Friday, October 28, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 2:30 pm
Soreng Theater at the Hult Center (Chamber Opera)
Shakespeare and Berlioz combine to bring the comedy of Much Ado About Nothing (aka Béatrice et Bénédict) to glorious life. Romance is in the air, even when sparks fly between the independent Beatrice and the cheeky Benedict. Celebrate their cheerful battles as Love reigns supreme in a celebration of word and music that is a delight from beginning to end!
“It’s an appealing and insightful comedy…that combines the signature brilliance and bombast of composer Hector Berlioz with the sly, comedic insights of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.” (NPR)
New Year’s Eve Performance
Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Holiday Matinee Performance
Monday, January 2, 2017 at 2:30 pm
Silva Hall at the Hult Center (Main Stage)
Ring in the New Year with a celebration of the best of Opera — and the best of Eugene! Join us for a gala performance like no other: fully-staged portions of not one but THREE masterpieces.
Visit Egypt of the Pharoahs with the opening of Verdi’s Aida — from the ethereal first measures through the heroic “Celeste Aida,” the stirring chorus “Su del Nilo,” and the heart-wrenching drama of “Ritorna Vincitor.”
Then travel to Revolutionary France for the last act of Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites — a masterpiece of our time that celebrates the human spirit in the face of adversity — with a concluding six minutes you will never forget!
Then we go to Vienna to celebrate New Year’s at the palace of the mysterious and fun-loving Count Orlovsky in Act 2 of Die Fledermaus. Special surprise guests will amaze and delight you!
Round out your evening with our New Year’s Eve party in the festive Hult lobby. Join the cast of the Opera Trio and other guests to celebrate Eugene Opera’s 40th Anniversary with a dance band, refreshments, champagne toast, and a cash bar. Ring in 2017 to the sound of “Auld Lang Syne” sung by our stars and chorus members! (Party admission requires separate ticket. More information here.)
Eugene Opera thanks soprano Tess Altiveros and tenor Brendan Tuohy (the thrilling ghosts from 2015’s The Turn of the Screw), who appear in these images.
Images for Much Ado About Nothing by Cliff Coles/Eugene Opera.
Images for Opera Trio © 2016 Anjani Millet (anjanimillet.com)