Opera Omaha, the only professional opera company in Nebraska, began in 1958 as the Omaha Civic Opera Society, a volunteer association, and with tremendous community support became fully professional by 1970.
Opera Omaha produces a season of original mainstage productions, presented at the historic Orpheum Theater, and smaller productions and musical events throughout the community.
Opera Omaha is internationally known for its productions of eight world premieres and four American premieres of classical masterpieces, and is highly regarded regionally for an extensive education and outreach program that annually reaches as many as 15,000 people from elementary school through adulthood.
by Georges Bizet
Friday, November 1, 2013, 7:30PM
Sunday, November 3, 2013, 2:00PM
Revel in the spellbinding story of Carmen, a femme fatale gypsy, and Don José, a soldier with a past. Witness their fated – and fatal – collision in this gripping production shown in true verismo style. Given its unrivaled procession of operatic greatest hits and immense cast of soldiers, gypsies, smugglers, and Toreadors, Carmen is a perennial favorite, beloved by opera devotees and newcomers alike.
Conductor Hal France returns to Opera Omaha to lead a distinguished cast of singers. Director Lillian Groag will deliver a compelling production worthy of the opera’s celebrated reputation.
HANSEL & GRETEL
Join us for our Education Programs presentation of Engelbert Humperdinck's opera Hansel & Gretel! This one-hour production of the classic opera features professional singers, gorgeous costumes, and an enchanting set. Performances are November 11-20 at 10:00AM and 1:00PM each weekday at the Scottish Rite Center at 20th and Douglas Streets in downtown Omaha. Use the form below to register your class or school to attend. Tickets are $2.50 per student with no cost for adults.
by George Frideric Handel
Friday, February 14, 2014, 7:30PM
Sunday, February 16, 2014, 2:00PM
Delve into the sordid private lives of some of history’s most notorious figures. Agrippina is the ambitious and seductive wife of Emperor Claudius, who through shocking, and often darkly comic, machinations places her volatile teenage son, Nero, on the throne. Jeweled with Handel’s glorious melodies, Agrippina is the composer at his most theatrically visceral and musically stunning.
This striking new Opera Omaha production premieres an original edition of the opera by early music specialist and conductor Stephen Stubbs, and stage director James Darrah. This progressive creative team leads a charismatic cast of singers, nearly all of whom will make their Opera Omaha debuts!
by Gioachino Rossini
Friday, April 25, 2014, 7:30PM
Sunday, April 27, 2014, 2:00PM
Bring the entire family to relive the cherished fairy tale of an impoverished girl tormented by two stepsisters in her stepfather’s dilapidated house. Mistaken identities and a glamorous ball give the kindhearted Cinderella the opportunity to transform her life. This story, full of humor and love, is told through some of Rossini’s finest writing and a colorful, whimsical production.
Led by a world-renowned international creative team, this colorful and comedic production of Cinderella has graced some of the world’s finest opera stages including Houston, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Toronto. Praised by critics and loved by audiences of all ages, this is your opportunity to see several returning Opera Omaha audience favorites in a phenomenal cast, in a larger-than-life production.