#7 Days of Opera

Mobile Opera’s annual celebration of our role in the community with something to interest and engage the opera lover and those who have yet to be introduced to this great art form. 


DAY 1:
The Greatest Showman Sing Along
January 6 – Movie – 2:00pm
Bernheim Hall – Ben May Public Library
Ladies and gents, this is the moment you’ve waited for, The Greatest Showman Movie Sing-Along. You’ve seen it, you loved it and you just can’t get the tunes out of your head…here’s your chance to belt out your favorite songs from the movie. Fans are encouraged to come in costume of their favorite character or circus performer! Costume and vocal talent not required. Admission is free and presented in partnership with the Mobile Public Library.

DAY 2:
Coffee Lecture: The Lives of Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald
January 7 – 2:00pm
Darrel J. Williams Associates, 1714 Dauphin St., Suite B (next door to Chaleur Coffee)

Bridget Peach explores the lives of Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald.  The lecture will introduce and lead into the presentation of an original Opera on Thursday night:  The Ghosts of Gatsby. Scott Wright will discuss the evolution of this original opera commissioned by Samford University.  Stop in Chaleur Coffee for a pastry and coffee and then walk next door to the inviting and creative office space of Darrel J. Williams Associates for a glimpse into the fascinating world of Gatsby.


DAY 3:
A Little Mid-Day Music
January 8 – Noon-1:00pm
Larkins Music Center, 2nd floor, Willson Recital Hall
Bring your lunch to the Willson Recital Hall at 257 Dauphin Street and let Mobile Opera serenade you with live music from some of our community’s finest talent, featuring Soprano, Brydon Fox  and Christopher Powell, pianist.  Dine in style no matter what you are eating. Come and go to suit your schedule-we will just keep singing.

DAY 4:
Opera Trivia
January 9 – 9am-4:30pm
Mobile Opera Facebook Page

How much do you know about opera? We are guessing we can stump you and for certain we will have you giggling and googling with our fourth annual Opera Trivia Quiz. Find us on Facebook with our tongue in our cheek. Lots of fun and fanciful prizes!


DAY 5:
Performance of The Ghosts of Gatsby
January 10 – 7:00pm
Larkins Music Center, 2nd floor, Willson Recital Hall
Mobile Opera hosts an original opera by librettist Joshua McGuire and composer Evan Mack commissioned by Samford University in Birmingham. Following the world premiere in November, 2018 at Samford, the opera will compete at the National Opera Association’s Chamber Opera competition in Salt Lake City as one of only three national finalists. On Jan. 10, Samford Opera will perform “The Ghosts of Gatsby” in Mobile before traveling to the New Works Forum of Opera America in New York City. The opera will also be presented in Zelda Fitzgerald’s hometown of Montgomery in late January. Set on the French Riviera in 1924, the opera depicts Zelda’s descent into madness as she is confronted by her younger and older self. Reality is not always what it seems. Directed by Kristin Kenning, this is a bold and beautiful work that you will long remember. Add to the ambience by wearing your best 1920s attire but costumed or not, don’t miss this unusual opportunity to see a brand-new opera. The travel production is about 40 minutes long. Admission is free.

DAY 6:
Coffee Chat Live
January 11 – 9:00am
Mobile Opera Facebook Page

Grab a cup of coffee, hop in your recliner or your desk chair and tune in live to the MO Facebook page, starting at 9am, to chat with Mobile Opera staff and surprise guests!  Send in your questions prior to the chat to deaven@mobileopera.org or type them in on the Facebook live feed.  We will be discussing all things opera and more!  A fun and entertaining way to start your Friday and kick off the weekend!


DAY 7:
Madame Rose Palmai-Tenser Scholarship Competition – The Finals
January 12 – 1:00pm
Larkins Music Center – 2nd floor, Willson Recital Hall
Let the stars of tomorrow’s opera stage entertain you with their talent. Named for Mobile Opera’s founder, this venerable vocal competition attracts emerging artists from around the Southeast to compete for cash scholarships, recognition and prestige. The top ten finalists will present their selections for a panel of judges and you, as a member of the audience, can be a judge as well. The collective vote of the audience will be included in the selection process and the winners announced on the spot.

Admission to all events is FREE.

For additional information, please call (251) 432-6772.