Wichita Grand Opera Announces 2018-19 Season: Oct 27, 2018 – May 30, 2019

August 10, 2018


News Release
For Immediate Release
August 10, 2018

Parvan Bakardiev, Artistic DirectorWichitaGrandOpera.orgMargaret Ann Pent, Founding Advisor

Century II Performing Arts Center, 225 W. Douglas, Wichita, KS 67202
Contact: Tony Applegate | Tel: (316) 262-8054 | Email: tapplegate@wichitagrandopera.org
WGO Annouces 2018-19 Season
October 27, 2018 – May 30, 2019
         (WICHITA – August 10, 2018) Today, Wichita Grand Opera’s Artistic Director Parvan Bakardiev announces WGO’s 2018-19 Season, the company’s 17th mainstage season with six productions. The season will open October 27, 2018, and runs through May 30, 2019. Longtime WGO patrons and newcomers alike will enjoy the season’s variety of productions, with three operas: Bizet’s Carmen, Britten’s Noah’s Flood, and Opera on the Lake: Rock Opera!; two dance productions: Swan Lake from Russian, and Flamenco Pasiόn from Spain; and a special Christmas production marking the return of Chris Mann in Chris Mann: Home for Christmas, Part 2.

Tickets go on sale Monday, August 20th at the WGO Box Office or at Select-A-Seat. Season Subscribers are strongly encouraged to renew their subscriptions quickly to ensure they will keep their favorite seats. Single Tickets and Season Subscriptions will be available online at WichitaGrandOpera.org or through SelectaSeat.com, or by calling the WGO Box Office at (316) 262-8054, or by stopping by the Box Office (located on the 2nd floor of the Century II Concert Hall, House Right) in person.



2017-2018 Season Schedule

Flamenco Pasión (dancers from Spain)Oct. 27, 7:00pmMary Jane Teall Theatre
Chris Mann: Home for Christmas, Part 2
(A New WGO Christmas Production)
Dec. 1, 7:00pmCentury II Concert Hall
Swan Lake (ballet from Russia)Jan. 25, 7:00pmMary Jane Teall Theatre
Carmen (A New WGO Production)April 27, 7:00pmCentury II Concert Hall
Noah’s Flood (A New WGO Production)May 19, 6:00pmMcPherson
Opera House
Noah’s Flood (A New WGO Production)May 23, 7:00pmMary Jane Teall Theatre
Opera on the Lake: Rock Opera! (WGO’s Free Event)May 30, 7:00pmBradley Fair

(WGO is also joining in the worldwide celebration of the 70th birthday of Andrew Lloyd Webber
with a special fundraising concert in November.)



Puccini’s Flamenco Pasión
Starring Compañia Flamenca Eduardo Guerrero
Saturday, October 27, 2018, 3:00pm – Mary Jane Teall Theater

WGO’s 2018-19 Season opens with Compañia Flamenca Eduardo Guerrero, direct from Cadiz, Spain, presenting “Flamenco Pasión,” a program specifically crafted for North American audiences. Eduardo Guerrero, critically-acclaimed flamenco dancer and choreographer, uses his eclectic style, combining classical and contemporary Spanish dance, ballet, and contortion, to express the depth of passion and skill exhibited in the many styles of this beloved, Spanish art form.

Dance Magazine has named Eduardo Guerrero as one of their “25 to Watch in 2018”, calling him “flamenco in its richest current incarnation,” and raving about his “astonishing endurance” and “breathtaking array of movement that often pushes him to the perilous limits of human motion.” In 2017, on of his programs earned the Audience Award at the world-renowned Jerez Flamenco Festival, and other career highlights include performances at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, Madrid Fashion Week 2016, and the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow.



Chris Mann: Home for Christmas, Part 2
A New WGO Christmas Concert
Saturday, December 1, 2018, 7:00pm – Century II Concert Hall

Wichita native Chris Mann – who rose to fame as Christina Aguilera’s finalist on NBC’s The Voice and completed a 700+ performance national tour as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s personal choice to don the iconic mask of the title role in The Phantom of the Opera in 2017 – comes back to Wichita a second time following last year’s wildly popular Christmas gala.

This year’s production will reunite Chris with internationally-renowned conductor Steven Mercurio and new special guests in another great evening of holiday classics, pop tunes, and more. Maestro Mercurio has conducted for artists such as The Three Tenors, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Sting and the Royal Philharmonic, Andrea Bocelli, and many of David Foster’s Christmas specials. His career has taken him to some of the world’s greatest opera houses, including Teatro dell’Opera, Roma; Teatro Filarmonico, Verona; Teatro Regio, Torino; Theatre de la Monnaie, Brussels; San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera, and Florida Grand Opera, among others.



Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake
Performed by the Russian National Ballet Theatre (RNBT)
Friday, January 25, 2019, 7:00pm – Mary Jane Teall Theater

A young Prince struggles to free a girl from an evil curse in ballet’s most iconic work. The Russian National Ballet Theatre combines artistic mastery and technical perfection, all set to Tchaikovsky’s immortal music.

France’s CULTURE magazine wrote of the RNBT, “An evening of glorious theatre. The sets and costumes were dazzling in their color and style. From the moment the curtain rose to audible gasps of delight until the final ovation, the Russian National Ballet Theatre had their audience spellbound.”

The RNBT has based their production on Marius Petipa’s choreography from his 1895 revival for the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg as part of their mission to preserve the grand traditions of Russian ballet for audiences all over the world.



Bizet’s Carmen
A New WGO Production
Saturday, April 27, 2019, 7:00pm – Century II Concert Hall

For many, Carmen is the masterpiece that truly defines Opera – full of unforgettable music and high drama. Carmen tells the story of a captivating, intoxicating woman and her jealous lover who just won’t take no for an answer.

Mezzo-soprano Sarah Heltzel stars in the title role as the seductive gypsy. Critics have already taken notice, praising her “potent star performances” and “rich, powerhouse voice.” Ms. Heltzel has previously appeared with the WGO as Maddalena in Rigoletto and as Princess Eboli in Don Carlo. Tenor Michael Wade Lee stars as Don José, Carmen’s obsessive lover. He returns to the WGO for the first time since starring in the title role of WGO’s 2011 Il Trovatore. Milanese conductor Francesco Corti makes his WGO debut conducting this production. Maestro Corti has previously served as Music Director at Scottish National Opera and served as Principal Conductor of the Deutsche Opera am Rhein in Dusseldorf, Germany.



Britten’s Noah’s Flood
A New WGO Production
Sunday, May 19, 2019, 6:00pm – McPherson Opera House
Thursday, May 23, 2019, 7:00pm – Mary Jane Teall Theater

Benjamin Britten’s heartwarming children’s opera, Noah’s Flood, returns to the WGO stage for additional performances after debuting to wide acclaim in June 2017. The opera tells the well-known story of Noah and the Ark, and incorporates children of all ages as the parade of animals who board the Ark. Michael Nansel, one of WGO’s most admired and loved stars will reprise his role as Noah in Britten’s beloved opera, following rave reviews in the 2017 production of Noah’s Flood, as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Germont in La Traviata and a featured soloist in “Opera on the Lake – POPera: Simply Irresistible” last season.

Britten wrote the opera to be a true community event, incorporating adult and youth singers. The audience is even asked to sing along as the chorus during three scenes. The orchestra is a mixture of professional, amateur, and youth musicians playing standard orchestra instruments plus an array of unconventional (and sometimes homemade) instruments that only Britten could have woven into his endlessly charming score. Noah’s Flood is an uplifting and truly memorable experience for the whole family.



Opera on the Lake: Rock Opera!
WGO’s Free Gift to the Community – A New Production
Thursday, May 30, 2019, 7:00pm, Bradley Fair

Bradley Fair, Wichita’s premier lifestyle and shopping center, once again hosts WGO’s annual gift to the community, Opera on the Lake. This year’s theme is “Rock Opera!” Bring a chair or blanket for a night of rock, pop, and operatic favorites as WGO’s stars take you to the Rock side of Opera, as the break out of such favorites as RENT (La Bohème), Elton John’s AidaMiss Saigon (Madama Butterfly), and Jesus Christ Superstar, just to name a few. Bradley Fair’s gorgeous plaza makes the perfect setting for this one-of-a-kind event under the Kansas sky.

“Rock Opera!” will be a free to the public event, so feel free to bring a lawn chair or blanket and prepare for an evening of fun. Or, if you prefer, a limited number of Reserved Seating tickets are available for $45 each, which include a provided chair.



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Season Subscriptions are available for purchase from August 20th through September 24th.Productions available for Season Subscriptions are Flamenco PasiónChris Mann: Home for Christmas, Part 2Swan Lake; Carmen; and Noah’s FloodEarly subscribers get the best seats for WGO’s 2018-19 Season:

Season Subscriptions:BestBetterGood
     Plan A • a savings of 25%$340$225$150
     Plan B • a savings of 22%$284$188$128
     Plan C • a savings of 28%$222$147$  99
     Plan D • a savings of 15%$154$102$  68
Single Tickets:BestBetterGood
     Regular Priced Tickets$90$60$40
     EARLY BIRD tickets (Save 10%)$81$54$36
     Groupsof 10 or moresaves 15%$77$51$34
     Senior60 or oversaves 10%$81$54$36
     Students/Militatywith Valid IDsaves 10%$81$54$36
     Opera on the Lake: Rock Opera! Reserved Seats$45N/AN/A
Early Bird Single Tickets (saving 10% off regular price) will be available from August 20th through September 24th. Beginning September 24th, all tickets will be full price:


Corporate discounts, as well as our Day at the Opera educational program for students are also available. There will be a pre-performance opera talk 10 minutes prior to each production.


To purchase tickets for or more information about the 2018-19 WGO Season,
call the Wichita Grand Opera Box Office at (316) 262-8054 or go online at www.selectaseat.com.For more information, visit www.WichitaGrandOpera.org.