Artist Spotlight | Audrey Babcock

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Meet the multi-talented mezzo behind this season's electrifying BEYOND CARMEN

How you know her: An OD fan favorite, Babcock appeared in 2015's La tragédie de Carmen. 

Critical acclaim: Thrilling audiences around the globe as Bizet's infamous seductress, critics have called her performances "a spellbinding tour de force" (Salt Lake Tribune) and "sexy and sensuous" (Opera World).

Why Beyond Carmen is a must-see: Babcock conceived and wrote this electrifying homage to Carmen that weaves legends of the Old World into a 21st-century musical tapestry, spanning generations and genres, from classical to tango—medieval to modern.

(Nov. 15-17 in The Black Box Theater at the OD Studios. Tickets go on sale August 1.)*

La Cenerentola broadcast on July 13

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JULY 13 | 1 PM Save the date! Tune in to WRTI 90.1 FM for our critically acclaimed production of Rossini's La Cenerentola (2017).

Starring Megan Marino as Angelina, Jack Swanson as Ramiro, Sean Anderson as Dandini, and Steven Condy as Don Magnifico, critics called it "pure magic” and “vibrant, charming and downright funny” (read more here). Relive the magic with us with this special broadcast on July 13!

Tune in locally on WRTI 90.1 FM or stream at wrti.org.

Meet Sister Helen Prejean

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OperaDelaware is thrilled to announce that author/activist Sister Helen Prejean will be at our opening performance of Dead Man Walking at The Grand on April 27 at 7:30 pm. Our Festival production of Dead Man Walking is based on the true account of Sister Helen’s emotional journey as the unlikely spiritual advisor to a Louisiana death row inmate. Interested in a closer look at Dead Man Walking before our performances? We are proud to partner with First & Central Presbyterian Church and Market Street Music for a special book discussion and Q&A with Sister Helen at First & Central on April 27. Full details below.

Q&A and Book Discussion with Sister Helen Prejean

Sister Helen will share her story about counseling death-row inmate Elmo Patrick Sonnier and others, and how her advocacy work continues today. This is a rare chance to meet Sister Helen in person. The Rev. Dr. Douglas D. Gerdts will lead the discussion. Admission is free. Space is limited so reservations are required.

WHEN: April 27, 3:30 pm
WHERE: First & Central Presbyterian Church (1101 N. Market St.)

This program is partially funded by a grant from the Delaware Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Get to know our glorious RBG

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DELAWARE DIVA: Soprano Jennifer Zetlan is a now regular at the Met, but the Delaware native got her start in OperaDelaware's Family Opera Program, singing in the world premiere of Libby Larsen's A Wrinkle in Time (1992).

TWINKLE OF AN EYE: In addition to her busy performance schedule, Zetlan recently released Your Clear Eye, her debut solo CD with composer/pianist Ricky Ian Gordon. Opera News raved, "Her bright, shimmering timbre seems to propel the songs forward...Zetlan evinces spellbinding charisma."

ON BECOMING RBG: "I can’t imagine a more perfect time to be working on this witty score and portraying this true American heroine. RBG is in the hearts and minds of so many, as evidenced by the recent documentary and biopic. I’m truly loving learning more about the early cases she was involved in that helped shape her career and put her at the forefront of equality legislation in our country. Especially as the mother of a young girl, I'm thrilled to represent this important woman — who has in her own right really represented all women — on stage."

2019 FESTIVAL: SCALIA/GINSBURG & TRIAL BY JURY
Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 2 pm & Friday, May 3, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Performances at The Grand, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington, DE.
Box Office: 302-442-7807

nov. 24: national broadcast of William Tell, conducted by OD Music Director Anthony Barrese

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From the OperaDelaware family to yours, we wish you Happy Thanksgiving! We want to take this time to thank you for your support and for the many kind letters, emails, and calls that have poured in since last weekend's national radio broadcast our of 2017 production of Semiramide. As you gather with friends & family this holiday weekend, we hope you'll tune in to the WFMT Radio Network Opera Series broadcast of Opera Southwest's WILLIAM TELL on Nov. 24. 

William Tell photo courtesy of opera southwest

William Tell photo courtesy of opera southwest

(Listen locally beginning at 1 pm on WRTI FM; check your listings or stream at WRTI.org.) Conducted by OD Music Director Anthony Barrese, this broadcast of Opera Southwest's William Tell features many members of the OD family, including:

Sean Anderson (Guillaume Tell)
OD appearances include Papageno in The Magic Flute, Ford in Falstaff, Dandini in La Cenerentola, and Gianni Schicchi in Gianni Schicchi and Buoso's Ghost

Claudia Chapa (Hedwige)
Zita in Gianni Schicchi and Buoso's Ghost, plus our upcoming Opera Uncorked: Verdi, Verismo & Vino

Sharin Apostolou (Jemmy)
Adina in 2013 L'elisir d'amore, Nannetta in Falstaff

Matthew Vickers (Arnold Melcthal)
Laertes in Amleto, Luigi in Il Tabarro

Justin Hopkins (Gesler)
Orazio in Amleto

MORE INFORMATION
WFMT Radio Network Opera Series: Opera Southwest’s William Tell, conducted Anthony Barrese (airing Nov. 24)
WRTI.ORG: Broadcast of Opera Southwest’s William Tell on Nov. 24 beginning at 1 pm EST