MS Opera Guild To Honor Jeff Good: Circle of Excellence Award
Feb
24
3:00 PM15:00

MS Opera Guild To Honor Jeff Good: Circle of Excellence Award

MISSISSIPPI OPERA CIRCLE OF EXCELLENCE AWARD

PRESENTATION, CONCERT, AND RECEPTION

Honoring Jeff Good

Sunday, February 24, 2019, at 3:00 pm 

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Jackson, MS –The Mississippi Opera Guild announces its first recipient of the Mississippi Opera Circle of Excellence Award. The Guild created this award to honor individuals for exceptional creative vision, inclusiveness, and contribution to the artistic vibrancy of our capital city and state. This year’s honoree is Jeff Good, who is well known in the Metro Jackson area for the successful restaurant enterprises of BRAVO!, Sal and Mookie’s New York Pizza and Ice Cream Joint, and the Broad Street Baking Company and Café.  

Jeff’s history with the Mississippi Opera goes back a number of years. We consider Jeff to be a visionary who has made a real difference in the landscape of our city and state. As for the opera company itself, he has always been very willing to be involved with our projects; he has emceed many opera events, presented “opera-tunities” in his restaurants, and last year, he even appeared on the Thalia Mara Hall stage as the “Prince of Persia” in Puccini’s Turandot. This award is a way that we can demonstrate our appreciation to him this year and others in the future.

The award itself is being designed by Jackson artist Andrew Young of Pearl River Glass.

Jeff’s many accomplishments include receiving the City of Jackson “City With Soul” Award and being inducted in the MS Tourism Hall of Fame in 2017, accepting The Governor’s Initiative for Volunteer Excellence Award in 2014, and receiving the “Friend of Tourism” award for nine separate years by Jackson Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. Good is a founding principal and managing partner of Soul City Hospitality, in addition to being a founding board member of the Refill Jackson Initiative and Refill Café, among others.  

The event on Sunday, February 24, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. at the Dinsmor Clubhouse (1 Dinsmor Crossing, Ridgeland, MS) will include the award presentation, a brief concert, and reception.

The concert will include musical selections from opera and musical theatre performed by vocalists Sarah Stembel, and Olivia Vaughn, and pianist Julian Jones.  The event is free and open to the public.

The Mississippi Opera Guild has been an important part of the success of the Mississippi Opera since 1945 and shares a commitment to providing outstanding productions and educational outreach. The Guild aims to cultivate attendance and increase the engagement of those who appreciate Opera and musical theatre, as well as providing financial support. You can learn how to join the Guild at http://msopera.com/guild.  For more information on the event go to msopera.org or call 601-960 2300.

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UNFORGETTABLE: NAT KING COLE CENTENNIAL
Jan
21
9:30 PM21:30

UNFORGETTABLE: NAT KING COLE CENTENNIAL

Unforgettable: Celebrating The Nat King Cole Centennial

Part of the Cabaret @ Duling Hall Series

Mississippi Opera rings in the New Year as the “Cabaret @ Duling Hall” series continues with “Unforgettable”, a celebration of the centennial of Nat King Cole, on Monday, January 21st. Memorable hits such as “Nature Boy,” “Route 66,” L.O.V.E.,” “Ramblin Rose,” and more will be performed by vocalists David Walker and Latisha Hamilton, with pianist Tyler Kemp in this moving tribute to the 100th anniversary of one of America’s musical icons.

Born in Montgomery, Alabama in 1919, Nathaniel Adams Coles, known professionally as Nat King Cole, was one of the top American jazz singers who recorded over one hundred songs that became hits. In the early 1950s, he began to conquer the charts with ballads like “Mona Lisa,” “Love,” “Smile,” and “When I Fall in Love.”

In 1990, he posthumously received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 1991, his daughter, Natalie, recorded a new vocal track of the 1951 hit “Unforgettable” as a duet with her father, winning seven Grammy awards!

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David Walker of New Orleans, Louisiana, has performed with Mississippi Opera in the productions of The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, Rigoletto, Faust, and Turandot. He also has been seen in musical theatre roles such as Nicely-Nicely Johnson (Guys and Dolls), Daddy Warbucks (Annie), Gaston (Beauty and the Beast), and Monsieur Reyer (The Phantom of the Opera) at USM. In addition, he was also a featured solo performer in the We are Mississippi Bicentennial Concert during FestivalSouth in 2017, and in From Mississippi to Motown and A Motown Christmas for the Natchez Festival of Music.

Latisha Hamilton is a native of Sylvarena, Mississippi, and has always been passionate about music, having begun learning guitar at age six. Hamilton enjoys being a southern gospel quartet singer and guitar accompanist for her family group, The B & H Gospel Singers, a member of “The Hub City Players,” and the lead singer of R&B band “Smooth Edge.”

An accomplished professional pianist and collaborator, Tyler Kemp has become an essential part of musical life in and around Jackson, Mississippi. Kemp joined the faculty of Mississippi College in 2014 as Faculty Accompanist and Instructor of Collaborative Piano.

Come join us for an “Unforgettable” tribute for the new year on January 21, 2019, at Duling Hall on 622 Duling Ave., located in Jackson’s historic Fondren District. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with cash bar. Performance starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and available at the door, by phone at 601-960-2300 or online at msopera.org.

The Cabaret @ Duling Hall series is sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi.
This project is supported in part by funding from the MS Arts Commission, a state agency and in part, from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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Amahl & The Night Visitors at Bellwether Church
Dec
2
3:00 PM15:00

Amahl & The Night Visitors at Bellwether Church

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Mississippi Opera spreads holiday cheer on Sunday, December 2nd, with their annual performance of Amahl And The Night Visitors. This timeless opera is a wonderful Christmas show for the whole family and has become a holiday tradition for the opera company, now in it’s 73rd season.

Amahl And The Night Visitors is a great introduction into the world of opera and the performing arts for children of all ages. First performed on live television in 1951, this fun, holiday show was composed with an audience of children in mind and is performed entirely in English.

Amahl, a young beggar boy with a crutch and a penchant telling tall tales, lives alone with his poor Widowed Mother. On one particular night, he meets Three Kings, Balthazar, Kaspar, and Melchior, who are following a star in the sky to meet a certain newborn in Bethlehem.

A highlight of the annual show is the talented local performers taking stage. This year, Amahl is played by Jacob Willis, a student at Madison Middle School. Other principal cast includes Amy Pfrimmer, Patton Rice, Ross Price, and Jay Warnock, and featuring members of the Mississippi Opera Chorus. The production is directed and conducted by Ed Dacus, with Tyler Kemp on piano.

Make our holiday tradition part of your own! Join us for Amahl And The Night Visitors, at Bellwether Church, 4624 Old Canton Rd., Jackson, MS. Tickets are $20 each, ($5 for Students K-12, College, & Active Military with current ID.)

This performance is generously sponsored by Entergy.

Tickets are available at the door, by phone at 601-960-2300 or online at msopera.org. The 2018-2019 MS Opera season is supported in part by funding from the MS Arts Commission, a state agency and in part, from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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The Hilarious World of Gilbert & Sullivan
Nov
10
7:30 PM19:30

The Hilarious World of Gilbert & Sullivan

 The Mississippi Opera continues their  73rd  Season on November 10th, with an invitation to take a bumpy ride on the “D’Oyly Carte” and enter The Hilarious World of Gilbert & Sullivan , featuring memorable highlights from their famous operettas that still widely performed in the English-speaking world.

For those of you that enjoyed our past productions The Mikado and The Pirates of Penzance, you’re going to love The Hilarious World of Gilbert & Sullivan, which contains comical moments from all their biggest shows such as The Mikado, H.M.S. Pinafore, The Gondoliers, The Yeomen of the Guard, Patience, and others.

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Under the direction of Gilbert and Sullivan specialist, Paul Houghtaling, stage director, and Richard Nechamkin, music director, the performance will feature the talents of vocalists Susan Williams, David Tayloe, Alexis Davis-Hazell, James Bobick, and Paul Houghtaling.
The show will also feature the Mississippi Opera Chorus, under the direction of Andrew Head.

Librettist W.S. Gilbert (1836-1911) & composer Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900,) whose creative partnership between 1871-1896 produced 14 comic operas, are well known for their whimsical “topsy-turvy” plots and catchy melodies. Together with producer Richard D’Oyly Carte, they helped bring success to the Savoy Theatre in Victorian England, and helped found the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company in 1881.

Come join us for The Hilarious World of Gilbert & Sullivan, at Duling Hall, 622 Duling Ave., in Jackson’s historic Fondren District. Tickets are $25 each, ($10 for Students K-12, College, & Active Military with current ID,) and are available at the door, by phone at 601-960-2300 or online at msopera.org. This project is supported in part by funding from the MS Arts Commission, a state agency and in part, from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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BRITISH INVASION II: SGT. PEPPER’S AND BEYOND
May
12
7:30 PM19:30

BRITISH INVASION II: SGT. PEPPER’S AND BEYOND

Jackson, MS —Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 7:30 p.m., at Duling Hall in historic Fondren, Mississippi Opera presents BRITISH INVASION II: SGT. PEPPER’S & BEYOND, featuring some of the most iconic music from the golden age of Classic Rock.

Our original “British Invasion” show celebrated the arrival of the Beatles in the U.S. in 1964, the start of the British Invasion, and included music by The Beatles, The Dave Clark Five, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, Gerry and The Pacemakers, Herman’s Hermits, and The Who. 

BRITISH INVASION IIpicks up where last year’s smash hit left off: beginning with “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and continuing on with more classic songs by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Queen…all the way to Pink Floyd’s groundbreaking album– “The Wall”.

 

Come join us for BRITISH INVASION II: SGT. PEPPER’S & BEYOND,Saturday, May 12, 2018, at 7:30 at Duling Hall, 622 Duling Ave, in Jackson’s historic Fondren District. Tickets are $30 each and are available at the door or you may order your tickets now by calling 601-960-2300 or online at msopera.org. The Cabaret @ Duling Hall series is sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi. This project is supported in part by funding from the MS Arts Commission, a state agency and in part, from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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CABARET SOIRÉE
Sep
18
7:30 PM19:30

CABARET SOIRÉE

This is going to be a fun evening of great Broadway music coupled with humor, sensuality, and yearning. The show includes songs written for stage and film by Gershwin, Kern, Porter, and Weill. You will hear instantly recognizable favorites paired with Broadway’s more obscure, unheralded gems.

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6 HONORED WITH MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR'S ARTS AWARDS
Feb
16
to Feb 23

6 HONORED WITH MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR'S ARTS AWARDS

Six Mississippi artists and arts patrons, including a folklorist whose work focuses on Southern culture, are receiving the Governor's Arts Awards.The 29th annual awards, presented by the Mississippi Arts Commission and the governor's office, honor members of the art community with deep ties to the state. This year's ceremony will be hosted at the Old Capitol Museum in Jackson on Thursday evening.

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Mississippi Opera Presents Cabaret at Duling Bulldogs on Broadway
Jan
16
7:30 PM19:30

Mississippi Opera Presents Cabaret at Duling Bulldogs on Broadway

Jackson, MS— Monday, January 16, 2017 at 7:30 p.m., at Duling Hall in historic Fondren, Mississippi Opera presents BULLDOGS ON BROADWAY, which features voice faculty and students from Mississippi State University in a lively revue of traditional and contemporary Broadway favorites. 

“Mississippi Opera is so excited about BULLDOGS ON BROADWAY,” said Mississippi Opera Executive Director Tippy Garner. “And talk about a great cast—MSU voice faculty members Matthew Butler, Ryan Landis, Rose Mannino, Matthew Daniels, Jeanette Fontaine and voice students Abby Weinstein, James Ellis Rustenhaven, Michael Becher, Kourtney Holmes Haylee Glenn, Cameron Hobbs, JJ Haight, Corrine Reece, Ashley Jeffries, Calloway Ellis, William Tiffin, Matthew Daniels, Gary Packwood. Tyler Kemp is accompanist."

"You’ll hear selections from Ragtime, Cabaret, Camelot, Les Miserables, Can-Can, Annie Get Your Gun and Jekyll & Hyde, South Pacific and Kismet and many more in what promises to be a stellar Cabaret@Duling,” added Jay Dean, Artistic Director of the Mississippi Opera.

Come join us for BULLDOGS ON BROADWAY, Monday, January 16, 2017 at 7:30 at Duling Hall, 622 Duling Ave, in Jackson’s historic Fondren District.

Tickets are $20 each and are available at the door or you may order your tickets now by calling 601.960.2300 or online by clicking here. This project is supported in part by funding from the MS Arts Commission, a state agency and in part, from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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Oct
10
7:30 PM19:30

MS Opera Presents Voices of Mississippi Winners Concert

Jackson, MS— The Mississippi Opera presents The Voices of Mississippi Winners Concert Monday, October 10th at 7:30 pm at Duling Hall in Jackson’s historic Fondren District.

“We had a splendid turnout for our September 24th competition,” said Mississippi Opera Artistic Director Jay Dean. “We heard a wonderful array of opera and musical theatre selections, and we are pleased to announce the winners from an outstanding field of nearly 30 competitors.”

Young Professional Artist Category: First Place—Michelle Lange, Second Place—Kevin Gwinn, Third Place—Ezekiel Andrew.

Student Artists Category: First Place—Cody Arthur, Second Place—Sarah Stembel, Third Place—Ibukun Babalola.

Honorable Mention—Gabrielle Richardson and Sarah Welch.

Tickets for The Voices of Mississippi Winners Concert are general admission: $25.00 adults, $10.00 military, children and students (with IDs).

Michelle Lange - First Place - Young Professional Artist

Michelle Lange - First Place - Young Professional Artist

Kevin Gwinn - Second Place - Young Professional Artist

Kevin Gwinn - Second Place - Young Professional Artist

Ezekiel Andrew - Third Place - Young Professional Artist

Ezekiel Andrew - Third Place - Young Professional Artist

Cody Arthur - First Place - Student Artist

Cody Arthur - First Place - Student Artist

Sarah Stembel - Second Place - Student Artist

Sarah Stembel - Second Place - Student Artist

Ibukun Babalola - Third Place - Student Artist

Ibukun Babalola - Third Place - Student Artist

Gabrielle Richardson - Honorable Mention - Young Professional Artist

Gabrielle Richardson - Honorable Mention - Young Professional Artist

Sarah Welch - Honorable Mention - Student Artist

Sarah Welch - Honorable Mention - Student Artist

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MS Opera Presents The Third Annual Voices of Mississippi Competition
Sep
24
9:00 AM09:00

MS Opera Presents The Third Annual Voices of Mississippi Competition

Jackson, MS— Saturday, September 24 at 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., at Barber Auditorium in Belhaven University, Mississippi Opera presents The Third Annual Voices of Mississippi Competition. The acclaimed competition brings together collegiate and professional singers from all over the Unites States, and is open to singers who have a relationship with Mississippi.

Competition age categories are Student Artist (age 18 to 23) and Young Professional Artist (age 24 to 35). The audition format consists of performing two opera arias, or two musical theatre pieces, or one of each, in front of renowned judges. Winners get cash awards and priority consideration for roles in upcoming opera productions.

“Mississippi has outstanding vocal talent in opera and musical theatre,” said Tippy Garner, Executive Director of Mississippi Opera. “We’re excited to bring together an outstanding field of competitors, as well as providing opportunities for all emerging talent in our State.” If you would like to attend, the competition, it is free and open to the public.

The winners of the competition will be featured in a wonderful evening concert on Monday, October 10, 7:30 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.) in Jackson. Tickets for The Voices of Mississippi Winners’ Concert are $25 each.

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From Bizet to Broadway
Apr
17
3:00 PM15:00

From Bizet to Broadway

International Opera star Richard Troxell and Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Kirstin Chavez take you on a musical journey of love, passion, betrayal and more in From Bizet to Broadway. The vocal duo captivates and charms their audience with selections from “Carmen” to Cole Porter, from “Samson and Delilah” to Rodgers and Hammerstein. This unique event is both enchanting and unforgettable.  From Bizet to Broadway will be presented on Sunday, April 17, 2016, at 3:00 pm, at Sunnyplace (a private residence), 3705 Highway 22 East, Livingston, Mississippi 39071.

From Bizet to Broadway features arias, ballads and other Broadway favorites. In addition to the concert there will be a live auction of original paintings by well-known Jackson artist Bill Wilson, who has created several original paintings for the Mississippi Opera’s 70th anniversary performance of Carmen. 

Selections from Bizet’s Carmen will include the famous “Habanera,” “Seguidilla,” the “Flower Song,” and the beautiful final duet of the opera. In addition, they will perform the famous aria, “Mon coeur s’ourvre a ta voix”from the Camille Saint-Saëns opera, Samson and Delilah. Their Broadway selections include “We Kiss in a Shadow” and other duets from The King and I.  While it may be rare for Troxell and Chavez to perform in concert together, they have performed in the opera Carmen on numerous occasions with Chavez as the lusty Carmen and Troxell as her ill-fated lover, Don José. They have appeared at such prominent venues as the National Theater in Taiwan, the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing and the world-famous Sydney Opera House in Australia.

Kirstin Chávez is considered one of the most riveting and significant performing mezzo-sopranos today. The combination of her magnificent voice, dramatic intensity and natural physical beauty, make her an arresting and unique presence on the operatic stage. Ms. Chávez has captured attention and acclaim in her signature roles and is recognized as one of the definitive Carmens of today; a role that she has performed with great success throughout the United States, and around the world. Opera News reported that her Carmen in Graz, Austria was “the Carmen of a lifetime.” Professionally, Troxell has sung leading roles in opera companies nationally and internationally and starred in the Martin Scorsese film “Madame Butterfly” as B.F. Pinkerton. He has also been seen on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Original paintings by Jackson Artist Bill Wilson based on Bizet’s Carmen will be auctioned during a live auction at this event. Wilson has worked as a portrait painter, gallery artist, jewelry maker and illustrator for over 20 years. His portraits and gallery work are in both corporate and private collections all over the country and include six Supreme Court justices. Additionally, he has created storyboard and design work for the film and theatre industry. Bill has written and illustrated two children's books, The Fib: A Wordy Tale and Dorf's Art Lesson. These books are based on the characters from his web comic Pippin & Maxx (now in its eighth year). He is currently working on his third book, The Road To Lapprolee.

Tickets are $35. For more information go to msopera.org or call 601-960-2300.

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Cabaret at Duling Hall: Simply Sondheim
Mar
21
7:30 PM19:30

Cabaret at Duling Hall: Simply Sondheim

Jackson, MS—Monday, March 21, 2016 at 7:30 p.m., at Duling Hall in historic Fondren, Mississippi Opera presents SIMPLY SONDHEIM, the fourth musical theatre show of their Cabaret@Duling 2015-16 season. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi is sponsoring the event, which features students from Belhaven University presenting a review of the music of the iconic musical theatre composer Stephen Sondheim. 

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Cabaret at Duling Hall: Heather Clancy Joins Mississippi Opera's A Night at the TONYS!
Jan
18
7:30 PM19:30

Cabaret at Duling Hall: Heather Clancy Joins Mississippi Opera's A Night at the TONYS!

Jackson, MS—Heather Clancy will be joining the lineup for Mississippi Opera’s A Night at the Tonys on Monday, January 18, at 7:30  at Duling Hall. Praised for her “fresh” delivery and “sonorous” performance of Bizet’s much loved opera Carmen, American Mezzo-soprano Heather Clancy has earned critical acclaim around the globe.  Ms. Clancy’s rich and radiant voice is the result of classical training with jazz and early American Broadway influence. Ms. Clancy’s repertoire embraces a wide range of characters including Ismene in the revival of Bob Telson’s Gospel at Colonus, Lola in Damn Yankees, Irene in Crazyfor You, Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic foils in H.M.S.Pinafore (Hebe) and the Mikado (Pitti-Sing), Kate in Madame Butterfly, Flora in Verdi’s La Traviata, Dorabella in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutti, as well as Bizet’s title character Carmen, and the incomparable Jenny Diver from Kurt Weill’s Three PennyOpera for which Ms. Clancy received a Kennedy Center Irene Ryan nomination. 2016 will take Ms. Clancy on a journey from Mississippi to Uruguay and Brazil in the spring and a tour of Turkey, Greece, Italy, France, Spain and Portugal in the fall. 

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Cabaret at Duling Returns January 18th at 7:30pm: A Night at the TONYS
Jan
18
7:30 PM19:30

Cabaret at Duling Returns January 18th at 7:30pm: A Night at the TONYS

Jackson, MS—Monday, January 18, 2016 at 7:30 p.m., at Duling Hall in historic Fondren, Mississippi Opera presents A NIGHT AT THE TONYS, the second concert of their Cabaret at Duling 2015-16 season. The event is sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi. Noted local actor Eric Eaton emcees the evening.

“This is a musical theatre event that you will not want to miss. You will hear some of Broadway’s greatest hits sung by some the most talented vocal artists that Mississippi has to offer,” said Jay Dean, Mississippi Opera’s artistic director.  “Prepare to be delighted by musical selections from theatre productions that have received recognition from the American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards,” Dean added.

In partnership with the Broadway League, the American Theatre Wing hosts the annual Tony Awards in New York City and recognizes outstanding Broadway productions and performances. The "Tonys” are named after Antoinette Perry, who worked with the Stage Women's War Relief during World War II and the Stage Women’s Canteen to both aid in war relief and entertain American Servicemen

“Some of the selections you will hear come from classic musicals like Sweeney Todd, Music Man, Into The Woods, Gypsy, Guys and Dolls, Ragtime, Dreamgirls and more,” noted emcee Eric Eaton. “This show stars vocalists Maryann Kyle, Peter Lake, Danielle Adams, Krista McKenzie and Emmie Perkins along with Jackson-based pianist Tyler Kemp,” added Tippy Garner, Mississippi Opera executive director.

Come join us for A NIGHT AT THE TONYS, Monday, January 18, 2016 at 7:30 at Duling Hall, 622 Duling Ave, in Jackson’s historic Fondren District. Reserve your tickets now by calling 601-960-2300 or visit our ticket page. Tickets are also available at the door.

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Mississippi Opera Gala Opens Historic 70th Season with 1945 Premier Season Opener: Cavalleria Rusticana
Nov
21
7:30 PM19:30

Mississippi Opera Gala Opens Historic 70th Season with 1945 Premier Season Opener: Cavalleria Rusticana

Jackson, MS— The Mississippi Opera, now celebrating 70 years of operatic excellence in Mississippi, announces their upcoming event: A Cavalleria Rusticana Gala! “We are celebrating our historic 70th season with Cavalleria Rusticana on November 21, 2015, at Belhaven University Center for the Arts,” said artistic director Jay Dean. “This was the company’s very first production in 1945. The first part of this 70thAnniversary Gala will be a retrospective on Mississippi Opera’s history since 1945. Belhaven University president, Dr. Roger Parrott is the emcee for the evening. Longtime fine arts patron and Mississippi Opera Historian Richard B. “Dick” Wilson, Jr. wrote and will narrate the history. Dr. Stephen Sachs, Belhaven’s Dean of Fine Arts, will also be one of the speakers. “The Mississippi Opera Chorus and Belhaven University Chorus will round out this impressive ensemble,” Dean noted.

“Our artists will present selected arias that emphasize some of the high points in the company’s history on the first half of our exciting gala. During the second half of the evening we will present a semi‐staged version of Mascagni’s dramatic and powerful, “real‐life” opera, Cavalleria Rusticana (Rustic Chivalry),” noted Tippy Garner, executive director of the Mississippi Opera. 

The cast for the production is stellar: Kristin Johnson‐Gunn as Santuzza,  Viola Dacus as Lola, John Christopher Adams as Turridu, J.Taylor Hightower as Alfio, and  Rachel Alexander as Mama Lucia.

Tickets are Platinum $60, Gold $45, and Silver $30. For more information about Mississippi Opera’s 70th Anniversary Season, please call 601-960-2300 or visit our ticket page. 

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Belhaven on Broadway
Oct
26
7:30 PM19:30

Belhaven on Broadway

Belhaven University Vocal Arts performs production “Belhaven on Broadway” in Fondren’s Duling Hall at 7:30pm on Monday, October 26th. MS Opera Artistic Director, Jay Dean invited Dr. Christopher Shelt, Coordinator of Vocal Arts at Belhaven University to produce a Broadway review which came to be called Belhaven on Broadway.

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Mississippi Opera Announces Lineup for Historic 70th Season
Sep
1
3:00 PM15:00

Mississippi Opera Announces Lineup for Historic 70th Season

Jackson, MSThe Mississippi Opera, the nation’s 9th oldest continuously operating opera company, now celebrating its 70th year of operatic excellence in Mississippi, has announced the lineup for its 2015—2016 season.

“We are opening our historic 70th season with Cavalleria Rusticana on November 21, 2015 at Belhaven University Center for the Arts,” said artistic director Jay Dean. “This was our very first production in 1945.” The first part of this 70th Anniversary Gala will be a retrospective on Mississippi Opera’s history since 1945 (researched and written by longtime Mississippi Opera patron Dick Wilson).  Mr. Wilson will be joined on stage by Belhaven University President Dr. Roger Parrott and Dr. Stephen Sachs, Chairman of Belhaven’s Music Department.

 The second annual Voices of Mississippi Winners' Concert comes to the Belhaven University Center for the Arts, October 10 at 7:30 pm. “This outstanding concert features some of Mississippi’s very best singers and the annual competition is an excellent way for the Mississippi Opera to expand our talent base for roles in upcoming productions,” Dean noted.

The increasing popular Cabarets at Duling Hall are set for October 26 (Belhaven on Broadway), January 18 (A Night at the Tonys), February 22 (A New York State of Mind) and March 21 (Simply Sondheim). Doors open at 6:00 pm with a performance at 7:30 pm in historic Fondren’s Duling Hall. These cabaret style venues are light, fun, musical theatre programs featuring an outstanding array of local and visiting talent.

Mississippi Opera’s holiday classic Amahl and the Night Visitors, directed by Dr. Ed Dacus, returns to the Madison Center for the Arts, Sunday, December 20 at 3:30 pm.

“We will conclude our wonderful 70th Anniversary season with a true audience favorite: Bizet’s Carmen starring Kirsten Chavez and Richard Troxell, our first production in the newly renovated Thalia Mara Hall, set for April 23, 2016,” said Mississippi Opera Administrative Director, Tippy Garner.                

For more information about Mississippi Opera’s 70th Anniversary Season, please call 601-960-2300 or visit our ticket page

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Voices of Mississippi Winners Concert
Feb
23
7:30 PM19:30

Voices of Mississippi Winners Concert

On Monday, February 23, 2015 at 7:30 p.m., the winners of this competition will appear in concert at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave., Jackson, MS). There were two categories, the Young Professional Category and the Student Artist Category. The winners in the Young Professional Category were Rebecca Sorenson (first place), Crystal Morris (second place), and Rachel Alexander (third place). In the Student Artist Category the winners were Edwin Davis (first place), Andrew Ross (second place) and Jessica Ziegelbauer (third place).

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