Committed to bringing new experiences to central Indiana, Indianapolis Opera announces a 2016-2017 season that will excite your senses, challenge your perceptions, engage your mind with insightful storytelling, and entertain with the beauty that only a night at the opera can provide. Experience opera in an exciting way with new repertory, fresh voices, and a new venue, the Schrott Center for the Arts bringing you closer to the art form than ever before.
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Happy Birthday, Wanda June
The Schrott Center for the Arts
September 16, 17 & 18 / 8:00 PM / 7:30 PM / 2:30 PM
Happy Birthday Wanda June began life as a play by Kurt Vonnegut in October 1971 at New York’s Theater de Lys. The play was Vonnegut’s first attempt at a stage work. Written to protest the Vietnam War in 1970, the play blends the sacred and the profane to produce off-the-wall and strangely funny satires. Wanda’s plot is based loosely on the Greek legends of Odysseus and Penelope – it involves the unexpected return of a mercenary career solider/hunter named Harold Ryan and his wife, Penelope. When Harold left Penelope, she was a ditzy carhop; when he returns after eight years lost in the Amazon, he finds that she has gone to college, majored in English lit and changed her attitude about the macho man she married.
Composed by Richard Auldon Clark
Libretto by Kurt Vonnegut
The Barber of Seville
The Tarkington at The Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel
November 18, 19 & 20 / 8:00 PM / 7:30 PM / 2:30 PM
Composed in 13 days and first performed in Rome in 1816, The Barber of Seville is a riotous romantic comedy in two acts, based on the play of the same name by the French writer Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais. This nonstop, funny, fast action piece has all the pranks, and first act finale of musical chaos and hilarity that you have to experience. The play is the first in a trilogy written before the French Revolution.
Music by Rossini
Libretto by Sterbini
Man of La Mancha
The Schrott Center for the Arts
March 24, 25 & 26 / 8:00 PM / 7:30 PM / 2:30 PM
Man of La Mancha is based on Miguel de Cervantes novel Don Quixote that takes place during the Spanish Inquisition. In this play-within-a-play, we see Cervantes as a prisoner awaiting trial during the Inquisition. When the other prisoners try to take his manuscript, he attempts to prove the work’s merit through re-enactment, enlisting his fellow prisoners as characters. Together, they tell the story of Alonso Quijana, who believes himself to be the knight errant Don Quixote. Quixote, along with his “squire” Sancho Panza, set out on a journey of chivalry. Through the story, all the prisoners, at least for a moment, are changed into something more. The mad Don Quixote transforms the world around him into something fantastic, turning windmills into giants and an old inn into a castle, but also changes a wretched woman into a beautiful lady and proves that the beliefs of one old man can make him a knight.
Single Ticket Costs
Dress Circle: $75.00
A Level: $55.00
B Level: $40.00
C Level: $25.00
Student discount available at the door for $20.00