Let’s face it: Opera scares some people.
The folks at Opera Omaha know this, which is why they’re throwing a free outdoor concert Friday evening to preview their upcoming season.
Think of it as Jazz on the Green or Movie in the Park, only with opera singers belting out selections.
It will even take place at Turner Park, home to those other events, as part of Midtown Crossing’s ongoing End of Summer Concert Series.
So snag a lawn chair, blanket and bottle of wine and prepare to hear pieces from:
“Carmen,” Nov. 1, 3: The new season opens with a favorite picked for its appeal to opera die-hards and not-so-sures alike. The last opera written by French composer Georges Bizet before his death in 1875, “Carmen” tells the story of a femme fatale gypsy and the soldier madly in love with her. It’s big. It’s popular. It’s tragic. You’ve heard music from “Carmen” (and possibly hummed your own terrible imitation of the Toreador Song), even if you didn’t realize it.
“Agrippina,” Feb. 14, 16: Back in ancient Rome, Agripinna conspires to deliver her son Nero to the emperor’s throne through a series of deceitful acts that take motherly ambition to a new level. (Insert your own “Housewives of Rome” reference here.) Handel’s dark comedy masterpiece debuted in Venice in 1710. It debuts in Omaha in 2014, with a new production created for Opera Omaha by up-and-coming director James Darrah.
“Cinderella,” April 25, 27: This season’s family-friendly production delivers a familiar tale, adapted into a two-act opera by one of the art form’s towering composers, Gioachino Rossini, in the early 19th century. Spoiler alert: Things go sour for Cinderella at the midway point, but everything turns out pretty awesome.
Really, how scary is that?
IF YOU GO:
What: “Opera Outdoors” presented by Opera Omaha
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Turner Park in Midtown Crossing
Admission: Free and open to the public