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October 4, 2023
Opera Las Vegas receives glowing review from Operawire for world premiere of Behold the Man

“'Behold the Man' is an engaging opera. It outlines the ever-developing story of Borja’s near fall and eventual rise to fame with a rare combination of excitement and forgiveness. Along with an easy-to-follow synopsis, Cecilia Giménez is a relatable lead character and her heart of gold makes for an interesting character development that supports a […]

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September 29, 2023
OLV's World Premiere of Behold the Man featured in The Guardian

"‘Monkey Christ’ opera makes a hero of woman who botched Spanish fresco" "Cecilia Giménez, now almost 93, achieved unwanted global fame in the summer of 2012 after attempting to restore a small fresco of the scourged and thorn-crowned Christ in the Santuario de Misericordia near her home town of Borja. Her incomplete efforts to save the Ecce Homo (Behold the man) […]

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September 14, 2023
OLV Receives Congratulations Letter from Joe Lombardo, Nevada Governor
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September 11, 2023
BROADWAY WORLD: BEHOLD THE MAN Comes to the Horn Theatre

An elderly woman in Borja, Spain, attempts the restoration of a little-known fresco. Discovered before she can finish, the image is posted online and goes viral. Shamed on social media and shunned by her neighbors, she falls into despair. But soon curious tourists begin to arrive, restoring her place in the community, and reversing the […]

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September 9, 2023
Welcome & Congratulations from Carolyn G. Goodman, Mayor of Las Vegas

Dear Attendees: As Mayor of the great City of Las Vegas, I welcome you to the 25th Anniversary Season of one of our City’s cultural jewels, Opera Las Vegas. When tenor Mark Thomsen, educator Paul Kreider, and soprano Gloria Marinacci Allen founded the company in 1999, little might they have imagined during its modest beginnings […]

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August 21, 2023
2023-2024 Season Announcement

Opera Las Vegas announces its milestone 25th Anniversary Season, led off by the World Premiere of a comic opera, Behold the Man, with music by Paul Fowler and libretto by Andrew Flack. General Director, Jim Sohre notes “Although our company has presented a number of West Coast Premieres of several other recent works, it is […]

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August 11, 2023
Comic Opera BEHOLD THE MAN to Have World Premiere at Opera Las Vegas

An elderly woman's attempt to restore a long-forgotten fresco of Jesus backfires, instead going viral on social media. She faces online shame and community rejection, but finds redemption when curious tourists arrive, revitalizing the struggling town. On September 30th and October 1st, Opera Las Vegas will kick off its 25th anniversary season with the world […]

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August 10, 2023
2022-2023 Season Wrap-Up

Thank you to everyone who supported Opera Las Vegas in our award-winning 2023-2024 season. A real high point of the year just came in June, with the first sold-out stage production in our company’s twenty-four-year history, for Giuseppe Verdi and Francesco Maria Piave’s immortal classic, La Traviata. This stunning achievement really embraced the three pillars […]

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June 19, 2023
Opera Las Vegas to Receive $25,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Opera Las Vegas has been approved for a $25,000 Grants for Arts Projects award to support its acclaimed ongoing Living Composers and Librettists Initiative.   OLV’s project is among awards for projects across America totaling more than $103 million that were selected during this second round of Grants for Arts Projects fiscal year 2023 funding. […]

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December 31, 2022
Opera Las Vegas receives $10,000 grant from the Jechart Yoo Charitable Trust!

Thanks to Jechart Yoo Charitable Trust for Recent Support We are tremendously grateful to Tomas Yoo and the Jechart Yoo Charitable Trust for the recent support of Opera Las Vegas, with a presentation of a $10,000 grant. As we are midway through our 2022-2023 Twenty-fourth Anniversary Season, we are extremely thankful for such considerable financial […]

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December 6, 2022
"O" Is For Opera!

Opera Las Vegas Presents “O” is for Opera! In keeping with Opera Las Vegas’ commitment to ensuring our events and programs are welcoming and accessible to all in our community, we recently launched our newest project, “O” is for Opera! The classroom opera pilot program was launched in the Fall of 2022 and took place […]

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August 22, 2022
Announcing Our 24th Anniversary Season!

Opera Las Vegas’ Twenty-fourth Anniversary season features Verdi’s timeless classic La traviata, contains four exciting West Coast Premieres, and will begin with a full-throated celebration of female contributors, with a jubilant Women Composers Festival, 23 September – 8 October 2022. Conceived as three separate spotlight productions, the series leads off with one of the most […]

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August 22, 2022
Helms Helps Foundation matches $20,000 of donations! Thank you all.

Opera Las Vegas is thrilled to announce that they have matched the $20,000 on offer during the month of June, thanks to the generosity of Helms Helps Foundation. Jim Sohre, General Director, noted: “This was the most substantial foundation grant our company has received to date, and we are so grateful for this infusion of […]

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August 22, 2022
Opera Las Vegas to Receive $20,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Opera Las Vegas has been approved for a $20,000 Grants for Arts Projects award to support its acclaimed ongoing Living Composers and Librettists Initiative. OLV’s project is among 1,125 projects across America totaling more than $26.6 million that were selected during this second round of Grants for Arts Projects fiscal year 2022 funding. “The National […]

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September 11, 2021
Scalia/Ginsburg A Rousing Success

“We are different.  We are one.”  So sang two unlikely friends and colleagues, Justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  That’s right, they “sang,” at least in OLV’s roundly cheered production of Derrick Wang’s chamber opera, Scalia/Ginsburg, which performed 8-11 July 2021 in an actual courtroom, namely the Thomas and Mack Moot Court of UNLV’s […]

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September 8, 2021
Don Pasquale Opens To Enthusiastic Reception

When General Director Jim Sohre greeted the audience for the premiere of Donizetti's comic opera, Don Pasquale on 11 and 12 June, and welcomed them to "our first live performances in sixteen months," it was met with unbridled enthusiasm and applause. Opera-hungry fans were ready to be entertained and a starry quartet of solo singers, […]

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September 1, 2021
Ghosts of Gatsby, Season Kick-Off

Opera Las Vegas will kick-off its 22nd Anniversary Season on October 1st- 3rd with The Ghosts of Gatsby, a chamber opera inspired by the Jazz Age and infused with operatic madness by composer Evan Mack and librettist Joshua McGuire. Based on true events, The Ghosts of Gatsby is a compelling psychological journey into the marriage […]

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August 1, 2021
Opera Las Vegas Receives $50,000 Surprise Gift In Response to its Recent Production of Scalia/Ginsberg

Opera Las Vegas recently closed out its successful run of Derrick Wang’s Scalia/Ginsburg with a surprise ending: A fifty thousand dollar gift. Scalia/Ginsburg is a serio-comic chamber opera about the unlikely friendship between two philosophically opposed Supreme Court Justices, Antonin Scalia and the “notorious” Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who were drawn together by their mutual love […]

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July 15, 2021
Opera Las Vegas to Receive $16,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Opera Las Vegas has been approved for a $16,000 Grants for Arts Projects award to support its acclaimed Living Composers and Librettists Initiative. In the 2021-2022 season, this project will present the West Coast premieres of three chamber operas: Ricky Ian Gordon and Royce Vavrek’s The House Without a Christmas Tree; D.J. Sparr, Mark Campbell, […]

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July 1, 2021
Opera Las Vegas Receives a Quarter-Million-Dollar Gift from Chris and Anita Murray

Las Vegas, NV — Opera Las Vegas (OLV) today announced a quarter-million-dollar leadership gift commitment from long-time Sustaining Trustees, patrons, opera lovers, and friends Chris and Anita Murray to secure the future of the company through increased staffing, expanded programming and strategic planning initiatives. This gift comes as the Company not only re-emerges from the […]

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June 15, 2021
Opera Las Vegas Presents the West Coast Premiere of Scalia/Ginsburg

OPERA LAS VEGAS PRESENTS THE WEST COAST PREMIERE OF  THE NEW OPERA HIT Scalia/Ginsburg MUSIC AND LIBRETTO BY DERRICK WANG “We are different. We are one.”  So sing two unlikely friends and colleagues, Justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  Yes, that’s right. They “sing.” Delightful surprises unfold as Opera Las Vegas proudly presents the […]

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June 1, 2021
Opera Las Vegas presents Don Pasquale

Do conniving old bachelors like Don Pasquale deserve love?  Opera scholars seem unaware that the scurrilous old suitor ever visited Sin City, but that hasn’t stopped Opera Las Vegas from cooking up a whole new localized scenario for a hilarious version of this world-famous romantic lyric comedy.  When it comes to combining beautiful melodies and […]

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July 1, 2020
Opera Uncorked Recap

Wine and song go together so naturally that Opera Las Vegas merrily served up both, with Opera Uncorked on Saturday, 16 November 2019 at 6:30 pm in the Las Vegas Artists Guild Gallery in the Henderson Galleria Mall.Delighted patrons were treated to timeless tunes paired with exquisite wines, as OLV’s spirited songbirds and full-throated troubadors […]

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June 30, 2020
Appreciation to Stephanie S. Buntin For Her Dedicated Service

After six years of serving on the Opera Las Vegas board, President Stephanie S. Buntin is stepping down. The company presented her with a gold-edged acrylic pentagon plaque that reads: Presented with Appreciation to Stephanie S. Buntin For Your Dedicated Service, June 2020. Thank you for your consistent, steady leadership!

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June 30, 2020
Update from the General Director, Jim Sohre

Although our in-person production schedule is still on an extended intermission, rest assured Opera Las Vegas has not been idle. At last week’s annual all hands board meeting, a new set of officers was elected. OLV welcomed Paxton Fleming as its new President, and renewed Bonita Bunt’s status as Secretary. Although I rotated off the […]

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June 12, 2020
Opera Las Vegas to Receive $10,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Las Vegas, Nevada—National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $84 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2020. Included in this announcement is an Art Works award of $10,000 to Opera Las Vegas for its Living Composers Initiative. This is […]

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March 20, 2020
Opera Las Vegas Cancels Remainder of 20th Anniversary Season

To safeguard the company’s artists, staff, volunteers, audiences and supporters, Opera Las Vegas has canceled the remaining productions of the company’s “Magical  20th Anniversary Season.” With the COVID-19 crisis shuttering facilities and restricting public gatherings throughout the Las Vegas Valley, venues are no longer available to stage Derrick Wang’s Scalia/Ginsburg, soprano Angela Meade’s recital, John Davies’ The Bremen Town […]

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March 13, 2020
Scalia/Ginsburg Performance Postponed

Dear Friends, As much as Opera Las Vegas was looking forward to presenting a truly first-class production of Derrick Wang’s Scalia/Ginsburg, 19-22 March, we value even more the health and well-being of our patrons, artists, staff, and community at large. Therefore, we feel it prudent to cancel these performances of Scalia/Ginsburg at this time, with […]

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May 20, 2019
“27” Recap

The musically thrilling, theatrically compelling production of composer Ricky Ian Gordon and librettist Royce Vavrek’s “27” was a great step forward for the company. The piece tells the story of the famous artistic salons held by American ex-pats Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas at their Parisian address, 27 Rue de Fleurus in the mid-20th […]

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March 13, 2019
Opera Las Vegas Celebrates Opera Legends in Black

Opera Las Vegas presented Opera Legends in Black at West Las Vegas Library Theatre to a highly enthusiastic response from an audience of 120 people on Sunday, 24 February 2019. Raising their voices in celebration of Black History Month, sopranos Sheronda McKee and Moriah Berry, tenor Albert Rudolph Lee, and bass-baritone Aaron Pendleton were expertly […]

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February 20, 2019
Love Potion No.9 Gala Highlights

Thanks to all our friends and supporters this year’s Love Potion No.9 Gala was a hugesell-out success. Our goal was a memorable night of non-stop entertainment, “sin-sational” food, quality service, and light-hearted fun. Thanks to all our outstanding auction donors and bidders, the company more than doubled its anticipated goal. Bravo! We’d like to salute […]

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August 15, 2018
2018 Season Reveal party recap

Opera Las Vegas partnered with the Mario Basner Gallery to present a festive and song-filled Season Reveal party on August 16th in Tivoli Village. Seventy-plus revelers helped the company (now in its nineteenth season) to celebrate the diverse line-up of operas, concerts and events that are planned for the 2018-2019 line-up. General Director Jim Sohre […]

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April 15, 2018
What is an Informance?

“Informance” is a hybrid word that combines “information” and “performance” into one song-filled, instructive 40-minute program. Each year Opera Las Vegas takes “Informances” to as many Clark County Schools as can be accommodated in a two week period to explain and expose the art form of opera to students, many of whom have never experienced […]

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April 11, 2018
Opera Legends in Black

On Sunday, 25 February, OLV celebrated African-American History Month with “Opera Legends in Black,” a tribute concert to legendary black singers and composers who achieved international acclaim. The narrated program celebrated the success of singers Martina Arroyo, Simon Estes, Jessye Norman, Leontyne Price, George Shirley, Grace Bumbry, Shirley Verrett, Denyce Graves, Marion Anderson, Roland Hayes, […]

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April 11, 2018
Cinderella’s Diamond Ball

Opera Las Vegas’ annual major fundraiser took over the lavish Liberace Mansion on Saturday evening, 20 January, and raised the roof. “Cinderella’s Diamond Ball” was the chosen theme, as a run-up to June’s planned production of Rossini’s “Cinderella” (La Cenerentola). The evening began in the unique Moroccan room, where VIP attendees were treated to canapés […]

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April 11, 2018
Bravo, Bernstein!

On Sunday, March 25th Opera Las Vegas returned to the Smith Center to join in the worldwide centennial celebration for legendary composer Leonard Bernstein by presenting Bravo, Bernstein! in Myron’s Cabaret Jazz. Leonard Bernstein is one of the most popular and successful American composers, conductors, and educators of the 20th Century. “Lenny” is being feted […]

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November 29, 2017
Noah’s Flood (Noye’s Fludde)

The mobile Opera on Wheels outreach program went into overdrive with a successful tour of Benjamin Britten’s one act opera Noah’s Flood (Noye’s Fludde). For a free will offering, nearly five-hundred audience members were able to experience live opera at Grace Presbyterian Church (17 November) in central Las Vegas; Green Valley Presbyterian (18 November) in Henderson; and […]

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October 16, 2017
Beer and Baritones at Biersch Toasts Oktoberfest

Both Oktoberfest and opera got their due with Beer and Baritones at Biersch on October 15. The Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant provided the venue and vittles – and three exciting young baritones offered full-throated, accomplished singing along with the beer. Phillip Harris communicated vocal joy, whether presenting the signature baritone aria from Don Pasquale, Mozart’s Magic Flute tune, or Broadway’s If […]

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September 30, 2017
¡Latin Fiesta! is a Super Hit for Hispanic Heritage Month

¡Latin Fiesta! officially opened the season on September 29 with a celebration in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month at the West Las Vegas Library Theatre. General Director Jim Sohre narrated stirring tributes to superstars like Placido Domingo, Montserrat Caballe, and Jose Carreras, while introducing a good dose of Zarzuela (Spanish operetta).  The spirited audience cheered every selection.  And why not, […]

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September 12, 2017
OLV Young Artists Kick Off OLV’s 2017-18 Season Reveal

At a festive Season Reveal Party at the Classic Jewel on September 10, Opera Las Vegas announced a wildly diverse 2017-2018 season of operas and events.  The company plans to “present with passion” one biblical flood, two ugly stepsisters, three little pigs, beer and baritones, a Latin fiesta, a holiday on Broadway, legends in black, music at the […]

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