Opera is Not Just For Opera Fans Anymore

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Josh Collier, artistic director of the new Opera Vermont, will bring “opera’s greatest hits” to the Highland Center of the Arts on Thursday, Sept. 14.

by David Kelley, Community Journalist

GREENSBORO – On Thursday, Sept. 14, at 7:30 p.m., the Highland Center for the Arts will present Opera Vermont. In this inaugural performance, with the Highland Center for the Arts as one of its new key venue partners, Opera Vermont will be taking classical opera in new directions. Opera Vermont will be performing a smorgasbord of “opera’s greatest hits.” From Verdi’s “La Traviata” to Puccini’s “La Boheme,” Opera Vermont will take the audience on a musical journey all the way to pieces from “Les Miserables” and “West Side Story.”

Who would imagine Rossini’s Cinderella set in Dr. Seuss’ Whoville? Well Opera Vermont can imagine it. That is only one of the many new takes on old classics that Opera Vermont is preparing to help reach a wider audience beyond the traditional opera goer. Opera Vermont is partnering with key theaters in Vermont, including Greensboro’s Highland Center for the Arts to bring a new style to an old art and an old art form to a new audience.

An important dimension of Opera Vermont’s new partnership with Greensboro’s Highland Center for the Arts will be providing new opportunities to help area schools supplement music programs and to help area students pursue and develop their musical interests and talents.

Tickets available at highlandartsvt.org/calendar/

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