How does a great opera company celebrate a great anniversary?
Well, back in 1991 the Metropolitan Opera marked its 25th year in Lincoln Center by staging Act 1 of Rigoletto, Act 3 of Otello, and Act 2 of Die Fledermaus. We say that if the Met can do it, so can we!
To celebrate our 40th season, we’ve chosen three outstanding acts that epitomize the grandeur, the drama, and the fun of opera: Aida (Act 1), Dialogues of the Carmelites (Act 3), and (hat-tip to the Met) Die Fledermaus (Act 2). Now that’s a New Year’s Gala!
New Year’s Eve: Saturday, December 31 at 7:30 pm
Holiday Matinee: Monday, January 2 at 2:30 pm
Silva Hall at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts
Round out your New Year’s Eve with Eugene Opera’s 40th Anniversary Celebration party in the festive Hult lobby, right after the performance. Learn more
Our Opera Trio opens in Ancient Egypt with Act 1 of Verdi’s majestic Aida.
As war looms, an Egyptian general and an Ethiopian slave-girl fall in love, risking the wrath of a jealous princess.
The music is unmatched for beauty and grandeur — from the ethereal first measures through the heroic “Celeste Aida,” the stirring chorus “Su del Nilo,” and the heart-wrenching drama of “Ritorna Vincitor.”
Drama: Dialogues of the Carmelites
Next, we go to revolutionary France for Act 3 of Poulenc’s tragic Dialogues of the Carmelites.
During the Reign of Terror, a group of Carmelite nuns are faced with a grim choice: renounce their vocation, or submit to the guillotine.
This dramatic opera culminates with sublime music that expresses a deeply moving tribute to the strength of the human spirit.
Fun: Die Fledermaus
Celebrate the light-hearted side of opera with Act 2 of Strauss’s giddy comedy Die Fledermaus.
Count Orlovsky throws a big party, but he has no idea what shenanigans take place under his nose. Some of the guests would surprise even Strauss!
Here’s a sneak peak from the rehearsal hall on December 19.
Fully staged with the Eugene Opera Orchestra and Chorus. Sung in Italian, English, and German with English supertitles.