“Celebrating Life’s Grandest Stories Onstage”
Opera Las Vegas was established in 1999 by tenor Mark Thomsen, Dr. Paul Kreider of the UNLV music faculty, and Gloria Marinacci Allen, an acclaimed soprano opera singer. They were enthusiastically joined by other like-minded individuals who wanted to bring quality opera theatre to Southern Nevada.
The company began producing major, high-quality opera performances in 2005 with a well-received Carmen. An acclaimed La Boheme followed in October 2006, then an innovative Pagliacci in September 2007. Four years later, Metropolitan Opera conductor and choirmaster Gregory Buchalter began working with Opera Las Vegas and brought MET singers as guests in the major roles of OLV productions: Tosca (2011), Don Giovanni (2012), The Barber of Seville (2014), Madama Butterfly (2015), Carmen (2016), Rigoletto (2017), and Rossini’s Cinderella (2018).
Opera Las Vegas provides training to Las Vegas singers by giving them the opportunity to perform roles in fully produced operas. Earlier this year, talented young artists performed Opera Legends in Black, and brought a delightful family production of John Davies’ operatic pastiche, The Three Little Pigs, to four library theatres in diverse locations. The latter also featured the Opera Las Vegas Youth Chorus, established in 2017 and hosted by the Thurman White Academy. Rounding out OLV’s busy 2017-2018 season were: Britten’s Noah’s Flood in three area churches, Cinderella’s Ball in the historic Liberace Mansion, Holiday on Broadway in retirement communities, and Who’s Afraid of Opera in 12 Clark County Schools.
Jim Sohre became General Director in July 2017, succeeding Luana DeVol, a world-renowned soprano, who served in that position from 2014 to 2017. Before completion of her tenure, she was awarded the Opera Las Vegas Award for Excellence, which is presented annually in her name.
Opera Las Vegas sets out in the 2018-2019 Season with a fresh point of view, which includes expanded outreach with the popular Opera on Wheels programming in the community, a highly anticipated return to Myron’s Cabaret Jazz in The Smith Center to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Latin Fiesta, Opera With Class Informances in the schools, and Love Potion No. 9, the annual gala Green Valley Ranch, leading up to Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love on the Mainstage. Two Second Stage operas join the line-up with Hansel and Gretel, and Ricky Ian Gordon’s 27. And we are just getting started! See you at the opera!