Wichita Grand Opera: 2017 Spring Season Tickets Now on Sale

Monday, January 30 2017 2:00 PM
  News Release
For Immediate Release
January 27, 2017
 Parvan Bakardiev, General Director              WichitaGrandOpera.org                  Margaret Ann Pent, Artistic Director 
Century II Performing Arts Center, 225 W. Douglas, Wichita, KS 67202
Contact: Tony Applegate | Tel: 316.262.8054 | Email: marketing@wichitagrandopera.org
Wichita Grand Opera: 2017 Spring Season
Tickets Now on Sale
          (WICHITA – January 27, 2017) – Wichita Grand Opera announces today that subscriptions and single tickets are now on sale for its 2017 Spring Season, which opens on April 23 with Tchaikovsky’s perennial ballet favorite, The Sleeping Beauty, performed by the Russian National Ballet Theatre.
          “This spring, we’re very excited to bring our audience one old favorite, one new favorite, and one great social event,” said WGO President & CEO Parvan Bakardiev. The Sleeping Beauty is widely regarded as one of the best of the great classical ballets thanks to its combination of virtuosic dancing and glorious music.
          Wichita Grand Opera’s Champagne Ball – WGO’s biggest fundraiser and social event of the year – returns to the Wichita Hyatt Regency on May 6. Then, WGO will close the Spring Season with a new production of Benjamin Britten’s Noah’s Flood, WGO’s first production of an opera by the acclaimed English composer.
          “Noah’s Flood is a wonderful opera, written to take advantage of every artistic resource a community has to offer,” said Mr. Bakardiev. “From the children’s chorus to handbell choirs, pipe organ, homemade percussion instruments, and bugles, this piece always becomes a community event. We’re very excited to premiere this charming production for Wichita and the region.”
2017 Spring Season Schedule

  Tchaikovsky's The Sleeping Beauty April 23, 6:30pm Century II  
    The Wichita Grand Opera Champagne Ball May 6, 6:00pm Hyatt Regency Wichita  
  Britten's Noah's Flood June 9, 8:00pm Holy Cross Lutheran Church  
  Britten's Noah's Flood June 11, 6:00pm McPherson Opera House  

Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty
Sun., April 23, 2017, 6:30pm - Century II Concert Hall
Performed by the Russian National Ballet Theatre

          Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty is the most beloved of all the great 19th century Russian ballets. According to the New York Times, it is unrivaled in the history of ballet for its “endlessly fragrant and varied” music. This may be due in large part to its charming, fairytale story, which was so captivating to Tchaikovsky that he composed the entire ballet in just 40 days. The ballet was also hugely influential to an entire generation of ballet artists in the early 20th century, including George Balanchine, Sergei Diaghilev, and Anna Pavlova who – through her astonishing portrayals of Princess Aurora – helped The Sleeping Beauty become the most-performed ballet in the history of Russia’s legendary Mariinsky Theater.

          Wichita Grand Opera welcomes the Russian National Ballet Theatre back to Wichita to perform their production of The Sleeping Beauty on Sunday, April 23rd, at 6:30pm in the Century II Concert Hall. The RNBT, based in Moscow, is dedicated to preserving the grand traditions of Russian ballet, and the iconic choreography of Marius Petipa.

The Wichita Grand Opera Champagne Ball
Saturday, May 6, 2017, 6:00pm - Hyatt Regency Wichita

          Now in its 15th year, Wichita Grand Opera’s annual Opera Ball has become one of the premiere social events in the region, and WGO’s biggest fundraiser of the year. This year’s Ball, the Wichita Grand Opera Champagne Ball, taking shape under the leadership of Opera Ball Committee Chairs Georges and Jocelyne Ausseil and Honorary Chairs Tony Caputo and LewJene Schneider, will start at 6:00pm on Saturday, May 6, at the Wichita Hyatt Regency.

          Past Opera Balls have hosted luminaries ranging from international opera stars such as Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, and Samuel Ramey, to public figures such as General Richard Myers, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Governor Sam Brownback. In addition to a reputation for outstanding entertainment and luxurious dining, the Opera Ball is known for its exciting live auction, which in the past has featured exclusive items, such as trips to attend the Golden Globes and the Porsche Racing School, private dinners with stars of the Metropolitan Opera, travel destinations all over the world, and exquisite custom-designed jewelry, all auctioned off in support of the WGO and its many programs.

Britten's Noah's Flood (New Production)
Friday, June 9, 2017, 8:00pm - Holy Cross Lutheran Church
Sunday, June 11, 2017, 6:00pm - McPherson Opera House

Performed in English supertitles

          Noah’s Flood is widely regarded to be Benjamin Britten’s most lovable work. At its premiere in 1958, critics called the opera “a miracle of inspiration” and “extraordinarily beautiful.” Britten called for a core of professional singers and musicians to lead a large cast of student, community, and youth singers, actors, and musicians. Delightful and innovative touches abound, including striking mugs with wooden spoons to represent the sound of raindrops, and a colorful pageant of children in costume as the animals, parading two-by-two onto the ark.

          The opera’s biblical story is drawn from the text of one of the medieval “Chester mystery plays”, which were written and performed by local craft guilds in honor of liturgical feast days in the 1500s. Britten honored this tradition by creating an opera that would become a community-wide event. WGO’s new production will premiere at Holy Cross Lutheran Church on Friday, June 9, at 8:00pm. Britten intended Noah’s Flood to be performed in a church, not in a theater. Holy Cross was selected due to its size, configuration, and its excellent pipe organ, which is featured in Britten’s score. A second performance will travel to the beautiful McPherson Opera House on Sunday, June 11, at 6:00pm.

          For those purchasing VIP Dinner Packages or Tables for Noah’s Flood, the VIP Dinner will be held at 5:30pm at the Wichita Country Club prior to the performance on June 9th, which is conveniently located just a 5-minute drive from Holy Cross Lutheran Church.

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and choose your favorite seats!

Early subscribers get the best seats for Wichita Grand Opera’s 2017 Spring Season:
Season Subscriptions: Best Better Good
     Subscription #1 • a savings of 20%
          Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty,
          The Wichita Grand Opera Champagne Ball,
          VIP Dinner Package for Noah’s Flood
$348 $326 $310

     Subscription #2 • a savings of 15%
          Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty &
          The Wichita Grand Opera Champagne Ball
$242 $219 $201

     Subscription #3 • a savings of 10%
          Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty
          VIP Dinner Package for Noah’s Flood
$212 $187 $168

     Subscription #4 • a savings of 5%
          Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty
          General Admission for Noah’s Flood
$116 $90 $70
Single Tickets: Best Better Good Student
     Regular Priced Tickets $85 $58 $37 $20
     Senior, 60 or over, saves 20% $68 $46 $30 N/A
     Groups, of 10 or more, saves 15% $72 $49 $31 N/A
     Students, with Valid ID, saves 10% $77 $52 $33 N/A
     Noah's Flood General Admission Tickets $35 N/A N/A N/A
There will be a pre-performance opera talk 15 minutes prior to each production. Dinner, Preview, and Backstage tour packages are also available through the WGO Box Office.

For The Wichita Grand Opera Champagne Ball:
Individual Tickets are $200 per person
A Table of TEN is $1,500
(a portion of which is tax deductible)

For VIP Dinner Packages for Britten's Noah's Flood
VIP Dinner is at 5:30pm at the Wichita County Club, performance at 8:00pm
(all those with VIP Dinner and Performance Packages will have a reserved seat at the church.)
Individual VIP Packages are $150 per person
A Table of EIGHT is $1,000
(a portion of the VIP Dinner and Performance Package is tax deductible)

To purchase tickets for WGO's 2017 Spring Season,
call the Wichita Grand Opera Box Office at (316) 262-8054 or go online at www.selectaseat.com.
For more information, visit www.WichitaGrandOpera.org.

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