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Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre's 20th Anniversary Season

2017-18

Brucemorchestra X
Saturday, September 9
at Brucemore


The Opera performed at the 10th annual outdoor concert, Brucemorchestra X, this year presented by Orchestra Iowa in partnership with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre.

The program featured popular opera arias and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with choirs from Coe College, Mount Mercy University, Kirkwood Community College, and Cedar Rapids Concert Chorale.

Featured guest soloists included mezzo-soprano Janara Kellerman, bass Daniel Sumegi, tenor Ta'u Pupu'a (singing the role of Calaf in the 2018 production of Turandot), and soprano Rebecca Nash (performing the title role in the 2018 production of Turandot). 


TURANDOT by Puccini
A love story on the grandest scale.
Friday, January 19, 7:30PM
Sunday, January 21, 2:00PM

Paramount Theatre

Puccini’s final opera is set in the fantastical realm of Legendary China. The cold-hearted Princess Turandot (soprano Rebecca Nash) has many suitors but they must solve three riddles correctly to win her hand - and failure leads to death. Finally, a handsome prince solves the questions but Turandot is still reluctant to marry him. The prince himself gives a challenge to Turandot – if she cannot learn his name by morning, they must be married, but if she discovers it, he will face his mortal end.

The production is stage directed by William Ferrara; Orchestra Iowa performs, conducted by Daniel Kleinknecht.

In this lavish opera, audiences will experience live one of the best known operatic tenor arias, “Nessun dorma,” performed by tenor Ta'u Pupu'a (Prince Calaf).

Tickets on sale now at artsiowa.com or (319) 366-8203


THE UGLY DUCKLING by Andrew Duncan
Cedar Rapids Public School District Outreach
Community Performances:
Saturday, January 6, 10:30AM,
Cedar Rapids Public Library, Whipple Auditorium
Wednesday, January 10, 10:30AM
, Coralville Center for the Performing Arts
Students and families will have the opportunity to enjoy this operatic outreach production of the much-loved Hans Christian Andersen children’s story of the ridiculed duckling that grows into a beautiful swan.  The community performances are free & open to the public.

A free, interactive family event for children of all ages immediately follows the January 6th Ugly Duckling performance (about 11:30am), in the Library's Beem's Auditorium.

Ugly Duckling
costumes provided by Curtains Up Costumes - Sigourney, Iowa


BRIGADOON by Lerner and Loewe
Thursday - Sunday, June 14-17, 7:30PM

Peggy Boyle Whitworth Amphitheater at Brucemore

This beloved classic musical tells the story of a mystical Scottish village that only appears for one day every 100 years and a romance that must bridge the magical mists of time.

And join us for our 2017-18 special events.

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