Ad Spot
Soprano Amanda Nelson with Opera Huntsville will perform along with other vocalists during “Opera in the Park” at Home Place Park on Sept. 20. CONTRIBUTED

‘Opera in the Park’ brings arias to Home Place Park

MADISON – “Opera in the Park” will share an entertainment genre new to Madison audiences at open-air concerts.

Opera in the Park will be a free, family-friendly performance at the new Home Place Park in Madison at 100 Shorter St. The concert will open at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 20.

“Opera in the Park is truly a unique event here in Madison. Madison Visionary Partners or MVP is excited to partner with Opera Huntsville on this event,” MVP Executive Director Melanie Thornton said.

Important for MVP’s success “as a nonprofit are collaborative partnerships. MVP’s primary focus is on large, community projects, but we’re also committed to bringing events to Madison that enrich the quality of life here in our community,” Thornton said.

“When I met with Opera Huntsville’s Artistic and General Director Erin Huelskamp Bohn this summer, we both agreed that a joint event in Madison would not only introduce opera to new audiences, but it would be a great community engagement builder — in line with both MVP and Opera Huntsville’s missions,” Thornton said.

Performers will include Amanda Nelson and Dekendra Jackson, soprano; Josey Poppin, mezzo; Shane Kennedy, tenor; and Justin Colon, baritone. Accomplished pianist Christopher Powell will accompany the vocalists.

Music will include “Think of Me” and “Masquerade,” “Phantom of the Opera,” Andrew Lloyd Webber; “Libiamo ne’ lieti calici,” “La Traviata,” Giuseppe Verdi; “L’amour est un oiseau rebelle” (Habanera), “Carmen,” Georges Bizet; “Les oiseaux dans la charmille” (The Doll Song) and “Belle nuit, o nuit d’amour” (Barcarolle), “Les contes d’Hoffmann,” Jacques Offenbach; “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “My Fair Lady,” Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe; “Faites lui mes aveux,” “Faust,” Charles Gounod; “Largo al factotum,” “Il barbiere di Siviglia,” Gioachino Rossini; “Avant de quitter ces lieux,” “Faust,” Charles Gounod; and other productions.

Food trucks will visit Home Place Park so audience members can buy a tasty treat or dinner. To-date, Get Loaded truck is confirmed, and Zion Gourmet Popcorn will sell outstanding snacks.

“We’re so grateful for the support of our sponsors: The Avenue, Offices of Spenryn and Accurate Machine and Tool Corporation. Because of the support of these companies, we can bring free and family-friendly events to Madison for the whole community to enjoy,” Thornton said.

Parking will be available at Madison City Schools Stadium with a short walk to Home Place Park.

“Whether you’re new to opera or a seasoned operagoer, audiences will enjoy the variety of performances from Opera Huntsville. Come early, bring a chair and enjoy a nice evening at Home Place Park,” Thornton said. “Join us to celebrate the power of community connections through amazing performances, beautiful music and good food.”

For more information, visit mvpmadison.org.

Events

Christmas at Burritt on the Mountain

Events

Madison Community Band to present “Christmas Journey”

Events

Winter Park at The Orion Amphitheater is now open!

Harvest

Still Serving Veterans named ‘Nonprofit of the Year

James Clemens High School

Markowitz, Odom and Wyche earn BBB’s ‘Torch Award for Ethics’

Bob Jones High School

Arslanbekov of Madison merits first place in von Braun Symposium

Harvest

Civic-minded groups help Madison’s blood supply

Events

Fantasy Playhouse’s “A Christmas Carol” to open Dec. 2

Bob Jones High School

Fantasy Playhouse uses grant for technical theatre lab

Events

Rocket City Christmas Light Show in Madison returns Friday

Bob Jones High School

Reflections fine arts gives outlet for students’ creativity

Events

Madison natives, The Beasley Brothers, plan annual Christmas concert at the Princess Theater Dec. 15

Madison

Huntsville International Airport: TSA expects surge in travel volume for Thanksgiving, stresses preparedness

Madison

“Skills for Success” training program debuts to solve bus driver shortage

Madison

James Clemens principal picked to lead Hartselle school district

Events

Huntsville Ballet returns ‘The Nutcracker’ to the VBC stage

Bob Jones High School

‘Pullin’ for Partnership’ raises funds for Partnership prevention

Events

2022 Holiday Event Guide

Madison

AAA expects nearly 55 million Americans will travel during the long holiday weekend

Events

Skating in the Park is back for its 10th season

Madison

Liftoff! NASA’s Artemis I mega rocket launches Orion to the moon

Bob Jones High School

Next MCS workshop to deal with teenage depression

Madison

Flu season strikes early in Madison schools but prevention is key

Bob Jones High School

‘Grand Champion’ among Bob Jones Band’s Coldwater awards

x