; him who won’t they drag.” - Joseph Campbell The Hero’s Journey, as examined by mythologist Joseph Campbell, includes twelve classic stages. They include a call to adventure, the refusal of the call, meeting with a mentor, tests, an ordeal, a reward, the road back, and resurrection. There are countless examples from literature and popular culture that adhere to the pattern of a classic hero’s... Read More
at Thursday, November 19, 2015

Like Mother, Like Daughter

By Music Dir ector  Ben Makino (All production images courtesy of  Joey Miller , 2015) In this post, I thought I’d show some of the considerations that contribute to an interpretation of The Magic Flute by looking at two of its arias: The Queen of the Night’s Act I aria ( O zittre nicht ) and Pamina’s Act II aria ( Ach, ich fühl’s ). I would like to mention before starting that a work like The Magic Flute has accumulated an enormous volume of analysis over the past... Read More
at Thursday, November 19, 2015

Welcome to the Jungle!

By Alison Moritz, Director of  The Magic Flute Tuesday, November 10 Today is our last day of rehearsals in the Clark Opera Memphis Center. The scenery has arrived at the Germantown Performing Arts Center, so we’re beginning to incorporate many of the props that arrived with the set. For weeks, I’ve been particularly curious about the “remote controlled parrot” on the props list. This sounds like a pretty fun prop, right? I had assumed it would be a sort of helicopter parrot... Read More
at Thursday, November 12, 2015

Translation and Canon

By Music Director Ben Makino I first read this a few months ago, and it was originally going to be the heart of a different post, but seeing as we’re in the midst of staging The Magic Flute , one of the most popular and studied pieces in the repertoire, it seems particularly appropriate now. It is from the introduction to Dennis Washburn’s new translation of The Tale of Genji , which I impulse-purchased in early August. While I unfortunately haven’t gotten into this translation of the Tale... Read More
at Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Strawberry Cake: The Great Equalizer

I have a terrible habit of being awed by talented people. People who’ve honed their skills, poured their hearts into their craft, and continue to do so for the benefit of their communities just leave me a little dazzled. Witnessing the embodiment of such passion blows me away, instantly transforming me from a chatterbox into a shy wallflower. So when the cast of The Magic Flute  arrived on Monday, I found myself a little shy. After all, they've sung all over the world in incredible... Read More
Posted by Aubree Penney at Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The Journey So Far

By Alison Moritz, Director of  The Magic Flute . The schedul e for this production of  The Magic Flute  has been a bit unusual. We began rehearsals last Thursday, and staged the entire opera with chorus, children, and supernumeraries only. Here’s a peek into our process so fa r:  Thursday, October 29 The day begins with me finding much needed coffee at Bluff City Coffee, just a block from where I’m staying. (My neighborhood is great! Just look... Read More
at Monday, November 2, 2015