On November 17, 2013 Indianapolis will be part of an international celebration of the 200th anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi’s birth, joining hundreds of other cities around the world.
2013 is also the Year of Italian Culture in the United States and this performance will showcase operatic and musical talent in tribute to the Italian maestro’s incomparable contribution to opera. You'll hear selections from Verdi’s most celebrated works including La Traviata
, and many more. Think "Giuseppe Verdi's Greatest Hits" performed by accomplished solo artists and your very own Indianapolis Opera Chorus!
Concert will be performed on Sunday, November 17th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
at the Basile Opera Center at 40th and Pennsylvania. Seating is limited. Tickets are $30.00 (students $15.00) and on sale ONLINE or call 317.283.3470 today. Limited Quantity Available
Viva Verdi! is presented by Indianapolis Opera and the Italian Heritage Society of Indiana
“Sempre libera” from La Traviata
“La donna ѐ mobile” from Rigoletto
“Libiamo” from La Traviata
... and many others!
Guest soloists include...
Laura PortuneMark ThomsenBarbara LeMayGalen BowerAmelia KeenanDamien GeterJames Caraher, artistic directorJohn Schmid, chorusmasterMichael Sells, emcee
Artistic Director, James Caraher says, “Verdi has always been one of my favorite composers to conduct, so this will be a great opportunity to celebrate his 200th birthday, as well as to participate in this very special Year of Italian Culture in the United States. The program will include many of Verdi’s most famous arias, duets and choruses, and unfold through narration that will tie the music to important aspects of the history of that time in Italy. It should be an informative as well as fun and inspiring afternoon!”
Ralph Tambasco, President of the Italian Heritage Society says, “Our collaboration with the Indianapolis Opera is a very natural fit, given the prominent role Italian opera holds in our heritage for hundreds of years. It is my desire that the community of Indianapolis will come and enjoy what promises to be a beautiful and inspiring performance.”
Indianapolis Opera Presents Amahl and the Night Visitors December 6-15, 2013Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 7 PM, Sundays at 2 PMBasile Opera Center | 4011 N Pennsylvania, IndianapolisIn this warm and compassionate story, Gian Carlo Menotti has captured the essential spirit of Christmas. The story tells of the night the Three Kings, following the star of Bethlehem, stop for shelter at the home of Amahl, a poor, crippled shepherd boy who lives with his widowed mother. Inspired by the Wise Men's tale of a kingdom "built on love alone," Amahl offers his own simple gift to the Christ Child. And then a miracle happens...
This heartwarming story is sure to charm the entire family!Approximate length: 50 minutesBring your children or grandchildren for a delightful introduction to opera at a family-friendly price. Indianapolis Opera is pleased to offer special family packages. All
Family Packages include:
STAR Package -
- Surprises and other goodies from Amahl left on your seats
- Pre-show crafts and activities
- Additional tickets available at a 10% discount
Four (4) tickets in premium seats for only $140 (regular price $200) 3 Wise Men Package
- Four (4) tickets in regular seats for only $80 (regular price $100) To take advantage of this holiday special, please contact Maria at 317.283.3470 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Packages are limited, so reserve soon.
Recommended for ages 5-105. Non-refundable or transferable between productions. All sales are final.
Did you know that Indianapolis Opera is the only professional opera company in Indiana? In our 39th season we proudly celebrate 20th century opera with both grand opera at Clowes Memorial Hall and more intimate programming in our home, the Basile Opera Center (BOC). While this year we celebrate 20th century operatic works, next year we will celebrate our 40th "coming of age" season!
Last year Indianapolis Opera reached an estimated 30,000 students across Indiana and surrounding states through the Indianapolis Opera Ensemble (IOE) touring program. IOE is also training ground for many pre-professional opera artists who are contracted to perform in mainstage productions, present educational programming during a state-wide tour and also will train with lead guest artists, stage directors under the direction of James Caraher, IO artistic director.
Indianapolis Opera's home, the Basile Opera Center (BOC), provides outreach, rehearsal and performance space for artists and audience members alike. As we move towards the future, it is the Indianapolis Opera’s initiative to make the BOC a hub of artistic and educational activity for the neighborhood, our city and the region.
SUPPORTING INDIANA’S OPERA COMPANY.
Indianapolis Opera's board of directors is providing a $25,000 challenge grant to the community and will match dollar-for-dollar any new or increased donations between now and November 30. We are well on our way, but need you to act today.
Donate online, call 317-283-3531 or mail donations to Indianapolis Opera, 250 E 38th St, Indianapolis, IN 46205.
INSPIRATION. COMMUNITY. SERVICE. These are the words we commit ourselves to as we celebrate our 39th season.
Thank you for your past support! We have included a small token of gratitude in the form of an Indianapolis Opera decal you can proudly display in support of Indianapolis Opera.
INDIANAPOLIS (November 5, 2013) - The Indianapolis Opera becomes part of the testament to the power and beauty of American opera this holiday season with the presentation of Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors
Menotti brought opera into American living rooms with the televised Christmas Eve 1951 debut of this Christmas classic, performed by the NBC Television Theater. Since then, this charming opera has been staged more than 2,500 times around the world.
This warm and compassionate story captures the essential spirit of Christmas. It tells of the night the Three Kings, following the Star of Bethlehem, stop for shelter at the home of Amahl, a poor crippled shepherd boy who lives with his widowed mother. Inspired by the Wise Men’s talk of a kingdom “built of love alone,” Amahl offers his own simple gift to the Christ Child—and experiences a miracle.
Italian born but calling himself an American composer for the half-century he spent in the United States, Menotti wrote his first opera when he was 11. He went on to become the most prolific opera composer of his time and the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes. The New York Times
called his music “attractive and unfailingly lyrical,” while the LA Times
named Menotti “the toast of opera” whose work “generated the hope that a viable repertoire of American operas was being established at last.”
At approximately 50 minutes long, performed in English and with a young boy in the starring role, perhaps no opera is more family friendly than Amahl and the Night Visitors
. The Indianapolis Opera is striving to make it even more so by offering Amahl’s Family Packages:
- Surprises and other goodies from Amahl will greet your family when you take your seats.
- Pre-show crafts and activities put everyone in the holiday spirit prior to the curtain.
- Friends and relatives can join you and save 10% on their tickets when bought with your family package.
- Star package – Four (4) tickets in premium seats for only $140 (a savings of $60), plus benefits listed above.
- Three Wise Men package – Four (4) tickets in regular seats for only $80 (a savings of $20), plus benefits listed above.
Contact Maria Souza at 317-283-3470 or email@example.com
to take advantage of this holiday family special. Packages are limited, so reserve yours soon!
Don’t miss this heartwarming tale of selflessness and its rewards! What: Amahl and the Night Visitors When:
Dec. 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 & 15, 2013
Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 7 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Where
: Basile Opera Center, 4011 N. Pennsylvania St. Indianapolis, IN 46205 Single tickets are also available, starting at just $25. For these and more information on Amahl and the Night Visitors
, please visit www.indyopera.org
or call 800.745.3000. Recommended ages for this show are 5 to 105. Packages and tickets are nonrefundable and nontransferable between productions. All sales are final.
Our production team has been busy all summer creating a new and exciting production of The Threepenny Opera, and with that comes a new theater plan.
Photo courtesy of Madison Opera
Not your mother’s opera, The Threepenny Opera presents a sharp political perspective and social commentary wrapped in the sounds of 1920’s Berlin jazz and cabaret. Most will recognize the tune made famous by Bobby Darin, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and countless others. Describing the principal character MacHeath aka “Mackie Messer”, “Mack The Knife” originated in Threepenny. Actually, it was Mark Blitzstein who coined the song’s title, “Mack the Knife” in the 1950’s. The original German translation, “Die Moritat von Mackie Messer” or “The Deadly Doings of Mackie Messer” is traditionally sung by a street singer in the opening scene. <Insider scoop: IO will present the famous song with a slight twist in our upcoming October production.>
The opera is set in Loxford, a small town in East Suffolk.
Scene 1: The Home of Lady Billows—The aristocratic Lady Billows has decided to revive the local May Day Festival. She appoints a small committee (the Mayor, the Superintendant of Police, the Vicar and the local school teacher) to help identify a suitably chaste village girl to be crowned May Queen and offers 25 guineas as the prize. When the committee has its final meeting in April, the evidence against its nominees is universally damning (all pointed out in notes by Florence Pike, her personal assistant), —not one of the local girls qualifies to win the prize. The Superintendent of Police comes to the rescue. If there are no qualified candidates for Queen, why not have a May King? Why not Albert Herring, whose timidity is universally known? The rest of the committee eventually agrees and Lady Billows seizes the opportunity to rebuke the tawdry Loxford girls. The committee sallies forth to deliver the good news to Albert and his mother.
(1913-1976)Benjamin Britten was born in Lowestoft, Suffolk, on the east coast of England, on 22 November 1913. Although he was already composing vigorously as a child, he nonetheless felt the importance of some solid guidance and in 1928 turned to the composer Frank Bridge; two years later he went to the Royal College of Music in London, studying with Arthur Benjamin, Harold Samuel and John Ireland. While still a student, he wrote his ‘official’ Op. 1, the Sinfonietta for chamber ensemble, and the Phantasy Quartet for oboe and string trio, and in 1936 he composed Our Hunting Fathers, an ambitious song-cycle for soprano and orchestra, which confirmed Britten’s virtuosic vocal and instrumental technique. He was already earning his living as a composer, having joined the GPO (Post Office) Film Unit the previous year; the collaboration he began there with the poet W. H. Auden was to prove an important one throughout his career.
Kurt Weill was born on 2 March 1900 in Dessau, Germany. The son of a cantor, Weill displayed musical talent early on. By the time he was twelve, he was composing and mounting concerts and dramatic works in the hall above his family's quarters in the Gemeindehaus. During the First World War, the teenage Weill was conscripted as a substitute accompanist at the Dessau Court Theater. After studying theory and composition with Albert Bing, Kapellmeister of the Theater, Weill enrolled at the Berlin Hochschule für Musik, but found the conservative training and the infrequent lessons with Engelbert Humperdinck too stifling. After a season as conductor of the newly formed municipal theater in Lüdenscheid, he returned to Berlin and was accepted into Ferruccio Busoni's master class in composition. He supported himself through a wide range of musical occupations, from playing organ in a synagogue to piano in a Bierkeller, by tutoring students (including Claudio Arrau and Maurice Abravanel) in music theory, and, later, by contributing music criticism to Der deutsche Rundfunk, the weekly program journal of the German radio.
Polly, the only daughter of Mr. Peachum, king of the beggars, marries the notorious thief Macheath. Motivated by his own self-interest, Peachum not only disapproves of the match, but he also sees Macheath as a mortal enemy and threat to his business. He and his wife, Celia, hatch a plan to get Macheath arrested and hanged, but Polly informs them that London’s chief of police, Tiger Brown, attended their wedding as a friend of the groom. The two friends, who served together in the Indian army, enjoy a symbiotic relationship in which Brown informs Macheath of possible arrests, and Macheath lets Brown know when a crime is about to take place.
Trying to catch Macheath, Mrs. Peachum enlists the help of Macheath’s former lover, the prostitute Jenny. She agrees to give up Macheath’s location for ten shillings and tells Mrs. Peachum that even if Macheath is trying to outwit the police, he will not give up his Thursday visit to the brothel. Mr. Peachum blackmails Brown into capturing Macheath by threatening that he will set his brood of beggars loose on the grounds of Buckingham Palace before the queen’s coronation on Friday. Trapped, Brown agrees to arrest his friend.