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Holiday Celebration

Thursday, December 16, 2021 at 7:30 pm
Brown Theatre
Kentucky Opera Chorus and Soloists

Holiday spirits glow in a program featuring winter vignettes from operas and other popular holiday favorites. Featuring the Kentucky Opera chorus and soloists in full costume, this delightfully staged presentation includes selections from Hansel and Gretel, Carmen, King Arthur, and a grand singalong finale of traditional carols.

A perfect family outing just in time for the holidays!

Featuring selections from:

Jules Massenet
Act 1 Scene 1: “Noël! Jésus vient de naître”

Georges Bizet
Act 4 Chorus: “A deux cuartos!”

Arr. Betty Bertaux
Traditional Hebrew Song

Mikola Leontovych, arr. Randol Alan Bass
Traditional song
“Carol of the Bells”

George Frideric Handel
Judas Maccabeus, HWV 63 (oratorio)
Part III:” See, the conqu’ring hero comes” (chorus)

Arr. David Willcocks
Welsh traditional carol
“Deck the Hall”

Arr. J. Knuth
Trad. German folk song
“O Tannenbaum”

George Frideric Handel
Judas Maccabeus, HWV 63 (oratorio)
Part III: “O Lovely Peace”

Harold Darke, text by Christina Rossetti
Choral work
“In the Bleak Midwinter”

Henry Purcell
King Arthur, or The British Worthy, Z.628
Act 3: “What Power Art Thou (Cold Genius)”

Henry Purcell
King Arthur, or The British Worthy, Z.628
Act 3: “’Tis Love that has warm’d us”

Aaron Copland
The Tender Land
“The Promise of Living”

Engelbert Humperdinck
Hänsel and Gretel
Evening Prayer

Maurice Duruflé
Choral work
“Ubi Caritas”

Johann Strauss II
Die Fledermaus
Act 2: “Sing to Love” (Ensemble and Chorus)

HOLIDAY SING-ALONG FINALE to include excerpts from:
Good King Wenceslas, O Come, All Ye Faithful / Adeste Fidelis, Here We Come A-Wassailing, Jingle Bells, Walking in a Winter Wonderland, Dona Nobis Pacem

COVID admittance protocols are in place for all Kentucky Opera performances. Masking is mandatory for everyone age 2 and above. Also, proof of COVID vaccination or a negative PCR test within the last 72 hours or a negative Antigen test within the last 24 hours must be presented, with a government issued ID or parent/guardian authorization for children age 5 and up. Please click to read Kentucky Performing Arts’ full COVID policy here.


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The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, provides operating support to Kentucky Opera with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Special thanks to our partners at Kentucky Performing Arts for their continued support.