Stabat Mater

Stabat Mater
  • Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 3 pm
  • Holy Cross Lutheran Church

          After completing his monumental William Tell, Rossini simply stopped composing at the age of 37, leaving behind his reputation as opera’s greatest living composer. While on vacation in Spain, a state councilor approached Rossini to write a setting of the well-known Latin text “Stabat Mater.” The poem dates to the 13th century and contemplates Mary’s emotions as she sees her son Jesus on the cross.

          At first, Rossini refused, saying that Giovanni Pergolesi’s setting of the same text from a century earlier was still the greatest musical treatment of the text that could possibly be written. Eventually Rossini relented and composed his Stabat Mater, combining a heartfelt solemnity suited to the text with his trademark genius for theatrical flair.

    The Cast

    Creative Team

    Wichita Grand Opera Orchestra and Chorus


    ConductorMartin Mazik
    Soprano SoloistYunnie Park
    Tenor SoloistKirk Dougherty
    Mezzo-Soprano SoloistSuzanne Hendrix
    Bass-Baritone SolistAlan Held

    What to Expect

    Let Us Help You Plan Your Opera Visit

    Whether this is your first visit to Wichita Grand Opera or you’re a regular patron, we have all the information you need to plan your evening.

    Before the Opera

    Where to Stay

    If you are visiting Wichita from out of town, we suggest staying at one of these recommended hotels.

    Ambassador Hotel

    Hotel at Waterwalk

    Hotel at Old Town

    Fairfield Inn by Marriott Wichita Downtown

    Wichita Inn North

    DoubleTree by Hilton

    Red Roof Inn Wichita Airport

    Clarion Inn Wichita Airport

    Wichita Marriott

    Hawthorn Suites

    Where to Eat

    Downtown Wichita and the nearby Delano District provide many dining options to enhance your opera experience.  Concessions are also available at the opera.

    Cafe Bel Ami

    AVI Seabar & Chophouse

    Hana Cafe

    Harvest Kitchen and Bar at the Hyatt Regency

    Lotus Leaf Cafe & Creperie

    Old-Town Sushi Bar By Wasabi

    Rain Café and Lounge

    River City Brewery

    Sabor Latin Bar & Grill

    Siena Tuscan Steakhouse at the Ambassador Hotel


    Except as noted, Wichita Grand Opera performs in the Century II Performing Arts Center in downtown Wichita.

    Century II Performing Arts Center
    225 W. Douglas Ave. Wichita, KS 67202


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    Seating (Including for Disabled Patrons)

    To comply with ADA requirements, the following seats are reserved for our handicapped patrons:

    Concert Hall

    On House Right, Seating is available at:

    • Row M, Seats 123 & 124 (Best seating – $85 per seat)
    • Row S, Seats 124 & 125 (Better seating – $58 per seat)
    • Row KK, Seats 101-106 (Better seating $58 per seat) – Promenade Box
    • Row LL, Seats 107-112 (Good seating, $37 per seat) – Promenade Box

    On House Left, Seating is available at:

    • Row M, Seats 22 & 23 (Best Seating – $85 per seat)
    • Row S, Seats 24 & 25 (Better seating – $58 per seat)
    • Row KK, Seats 1-6 (Better seating – $58 per seat) – Promenade Box
    • Row LL, Seats 7-12 (Good seating, $37 per seat) – Promenade Box

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