2017-2018 Season

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A Message from the President

Parvan Bakardiev, Artistic Director

Dear Friends,


Wichita Grand Opera’s 2017 Spring Season is just around the corner, and if you haven’t yet experienced the magic of live opera or ballet, this spring is your perfect opportunity.


Our Spring Season opens in April at Century II, with Tchaikovsky’s perennial favorite, The Sleeping Beauty, performed by the Russian National Ballet Theatre.


On May 6, the annual Wichita Grand Opera Ball returns to the Wichita Hyatt Regency. This year’s Ball, titled the Champagne Ball, is WGO’s social event of the year, bringing artists, celebrities, patrons, and opera aficionados together for an evening of dancing, fun, and fine dining.


Finally, we are very excited about our company debut of Benjamin Britten’s beloved family opera Noah’s Flood on June 9. Benjamin Britten believed in education and in bringing communities together with music, and composed a wondrous spectacle around a familiar story that I’m sure everyone will love.


Britten intended the piece to be performed in churches, so for our production we chose Holy Cross Lutheran Church due to its size, layout, excellent sightlines, and its wonderful pipe organ.


Our new production is performed in English, and will honor Britten’s intent by bringing together a core of professional singers and musicians with children from all over Wichita to perform together on the same stage. Even the audience is invited to sing along in several places, so come prepared to be a part of a true community-wide event.


For more information on the productions in our 2017 Spring Season, which combine the beauty and majesty of opera and ballet, and the unique setting of Opera on the Lake, I invite you to have a look around the rest of our website. Tickets are available now, either through our website, in person at our offices in Century II, or by calling our Box Office at 316-262-8054.


Operatically yours,

Parvan Bakardiev
Artistic Director