March 2012

Tulsa Opera Performance Complements Philbrook's Aphrodite Exhibit
Two contemporary chamber operas, special visit by composer & librettist

Tulsa Opera will present a special performance in conjunction with the Philbrook Museum of Art exhibition "Aphrodite and the Gods of Love" on Saturday March 23, 2013, from 2 pm to 3:30 pm. At the Statue of Venus and All Wounds Bleed are two short, contemporary operas which will be performed by Tulsa Opera Studio Artists and guest performers. Both operas will be directed by Stanley M. Garner.

In its staged premiere, All Wounds Bleed retells the passionate - and tragic - myth of Echo and Narcissus. Echo and Hera are both tortured in their mutual love of Zeus. Throw in a stolen Cupid's arrowhead and a mortal who has sworn off love forever, and things get a little crazy on Olympus. 

All Wounds Bleed was written by composer Christopher Cerrone and librettist Tony Asaro under the auspices of the Composer Librettist Development Program at American Lyric Theater in New York City. Cerrone and Asaro are making a special trip to Tulsa for the performance. Both will participate in a Question & Answer session with the audience and performers following the production. Watch a clip from the American Lyric Theater and learn more about this modern chamber opera.   
ALL WOUNDS BLEED (Cerrone/Asaro)
ALL WOUNDS BLEED (Cerrone/Asaro)
 At the Statue of Venus, by Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally, the creators of Dead Man Walking, reveals a woman awaiting a blind date in a museum. Her thoughts and emotions are a jumble of hope and uncertainty, all while she lingers near a statue of the goddess of love. The opera was originally commissioned by Opera Colorado to celebrate the opening of the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Read a program note from Heggie and McNally about At the Statue of Venus and the team's commitment to contemporary opera.

Admission is $10 for members of Philbrook and $12 for non-members. Admission is taken at the door, or available online through Philbrook.
Internationally Acclaimed, Award Winning Opera Star Sherill Milnes to Teach Opera Master Class this Sunday, March 24 

World renowned opera baritone Sherrill Milnes will conduct a master class for young professional singers before a live audience on Sunday, March 24, 2013, at 2 pm at the Meinig Recital Hall in the Lorton Performance Center at the University of Tulsa. The class is presented as part of the Rotary Club of Tulsa's 15th Annual International Crescendo Music Awards and in cooperation with Tulsa Opera.

Both singers and audience members will benefit as Mr. Milnes shares valuable insight on vocal expression and explores theunique qualities of performance that make for world class professional vocal careers. Audience members will also have the opportunity to meet Mr. Milnes during class intermission.
Sherrill Milnes

The event will feature performances by Tulsa Opera Studio Artists. Doors open at 2:00 pm with class beginning at 2:15 pm. There is no cost to attend.

This Master Class is made possible by a generous gift from Scott and Margee Filstrup, and is presented by the Rotary Club of Tulsa International Crescendo Music Awards; Joseph A. Bias, Founder; and Tulsa Opera. Learn more.
Our 65th Season Finale: Verdi's Aida - the Grandest of Operas!
Performances April 20, 26 & 28
Tulsa Opera will present Giuseppe Verdi's Aida April 20, 26 and 28, 2013, at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. 

The grandest of grand opera, A�da opened the Tulsa Performing Arts Center 35 years ago and was the first outdoor opera performed at Skelly Stadium in 1933. In a story of love during wartime, A�da, the enslaved Ethiopian princess, and Radam�s, leader of the Egyptian army, long to be united forever. But someone else longs for Radames, too: the daughter of the Pharaoh! Midwest Emmy-winning soprano Adrienne Danrich, whose voice has been described as "fresh liquid-silver," makes her Tulsa Opera debut in the title role. Members of the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus and Tulsa Ballet II join forces with Tulsa Opera for this spectacular production celebrating the 200th anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi's birth.

Tickets are available starting at just $25. To purchase tickets or for more information about Tulsa Opera, visit or call 918-587-4811.
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