Midtown Opera Festival 2015 Starts Tomorrow

Posted by Holly Whitfield | April 8th 2015 2717 0

Memphis has many awesome arts groups, and one of the most unique is Opera Memphis. You might think of opera as a bit stuffy or for a certain crowd, but that's just not true with Opera Memphis. They make an effort to involve the community and do out-of-the-box things to make this classical art more accessible, like 30 Days of Opera, kid-friendly performances, and Midtown Opera Festival.

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Midtown Opera Fest is two weekends of different operatic performances, plus interactive talks, dinners, and parties. It kicks off tomorrow, April 9 and goes through April 19. The main events are three intimate chamber operas. They're all about an hour long and will be performed at 8 p.m. at Playhouse on the Square on their respective dates. 

Just like last year, I'm doing three days of Midtown Opera Festival tickets. Here's how to win:

1. On Wednesday (April 8), win tickets to see "Glory Denied" on Thursday, April 9. Go to Instagram and leave a comment on this post (click here to go to the post). Tag a friend who'd be your opera date and tell me your favorite opera. I'll pick two winners at random on Thursday at 9:30 a.m.

Giveaway over! Congrats Emily Clark and April Holifield-Scott!

"Glory Denied" is an American opera about the life of the longest-held prisoner of war in U.S. history, Vietnam vet Colonel Jim Thompson. It's all about loss, family, and the cost of war. If you don't win, you can get tickets to see it on Thu. April 9 or Sat. April 11.

Glory Denied

2. On Thursday (April 9), win tickets to see "Dido & Aeneas" on Fri. April 17. Come find me at the Tennessee Brewery between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. on 4/9 and tell me the secret password. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram for hints as to exactly where I'll be and the password. 

Congrats to winners Joel and Stephen!

"Dido & Aeneas" is your good ol' fashioned story of a queen's unrequited love for a heroic demigod. You know, the usual. If you don't win, you can get tickets to see it on Fri. April 17 or Sat. April 18. Note that the April 18 performance is at 6 p.m., not 8 p.m.

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3.  "Mamelle de Tiresias" on April 18

"Les Mamelles De Tiresias" is a French opera with English subtitles. Opera Memphis' description is that it's a "tale of topsy-turvy [that] gives new meaning to the question 'how can a woman be more like a man?'".  Juicy! 

Opera Memphis Presents:

You can buy tickets to all of the events here. Tickets are $35 – $55 for the operas, $135 – $165 for Festival passes, and $22 for pre-show dinner and talks. On Saturday, April 11, the Midtown Opera Festival will show classic cartoons at Playhouse on the Square along with a cereal buffet. It's $9 for grown ups and $4 for kids. 

Happy Midtown Opera Fest 2015!

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