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Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre's 19th Season

Speed Dating Tonight! by Michael Ching
A One Act Interactive Comic Opera
June 15 - 18, 2017
Brucemore Mansion
2160 Linden Drive SE, Cedar Rapids

This interactive opera follows a room of people looking for love during a speed dating night at their local bar. Each love-seeker has his or her own story to tell and the audience gets to experience with the characters their failures and successes during their brief night of romance.

Speed Dating Tonight! tickets on sale in spring 2017 at brucemore.org or 319-362-7375.



EARLIER THIS SEASON

Cavalleria rusticana
by Pietro Mascagni and
Pagliacci by Ruggiero Leoncavallo

Friday, January 13, 2017, 7:30PM and
Sunday, January 15, 2017, 2:00PM

The Paramount Theatre
123 3rd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids

"Internationally renowned director Candace Evans...has taken a cast of marvelous musicians and turned them into fine comedic and dramatic actors...infusing them with equal parts playfulness and pathos surrounding the two tales of lust, betrayal and revenge." -The Gazette
READ THE REVIEW


Stage Director Candace Evans brought to life two timeless stories of love and revenge, the popular pairing of Cavalleria rusticana by Pietro Mascagni & Pagliacci by Ruggiero Leoncavallo, with Conductor Daniel Kleinknecht and Orchestra Iowa musicians at The Paramount Theatre.

The Cavalleria rusticana featured three native Iowan mezzo-sopranos: Katharine Goeldner (Santuzza), Janara Kellerman (Mamma Lucia) and Teresa Buchholz (Lola). Suzanne Vinnik sung the role of Nedda in Pagliacci, and former Cleveland Browns football player Ta’u Pupu’a sung both the Cavalleria rusticana (Turiddu) and Pagliacci (Canio) lead roles.

The Sunday, 1/15, 2:00PM performance was aired live by Iowa Public Radio.


VIDEO: USA News "Ta'u Pupu'a: Off the NFL field and onto the opera stage"

Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci  sponsors
United Fire Group
Divine Engineering
Jared & Carol Hills Foundation
Iowa Arts Council Project Grant and the National Endowment for the Arts
with additional support by Orchestra Iowa


Winter Concert at Temple Judah
Monday, January 2, 2017, 7:00PM
3221 Lindsay Ln SE, Cedar Rapids
Free & open to the public

Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre and Temple Judah presented their 5th preview concert, this year with selected arias from Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s upcoming double bill production of  Cavalleria rusticana & Pagliacci and other popular operatic pieces performed by cast members Teresa Buchholz, Chris Carr, Christopher Clayton, Katharine Goeldner, Gyehyun Jung, Janara Kellerman, Ta'u Pupu'a, Daniel Scofield and Suzanne Vinnik, with University of Iowa professor Dr. Réne Lecuona, pianist.

The Temple Judah Concert sponsors
Arenson Law Group, Kathy Hall & Terry Pitts, Jon & Leigh Werner, Lena Gilbert, Skogman Realty, with additional support from West Music

Sitzprobe Social
Monday, January 9, 2017, 6:00PM
Encore Lounge & The Paramount Theatre
Enter the Paramount Bldg at 4th Ave. & 2nd St. SE, Cedar Rapids

An event that gave a special first glimpse of our January production of Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci and a talk with stage director Candace Evans.

Pinocchio by John Davies
Cedar Rapids Public School District Outreach Performances, January 2017

FREE Community Performances:

Cedar Rapids Public Library, Whipple Auditorium, Saturday, January 7, 10:30AM
Coralville Center for Performing Arts in Iowa City, Tuesday, January 10, 10:30AM


This family-friendly operatic version of the children’s literary classic, Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, is based on scenes from operas by Mozart, Donizetti, Offenbach, and Pergolesi.  The show, directed by Meredith Taylor DuBon, was performed by members of the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre Young Artist program.

Pinocchio sponsors
ACT
Giacoletto Foundation
Greater Cedar Rapids Community Program Fund
Cedar Rapids Community School District


Puzzlers: A Night of Opera Trivia

Because of the flood forecast in Cedar Rapids this event was postponed.
We will hold the event at a later date to-be-determined, however if you have purchased a ticket and would like to request a refund, please call the Opera Office at 319-365-7401, extension 2.


The 19th Season of Opera is generously sponsored by
:
CRST International
Rockwell Collins
City of Cedar Rapids
and Myron & Esther Wilson



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