The Indianapolis Opera by Rhett Bartley Rowe

June 29, 2012

My term as board member of the Indianapolis Opera proved to be a memorable experience. The Opera opened its doors in 1975, presenting two 20th Century works, The Devil and Daniel Webster by Douglas Moore and The Telephone by Gian Carlo Menotti.

Since then the Indianapolis Opera has presented some of the greatest works of the genre, such as Bizet’s Carmen, Wagner’s Das Rheingold, Mozart’s The Magic Flute, and Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. The most recent production was Gounod’s Faust (pictured) in May 2012.

The Opera seeks to build young audiences with its educational activities. It invites classes to attend final rehearsals of its productions and produces a short opera, Jack and the Beanstalk, for elementary school students. Schools can also arrange for their older students to stage a production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic HMS Pinafore, with the students handling everything from props to publicity and Opera Ensemble members singing the lead roles.

The Indianapolis Opera Ensemble offers a chance for young artists to develop. Members hone their skills in group classes, master classes, and performances for the educational outreach productions, as well as featured roles in the main productions.

About the Author: Rhett B Rowe currently serves as Director of National Accounts at Omega Performance Corporation, where he develops working relationships with large banks and credit unions.


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