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I’ve loved opera since I was a teenager. I don’t remember what my first opera was. It was just overwhelming. Every bit of it. Here I was, an African-American teenager growing up in Philadelphia, and it just took me. I absolutely love it. Everything about it. The drama, the music, the staging, the scenery. Everything that goes to make opera.     -Tim Kennedy,  Founder and Artistic Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Brief History of Buffalo Opera Unlimited Productions

1985       One act comic opera entitled The Impresario and scenes from The Marriage of Figaro

(BSC Learning Lab)

1986       A mini-version of Carmen with our first review (Buffalo Seminary)

1987       An updated 1950’s version of Cosi Fan Tutte (Buffalo Seminary)

1988       Excerpts from Porgy and Bess for OperaBuffs boat trip

1989       Salute to Paul Robeson and Roland Hayes (Historical Society)

1991       A full scale production of Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah (Lancaster Opera House)

An Evening of Mozart (The Impresario and scenes from The Marriage of Figaro (Lancaster Opera House)

1992       A combination of Barber of Seville and La Cenerentola to produce A Rossini Experiment (Lancaster Opera House)

1993       An updated version of Faust, performed with string quartet and piano (BSC Rockwell Hall)

A program dedicated to George Gershwin with scenes from Porgy and Bess and famous Gershwin songs (Lancaster Opera House)

1994       An updated version of Don Giovanni with emphasis on a color scheme (Lancaster Opera House)

A program dedicated to Duke Ellington with the Al Tinney Trio (Lancaster Opera House)

1996       An updated mini-version of La Boheme (Lancaster Opera House)

1997       A Schubertiad, a program dedicated to Schubert, marking the 200th anniversary of his birth (Historical Society)

Lieder and Liebeslieder by Brahms, marking the 100th anniversary of his death (Parkside Lutheran Church)

1999       A Century Salute to Duke Ellington (Riviera Theatre)

A full scale production of Carslisle Floyd’s Susannah, performed with string orchestra and piano

(Riviera Theatre)

Ellington and Gershwin (Kenan Center)

A Century of Broadway (Pfeifer Theatre)

2000       A full-scale production of Tosca, with orchestra (Rockwell Hall)

2003       Bernstein – a program of excerpts from Leonard Bernstein’s greatest musical works (Riviera Theatre)

A full-scale production of La Traviata with orchestra (Rockwell Hall)

2004       Cosi Fan Tutte with string orchestra (Warren Enters Theatre, BSC)

2005       The Genius of Cole Porter (Rockwell Hall)

2006       Totally Mozart – The Impresario and scenes from other Mozart operas (The Church)

2007       A full-scale production of The Merry Widow (Rockwell Hall)

2007       God’s Trombones by James Weldon Johnson (Westminster Presbyterian Church)

2008       Sacred Jazz Concert (Westminster Presbyterian Church)

2010       Opera Program (Niagara Arts and Cultural Center)

2011       An Afternoon of Love Songs (Niagara Arts and Cultural Center)

2011       A Tribute to William Grant Still (UB Center for the Arts)

2011       Sacred Jazz (Niagara Arts and Cultural Center)

2012       Celebrating Diversity:  Songs of African-American Composers (Westminster Presbyterian Church; Niagara Arts and Cultural Center)

2012      A full-scale production of Gounod’s Faust (Rockwell Hall)

2013      An Afternoon of Sacred Jazz (St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Orchard Park Presbyterian Church)

               Viva Verdi! Famous scenes with orchestra (Rockwell Hall Performing Arts Center)

2014      Barroom Brawls – two one act operas, Blue Monday by George Gershwin and premiere production of  The Fall of Stag Lee by Darryl Glenn Nettles (710 Main Theatre)

               Totally Mozart – The Impresario and favorite selections from other Mozart operas (710 Main Theatre)

2015      A full-scale production of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte (UB’s Center for the Arts Drama Theater) CLICK HERE FOR REVIEW

              Salute to Duke Ellington with the George Caldwell Quintet and dancers (710 Main Theatre)

              Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss II at Rockwell Hall Performing Arts Center

2016    World premiere of The Fall of Stag Lee by Darryl Glenn Nettles (Rockwell Hall Performing Arts Center)

   Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck (Rockwell Hall Performing Arts Center)

 

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