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    New Partner - Ashevillle Lyric Opera

    We are pleased to announce that Opera Lively has established new partnership ties with another professional opera company, Asheville Lyric Opera, which this summer will start its 15th season. We are pleased to embrace in our community this Western North Carolina company, headquartered in the beautiful and arts-rich city of Asheville. Please visit their website at www.ashevillelyric.org. Their main offices are located at 39 S. Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801, phone number 828-236-0670. Their logo is already part of all of our pages when you scroll down to the footer.

    I visited the company in March for Lawrence Brownlee's recital and was pleased to meet its founder and General and Artistic Director, David Craig Starkey.

    The company is presenting Tosca this very weekend - too late for Opera Lively's full coverage since we have just established the partnership today and had other previous engagements - but we'll be sure to cover their events from now on. Still, those who can attend the production, should give it a try - we are publishing a more detailed announcement of it [here]. The 2012-2013 season has also included La Traviata in October 2012.



    "Something Beautiful” was the theme for Asheville Lyric Opera’s 12th season, inspired both by the beauty of the region in which it lives, as well as by the singing voice and the amazing things that can be done with it. The Asheville Lyric Opera (ALO) has always been a natural fit with the cultural life of Western North Carolina.

    This mountain region continues to nurture its American arts and crafts movement, a legacy that has held strong since it was home to poet Carl Sandburg, and novelist Thomas Wolfe. The area's numerous galleries feature works ranging from classic fine art to fiber and glass art and traditional quilting. Additionally, Asheville has an accomplished symphony orchestra and ballet.

    The company presents their productions at the Diana Wortham Theatre, which offers the perfect setting for a professional opera company. This 500-seat theater gives artist and audience the kind of intimacy found in a living room conversation among friends. The theater itself is located in Pack Place, a historic arts complex in the center of downtown Asheville that also holds a fine arts museum, a children's museum, an earth science museum and a cultural center, all within walking distance of galleries, entertainment venues and fine restaurants. The Diana Wortham Theatre provides an opportunity for "give and take" between performer and audience that cannot be found in larger auditoriums. The amazing acoustics and classic design have earned the theater a respected place among the cultural destinations in the region.

    Dr. Robert Hart Baker, former conductor of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, became the principal guest conductor of ALO in 2004. General and Artistic Director David Craig Starkey holds a Master of Music degree in Opera Performance from Indiana University, and is a baritone who has performed among others with the New York City Opera and the Bregenz Festspiele, and as a solo artist at Carnegie Hall.

    The company holds professional-grade educational programs as well. It offers lectures, concerts, and recitals to the public; internships and apprenticeships to undergraduate and graduate level students in arts administration, technical production, performance, and marketing; as well as the annual Education Opera that offers students of high school choral programs the opportunity to participate in a professional opera production on their own campus. It started in 2006 with Amahl and the Night Visitors.

    ALO also encourages select members of the public - mainly children, families and senior citizens - to preview dress rehearsal performances of each main-stage opera production. Audience members receive a study guide that provides background information on the opera, and participate in a question and answer forum with the director.

    In season five, the company started a touring program after it was inspired by a joint production with the South Carolina Opera Company. The annual tours have taken the company from Indiana to Florida. 2012's tour featured Tosca, and 2013's, Don Giovanni.

    From its beginnings in 2009 with recitals featuring Angela Simpson, Susan Dunn, and Rockwell Blake, followed by their first opera La Bohème, the company has evolved to becoming able to feature their entire own new productions, such as Rigoletto in season 10, and this current Tosca.

    The 2013-2014 season opens in the summer with American musical Carousel, on July 19-20.

    Past seasons have included a mix of operas, operettas, and musicals:

    I Pagliacci, La Bohème (3 times), Madama Butterfly (twice), The Pirates of Penzance, Amahl and the Night Visitors (5 times), La Traviata (3 times), Annie Get Your Gun, Il Barbiere di Siviglia (twice), The Gift of the Magi, Così fan Tutte, Rigoletto, Don Pasquale (twice), Le Nozze di Figaro (twice), Carmen (twice), Das Zauberflöte (twice), The Merry Widow, L'Elisir d'Amore, Lucia di Lammermoor, Down in the Valley, Don Giovanni, Rigoletto, Gianni Schicchi, Roméo et Juliette, Hansel und Gretel, Brundibar, and Tosca.

    Welcome to Opera Lively, partners!
    Last edited by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva); April 11th, 2013 at 10:05 AM.
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