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‘Taste of Opera’ May 28

Opera in the Ozarks presents a “Taste of Opera” at 1886 Crescent Hotel Featuring an Evening of Dining and Musical Delight EUREKA SPRINGS, ARK. (April 23, 2015) — Opera in the Ozarks, a nationally acclaimed program for emerging operatic professionals, will present its annual Taste of Opera celebration on Thursday, May 28 at the historic 1886 Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs. Taste of Opera is an exclusive event for Opera in the Ozarks, and what better way to whet your appetite for the upcoming 65th Anniversary Season than with a magical evening of your favorite arias, Broadway classics and love songs showcasing the top young opera singers from across the country right here in Northwest Arkansas. Beginning at 6:00 p.m. with a wine tasting prior to the dinner program, this event promises to be an evening of delectable food, drink and outstanding entertainment. Tickets for Taste of Opera are $55 and seating is limited. To purchase tickets, please call the box office at (479) 253-8595 — tickets to this event are on sale now and are only available by phone. Note: Sales for this event will close May 25, or earlier based on availability. Opera in the Ozarks’ four-week 2015 Summer Season, which kicks off on Friday, June 19 and runs through July 17, includes 25 performances and special events highlighting the exceptional voices of tomorrow’s operatic stars and a gifted orchestra. The season lineup includes 22 fully produced and orchestrated operas with a repertoire of Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann, Verdi’s La Traviata and Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Cinderella). Nineteen of these performance dates will be held at Opera in the Ozarks’ own outdoor, air-conditioned venue, Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony near Eureka Springs. Three of the season performances will be staged at Arend Arts Center in Bentonville. For more information on these upcoming performances, view calendar, and to purchase tickets, click here. Opera in the Ozarks, a non-profit organization, has been the training ground for serious young artists for 64 years. Singers are selected annually from national auditions. Over the years, Opera in the Ozarks has launched the careers of many talented singers who have gone on to perform in premier opera houses around the...

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Opera in the Ozarks finds New Leadership

February 20, 2015: Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point is pleased to announce the appointment of Nancy J. Preis as its new General Director. Dr. Preis will start in May, and will be assisted during a transition period by Jim Swiggart, the former General Director of Opera in the Ozarks who is currently serving as the Interim General Director. Carole Langley, president of the Governing Board, said the company conducted a nationwide search before selecting Dr. Preis. “Her resume was outstanding and we are thrilled that she has agreed to join us.” Nancy Preis holds a Ph.D. in Accounting and Finance from the University of Michigan and has had an impressive career in both academia and business. Her passion is opera, however, and she currently serves as the volunteer chief financial officer, marketing manager and occasional costume manager with the St. Petersburg Opera Company in Florida. She was an associate professor at the Graduate School of Business of Columbia University in New York City. She was subsequently a vice president of Kleinwort Benson N.A., a British merchant banking company. She was part of leveraged buyout team and specialized in middle market investment analysis. She moved to Florida to take over the management of a small electric motor company. Through acquisitions, she put together a group of specialty manufacturing companies. The companies design and manufacture components for transportation, industrial, medical and military applications. She grew those companies to their present size of nearly 150 employees with revenues in excess of $15 million (from $200,000 at the time of her hiring). She became involved in The Florida Orchestra first as a season ticket holder and later as a board member. She became friends with one of its principal musicians, a bassoonist, who later founded the St. Petersburg Opera. From modest beginnings ten years ago, the opera company now produces five mainstage productions a year and has an annual budget of nearly $1 million. It was her vision that led the company to purchase and raise the money for a production facility where all opera operations other than major performances take place. The St. Petersburg Opera experience has given Dr. Preis a substantial amount of expertise in artistic management, fund raising...

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64th Season opens June 20

OPERA IN THE OZARKS LAUNCHES 64TH SEASON Nation’s Top Young Opera Talent and Gifted Orchestra  Performing in Northwest Arkansas 2014 Season Begins June 20 NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (May 15, 2014) — Opera in the Ozarks, a nationally acclaimed program for emerging operatic professionals, is pleased to announce its upcoming 64th Season with an exceptional new repertoire and 24 fully produced operatic performances in Eureka Springs and Bentonville, Ark. Opera in the Ozarks’ 2014 season begins Friday, June 20 and runs through Friday, July 18. The four-week summer season features 24 performances with a repertoire of Mozart’s Così fan tutte, a comedy that centers around the question of fidelity; Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi (double bill), which contribute to Puccini’s operatic answer to Dante’s Divine Comedy; and Sondheim’s Into the Woods, an irreverent fantasy based on well-known fairy tale characters. This season includes 20 performance dates beginning June 20 at Opera in the Ozarks’ own mountainside venue – Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony, on Highway 62 West in Eureka Springs. This newly air-conditioned, outdoor venue uniquely lends itself to an intimate look at each of the acclaimed operas of the 2014 repertoire. Additionally, four performances will be held at Arend Arts Center in Bentonville on June 29 and July 6, 11 and 13. The Sunday, July 13 performance will feature Opera in the Ozarks alumna and Metropolitan Opera star Latonia Moore. Dr. Thomas Cockrell, returning as Artistic Director, said Opera in the Ozarks held auditions across the country during the past year and selected a group of talented singers and musicians who are eager to hone their skills as they pursue their operatic and musical careers. “The 64th Season of Opera in the Ozarks promises to be one of the most splendid yet,” Cockrell said. “The repertoire is outstanding, with something for everyone.” Stephen Rushing is the opera’s new General Director, replacing Jim Swiggart who guided the Opera in the Ozarks’ program for over 20 years and now serves as Director Emeritus. “I am looking forward to my first season as General Director of Opera in the Ozarks,” Rushing said. “The talent this season is extraordinary and the dedicated staff, many of whom are returning faculty, will indeed bring magic to the mountain at Inspiration Point.” For more information and a complete list of season performances, visit  Tickets ($20, $25 and $27) may be purchased online at or by phone at (479) 253-8595. 2014 PERFORMANCE DATES AT-A-GLANCE: INSPIRATION POINT FINE ARTS COLONY PERFORMANCES 16311 Hwy. 62 West / Eureka Springs, AR 72632 Showtime: 7:30 p.m. June 20 – Mozart’s Così fan tutte (Opening Night) June 21 – Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi June 24 – Sondheim’s Into the Woods June 25 –  Mozart’s  Così fan...

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