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  • DRESS CODE: Casual, Come As You Are
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John Davies’ The Bremen Town Musicians

Opera With Class

Tour Schedule:

  • Thursday, 12 May, 7:00 pm - Clark County Library Theatre, 1401 E Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89119
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  • Saturday, 14 May, 3:00 pm - Winchester Dondero Cultural Center, 3130 McLeod Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89121
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  • Friday, 27 May, 7:00 pm - Windmill Library Theatre, 7060 W. Windmill Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89113
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  • Sunday, 29 May, 3:00 pm - West Charleston Library Auditorium, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89146
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Run Time

60 Minutes

Intermission

No intermission

Language

English

Premiered

Program Premiere: April 2018

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No refreshment services are available

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Come as You Are

“A donkey, a rooster, a dog, and a cat, we’re marching to Bremen, imagine that!”

Did you know that the world-famous composers Rossini, Donizetti, Verdi, Offenbach, and Sullivan wrote the opera, The Bremen Town Musicians?  Neither did they! The resourceful adaptor John Davies has repurposed various operatic solos and ensembles to tell the beloved folktale by the Brothers Grimm.

This 50-minute, fully staged performance is perfect fare for the whole family as it introduces them to the operatic art form with tuneful English language musical selections, and a readily understandable and entertaining story.

The tale also incorporates an important life lesson. Davies writes: “I’d like to think young audiences will conclude that acceptances of folks, no matter how different, is the smart and decent thing to do. . .and that marching together is a far better choice than going it alone on the road to Bremen.”

Opera Las Vegas is no stranger to John Davies’ adaptations, having successfully toured his Pinocchio, The Three Little Pigs, and Jack and the Beanstalk in recent seasons to the delight of thousands of young family members.

Performance venues for The Bremen Town Musicians in May 2022 are in the process of being finalized.

Cast

  • Lisa Elliott, close-up headshot.

    Lisa Elliott

    Soprano

    Barcarolle the Dog

  • Lisa Elliott, close-up headshot.

    Lisa Elliott

    Soprano

    Vocalist Lisa Elliott performs in a wide variety of musical styles. From singing jazz standards on the Vegas Strip to coloratura soprano opera roles, Lisa enjoys many different genres of music.

    She is also the Music Director at Grace Presbyterian Church Las Vegas, where she directs the weekly services as well as the Grace Concert Choir and orchestra in many major works.

    Lisa loves music education. She is the Director of the Grace Academy of Music Education (GAME), directing the GAME Children’s Choir and all voice students. And she is an adjunct voice professor at UNLV.

    In 2020, Dr. Lisa Elliott completed her DMA degree in vocal performance through UNLV, having already earned a Master’s degree at San Diego State University in vocal performance, and a Bachelor’s degree in choral conducting at Scripps College in Claremont, CA.

  • Athena Mertes, Soprano, against a blue background.

    Athena Mertes

    Soprano

    Dorabella the Cat

  • Athena Mertes, Soprano, against a blue background.

    Athena Mertes

    Soprano


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    Athena Mertes is one of the Valley’s most celebrated sopranos, whose opera and concert credits include Despina (Cosi Fan Tutte), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Lucy (The Telephone), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Gianetta (L’Elisir d’Amore), Morgana (Alcina), Musetta (La Bohème), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Abigail (The Crucible), Nella (Gianni Schicchi) and soprano soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria, Handel’s Messiah and Honegger’s King David. She has performed as a guest soloist with the Burbank Philharmonic, Las Vegas Philharmonic, Henderson Symphony, Opera Las Vegas, Vegas City Opera and Lexington Opera Outreach. She has appeared with Opera Las Vegas on many occasions, in Holiday on Broadway, the Old Lady and the doll Olympia in Pinocchio, and Despina in The Three Little Pigs. She is also the director of the OLV Youth Chorus.  Most recently, Athena was Alice B. Toklas in the West Coast premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon and Royce Vavrek’s 27, sang in the Twentieth Anniversary Season Reveal, and portrayed Lilly in Sasha Matson’s Cooperstown. She was scheduled to sing the role of Papagena in June’s The Magic Flute, before it was canceled.

  • Rachel Kay Miller Headshot, smiling in a flower-print dress.

    Rachel Kay Miller

    Mezzo-Soprano

    Eddie Pensier the Donkey

  • Rachel Kay Miller Headshot, smiling in a flower-print dress.

    Rachel Kay Miller

    Mezzo-Soprano

    Rachel Kay Miller, mezzo-soprano, is a native of Streator, IL. She received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of North Alabama in 2016, and in 2019, she earned her Master of Music from Illinois State University, also in Vocal Performance. Her repertoire encompasses a variety of musical styles, including art song, musical theatre, oratorio, and operatic works. Miller's recent opera roles include Zita in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, Terentia in Dan Shore's The Beautiful Bridegroom, and Dido in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. Miller made her Opera Las Vegas debut in December of 2021 in "Holiday on Broadway." She has gained a considerable interest in American opera through her performances of American chamber operas and her independent graduate research. In addition to her opera performances, Miller has appeared as an alto soloist in J.S. Bach's Magnificat. She currently resides in Las Vegas, where she teaches private voice lessons through the Las Vegas Piano Music School and her own private studio.

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    Christophe Kennedy

    Bass-Baritone

    General Boom the Donkey

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    Christophe Kennedy

    Bass-Baritone

    Christophe Kennedy (Bass-Baritone) received his Masters of Arts at the Cleveland Institute of Music under Dr. Dean Southern. Prior to, he completed his undergraduate’s degree at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas under Dr. Alfonse Anderson. He began his career in the arts at Legacy high school where he performed roles such as Roat (Wait Until Dark), Snoopy (You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown) and the Cowardly Lion (The Wizard of Oz). At UNLV, he added various roles such as Figaro (Le nozze), Colline (La Boheme), Bottom (Midsummer’s), King Claudius (Hamlet), and Leporello (Don Giovanni). While at CIM he was casted as The Chamberlain (Le Rossignol), L’Ombre (L’Enfant et les sortilege), Thésée (Hippolyte e Ariciee), and The Father (The Juniper Tree). Currently he’s performing the role of Jonathan in Donte Miller’s The Rocking Chair and will soon star in Opera Las Vegas’s The Bremen Town Musicians as General Boom.

Creative Team

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    Linda Lister

    Director

  • Linda Lister, close-up headshot, smiling.

    Linda Lister

    Director


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    Linda Lister (Director) is Professor of Music and Director of Opera at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Winner of the 2014 American Prize for Directing, she is a graduate of Vassar College, the Eastman School of Music, and the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. She has led UNLV Opera to two first place wins in the 2015 National Opera Association Collegiate Opera Scenes Competition and a second place win in NOA’s 2016 Opera Production Competition. She is author of So You Want to Sing Light Opera and Yoga for Singers: Freeing Your Voice and Spirit through Yoga, and co-author of So You Want to Sing Music by Women and Voice Secrets: 100 Performance Strategies for the Advanced Singer. Also a composer, she has written three one-act operas: Body of Art, State of Grace, and How Clear She Shines! She sings her own compositions on the Albany Records release Pleas to Famous Fairies.

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