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The 2017-2018 Season

Rossini's Stabat Mater

WGO Pre-Season Special Concert Production
Sunday, September 10, 2017, 3:00pm
Holy Cross Lutheran Church

     Following capacity crowds for Britten’s Noah’s Flood and the July 2nd Patriotic Concert, WGO returns to Holy Cross Lutheran Church one last time as part of the church’s 75th Anniversary Celebration, bringing Gioacchino Rossini’s beloved mass, Stabat Mater. “I am delighted to produce Stabat Mater for the second time, following my production of this masterwork in San Antonio,” said Parvan Bakardiev, WGO Artistic Director. “Holy Cross is probably the finest venue in Wichita for concert performances, due to the Ambiance and acoustics.”

     After completing his monumental William Tell, Rossini simply stopped composing at the age of 37. After a few years, he was approached to write Stabat Mater, now performed globally. Written for four soloists, chorus, and orchestra, combining a heartfelt solemnity and devotion that only Rossini could create. Starring in this glorious piece are Yunnie Park, Kirk Dougherty, Suzanne Hendrix, and Alan Held. Maestro Martin Mazik will conduct

 
 

Puccini's Madama Butterfly

Saturday, September 30, 2017, 7:00pm
Century II Concert Hall

     WGO kicks off its 2017-18 Season with Puccini's "Madama Butterfly," the moving tale, set in turn-of-the-century Japan, that tells of an innocent young girl falls in love with an American sailor, but their impulsive marriage leads to tragic consequences. Korean soprano Yunnie Park and American tenor Kirk Dougherty star as Butterfly and Lt. Pinkerton, as Martin Mazik conducts one of Puccini’s most ravishing scores.

 
 

Chris Mann: Home for Christmas

Chris Mann: Home for Christmas

December 9, 2017, 7:00pm
Century II Concert Hall

     Wichita native Chris Mann – who rose to fame on NBC’s The Voice and just completed a 700+ performance national tour as Andrew Lloyd Webber's personal choice to don the iconic mask of the title role in "The Phantom of the Opera" – comes home for an exclusive Christmas gala with the WGO chorus, orchestra, and children’s chorus, conducted by internationally-renowned Maestro Steven Mercurio, who has taken the baton for such artists as The Three Tenors, Sing, and Andrea Bocelli.

 
 

Verdi's La Traviata

Verdi's La Traviata

Saturday, April 7, 2018, 7:00pm
Century II Concert Hall

     When a promising young man falls for a woman with a shady past, his family is outraged. She finally decides to sacrifice her happiness to save his reputation and pushes him away. Eventually, he realizes what happened and returns to her side for a bittersweet reunion in one of Verdi’s most popular – and heartbreaking – operas.

 
 

Prokofiev's Cinderella

Prokofiev's Cinderella

Sunday, April 29, 2018, 3:00pm
Century II Concert Hall

     Fairy godmothers, ugly stepsisters, and the iconic glass slippers come to life on stage in Prokofiev’s magical interpretation of Cinderella. The Russian National Ballet Theatre’s company of 50 world-class dancers comes to Wichita direct from Moscow. One of the most beloved ballets of all time, this is a perfect night out for the whole family.

 
 

The Annual Opera Ball

The Annual Opera Ball

Saturday, May 5, 2018, 6:00pm
MarkARTS

     WGO’s premiere social event of the year visits a new location this year – MarkARTS’ gleaming new facility at 13th and Rock. Come spend an evening with Wichita’s movers and shakers as you enjoy great music, cocktails, dancing, and luxury live and silent auctions in support of Wichita Grand Opera.

 
 

POPera: Simply Irresistible

POPera: Simply Irresistible

Thursday, May 31, 2018, 7:00pm
Opera on the Lake at Bradley Fair

     Bradley Fair once again hosts WGO’s annual gift to the community, Opera on the Lake. This year’s theme is POPera: Simply Irresistible. Bring a chair or blanket for a night of pop and operatic favorites with stars in the sky and stars on the stage.