A new performance company dubbed Opera180 has announced their official launch in the Kansas City area. Co-founded by local opera production veterans Nate Wheatley and Sadie DeSantis, Opera180 looks to introduce the genre to Kansas Citians who may not be familiar with the art form, while providing opportunities for young, aspiring opera performers who currently face an opportunity gap between college and the large companies in major cities.
“We have seen this model successfully executed in other markets including New York, Detroit, and Austin, and given our backgrounds and passion to keep the art of opera alive for many years to come, we thought it was time to bring an exciting new twist on opera to Kansas City,” comments Executive Director and Co-Founder Wheatley. “In addition to the fun we bring to our audiences, we are also dedicated to providing another performance outlet for the many young opera performers living in our area.”
From the press release: “Opera180 performances bring opera to life in exciting new ways. The performances are typically one hour to an hour and a half in length (much shorter than traditional opera), are held in hip, fun locations such as rooftops, event spaces and other unique locations, and are usually designed for more intimate audiences of under 150 people.”
The first performance of Opera180 is titled Bon Operatit. The event will consist of three parts including composer Lee Hoiby’s Bon Appétit based on Julia Child, a cooking demonstration by a local KC chef, and Jennifer Jolley’s Krispy Kremes and Butter Queens inspired by the colorful Paula Deen. Bon Operatit will be held in April with additional performances throughout 2018.
A launch party is scheduled for Saturday, February 24th at the Weinberger Art Gallery in the Crossroads. In addition to several announcements, the evening will include performances from La Bohème, La Giaconda, and Samson and Delilah along with pop pieces from artists such as Bonnie Tyler, Journey, Florence and the Machine, and TLC.
For more information on Opera180 visit opera180.org.
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