NOVA Center for the Performing Arts is proud to continue Rimrock Opera’s tradition of delivering superior operas, performances, and classes to the greater Rocky Mountain West community.
Over the course of fifteen years of proven success, Rimrock Opera had developed a strong community of arts and opera enthusiasts. With the merger between Venture Theatre and Rimrock Opera, NOVA was given a huge opportunity to combine resources, collaborate between the arts, and produce more performance and educational possibilities for both opera and theater.
2013-2014 Opera Performances
NOVACenter for the Performing Arts is elated to announce this season’s operatic performances. (Amahl and the Night Visitors as well as the Carmen’s Tragedy will be held at NOVACenter for the Performing Arts. La Traviata, NOVA’s mainstage opera, will be held at Alberta Bair Theater.)
OperaFest 2014 March 22
Master of Ceremonies: Jeff Kitto
OperaFest offers an upscale silent auction, fine dining, music and a delightful evening of live opera entertainment. Dine with the opera singers and experience the beauty of live opera in an intimate setting.
Director: Jeff Kitto
Production Consultant and Author: William Mouat
Stage Manager: Dodie Rife
Collaborative Pianist: Sandi Rabas
Carmen: Michelle Berger
Don José: Jeff Kitto
Escamillo: William Mouat
Lilas Pastia: Shawn Rasch
Micaela: Carolyn Coefield
Zuniga/Garcia/Fight Director: Jayme Green
With some of the most thrilling, popular, and familiar opera music, Carmen’s Tragedy will be performed at NOVA Center for the Performing Arts, 2317 Montana Avenue, at 7:30pm Saturday, March 29 and 2:00pm Sunday, March 30.
Carmen’s Tragedy is a unique performance featuring Bizet’s beloved tale of doomed love and violent passion. It was adapted from Carmen by Georges Bizet. Performers in Carmen’s Tragedy include Michelle Berger as Carmen, William Mouat as the bullfighter Escamillo, Carolyn Coefield as Micaela, and Jeff Kitto as Don José. Shawn Rasch as Lillas Pastia and fight choreographer Jayme Green will portray both the villainous Lieutenant Zuniga and the dangerous brigand Garcia transported directly from the novel, Carmen and Other Stories, by Prosper Mérimée.
Carmen’s Tragedy will be directed by Jeff Kitto with special directorial consultation from Dr. William Mouat, a doctoral graduate expert on the subject of Carmen.
Tickets to Carmen’s Tragedy are $20 for adults and $15 for students, seniors or active military with current ID. NOVA offers discounts on tickets of groups of 10 or more. Call 406-591-9535 or visit www.NOVAbillings.org for tickets or more information.
SAVE THE DATE!
La Traviata by Verdi October 30 (student matinee) and Saturday, November 2 (7:30pm), 2014 at Alberta Bair Theater