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SOMETHING DIFFERENT

2013-2014 Season

David O’Dell, General & Artistic Director


Experience Something Different COME TO THE TEXAS PANHANDLE – the last major geographic part of continental America to be colonized and one of the most peculiar and physically stunning parts of the American West.

DISCOVER Palo Duro – artist Georgia O’Keefe’s burning, seething

cauldron, filled with dramatic light and color – a place where the skies are blue and the sunsets are unlike any on the continent.

EXPERIENCE AMARILLO OPERA – opera as you’ve never experienced it before – in the intimate setting of the Amarillo Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts rising from the simple majesty of the Texas High Plains.

VISIT Amarillo. CELEBRATE OPERA in the Texas Panhandle with a season of musical drama you’ll never forget. Only in Amarillo – only at AMARILLO OPERA! Because life’s too short not to experience something different!


Amarillo Opera continues to surprise...a fine opera company is growing up in what feels like an unlikely city in the Texas Panhandle. When opera companies in major cities are struggling to stay afloat or, worse closing, the opera in Amarillo is stepping up in respect around the country. Amarillo is hardly a major metropolitan city; it is only 14th in size in Texas. The success of Amarillo Opera demonstrates that opera can thrive anywhere, as long as there is a visionary director and a ready and appreciative audience to be found. – Gregory Sullivan Isaacs, TheatreJones (Dallas)


Kurt Weill’s

The Threepenny Opera I was aroused straightaway by the raw intensity of the songs... - Bob Dylan


Don’t miss the Amarillo premiere of one of opera’s enduring masterpieces - featuring the most famous mad scene in opera.

“Both heaven and earth have abandoned me.” - Lucia


Gaetano Donizetti’s

Lucia di Lammermoor Conductor: Michael Ching Director: Marc Astafan Trapped in a feud between two Scottish families, Lucia is forced by her brother to abandon her true love and enter into a political marriage. The tormented Lucia slowly slips into insanity. Based on Sir Walter Scott’s Gothic masterpiece, Lucia di Lammermoor is an enduring tale filled with mystery, apparitions, secret affairs, and murder.

Oct. 5, 2013 • 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6, 2013 • 2:30 p.m. Amarillo Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts


Kurt Weill’s

The Threepenny Opera Known to the underworld as Mack the Knife, Mackie Messer weaves his wicked way through the back alleys of Victorian London. In this begger’s opera, Mack pursues the virtuous Polly Peachum while endeavoring to evade the ever-present threat of the hangman’s noose.

Conductor: Braden Toan Director: Walker Lewis

April 5, 2014 • 7:30 p.m. April 6, 2014 • 2:30 p.m. Amarillo Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts


Many have tried to imitate it. No one has succeeded. - Harold Prince


Andrew Scott DeJesse Between Wind and Water

SIZE: W 44 3/4 x H 42 1/2 • MEDIUM: WATER COLOR, OIL

Andrew Scott DeJesse grew up in Marlboro, New Jersey and received his BFA in Illustration from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. After several years of working as an Art Director in Pharmaceutical Advertising, he relocated to Texas. The vastness and solitude of the Texas landscapes made such an impression on Andrew that he felt compelled to capture the truth and quiet beauty of the Southwest in his paintings. Andrew’s works have been exhibited in several solo and group shows and he was a 2007, 2009 & 2010 Hunting Art Prize finalist. His works can be found in many private and corporate collections such as Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lyondell, Halliburton, Schlumberger and National Oil Well.


Fol de Rol Save the Date:

March 29, 2014 • The Amarillo Club

Join us for an evening of madcap, zany high jinks as we dance to the sounds of Patrick Swindell and Pizzazz, and frolic the night away at the fourth annual Amarillo Opera Fol de Rol on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at The Amarillo Club. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails and appetizers. Dinner and dancing will follow with many special surprises as the night unfolds. A silent auction will intrigue you, and during the live auction you’ll have an opportunity to bid on Andrew Scott DeJesse’s painting, Between Wind and Water, commissioned for the opera’s 2013-2014 season. All proceeds will benefit Amarillo Opera. Don’t miss an evening of elegance, mystery, folly, intrigue, music and epicurean delights as only Amarillo Opera can provide.


Celebrating National Opera Week

Michael Ching’s

Speed Dating Tonight! Conducted by the composer: Michael Ching

“Tell me your story, then I’ll tell you mine. And let me order you another glass of wine.” One of many pick-up lines you may hear at this speed dating session. Set in a contemporary club, you might encounter an exercise fanatic, a cat lover, a bassoon player, a shy origamist – who knows who you will meet at Speed Dating Tonight!

October 25-27, 2013 The Fibonacci Building

Family Chamber Opera Series


Gian Carlo Menotti’s

Amahl and The Night Visitors Co-Produced with Chamber Music Amarillo

On the Eve of the first Christmas, a humble shepherd boy and his mother encounter three kings traveling from afar to greet the coming Christ-child. In the course of one extraordinary night, Amahl, his mother, and the royal sojourners experience a miracle inspired by faith, love, and generosity.

November 8-10, 2014 The Fibonacci Building

Family Chamber Opera Series


Cary John Franklin’s

The Very Last Green Thing Co-Produced with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

In the year 2413, a classroom of students venture on a rare field trip “outside.” Led by their android teacher they discover a time capsule containing curious items from the past. As each child retrieves an item, a timid girl named Amy unexpectedly comes across something quite unusual - the very last green thing on earth.

February 8, 2014

School Performances February 7, 2014

Family Chamber Opera Series


Musica Variada Amarillo Opera’s Musica Variada features Hispanic artists in a variety of musical styles from classical to pop. An annual favorite of our regional audience, this concert spotlights the rich diversity of the Texas Panhandle in an evening of song. Join us in this celebration of the Latino and Hispanic cultures.

May 10, 2014

School Performances May 9, 2014


Lionel Bart’s

Oliver! Adapted from the notable Dicken’s novel, this tale follows twists and turns in the life of a trusting young boy named Oliver. Along the way he is lured into the business of pick-pocketing by the Artful Dodger. As fortune would have it, Oliver sticks his hand in the coat of Mr. Brownlow, a man who changes Oliver’s world in an unexpected way!

July 10-13, 2014

Amarillo Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts

A m a r i l l o O p e r a ’ s S u m m e r Yo u t h M u s i c a l


Opera Insights FREE FOR TICKET HOLDERS! For last minute preparation immediately preceding your performance, join us for a half-hour lecture on the opera’s music and characters before you see them live. Starting at 6:30 p.m., one hour before the curtain rises, or at 1:30 p.m. for matinees, these opera previews are free to ticket holders and held in the second-floor lobby of the Amarillo Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts. Previews are held before every performance. Opera Insights are presented by Amarillo Opera’s Principal Guest Lecturer, Dr. Robert Krause, from the Music Department at West Texas A&M University. Dr. Krause holds the Bachelor of Music degree in oboe performance, the Master of Music degree in theory and composition, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in oboe performance from University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. He is professor of oboe at West Texas A&M University and spends summers teaching oboe at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Interlochen, Michigan, where he has also been heard in the series “Music from Interlochen” on National Public Radio.


Amarillo Opera Picnics on Stage The ultimate on-stage experience! Hear musical highlights, catch a glimpse of the magic that happens backstage and meet and greet cast members, conductors and directors the week before our mainstage productions. Amarillo Opera’s sumptuous picnics on stage give patrons an opportunity to dine on the sets of Lucia di Lammermoor and The Threepenny Opera and interact with our principal artists in a casual, relaxed and intimate setting. Join us this year for a memorable evening or two onstage at the Amarillo Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts.

Pre-opera Dining Join the General Director for cocktails and an elegant three course dinner at the Amarillo Club beginning two hours before the curtain. Enjoy a fantastic view as you wine and dine in a private dining room on the 30th floor of the Chase Tower in the heart of downtown Amarillo. For more than 60 years, the Amarillo Club has been the destination for romantic evenings and celebrations for generations of Amarilloans. Call Amarillo Opera at 806.372.7464 for information and reservations.


Education and Community Engagement Amarillo Opera’s Summer Youth Initiative provides theatrical training and performance opportunities to Texas Panhandle students for ten weeks throughout the summer. Led by Amarillo Opera’s Artists-in-Training, these college-aged youth mentors spend the summer teaching elementary and middle-school aged students in our ARTS: an Alternative summer camps, assisting in the direction of our annual Summer Youth Musical, presenting senior engagement programs and performing operatic scenes programs to regional audiences. Aimed at children 5-13, ARTS: an Alternative offers lessons and workshops in visual arts, music, drama, dance, poetry and comportment – building self-esteem and confidence in local youth. Amarillo Opera once again produces the annual Summer Youth Musical in July, 2014. Aimed at ages 9-19, it is an invaluable training ground for young regional singers. College aged artists are selected each summer to mentor youngsters in the ARTS: an Alternative program and assist with the Summer Youth Musical. Amarillo Opera annually distributes more than $40,000 in scholarships to these talented students to help with their college educations. Your contributions help support these and other education programs throughout the year.


Where to Stay TH E CO U R T YA R D BY M A R R I OT T ® The Courtyard by Marriott® at the Historic Fisk Building in Downtown Amarillo is located on Polk Street, once called the “best lighted Main Street in America”. Within 15 minutes of the International Airport and only blocks from I-40, the Courtyard by Marriott® offers travelers easy access and hassle-free downtown parking in their covered garage. With 107 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites, 42” flat panel TVs, luxurious King or Queen beds, comfortable work spaces, highspeed internet, and most importantly - fabulous downtown views from every room, the Courtyard by Marriott® Downtown Amarillo offers an experience no other hotel in Amarillo can match.

A MA RI L L O ’ S PA R KVI E W HOUSE BED & B RE A K FA S T IN N Rated the #1 Bed & Breakfast in Amarillo, Texas by “Trip Advisors” guests, Amarillo’s Parkview House Bed & Breakfast Inn is located at the edge of the historic district. It’s a perfect stop for an arts weekend in Amarillo. The secluded cottage is the perfect romantic retreat or honeymoon hideaway, especially for all those special occasions. The Victorian home has five different rooms in the main house – all individually decorated to create a different style and atmosphere for each. A full living room with guest telephones and free internet access, full hot tub access plus a kitchen with coffeemaker and microwave, and cold drinks in the fridge complete the comfortable accommodations.


A COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE IN THE ARTS AND A PASSION TO MAKE THAT COMMITMENT A REALITY.


Where to Dine C R US H W I N E B A R A N D DE LI At the corner of 7th & Polk, you will find a lively patio, where people gather to celebrate the workday’s end or meet before a downtown dining or opera event. Inside is a cafe setting, filled with smells of savory tapas and small plate selections from around the world. At the deli counter, the sight of artisan cheeses and meats chosen to compliment the impressive and ever-changing wine bythe-glass selection (over 50). On one side a charming marble bar, backed with Italian made Enomatic wine dispense and preservation systems; on the other, an enclosed, climate controlled wine shop displaying a vast, 300+ bottle selection of wines for here or retail to go. There is a little something here for everyone to fall in love with, including the hard-to-find selections you would be challenged to uncover anywhere else between Dallas and Denver.

OHMS Nestled in historic downtown Amarillo, OHMS Café fuses the soul of Santa Fe with the heart of the Panhandle. Attracting artists, entrepreneurs, suits, scarves and working stiffs, OHMS’s cozy and quiet smoke free atmosphere provides the perfect ambiance for a delicious and intimate dining experience. It all began with Mary Fuller’s delicious cinnamon rolls. From these highly sought after breakfast goodies, Mary quickly earned herself a reputation. Soon, with the encouragement of friends, she went into the catering business with her sister. “I was working an office job at the time and catering on the side. I talked to Jonathan Early, the original owner of OHMS, about letting us rent the kitchen. He said, ‘No, but I’ll sell you the place.’ So, long story made short - I became the owner.”


TH E A MA RI L L O CLUB PRIVATE CLUB – FOR DINING BEFORE THE OPERA CONTACT AMARILLO OPERA

Experience a club whose meticulous attention to detail has earned it the distinction for being the social, business and civic haven of the Golden Spread. Experience the perfect blend of fine cuisine, excellent choice of wines and sumptuous surroundings. It is the perfect setting in which to relax with the family and friends, or to mix with business, social and cultural leaders. The Amarillo Club was established in 1947. Since that time the Club has been a place of romantic evenings, life event celebrations, business meetings, special receptions and much more. The thirtieth and thirty-first floors, high above the scenic Amarillo skyline, present an exceptional dining experience.

B L B I S T RO Behind Amarillo’s charming Wolflin Village Shopping Center, hides a delectable bistro—one of Amarillo’s best kept secrets. Experience intimate settings as you enjoy a variety of flavors that are bound to tantalize your taste buds. This locally owned bistro boasts of a luxurious extended lounge and patio, daily Fresh Fish Specials, exquisite selections of wines, and numerous homemade desserts.

N A P O L I ’ S O F A M A R I LLO Experience a taste of Italy in the heart of Amarillo. Sit on a garden patio and soak in the moonlight as you enjoy Italian bliss on a plate. Marinara is prepared fresh every morning—bread rolls fresh throughout the day. Whether you like pasta, pizza, sandwiches, seafood, or real Italian desserts, you will leave full, and probably with a tempting to-go container.


MEMBERSHIP GROUP

BRAVO

We invite you to become a part of the Amarillo Opera family by joining our membership group, BRAVO, with a gift of $40 or more to the Annual Fund. In addition to receiving year-round special benefits just for friends, you will help sustain Amarillo Opera’s commitment to regional artistry, artistic excellence and adventurous repertory. Ticket revenue covers only 25% of annual operating expenses, so we rely on your generosity to close the gap so that we can continue to produce world-class opera in the Texas Panhandle.

AMARILLO OPERA BRAVO MEMBERS RECEIVE THE FOLLOWING PRIVILEGES AND BENEFITS:

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LEVELS OF GIVING Friend (Family) | $50 Friend (Individual) | $40 •

FREE backstage tour of the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts

FREE subscription to E-Notes, Amarillo Opera’s email service, which includes special ticket offers, updates on season artists and video previews.

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Special discounts at the Operatique and on admission to select season events. Volunteer opportunities in the BRAVO opera guild.

Associate | $100

All of the above, plus… •

Advance notice of single ticket sales and priority handling of single ticket orders.

Recognition in the season program book.

Invitations to Amarillo Opera’s premier social events.

Contributor | $250 All of the above, plus… •

Two FREE reserved passes to attend your choice of a working rehearsal, subject to availability.

FREE admission to Master Classes featuring Amarillo Opera’s Young Artists.

FREE copy of Amarillo Opera’s Annual Report.

Benefactor | $5,000 All of the above, plus…

Two additional FREE reserved passes (a total of four) to your choice of a working rehearsal, subject to availability.

FREE reserved VIP parking.

FREE season libretti.

Priority handling of requests for seating upgrades.

Invitations to opening night cast parties.

Four FREE Premium seats (a maximum of two per performance) upon request and subject to availability.

Review packet at the end of the season with a sampling of local and regional press reviews.

Two additional FREE reserved passes (eight total) to your choice of four working rehearsals, subject to availability.

Impresario Society | $1,000 All of the above, plus…

Producer | $10,000 All of the above, plus… •

Invitations to a cast welcome party at the home of the General Director on the rim of the Palo Duro Canyon.

Reserved parking in the parking lot north of the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts.

Two additional Premium seats (a maximum of two per performance) for a total of six, upon request and subject to availabilty.

Recognition on the placard in the Globe-News Center lobby.

Recognition in Amarillo Opera’s Annual Report.

VIP ticket concierge service, offering assistance in purchasing tickets at other opera companies.

Invitations to Picnics on Stage with the General Director and season artists.

Artists Circle | $25,000 Guarantor | $2,500 All of the above, plus… •

FREE season poster.

Exclusive “hotline” to the box office for special ticket requests.

Two additional FREE reserved passes (six total) to your choice of four working rehearsals, subject to availability.

All of the above, plus… •

A special event hosted by the General Director.

Program Book acknowledgment of main season support (on one of four opera title pages).

Two additional Premium seats (a maximum of two per performance) for a total of eight, upon request and subject to availability

Directors Circle | $50,000

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All of the above, plus… •

Personalized “insider” gift benefits

Diamond Circle | $100,000 All of the above, plus… •

Private season preview dinner with the General Director.

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DONATION

FREE members-only summer membership party, featuring Amarillo Opera Artists-in-Residence.

Patron | $500


Hanan Alattar, Lucia

1. CHOOSE A PAYMENT PLAN  

PLAN A: FULL PAYMENT ENCLOSED PLAN B: PAY 50% NOW AND 50% IN JANUARY

PLAN C: MONTHLY BANK DRAFTS (ASK OPERA OFFICE ABOUT FORM)

2. CHOOSE YOUR PRICE LEVEL PRICE INCLUDES 1 TICKET TO ALL 7 PRODUCTIONS Seating Regular Reduced QTY TOTAL Price Price

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LEVEL I

$290.00

$217.50

X

= $

LEVEL II

$230.00

$172.50

X

= $

LEVEL III

$170.00

$127.50

X

= $

LEVEL IV

$140.00

$105.00

X

= $

3. MAINSTAGE SEASON 

SATURDAY EVENING (7:30 P.M.)

SUNDAY MATINEE (2:30 P.M.)

SUNDAY MATINEE (2:30 P.M.)

4. SPEED DATING TONIGHT FRIDAY EVENING (7:30 P.M.)  SATURDAY EVENING (7:30 P.M.) 

GAETANO DONIZETTI’S

Lucia di Lammermoor

5. AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS AT THE FIBONACCI BUILDING

SUNDAY MATINEE (4:00 P.M.)  SUNDAY EVENING (8:00 P.M.) 

FRIDAY EVENING (8:00 P.M.)  SATURDAY EVENING (8:00 P.M.) 

6. SUMMER YOUTH MUSICAL THURSDAY EVENING (7:30 P.M.)  FRIDAY EVENING (7:30 P.M.)

SATURDAY EVENING (7:30 P.M.)  SUNDAY MATINEE (2:30 P.M.)

7. MEMBERSHIP LEVELS Make a difference...Make a Donation in addition to your ticket order.  FRIEND (FAMILY).................................................................................................................$

50.00

 FRIEND (INDIVIDUAL).........................................................................................................$

40.00

 ASSOCIATE.........................................................................................................................$

100.00

 CONTRIBUTOR...................................................................................................................$

250.00

 PATRON...............................................................................................................................$

500.00

 IMPRESARIO SOCIETY......................................................................................................$

1,000.00

 GUARANTOR.......................................................................................................................$

2,500.00

 BENEFACTOR.....................................................................................................................$

5,000.00

 PRODUCER.........................................................................................................................$ 10,000.00  ARTISTS CIRCLE............................................................................................................... $ 25,000.00  DIRECTORS CIRCLE......................................................................................................... $ 50,000.00  DIAMOND CIRCLE..............................................................................................................$100,000.00

Eric Barry, Edgardo

A. [#2 TOTAL]

$

B. Mandatory City of Amarillo Facility Fee

Number of Tickets x $12 = $

C. [#6 TOTAL]

$

D. [A. + B. + C.] = [ GRAND TOTAL]

$

Your generous donation is greatly appreciated. A tax-deductible receipt will be issued for the amount you’ve indicated in line C.


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Amarillo Opera 2013-2014 season brochure  

Ticket and membership information for Amarillo Opera's 2013-2014 annual season.