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.