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  • Sandford Studio Artist Showcase – October 10
    6:00 pm-7:30 pm
    10-10-2018

    727 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40202

    727 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40202

    Barbara and Halsey Sandford Studio Artist Showcase
    Wednesday, October 10 at 6:00pm

    AC Hotel by
    727 E Market St
    Louisville, KY 40202

    Admission to this event is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations required. The program will last approximately 1 and 1/2 hours.

    Featuring:

    • Taylor Burkhardt, Pianist
    • Murrella Parton, Soprano
    • Reilly Nelson, Mezzo Soprano

    Enjoy an enchanting evening of fabulous singing at one of Louisville’s most stylish hotels located in the heart of NuLu. Grab a drink and a quick bite at the bar before you settle in for some top notch music featuring the lovely ladies from Kentucky Opera’s Studio Artist program. Concert features works by Dvorak, Kurt Weill, Vera Lynn, and more!

    Questions? Call Aubrey Baker at 502-584-4500


    About the Studio Artists:

    Taylor Burkhardt collaborates with a number of vocalists and instrumentalists as a duo partner, chamber musician, rehearsal pianist, and coach. She joins the Barbara and Halsey Sandford Studio Artist Program as a pianist/coach for Die Zauberflöte;Enemies, A Love Story;Rigoletto; and the touring production of Amahl and the Night Visitors. Recent productions she has rehearsed/coached at the University of Minnesota include  La voixhumaineOrphée aux enfers, Idomeneo,The Rape of Lucretia, and Gianni Schicchi. As opera répititeur at the University of Missouri, she rehearsed Gianni SchicchiSuor AngelicaAmahl and the Night VisitorsThe Crucible, and the world premiere of The Outlaw by Justin Pounds as well as performing the final scenes from both The Rake’s Progress and Eugene Onegin. Other past operatic engagements include La Cenerentola at Bay View Music Festival and L’elisir d’amoreat Music Academy of the West. In summer 2018 she will be the educational outreach pianist for Mill City Summer Opera’s production of Carmen.  Her teachers include Timothy Lovelace, Warren Jones, Martin Katz, and Peter Miyamoto.


    Canadian mezzo-soprano Reilly Nelson has been praised by the Boston Music Intelligencer for her “bright and glowing [voice], with a bit of an edge when needed.” Reilly recently completed her graduate studies at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (CCM), where she was a student of Thomas Baresel. In August 2018, Reilly will join the Barbara and Halsey Sanford Studio Artist Program with Kentucky Opera. The 2017-2018 season includes two role debuts for Ms. Nelson: Flora Bervoix in La Traviata and Vera Lynn in the United States premier of Another Brick in the Wall with Cincinnati Opera. Cincinnati credits include Lupe Marin in Robert Xavier Rodriguez’s Frida with Cincinnati Opera, Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel with CCM Opera, Mrs. Van Buren in a workshop of Ricky Ian Gordon’s new opera Intimate Apparel (a co-production with CCM, Cincinnati Opera, and The Metropolitan Opera/Lincoln Center Theater’s New Works Program), and Virginia Woolf in Dominick Argento’s From the Diary of Virginia Woolf (a co-production with Cincinnati Chamber Opera and Cincinnati Song Initiative). Reilly was a vocal fellow at Tanglewood Music Center in the 2013 and 2014 summer seasons, where highlights included selections from Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été led by maestro Stéphane Denève, a world premier of Bernard Rands’ Folk Songs, and John Harbison’s Closer to My Own Life. Reilly was the winner of the 2017 Middle/East Tennessee District MONC audition and a 2016 finalist and winner of the Carolyn Weber Award in the Kurt Weill Foundation’s Lotte Lenya Competition.


    Murrella Parton, soprano, is a native of Seymour, Tennessee. She joins the Barbara and Halsey Sandford Studio Artist Program as the resident soprano where she can be seen as First Lady in The Magic Flute, Sheva/Hannah in Ben Moore’s Enemies, a Love Story, and Countess in Rigoletto. In the summer of 2018, she will return to Cincinnati Opera to sing in the choruses of Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer and Julien Bilodeau’s Another Brick in the Wall. Most recently she performed the role of Sabina in the workshop of Rufus Wainwright’s new opera Hadrian with Cincinnati Opera. In addition, she has performed the roles of Nella in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Ginevra in Handel’s Ariodante, Elettra in Mozart’s Idomeneo, Sylviane in Lehar’s The Merry Widow, and Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte. This year, she was a district winner in The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the recipient of the Italo Tajo Award at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Opera Scholarship Competition (where in recent years she was awarded both the Andrew White and Seybold-Russell Awards) and is also a finalist in the Cooper Bing Competition. Parton is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Knoxville and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

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  • Meet the Artists of Enemies, A Love Story – October 16
    6:30 pm-8:30 pm
    16-10-2018

    2531 Taylorsville Rd, Louisville, KY 40205

    2531 Taylorsville Rd, Louisville, KY 40205

    A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET THE CREATORS AND CAST OF A BRAND NEW OPERA

    Kentucky Opera presents Meet the Artists
    October 16th at 6:30pm
    Keneseth Israel Congregation
    2531 Taylorsville Rd, Louisville, KY 40205

    You’re invited to an intimate evening of music and discussion with the artists of Enemies, A Love Story — featuring composer Ben Moore along with author, scholar, and librettist Nahma Sandrow. Plus performances from Enemies, A Love Story by Kentucky Opera’s Main Stage Artists. This is a brilliant new opera based on the novel by I. B. Singer, which also inspired an award-winning movie. It was featured as part of Kentucky Opera’s Composer Workshop in the fall of 2009 and 2011. Kentucky Opera is thrilled to bring it home to Louisville for its second Main Stage premiere.

    Admission to the event is free.

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  • Library Lecture Series – October 17
    6:30 pm-8:00 pm
    17-10-2018

    301 York Street, Louisville, KY USA 40203

    301 York Street, Louisville, KY USA 40203

    Kentucky Opera Lecture Series: Enemies, a Love Story

    Main Library, Wednesday, October 17, 6:30 p.m.

    Join composer Ben Moore, librettist Nahma Sandrow, and conductor David Stern for an intimate discussion of Enemies, a Love Story. The production was first workshopped at Kentucky Opera and now returns in a full scale production at the Brown Theatre.

    The event is free, but tickets are required – click here to order.

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  • I.B. Singer’s Enemies, A Love Story Book Club – October 28
    2:00 pm-4:00 pm
    28-10-2018

    2401 Woodbourne Avenue, Louisville, KY 40205

    2401 Woodbourne Avenue, Louisville, KY 40205

    We invite you to explore Isaac Bashevis Singers’ work with us as we prepare for the brilliant new opera adaptation of his novel with Kentucky Opera on November 9 and 11, 2018.

    We anticipate a skype visit from the composer Ben Moore and librettist Nahma Sandrow during the discussion!

    Please RSVP to Aubrey Baker at aubrey_baker@kyopera.org or 502-561-7938

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  • Brasserie Provence Benefit Dinner – October 30
    6:30 pm-9:00 pm
    30-10-2018

    150 North Hurstbourne Parkway, Louisville, KY 40222

    150 North Hurstbourne Parkway, Louisville, KY 40222

    JOIN US FOR A BENEFIT EVENING OF FOOD, WINE & SONG CELEBRATING THE BROWN-FORMAN 2018/2019 SEASON

    Tuesday, October 30 at 6:30

    Featuring Kentucky Opera Singers, Exciting Raffles & a 3-Course Dinner Inspired By The Magic FluteEnemies, A Love StoryRigoletto

    $50 per person +tax & gratuity
    ($10 Donated to Kentucky Opera)
    $25 Optional Wine Pairing

    RESERVE YOUR SEAT AT THE TABLE!
    Call Brasserie Provence: 502.883.3153 or Online: www.brasserieprovence.com

    MENU
    Prepared by Chef Patrick Gosden w/Optional Wine Pairings

    The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Spargelsuppe
    Austrian Cream of Asparagus Soup
    Optional Pairing with Hugo Grüner Veltliner, Austria

    Enemies, A Love Story by Ben Moore
    Chraime
    Israeili White Fish, Couscous, Spicy Tomato Cilantro Sauce
    Optional Pairing with Barkan Pinot Noir, Israel

    Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi
    Torta Elvezia
    Almond Dacquoise, butter Cream, Strawberry Coulis
    Optional Pairing with Bartenura Moscoto, Provincia di Pavia, Lombardi, Italy

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