WELCOME TO OUR 2018-2019 SEASON!
Opera and Musical Theatre are the most inclusive of the performing arts. Productions include artists who excel in singing/acting, writing, orchestral music, drama, comedy, costuming, dance, set design, lighting, and stage direction. Get your tickets now for these exciting shows from “Mississippi Opera … and more!”
Nathaniel Adams Coles was born in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1919. In 1937 he became known as Nat “King” Cole. In the early fifties, he began to conquer the charts with ballads like “Mona Lisa,” “Love,” “Smile,” and “When I Fall in Love.”
In 1990, he received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 1991, his daughter, Natalie, recorded “Unforgettable” as a duet with her father which won seven Grammy awards! Join us as we celebrate the centennial of the birth of one of America’s musical icons.
This musical journey through the ups and downs of love features songs from Avenue Q, Kurt Weill’s Street Scene, songs by William Bolcom, and American popular classics.
“We wanted to tell a story using songs from all genres, bring a little bit of the formal recital repertoire onto a casual stage, then couple it with a belter tune from a contemporary musical.” The result is a journey about a young woman’s discovery of love in all its quirky variations, both through falling into it and falling out of it.
Carole King is an internationally known composer, and singer-songwriter, who without question is the most successful female songwriter of the last half of the twentieth century.
In the 1960s she and her first husband, Gerry Goffin, wrote more than two dozen hits for numerous artists. Success as a performer began in the 1970s, when she performed her own songs. Her album Tapestry topped the U.S. chart and remained on the charts for six+ years. She has recorded 25 solo albums with estimated sales of more than 75 million.
Our largest production of the year is Puccini’s, LA BOHÈME. Set in Paris during the 1840s, a group of young bohemians struggle to make ends meet.
Rodolfo, a poet, and his friends, Marcello, Schaunard, and Colline, manage to have an enjoyable take on life despite their extreme financial difficulties. During the cold winter, a torrid romance is kindled between Rodolfo and a beautiful seamstress named Mimì, but love is not the only thing lurking in the city; tragedy and sadness await them all. Come join us for this tale of love and loss that is sure to touch everyone’s heart with arias like the “Che gelida manina” (tenor) and “Si, mi chiamano Mimì” (soprano) and Musetta’s famous waltz, “Quando m ‘en vò.”