"Opera on the Avenue, Auction
by Rimrock Opera Company, Billings, Montana.
Showcasing the stars of “The Merry Widow”
Saturday, September 11, 2010
McCormick Cafe 8
Tickets are $30.00 at the door or $25 in
Call 406-671-2214 for reservations
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and mingle with the cast of "The Merry Widow"
over select wines and sumptuous desserts. Bid
for your choice of arias by your favorite
artist, and enjoy a dazzling program of the
Rimrock Opera Company will hold its annual
Auction of Arias Saturday, September 11, 2010 at
8 PM at McCormick Café 2419 Montana Avenue in
Billings. Entitled "Opera on the Avenue," the
fundraiser gives guests the opportunity to dine
at one of many fine restaurants on Montana
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dinner, "Opera on the Avenue" guests can walk to
McCormick Cafe where they can choose from a
variety of desserts along with beverages
including select wines. Auction of Arias is an
exciting evening of glamorous voices, delicious
wine, and gourmet desserts in the intimate
setting of McCormick Café . Hear guest artists
from The Merry Widow sing your favorite arias
and duets during an evening of music you will
The highlight of “Opera on
the Avenue” is the auction where guests bid on
an opera aria, duet, ensemble or chorus from the
"Menu of Arias." The winning bidders' choices
are performed, comprising a diverse program of
entertainment. During the evening, Artistic
Director, Douglas Nagel will be our emcee. The
auction menu involves a one-page listing of
selections, the first selection being "a
freebie," Nagel states. The auctioneer then
starts the bidding for the next selection.
Opera is a labor-intensive art form and
expensive to produce. Nagel considers opera "the
ultimate art" because it combines other art
forms: vocal, dramatic, visual and musical.
Fundraisers such as Opera on the Avenue, will
help offset production costs for the opera and
is the Company's main fundraiser for fall 2010.
The Rimrock Opera Board of Directors hopes this
event will help generate more interest for the
upcoming operas produced by Rimrock Opera.
Tickets for "Opera on the Avenue- Auction of
Arias" are $25 per person in advance, $30 at the
door and may be reserved by phoning Rimrock
Opera at 406-671-2214
What Makes 'The
Merry Widow' Merry?
Franz Lehar's sensual
story, brilliantly reflected in its vibrant
score, brings us the time-honored plot, "Boy
Meets-Loses-Gets Girl" in the mythical kingdom
of Pontevedro . The Girl: Hanna Glawari. The
Boy: Count Danilo, chargé d'affaires at the
Pontevedrian Embassy in Paris , where the story
takes place. The two were once in love, but
could not marry since she was a "commoner."
At an Embassy party, Hanna exposes the
reason for her merriment,"For love seldom
ignites so many hearts within an hour,
just one frank look at my bankbook explains my
Widowhood has left her
heiress to twenty million francs after a
conveniently brief marriage to an aged banker.
Hungarian composer Lehar, born in 1870,
was captivated by Slavic melodies he heard in
his travels as conductor of military orchestras
to faraway outposts of the Austro-Hungarian
Empire. These melodies wind through the endless
chain of wishes and passions, of kisses and
embraces in The Merry Widow.
Coefield’s coloratura soprano voice brings Hanna
to life opposite Chris Johnson’s Danilo on
September 25 and 26. Megan King, Gennard
Lombardozzi, Robert Aaron Taylor, and Billings
businessman Chris Montague complete the cast.
Maestro Andy Anderson conducts the Rimrock Opera
Orchestra and Dr. Chris Sheppard prepares the
chorus. Choreography is by Krista Marshall.
Douglas Nagel produces and directs.
Rimrock Opera's fall opera production of "The
Merry Widow" will be performed Saturday,
September 25, at 7:30 P.M and Sunday, September
26, at 3 P.M. at the Alberta Bair Theater. For
more information about Rimrock Opera Company,
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Auction of Arias
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