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Opera Highlights

Info: January 19, April 13, 7pm-9pm; (April 14 is a technical rehearsal at Blaisdell Concert Hall starting from 7pm). • Music Building, Room 36 • $34 • Register online HERE or call 956-8246.

Enrich your opera experience and enjoy the Hawaii Opera Theatre`s 2017 opera season. This course will examine Andre Previn`s transformation of Tennessee Williams classic play A Streetcar Named Desire and Jacques Offenbach`s The Tales of Hoffmann.

Andre Previn`s transformation of Tennessee Williams classic play. Set in New Orleans in the 1940s, Blanche DuBois arrives at the home of her sister, Stella, and husband, Stanley Kowalski after suffering the loss of her ancestral home and job. Skeptical of the story, Stanley grows infuriated by Blanche losing his wife`s birthright, and sets out to reveal the truth behind the circumstance. The conflict between the two unfolds with tragic and violent consequence.

HOT`s production stars Jill Gardner (Tosca 2013) as Blanche and Ryan McKinny (The Dutchman 2015) as Stanley. Mark Morash conducts.

The Tales of Hoffmann, composed by Jacques Offenbach takes place over a series of flashbacks, as the famous German poet Hoffmann tells the story of his three great failed romances at a bar, ruining his fourth great romance in the process. Each woman represents a part of the whole that he is seeking: Olympia, the beautiful doll, Antonia, the singer and Giulietta, the courtesan. As his current love, the prima donna Stella, abandons him in despair, Hoffmann once more dedicates himself to his true love: poetry.

Directed by HOT Artistic Director, Henry Akina, who celebrates his 20th Season with the company. Mr. Akina is joined by Maestro Vincent de Kort. The pair last led HOT`s acclaimed production of Siren Song (2015).

For tickets and information regarding the performances call 596-7858 or visit HOT`s website at www.hawaiiopera.org. You will find everything about Hawaii Opera Theatre, including opera etiquette and special ticket prices for students. (Students with a valid school ID can enjoy HOT Grand Opera at a special student-only ticket price of only $20. No walk-ups, so for the best available student seats, reserve your ticket with the HOT Box Office early!)

Dr. Lynne Johnson
Johnson received her MA in musicology in 2001 and her PhD in musicology in 2009 from the University of Hawai`i at M noa. She is an avid Francophile and both her master`s thesis and her doctoral dissertation happily required her to do research in Paris. She teaches courses in music history at UH M noa. As a community volunteer, Lynne sits on the Boards of the Honolulu Museum of Art, M noa Heritage Center, and Hawaii Opera Theater.

Hawaii Opera Theatre
HOT is known for its vibrant and creative productions. Artistic excellence continues to be the cornerstone of standards for the company. International artists, who have graced stages from the New York Met to opera houses throughout Europe and Asia, compete up to three years in advance to perform on the HOT stage along side Hawaii`s best local artists. With its recent commemoration of 50 years as Hawaii`s only professional opera company, HOT is one of the largest performing arts organizations in the state with performances and outreach presentations on all of the major islands.

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