'Figaro, Figaro!' Opera on NET Friday

News Release Date: 
May 24, 2018

For Immediate Release
‘Figaro, Figaro!’ Opera From Friend, Norfolk, Ord and Red Cloud

LINCOLN, Neb. (May 24, 2018) –With a cast of student performers and musicians, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Director of Opera William Shomos realized a long-standing dream to present “The Marriage of Figaro!” to audiences in four towns – Friend, Norfolk, Ord and Red Cloud.  A television crew joined the tour to document the experience and showcase the historic buildings and local enthusiasm. The new 30-minute program tells the story when “Figaro, Figaro!” premieres at 8 p.m. CT, Friday, May 25, on NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations.

The 30-minute program repeats at 10:30 p.m. CT on Friday, June 15 and 9:30 p.m. CT on Sunday, June 24, on NET and features performances at the Friend Opera House, The Golden Husk in Ord, the Northeast Community College in Norfolk and the Red Cloud Opera House in Red Cloud. Audiences soaked up the experience as did the opera students themselves.

“I love bringing opera to people who perhaps haven’t truly experienced it before and changing their minds about it. Constantly we hear that opera is a dead art form, dated and irrelevant.  Speaking as a young person, I can say it is none of those things.  We just need to work to help people see it,” said Jeffrey Luksik, who played Bortolo in the comic opera when he was a student at UNL.

The four-city tour was produced by the Glenn Korff School of Music’s opera program and made possible by the James C. and Rhonda Seacrest Tour Nebraska Opera Fund.  NET produced the television program in cooperation with Marsha Kahm and the Glenn Korff School of Music.

UNL Opera Students Perform Figaro, Figaro!

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