Nashville Opera announces 2014-2015 season

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The 2014-15 will be the most ambitious season in Nashville Opera’s remarkable history. The company is creating three new productions, including two Tennessee premieres, and the return of a hilarious Gilbert and Sullivan favorite. New season packages, which offer significant savings compared to individual show tickets, are available for as little as $58 and can be purchased by calling Nashville Opera at (615) 832-5242 or online at www.nashvilleopera.org.

Nashville Opera opens the  2014-15 season with a grand new staging of one of the most popular operas ever written, Puccini’s La Bohème. The production, sponsored by Patricia and Rhodes Hart, features the debut of a completely new set design and will be performed on October 9 & 11, 2014 in the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Andrew Jackson Hall. 

Building on the popularity of previous works which been successfully staged in the intimacy of the Noah Liff Opera Center’s 260-seat theater, Nashville Opera will present the Tennessee premiere of Romulus Hunt by Carly Simon on December 5, 6, & 7, 2014. In 1993, Carly Simon took her gift of melody and her fearless examination of love and relationships to create this opera, Romulus Hunt.  At the time of the opera’s premiere, it was heralded as “one of the most important American operas since Porgy and Bess.” The one-act contemporary masterpiece takes us on a fractured family’s poignant and heartfelt journey as they search for healing, reconciliation and redemption.

In January of 2015, Nashville Opera will present the Tennessee premiere of Daniel Catàn’s lush and melodic Florencia en el Amazonas. Performances will be offered on January 23, 25, & 27, 2015 in the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s James K. Polk Theater. Inspired by the writings of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, this ravishingly beautiful opera examines love in all of its joys and folly. In 1910, seven people board a small steamboat for a voyage down the Amazon River toward an unexplored jungle paradise. Soon the passengers find themselves on a surreal journey that dares to venture deep into the mysteries of the human heart. Among all the passengers, Florencia seeks the most desperate love of all:  Lost love.  Love she long ago let slip through her fingers and now vows to find again.  Director John Hoomes will take the audience on a journey of discovery through the sensual world of “magic realism,” overflowing with a vibrant orchestral score inspired by the romanticism of Puccini and Debussy. (Sung in Spanish with easy-to-read English supertitles)

Join the adventures of the merry Pirates of Penzance, as Nashville Opera presents this classic favorite from the masters of comedy, Gilbert and Sullivan. Performances will be offered in the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Andrew Jackson Hall on  April 9 & 11, 2015. The Pirates of Penzance features all the clever wordplay and wonderful music that the musical duo is known for, along with the unforgettable characters of Frederic, Mabel, the Major General Stanley, and, of course, the Pirate King.  Hum along with the famous melodies, and laugh at the escapades of the craziest shipmates since H.M.S Pinafore.

Full-season, 3-show, 2-show, and FLEX voucher packages are available online at www.nashvilleopera.org, or directly from the Nashville Opera’s Box Office by calling (615) 832-5242. Nashville Opera’s multi-show season tickets offer significant benefits, with many packages including free parking, backstage tours, rehearsal receptions, and a host of other unique events. Nashville Opera can provide convenient interest-free installment payment options for season tickets purchased through the Nashville Opera Box Office. 

“We look forward to presenting Nashville audiences with this ambitious and diverse season of opera,” says John Hoomes, General and Artistic Director. “These works include some of the most exemplary representations from a wide-range of operas in the canon, including a new production of a Puccini timeless masterpiece, a touching music drama from a pop music icon, a melodic and sensual impressionistic treasure, and one of the most popular comedic operettas in the repertoire.”