Lawrence Opera Theatre 2014!

Lawrence Opera Theatre Presents Their Five-Year Anniversary Season

 

Lawrence, Kan.—Lawrence Opera Theatre 2014 is celebrating its five-year anniversary by involving more than 60 singers and instrumentalists and presenting their first full scale opera, W.A. Mozart’s “edgy” opera Don Giovanni, set in the rough streets of NYC. Other performances between August 8th and 17th include an Opera Gala, Mozart Interludes, a Musical Theatre Cabaret, a Master Class featuring L.O.T.’s Artist-in-Residence, American Soprano Amy Pfrimmer, and several other community events in Lawrence and Kansas City.

Lawrence Opera Theatre is pleased to announce that for this fifth anniversary season they have partnered with Theatre Lawrence (4660 Bauer Farm Dr.) for their main stage productions. They are looking forward to performing four nights of music, including the full Don Giovanni production, on Theatre Lawrence’s impressive new stage.

The opera company was started to fill the void of opera/operetta in the summer season in Lawrence and the surrounding area. The venue brings singing professionals, emerging vocal artists and community singers together to perform and gain experience. This season a small orchestra will enhance the performances. Metropolitan Opera Tenor Hugo Vera, KU Alumn currently based in New York City, is the driving force behind Lawrence Opera Theatre.

Auditions were held in April, and the company assembled more than 60 musicians representing the best talent locally, across the state of Kansas, and beyond. This season will offer music lovers a number of special performances in a variety of venues.

  • August 8th at 7:30 p.m., L.O.T. returns to Trinity Lutheran Church (5601 West 62nd St.) in Mission, Kansas. The evening will include “Don Giovanni’s Victims”—scenes from the upcoming production, as well as music from some of the top Broadway musicals, from Porgy and Bess to Sister Act. Visit the Trinity Lutheran Church website www.tlcms.org/go/mission for more information. Price: Students $10, Adults $15.
  • August 9th at 1:00 p.m., L.O.T. will present a Master Class that is free and open to the public at Central United Methodist Church of Lawrence (1501 Massachusetts St). L.O.T. is pleased to present their Artist-in-Residence, Soprano Amy Pfrimmer, Assistant Professor of Music at Tulane University. She will be teaching the Master Class and working with this season’s singers in addition to performing a major role in Don Giovanni. She has performed across the United States and worldwide. Read her bio at tulane.edu/liberal-arts/music/amy-pfrimmer.cfm.
  • Later that evening, August 9th at 7:30 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church of Lawrence (1501 Massachusetts St.), L.O.T. performers present “A L.O.T. of Summer Serenade” which features various operatic and musical theatre works such as Verdi’s Falstaff, Bizet’s Carmen, The Sound of Music and Sweeney Todd. Visit www.centralunitedmc.org for more information. Price: Students $10, Adults $15.
  • On August 14th at 7:30 p.m. Association with Theatre Lawrence, L.O.T. will present the Opera Gala “Mostly Mozart…But Not Really,” with music from over twenty different operas and operettas. Besides Mozart, the evening will include music from The Mikado, Madama Butterfly and L.O.T.’s own “3 Tenors” performing the famous aria “La donna e mobile” from Verdi’s Rigoletto. See www.theatrelawrence.com for more information. Price: Students $13, Adults $17.
  • August 15th at 7:30 p.m. in Association with Theatre Lawrence is the opening night of W. A. Mozart’s classic, Don Giovanni. Set in New York City in the borough of Queens, Don Giovanni goes to no end to get what he wants at any cost. This “Don Juan” will commit the worst with amazing flair, which will send him to his demise, but not before he affects the lives of many. With English dialogue and supertitles, the audience will be able to follow both the comic and the tragic alike in this cutting-edge production! Price: Students $15, Adults $20.
  • On August 16th at 7:30 p.m. in Association with Theatre Lawrence, Lawrence Opera Theatre offers “A Whole L.O.T. of Rhythm.” The evening features music from 28 different musicals, from Cinderella and 42nd Street to Avenue Q and Spamalot, plus the famous “Let It Go” from the movie Frozen. Price: Students $13, Adults $17.
  • On August 17th at 2:30 p.m. in Association with Theatre Lawrence, the company offers one last opportunity to attend Mozart’s Don Giovanni! During the intermissions of both performances, opera goers will be serenaded with “Mozart Interludes” by some of our best community singers, young artists and high school artists performing arias, songs and oratorio composed by the master, Mozart. Price: Students $15, Adults $20.
  • You can attend all four performances at Theatre Lawrence and save by buying a Season’s Pass for $50. See www.theatrelawrence.com for more information.

“By staging a full opera, Lawrence Opera Theatre comes of age this season,” said Artistic Director Hugo Vera. “The talent level this year, as in the past, is amazing. In addition to the talented singers, a chamber orchestra will be part of the production. I am grateful for the many volunteers and staff who have been working with me over the past few months to make our fifth season the best yet. This company is INDEED a company of the people.”