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Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre's 19th Season

A New One-Act Comic Opera
Speed Dating Tonight!
Music and Words by Michael Ching
Based on a concept by Dean Anthony

Directed by Marina Bergenstock

Thursday – Saturday, June 15 – 17, 2017, 7:30PM
Brucemore Mansion’s Peggy Boyle Whitworth Amphitheater
2160 Linden Drive SE, Cedar Rapids

Follow a group of speed daters through one night at a bar and their hilarious encounters in the search for love.  This production features Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre Young Artists.

Speed Dating Tonight! tickets on sale May 15th at or by phone, 319-362-7375.

Advance Tickets:  Students & Brucemore Members, $15; Adults, $20
At the Gate:  All Tickets, $25

Thank you to our Speed Dating Tonight sponsors!

Production Sponsor
GreatAmerica Financial Services

With Additional Support from
Giacoletto Foundation
AEGON Transamerica Foundation

Virginia Michalicek
Bankers Trust


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

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
Giacoletto Foundation
Greater Cedar Rapids Community Program Fund
Cedar Rapids Community School District

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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