WWW.CITISCAPES.COM | 33 Opera in the Ozarks Begins 2019 Summer Season FEATURING TOP SINGERS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY PLUS NEW BROADWAY AND CHAMBER MUSIC SHOWS IN FAYETTEVILLE AND BELLA VISTA pera in the Ozarks, a summer music festival and training program in Eureka Springs, will kick off its 2019 Summer Season with dozens of exciting opera productions and special musical events across the region. The 2019 Summer Season, “Changes of Heart,” will begin on Friday, June 21, and continue through Friday, July 19, at Opera in the Ozarks’ mountainside venue, Inspiration Point. Opera in the Ozarks features a talented cast of more than 35 singers along with professional musicians from across the country. Together, they will perform 22 fully staged and costumed opera productions, including new Ice Cream Sunday matinees, a children’s opera series, a new Broadway Cabaret performance at the Fayetteville Town Center, a special Chamber Music concert at the Mildred B. Cooper Chapel in Bella Vista and much more. The season’s repertoire includes three exceptional operas: The Abduction from the Seraglio, an Opera in the Ozarks premiere of Mozart’s rollicking comedy flush with glorious ensemble writing that testifies to love’s devotion; La Bohème, one of the world’s most popular operas by Puccini that tells the tragic tale of lovers living as Bohemians in Paris; and the classic American tale, Little Women, an adaption by Mark Adamo based on Louisa May Alcott’s story of the four March sisters, whose struggling Massachusetts family includes a father off fighting in the Civil War. “We are thrilled to present this season and especially excited to be performing one of our Chamber Music concerts at the Mildred B. Cooper Chapel in Bella Vista, with its fabulous acoustics,” Opera in the Ozarks general director Nancy Preis said. “Our orchestra always sounds great as an ensemble, but in chamber music, you hear the individual instruments more clearly and can appreciate the artistry that the players bring. “Last season, we created a new Broadway Cabaret show at the Basin Park Hotel,” Preis continued. “It was a sold-out hit, so this season we’ve expanded and added a second venue at the Fayetteville Town Center. What could be better than indulging in your favorite beverage while talented young artists perform your favorite Broadway tunes in an intimate setting?” Opera in the Ozarks artistic director Thomas Cockrell said that while this season’s three operas are unified by the theme “Changes of Heart,” each will be distinct in time and place – two boldly transported from the settings originally intended by the composers. “Mark Adamo’s moving score and masterful adaption of Alcott’s Little Women will be set traditionally, in Civil War-era Massachusetts,” Cockrell said. “Whereas director David Ward preserves the Parisian setting of Puccini’s beloved La Bohème, he brings the emotional drama forward in time from the mid-19th century to our own day. For Mozart’s opera, director Robert Swedberg keeps the late-18th century time period, but absconds with the drama, lifting it from distant Turkey and setting it down in the New World.” Opera in the Ozarks’ 69th season will feature these new and special musical events: • Ice Cream Sunday matinees at Inspiration Point – Enjoy mainstage productions of La Bohème on June 30 and Little Women on July 7 with complimentary sweet treats provided by The Big Dipper ice cream shop in Eureka Springs. • Two Broadway Cabaret shows – One will be performed on July 10 at the Fayetteville Town Center and the other on July 16 at Basin Park Hotel in Eureka Springs. Both evenings include light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. • Two Chamber Music concerts – The first will be on July 14 at Mildred B. Cooper Chapel in Bella Vista and the other will be on the following night, July 15, at the Eureka Springs Auditorium. • The exclusive A Taste of Opera dining event – Set for July 17, this event will feature delectable food, wine and vocal entertainment at Eureka Springs’ historic 1886 Crescent Hotel. ■ O Single tickets to mainstage performances are $25 and $30 for adults, $10 for children and students 18 and under with valid ID. Tickets may be purchased online at opera.org or by calling the box office at (479) 253-8595. For more information, including a complete list of performance dates and details, visit opera.org. Photo courtesy of Opera in the Ozarks