A Cabaret-Style Performance of Classic Standards in an Intimate Speakeasy Setting
Join us for the inaugural presentation of Sidecar, on Friday, May 19, 2017 at 9pm. This 90-minute program will take place at the Mercury Ballroom in downtown Louisville (611 S. 4th Street). An addition to the Brown-Forman 2016/17 season, Sidecar will feature renowned mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, and Grammy® Award-winning soprano Christine Brewer accompanied by Craig Terry. This event will include tableside drink service. The night will conclude with the drawing of Kentucky Opera’s 2017 Design Your Dream Porsche Car Raffle. Tickets are $40 for standing room/general admission; seated tickets begin at $75, and $150 for VIP table service, and will go on sale at Noon on February 14th. A list of Sidecar partnering restaurants will be available in March 2017.
Mezzo-Soprano Stephanie Blythe is a renowned opera singer and recitalist who has been seen with the Metropolitan Opera, the Paris Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, and many other premier opera companies. Blythe has appeared in PBS’s Live from Lincoln Center broadcasts of the New York Philharmonic’s performance of Carousel and her acclaimed show, We’ll Meet Again: The Songs of Kate Smith. Her versatile performances had The New York Times raving “Stephanie Blythe, who can do anything, turned Carnegie’s 2,800-seat Stern Auditorium into her personal cabaret haunt.”
Christine Brewer is named one of the top 20 sopranos of all time (BBC Music). Her range, golden tone, boundless power, and control make her a favorite of the stage and a highly sought-after recording artist — one who is “in her prime and sounding glorious” (Anthony Tommasini, New York Times). Her appearances in opera, concert, and recital are marked by her own unique timbre, at once warm and brilliant, combined with a vibrant personality and emotional honesty reminiscent of the great sopranos of the past. She has performed with leading orchestras and opera companies worldwide, and with the greatest conductors of our time. Brewer will also appear in Kentucky Opera’s 2017/18 Season production of Ariadne auf Naxos on September 15 & 17, 2017 at the Brown Theatre.
Pianist Craig Terry currently serves as Music Director of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago, after having spent eleven seasons at Lyric as Assistant Conductor. Lauded for his “sensitive and stylish” (The New York Times) and “superb” (Opera News) playing, pianist Craig Terry enjoys an international career regularly performing with some of the world’s leading singers and instrumentalists. Terry’s discography includes Diva on Detour with Patricia Racette, As Long As There Are Songs with Stephanie Blythe, and Chanson d’Avril with Nicole Cabell.