In our ongoing quest to bring Louisville audiences fresh, inspiring, and exhilarating operatic experiences, we’ve launched the Repertoire Reimagined. Over the next five years, Kentucky Opera will give you unforgettable performances you’ve never (or hardly ever) seen on a Louisville stage.
As David Roth, director of Kentucky Opera said, “Our audiences are crying out for new experiences, desiring to venture beyond the old, traditional, and familiar.” To answer this call, Kentucky Opera is presenting two rare, grand operas: FIDELIO, Beethoven’s only opera, and LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST, one of Puccini’s masterworks.
“FIDELIO and LA FANCIULLA are two great war horses of the repertoire that have not been given performances in the regional opera houses here in the United States. They’re both part of the standard repertory in the larger opera houses, but due to space and budgetary restrictions, the smaller companies have been unable to produce them,” says Roth. Using 21st century technology such as rear-projected cinematic backdrops, Kentucky Opera is finally able to present these masterpieces to you.
We’re also bringing a great, new American opera: A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE. Tennesse Williams’s story is sung in English and features a lush score, vibrant orchestral colors, characters that speak to American sensibility, and a timeless story written by the great American composer-conductor-jazz pianist Andre Previn. Although this is a more contemporary opera, it remains a wonderful spectacle with a moving score, large cast, and big scenes, and would act as a wonderful introduction to anyone who has never truly experienced the power of opera before.
There’s only one way to describe the Brown-Forman 2014/15 season: GRAND. We hope that you will join us as we head into this new era in production potential. Allow us to bring you stunning masterworks that have rarely been seen on regional stages, and help us as we usher in a bold new age of grand opera.
Dare with us, won’t you?