My sister-in-law said National Opera Week begins on October 29. Here’s my problem. I’m going to be traveling out to see her that week, with stops in Pittsburgh; Columbus, Ohio; Quincy, Illinois; and finally, heading back toward Cincinatti, early on the 7th. What’s worth stopping for along the way?
Alice in Altoona
You have hit the jackpot, my dear. Get a load of just some of the fun things you can do in America’s heartland during this celebrated week.
First stop is on Sunday, October 31 at Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters, 2425 Liberty Avenue, at 2:00 p.m. There you can enjoy “Opera Up Close: Lucia di Lammermoor,” an in-depth look at the music and story of Lucia di Lammermoor — with Maestro Walker and a star-studded panel of opera artists. Free and open to the public. No reservations required. More information here.
Next stop on Thursday, November 4, at Opera Columbus, 11 E. Gay Street, from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m for Opera’s Greatest Hits at Sugardaddie’s Sumptuous Sweeties. For more information, contact Sarah Rhorer at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.operacolumbus.org.
If you’re speedy, next you hightail it over to Quincy Illinois, on Saturday, November 6, to see Muddy River Opera Company’s “Potpourri of Songs and Roses” at the State Theatre at 434 South 8th Street, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Enjoy a special American Opera Week luncheon, strolling fashion show, entertainment with songs of past operas and musicals, raffle and door prizes. Tickets are $25. Raffle tickets, which include a one half-hour plane ride over the city and the Mississippi River plus 15 other prizes, are six for $10. For information and tickets, contact email@example.com or 217-242-3829.
For the last official day of National Opera Week, hustle back to the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music on Sunday, November 7, for the final performance of Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw (one of my favorites!) held at the Patricia Corbett Theater on W, Corry St, at Jefferson Avenue, on the UC Campus at 2:30 p.m. This production is directed by Amanda Consol and conducted by Christopher Allen. Tickets are $15 for General Admission; $10 for non-UC Students (UC Students are free). For information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
There you go, Alice. A week jam-packed with opera because these organizations participate in National Opera Week.
And if any of you, dear readers, want to know what’s on the docket in your neck of the words, you can use the nifty little search engine on the Opera America site to find the complete slate of events–from Alabama to Wisconsin.