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Wichita Grand Opera is an important cultural asset for Kansans, by producing great opera performances and presenting world class ballet companies.

Wichita Grand Opera
225 W. Douglas
Wichita, KS 67202
316.262.8054
Today's Hours: 9:00AM - 6:00PM
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The 2016 Roster of International Artists

 
Wichita Grand Opera Announces
International Roster of Artists!
 
Tchaikovsky's Romeo & Juliet / Bizet's Carmen
Russian National Ballet Theatre
April 23, 2016, 7pm, Century II Concert Hall
          Opening the Wichita Grand Opera’s 2015 season is a two-hour double-bill performance of Tchaikovsky’s Romeo & Juliet and a ballet adaptation of Bizet’s Carmen by The Russian National Ballet Theatre on April 23 at 7 pm at Century II. In her debut as Juliet in Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, WGO welcomes Olga Gudkova, who has danced virtually all of the leading classical ballet repertoire, including roles in Swan Lake and Cinderella. Famed Russian dancer Nurlan Kinerbaev stars opposite Gudkova as the star-crossed lover Romeo, and Anton Baglikov takes on the mantle of Mercurio.

          Shchedrin’s reimagined tale of Bizet’s famed Carmen stars Prima Ballerina Maria Klueva as the seductive Gypsy Carmen; Alexander Daev, Russian National Ballet Theatre’s Assistant Artistic Director, stars as Don José, infatuated with and tortured by Carmen; and Denis Onufriychuk makes his WGO debut as the celebrated torero, Escamillo.
 

Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance
May 20 & 21, 2016, 8pm, Opera on the Lake at Bradley Fair
May 22, 2016, 6pm, McPherson Opera House
New Production, performed in English

          Set sail with Gilbert & Sullivan’s hilarious farce, The Pirates of Penzance, as a band of sentimental pirates, dim-witted young lovers, and an eccentric Major-General take to their natural element: the water, as WGO’s Opera on the Lake becomes “Arena di Bradley Fair” with Wichita’s premier floating amphitheater on May 20th & 21st at 8pm, followed by an encore performance at the historic McPherson Opera House.

          Making his WGO debut, Clark Sturdevant comes to Wichita as the duty-bound Frederic in Gilbert & Sullivan’s comedic masterpiece The Pirates of Penzance. He joins Metropolitan Opera tenor Brian Frutiger as Major-General Stanley; WGO Favorite Michael Nansel as the Pirate King; Lydia Bechtel in her WGO debut as the innocent Mabel; and Tara Curtis in her debut as the hard-of-hearing pirate maid Ruth. Returning to WGO is expert stage director John Stephens, reprising his previous piratical antics from 2008’s entertaining and hilarious production. WGO’s Associate Conductor Edward Lada takes the baton after conducting the critically-acclaimed productions of Tosca and The Grand Duchess.
 

Verdi's Rigoletto
September 3, 2016, 7pm, Century II Concert Hall
New Production, performed in Italian with projected English supertitles

          September 3rd (7pm) ushers in Verdi’s journey of undeniable force, Rigoletto, one of the ten most popular operas ever written. Powered by heartbreaking drama, vivid characters, and Verdi’s irresistible melodies, this tale is based on a story by Victor Hugo, better known as the author of The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. Leonardo Capalbo (pictured above), at home as the leading tenor of the Royal Covent Garden, Berlin State Opera, and Lyric Opera of Chicago, makes his WGO debut in the demading role of the Duke of Mantua. The Duke’s ubiquitous aria “La donna e mobile” will leave the audience whistling for weeks.

          Michael Nansel returns to make his debut in the title role of Rigoletto. The incomparable duo of Metropolitan Opera Bassos Samuel Ramey and William Powers return to the WGO stage as Count Monterone and Sparafucile, respectovely. After her highly-acclaimed debut as Gilda in New York, Korean soprano Yunnie Park returns to Wichita to reprise her role. Sarah Heltzel appears in her signature role of Maddalena after her WGO debut in 2015’s production of WGO’s Don Carlo. In his long awaited WGO stage directing debut, Albert Sherman leads the production, while Principal Conductor of the WGO and the Slovakian National Opera Martin Mázik returns to Wichita to conduct new productions of Rigoletto and La Bohème this season.
 

Puccini's La Bohème
October 1, 2016, 7pm, Century II Concert Hall
October 15, 2016, 8pm - Carlsen Center, Overland Park, KS
New Production, performed in Italian with projected English supertitles

          The greatest love story in opera, La Bohème is a scintillating romantic journey.  Set to a ravishing score, Puccini's classic opera follows four starving artists and their friends through a year of love, laughter, and heartbreak in Paris’ Latin Quarter. WGO brings Puccini’s riveting tale to life in a new production on October 1st, 2016 at 7pm at the Century II Concert Hall. After a rousing success, Wichita Grand Opera returns to Overland Park and the beautiful Carlsen Center on October 15th, 2016 at 8pm with an encore performance of La Bohème.

           After his debut of Arnold in Rossini’s William Tell at Opéra Royal de Wallonie in Liège, Belgium and starring in Teatro de la Monnaie, celebrated Belgian tenor Stefan Cifolelli (pictured above right) comes to Wichita to make his WGO and American debut as Rodolfo. Also making his WGO debut is Argentinian baritone Gustavo Feulien (pictured above left) , after his debuts at Teatro Colon in Argentina and in Faure’s Requiem at Carnegie Hall. Welcoming distinguished stage director Laura Alley in her WGO debut, this superstar cast includes numerous returning operatic superstars, such as Kansas Native opera luminary Samuel Ramey in his debut of the dual role of Benoît and Alcindoro and famed Bulgarian soprano Zvetelina Vassileva as Mimi, who returns to Wichita after receiving international acclaim in the title role of last season’s Turandot.
 
          Tickets for the 2016 Season are available now, ranging in price from $37 to $85, with senior, student, group and corporate tickets available. To purchase your tickets today, call the Wichita Grand Opera Box Office at (316) 262-8054 or visit SelectASeat.com. For more information on WGO’s 2016 Season, visit WichitaGrandOpera.org.
 

Single Tickets on Sale NOW!


 
Single Tickets on Sale NOW!
WGO’s 2016 Season


Get your preferred seats before they're gone!
 
If you haven’t already subscribed for the 2016 season, now is the best time to make sure you get your favorite seats. Order now to get the best seating options for your favorite productions throughout 2016, or subscribe now to save up to 25%! Choose from any of our world class productions this season, including: the Russian National Ballet Theatre in a double bill of Tchaikovsky’s Romeo & Juliet and a ballet adaptation of Bizet’s Carmen; Gilbert & Sullivan’s comedic masterpiece The Pirates of Penzance, performed on Wichita’s premier floating stage; Verdi’s dramatic journey of undeniable force, Rigoletto; or Puccini’s timeless tale of true love and loss, La Bohème. Up the ante by joining us for the Chairmen’s Opera Ball, and be transported to the Far East at Pleasures of the Orient.

Enjoy a clip of our 2016 Season lineup now!

 
WICHITA GRAND OPERA  •  2016 SEASON
APRIL 23 - OCTOBER 15
 
ROMEO & JULIET | Tchaikovsky and CARMEN | Bizet
Russian National Ballet Theatre


Opening night arrives at the WGO with two great ballets in a single evening: Tchaikovsky’s Romeo & Juliet and Shchedrin’s adaptation of Bizet’s Carmen, performed by the Russian National Ballet Theatre, who The Washington Post raves as “a cut above their rivals.” Don’t miss the beauty and pageantry of Russian ballet, direct from Moscow. (View a clip now.) Learn more.

April 23, 7pm | Century II



 
THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE | Gilbert & Sullivan
Opera on the Lake


Set sail with Gilbert & Sullivan’s hilarious farce of sentimental pirates, dim-witted young lovers, and an eccentric Major-General. Opera on the Lake transforms Bradley Fair into Wichita’s premier floating amphitheater — like nowhere else in the nation. (View a clip now.) Learn more.

May 20 & 21, 8pm | Opera on the Lake at Bradley Fair
May 22, 6pm | McPherson Opera House

May 20, 8pm May 21, 8pm


 
PLEASURES OF THE ORIENT | Chairmen’s Opera Ball

On June 18, be transported to the Far East at Pleasures of the Orient. Greet old friends and meet new ones at the social event of the year. Past opera balls have hosted such luminaries as Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo and Samuel Ramey, among others. Learn more.

June 18, 6pm | Hyatt Regency Wichita



 
RIGOLETTO | Verdi

Rigoletto is one of the ten most popular operas ever written – powered by heartbreaking drama, vivid characters, and Verdi’s irresistible melodies – based on a controversial play by Victor Hugo, better known as the author of The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. (View a clip now.) Learn more.

September 3, 7pm | Century II



 
LA BOHÈME | Puccini

The greatest love story in opera, La Bohème is a scintillating romantic journey. Set to a ravishing score, Puccini's classic opera follows four starving artists and their friends through a year of love, laughter, and heartbreak in Paris’ Latin Quarter. (View a clip now.) Learn more.

October 1, 7pm | Century II
October 15, 8pm | Carlsen Center, Overland Park




 
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Choose 2 or more productions and save up to 25%.

For the best ticketing benefits, consider a season subscription for the 2016 season. Compose your package by selecting two or more productions. Seat selection is available through the Wichita Grand Opera Box Office at (316) 262-8054, or purchase plans B or C online at selectaseat.com.

 
 

The 2016 Season is Here!

2016 Season Announcement

 

Tchaikovsky’s Romeo & Juliet & Bizet’s Carmen
April 23, 2016, 7pm – Century II
performed by the Russian National Ballet

Two phenomenal ballets in one unforgettable evening, performed by the world-renowned Russian National Ballet. First, Shakespeare’s immortal love story, Romeo and Juliet, comes to life with passionate choreography, spine-tingling swordsmanship, and Tchaikovsky’s gorgeous music. Then, experience Bizet’s Carmen as you’ve never seen it before, reimagined by famed Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin, with Latin-inspired dance by Cuban choreographer Alberto Alonso.


Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance

(WGO’s Opera on the Lake)
May 21, 2016, 7pm – Bradley Fair
2000 N. Rock Rd., Wichita, KS 67206

Gilbert and Sullivan’s crowning comic masterpiece, The Pirates of Penzance, is an audience favorite. WGO’s new production at Bradley Fair puts the merry band of professional pirates in their natural element – right on the water. Opera and laughter come together under the Kansas stars, like no other venue in the region.


"Pleasures of the Orient"
Annual Chairmen’s Opera Ball

June 18, 2015, 6pm – Hyatt Regency Wichita

On June 18, be transported to the Far East at “Pleasures of the Orient.” Greet old friends and meet new ones at the social event of the year. Past opera balls have hosted such luminaries as Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo and Samuel Ramey, among others.


Verdi’s Rigoletto

September 3, 2016, 7pm – Century II
performed in Italian with English Supertitles

A dramatic journey of undeniable force, Rigoletto, based on a controversial play by Victor Hugo, tells of an outsider—a hunchbacked jester—who struggles to balance the dueling elements of beauty and evil that exist in his life. The story, written during the most fertile period of Verdi’s artistic life, the opera was immensely popular from its premiere and remains fresh and powerful to this day.


Puccini’s La Bohème

October 1, 2016, 7pm – Century II
October 15, 2016, 7pm – Carlsen Center, OVerland Pakr
performed in Italian with English Supertitles

La Bohème; the passionate, timeless, and indelible story of love among young artists in Paris, stakes its claim as the world’s most popular opera. At first glance, La Bohème is the definitive depiction of the joys and sorrows of love and loss; on closer inspection, it reveals the deep emotional significance hidden in the trivial things that make up our everyday lives.

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