<![CDATA[Indianapolis Opera - BLOG]]>Mon, 23 Nov 2015 08:24:08 -0800EditMySite<![CDATA[ INDIANAPOLIS OPERA ASKS “HOW DO YOU DEFINE A HUMAN BEING?” WITH INDIANAPOLIS PREMIERE ]]>Mon, 03 Aug 2015 14:31:28 GMThttp://www.indyopera.org/blog/-indianapolis-opera-asks-how-do-you-define-a-human-being-with-indianapolis-premiere“With this season Indianapolis Opera is redefining the experience of opera,” Patterson continues. “It is the human voice, on a stage, communicating to us through the art of storytelling that has the power to inspire, transform our worldview and entertain us. We are enthusiastically moving forward to explore the operatic experience with new repertory, theatre and artists.” Picture
Indianapolis Opera opens its season with The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat, an opera by Michael Nyman based on a book of the same name by famed neuroscientist Oliver Sacks on Friday, August 21, 2015 at 8 PM. The 3-person 70-minute opera takes place in a doctor’s office, an apartment, and in the venerable mind of Dr. P., a singer and music professor who wrestles with a neurological condition known as visual agnosia.

“Opera is a multi-sensory experience, but what if you are an individual with senses that are different than what is defined by our society as “normal?” states Kevin Patterson Indianapolis Opera General Director. “Does the lack of, or sensory deficit make you less human? The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat focuses on those sensory attributes that define our humanity.”

“With this season Indianapolis Opera is redefining the experience of opera,” Patterson continues. “It is the human voice, on a stage, communicating to us through the art of storytelling that has the power to inspire, transform our worldview and entertain us. We are enthusiastically moving forward to explore the operatic experience with new repertory, theatre and artists.”

Partnering with GLMMR, a New York–based arts collective founded by David Adam Moore and Victoria “Vita” Tzykun, Indianapolis Opera employs state of the art technology to shift seamlessly from the world of the concrete into the abstract mind of opera’s central character. Using Mac Pro 6-core with dual D700 graphics cards, Millumin and MadMapper software, and two Barco 14k lumen (front projection) and a Panasonic 10k lumen (rear projection), traditional stage scenery will be used as backdrops for multiple projected moving images. The software allows for an infinite number of smaller images to be “mapped on space.”

“Bringing the international talents of David Adam Moore and Victoria Tyzkun to Indianapolis Opera through their team at GLMMR is like turning George Lucas and Industrial Light and Magic looks on an opera. The results are going to be a stunning evening of visual and aural storytelling,” adds Patterson.


<![CDATA[Indianapolis Opera Announces 2015-2016 Season]]>Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:42:28 GMThttp://www.indyopera.org/blog/indianapolis-opera-announces-2015-2016-seasonPicture
(Indianapolis, IN) – Indianapolis Opera announces its 2015 – 2016 opera season showcasing a season of all new opera productions and concerts.

The season begins in August with The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by the Oscar winning composer Michael Nyman with performances 21, 22 and 23 August at the Schrott Center for the Arts. The opera based on the book of the same name by famed neurologist Oliver Sacks, explores the mental capacities of a man who has lost the ability to visualize the world as other people do.

“This man has created a new normal for himself,” comments General Director Kevin Patterson. “In the process it is the other people in his life that have to find for themselves where they fit in.”

The production will be created and produced by GLMMR, www.glmmr.org, a NYC-based interdisciplinary art collective that fuses the worlds of fine art, photography, audiovisual technology, and live performance. Matthew Kraemer, recently named music director of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra conducts.

In January the Indianapolis Opera joins forces with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra for an evening of Opera’s Rising Stars a showcase concert with orchestra and chorus featuring the finalists of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions.

“Opera is an art form in which each generation of artists builds on those who have come before while charting new creative ground for the future. Experiencing these young artists just as they are beginning this journey is exciting,” says Mr. Patterson.

Performances of Opera’s Rising Stars will be Saturday, 30 January 2016 with an added matinee performance on Sunday, 31 January at 2:00 PM at the Schrott Center for the Arts.

Mansfield Park, an opera by the English composer Jonathan Dove will have its American premiere in Indianapolis on 11, 12 and 13 March 2016 at the Schrott Center for the Arts. Mansfield Park is based upon the novel by author Jane Austin and tells the story of Fanny Price who endures family conflict while discovering herself and romance in the Bertram family household. Composer Jonathan Dove and Librettist Alasdair Middleton will attend the premiere.

“Jonathan Dove is part of a very exciting generation of English composers that really knows who to compose for the theater,” Says Kevin Patterson. “With a novelist as compelling as Jane Austin Mansfield Park is the perfect evening of opera.”

The 2015-2016 concludes with the 2nd Annual Crescendo at White River State Park with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, a free concert for the Indianapolis community. The evening will once again feature hits from opera, Broadway and American chestnuts as well as orchestral favorites. Crescendo at White River State Park will be Friday, 27 May 2016 at the Farmer’s Bureau Insurance Lawn. 

<![CDATA[Kevin Patterson Named to Lead Indianapolis Opera]]>Mon, 09 Feb 2015 15:45:02 GMThttp://www.indyopera.org/blog/kevin-patterson-named-to-lead-indianapolis-operaPicture
INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis Opera has named veteran arts leader Kevin Patterson as its General Director. Patterson, the former General Director of the Austin Lyric Opera and more recently, Executive Director of the Anchorage Opera, will oversee the Opera’s administrative and artistic direction.

“We have spent the last seven months undergoing an intense period of assessment with support from Lilly Endowment Inc. and the Arts Council of Indianapolis, which included a community conversation about the Opera’s role in Indianapolis,” said Arnold C. Hanish, Opera Board President. “We looked at our product, marketing, audience base, fan experience and business model. We gathered input from the community, visited other opera companies in the Midwest, addressed several governance issues and righted our financial ship. The Opera is out of debt and has money in the bank to assist us in moving forward.

“Based upon this community feedback, we have created a three-year plan that grows our partnerships, builds our respected education and outreach programming, and returns opera to Indianapolis,” Hanish continued. “Now that we have addressed our behind-the-scenes issues, we have attracted a respected and experienced Hoosier arts leader to bring us back to the stage.

“Lastly, I want to acknowledge the tremendous efforts of Carol Baker, our interim director for the last 20 months, who will continue to provide operational support and direction for the company's community programming; and Steven Stolen, who so ably led our community assessment efforts and helped us develop our new direction,” Hanish concluded.

Patterson, a native of Indianapolis and a graduate of Warren Central High School and Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, is a passionate evangelist for the power of the creative process to stimulate dialogue and action.  His background in business and finance will be a valuable asset to Indianapolis Opera, complementing his substantial artistic experience.

“Though my operatic travels have taken me around the US to many different cities, I am thrilled to be returning to my hometown,” Patterson said. “Indianapolis is a great city with a vibrant arts community. I truly believe that Indianapolis Opera, its mission and vision have much to give the community.”

For more than two decades, Patterson has served the arts as a producer, director, administrator, educator and advocate through his work with The Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Opera Grand Rapids, the Austin Lyric Opera and the Anchorage Opera. His unique style as an artistic director and producer—leveraging art as a catalyst for meaningful communication—has won praise from critics nationally and internationally. Patterson has been a frequent guest lecturer and panelist at the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, The University of Texas at Austin and Opera America National Conferences. Building connectivity through advocacy, strategic planning and collaborative partnerships, Patterson has consulted with local governments on the economic impact and strategic implications of creative industries in communities.

<![CDATA[Michael Lowenstern to Appear at Basile Opera Center]]>Mon, 05 Jan 2015 16:12:19 GMThttp://www.indyopera.org/blog/michael-lowenstern-to-appear-at-basile-opera-centerPicture
The IUPUI Department of Music and Arts Technology and The Indianapolis Opera co-present a concert by MichaelLowenstern.

A cross between Eric Dolphy, Meat Beat Manifesto, NPR's This American Life, The Gap Band and Igor Stravinsky, MichaelLowenstern's sound defies definition; it's ClassicoFunkTronica. He will come to the IUPUI  campus on February 2nd and 3rd for lecture/demonstrations with Music and Arts Technology majors, as well as outreach into the community with a special workshop involving Girls Rock, and a concert co-sponsored with the Indianapolis Opera at the Basile Opera Center. This concert is free to both the IUPUI community and the public!  

Who: Michael Lowenstern, bass clarinetist/electronic music artist  www.earspasm.com
What: Free Live Concert Featuring Lowenstern’s ClassicoFunkTronica Music
When: Tuesday, February 3, 7:30pm
Where: Basile Opera Center 4011 N Pennsylvania St. Free admission and free parking!

On stage, Michael brings not only his formidable skill and finesse on the bass clarinet, but also his sense of humor, a deep appreciation for pop culture, an enthusiasm which can only be called infections and, well, cool toys. His shows employ computers, props and electronic gizmos, and Michael brings everything from consumer electronics (a Kaoss toy synth & an iPad), to a WiCoder (combination EWI and vocoder), to a few harmonicas and the occasional piece of home-made electric gear, assuming it wasn't confiscated by the TSA.

Michael has written music for concert, film, dance and various other new media over the span of his 20-year career. Actively involved with technology in sound and music, Michael has been a pioneer in the field of interactive computer music, having created or performed over a hundred works for bass clarinet and electronics. His collaborations have included remixes for the landmark recording In C Remixed (featured on NPR's RadioLab), Michael Gordon's video opera Chaos and various dance works with David Lang. To date he can be heard on over fifty CDs, including five solo recordings of his own. Random factoid: the solo bass clarinet clip you hear as the theme to NPR's "Science out of the Box" segment - that's Michael too.

Michael travels regularly as a guest lecturer at universities around the country. A former faculty member of the Juilliard School and New York University, he is currently on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.


<![CDATA[Charitable IRA Rollover Extended Through December 31]]>Tue, 23 Dec 2014 20:14:12 GMThttp://www.indyopera.org/blog/charitable-ira-rollover-extended-through-december-31]]><![CDATA[Indianapolis Opera Honors Yvonne Shaheen with Kathryn Taurel Woman of the Arts Award]]>Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:10:40 GMThttp://www.indyopera.org/blog/indianapolis-opera-honors-yvonne-shaheen-with-kathryn-taurel-woman-of-the-arts-awardPicture
Indianapolis…More than 300 guests attended the Indianapolis Opera Ball on November 16 to celebrate 40 years of Opera in Indianapolis and to provide support for the Opera's educational outreach program, which reaches more than 30,000 students annually in Central Indiana and throughout the state.

Community leader and arts patron Yvonne Shaheen received the newly-renamed Kathyrn Taurel Woman of the Awards Award, given for her outstanding involvement with the Central Indiana arts community.

“I was excited to be honored by [Indianapolis Opera],” Mrs. Shaheen said. “I love and support the Arts so deeply and simply feel it has the power to elicit great passion and emotion through the creative telling and retelling of the many stories of our lives.”

Event proceeds will support the Opera’s young artist development program, the Indianapolis Opera Ensemble, which delivers operatic experiences to audiences in schools, community centers, libraries, and other venues throughout the state. These young artists also rehearse and study with guest artists and professional mentors, helping them to prepare for successful careers. 

The Opera Ball’s Gold Level Sponsors included Brooke Knoll Village, The Scott A. Jones Foundation, REI Real Estate Services, 21st Amendment, J Wallace Creative, Monarch Beverage and American Harvest Vodka. Silver Level Sponsors for the event were Buckingham Foundation, Chase Bank, Ice Miller, Katrina Basile, Realtor, KPMG, J Wallace Creative, Inc., Telamon Foundation, The National Bank of Indianapolis, USA Funds and Wells Capital Management. 

<![CDATA[Met Opera Indiana District Auditions | Saturday, November 8, 1 PM]]>Thu, 06 Nov 2014 19:32:31 GMThttp://www.indyopera.org/blog/met-opera-indiana-district-auditions-saturday-november-8-1-pm
Discover exceptional young talent during Indiana District's Met Opera National Council Auditions this Saturday, November 8, 1 PM at the Hilbert Circle Theatre.

WHO: Metropolitan Opera National Council
WHAT: Indiana District Auditions
WHEN: Saturday, November 8th @ 1 p.m.
WHERE: Hilbert Circle Theatre, 45 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN
WHY: To discover promising young opera singers and assist in the development of their careers

The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions is a program designed to discover promising young opera singers and assist in the development of their careers. The auditions are held annually in thirteen Regions of the United States and Canada. There are forty-one Districts within these Regions, each providing an opportunity for talented singers to enter the Auditions Program at the local level. The Auditions are administered by National Council members and volunteers in each region.

Winners of the District auditions advance to their Region Finals where they compete to win a trip to New York to participate in the National Semi-Finals, a competition held on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera. Approximately ten of the Semi-Finalists are selected as National Finalists and compete the following Sunday in a public concert, the Grand Finals Concert, accompanied by the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. The jury awards approximately five Grand Winner awards of $15,000 each. The concert is broadcast nationwide on the Metropolitan Opera Radio Network. The remaining National Finalists receive $5,000 each, and those singers who were National Semi-Finalists but did not advance to the National Finals will be given $1,500 to further their studies.

Many of the world’s foremost singers, among them Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Eric Owens, Thomas Hampson, Ben Heppner, Jessye Norman, Samuel Ramey, Frederica von Stade, Deborah Voigt and Dolora Zajick have received awards from the National Council. Annually, over 100 former auditioners appear on the Metropolitan Opera roster.

FMI: Contact Sarah J. Slover, 812-855-1059; sjensvol@indiana.edu
<![CDATA[Pamela Z Makes BOC Debut | October 28, 2014, 7:30 PM]]>Tue, 28 Oct 2014 20:09:19 GMThttp://www.indyopera.org/blog/pamela-z-makes-boc-debut-october-28-2014-730-pm
San Francisco Chronicle has enthusiastically commented that "Z creates lustrous sonic landscapes." 

The New Yorker comments that "at the center of it all is the simple beauty of her classically trained voice - which can give her work an almost medieval purity." 
Coming to the Basile Opera Center on Tuesday, October 28, IUPUI Department of Music and Arts Technology and Indianapolis Opera present Pamela Z, live performance pioneer of vocal music with advanced electronics and multi-media. 

7:30 PM Performance held at the Basile Opera Center located at 4011 N Pennsylvania St in Indianapolis. 


Bio | Pamela Z is a composer/performer and media artist who makes solo works combining a wide range of vocal techniques with electronic processing, samples, gesture activated MIDI controllers, and video. She has toured extensively throughout the US, Europe, and Japan. Her work has been presented at venues and exhibitions including Bang on a Can (NY), the Japan Interlink Festival, Other Minds (SF), the Venice Biennale, and the Dakar Biennale. She's created installation works and has composed scores for dance, film, and new music chamber ensembles. Her numerous awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Creative Capital Fund, the CalArts Alpert Award, The MAP Fund, the ASCAP Award, an Ars Electronica honorable mention, the NEA/JUSFC Fellowship, and a Djerrassi Resident Artist Program residency. www.pamelaz.com

Photo: Pamela Z performing at Ars Electronica 2008 in Linz, Austria credit: rubra (courtesy of Ars Electronica)
<![CDATA[New Members to the Opera Board of Directors ]]>Mon, 13 Oct 2014 19:06:32 GMThttp://www.indyopera.org/blog/new-members-to-the-opera-board-of-directorsPicture
Indianapolis Opera recently elected new board members and approved a new officer slate. Newly elected president Arnold C. Hanish welcomed the following to the Opera board to serve a three-year term:

Dr. Lisa Bauman, Indianapolis Gastroenterology and Hepatology
David Blish, Katz Sapper & Miller
Debbie Glymph-Bennett, KSM Consulting
Dr. Ora Pescovitz, Eli Lilly & Company
Laura Viaches, Eli Lilly & Company

The following officer slate was also approved:
President: Arnold C. Hanish, Retired, Eli Lilly & Company
Treasurer: Jack Hayford, Retired, Breadsmith
Secretary: George Graham, Deloitte
Executive Vice President: Matthew Mindrum, Butler University

In August 2014 Indianapolis Opera announced it will mark the occasion of its 40th anniversary with an intensive period of organizational assessment focused on a new artistic vision and business model. Funded by Lilly Endowment, the organizational assessment and planning effort is being led by Indianapolis Arts Leader Steven Stolen. 

<![CDATA[Met Opera National Council Auditions | Indiana District]]>Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:13:12 GMThttp://www.indyopera.org/blog/met-opera-national-council-auditions-indiana-district]]>