Nashville Opera presents Favorite Son at the Noah Liff Opera Center on January 21-22-23 to open the 2021/22 season. This is the premiere of a folk Opera which will be sung in English. Jennifer Whitcomb-Oliva plays The Doctor — one of four roles. Favorite Son is directed by John Hoomes, sung in English with projected English lyrics.
The world premiere of folk opera Favorite Son marks Nashville Opera’s second collaboration with Grammy Award-winning Nashville songwriter Marcus Hummon. Drawing from experiences in the composer’s own life, the poignant Favorite Son journeys through one man’s memories to find the essence of truth.
Cast members include Jennifer Whitcomb-Oliva, seen in last fall’s world premiere opera film One Vote Won as the Doctor; Emma Grimsley as Kate, who led the North American touring company of The Phantom of the Opera as Christine through its closing in February 2020; singer, songwriter, session musician, and four-time Grammy-nominated artist Darrell Scott making his Nashville Opera mainstage debut as Father Coach; and popular crossover tenor and minor-league baseball player John Riesen making his Nashville Opera mainstage debut as Chris.
Music and libretto for Favorite Son are by Marcus Hummon. Along with Top 40 singles for Tim McGraw, Wynonna Judd, and Alabama, Hummon has three #1 country hits to date: “Cowboy Take Me Away” by the Chicks, “Born to Fly” by Sara Evans, and the Rascal Flatts version of “Bless the Broken Road,” which won the Grammy for Best Country Song in 2006.
Performances of Favorite Son are Friday, January 21, 8:00 PM; Saturday, January 22, 8:00 PM; and Sunday, January 23, 3:00 PM at The Noah Liff Opera Center, located at 3622 Redmon Street, Nashville, Tennessee 37209. Ticket prices begin at only $15.00.
Plan now for the two remaining shows in Nashville Opera’s 2021/22 season, based on established classics.
Verdi’s Rigolleto Noir runs Thursday, April 7, and Saturday, April 9, 2022, at 7:30 PM John Hoomes’ long-awaited film-noir staging of Verdi’s revenge classic, featuring Kevin Thompson as Sparafucile in his Nashville Opera mainstage debut, puts an edgy film-noir spin on the story while letting Verdi’s music pack its original punch! Spoiler alert: Verdi uses what is arguably the most famous aria on the planet to serve up the plot’s bitterest twist! Directed by John Hoomes with music by Giuseppe Verdi, featuring the Nashville Opera Orchestra and Ensemble conducted by Dean Williamson. Sung in Italian with projected English titles in Andrew Jackson Hall, TPAC.
Wagner’s Das Rheingold closes the season Friday, May 6 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, May 8, at 3 PM. The definition of epic! This intense extended one-act draws from Norse mythology and German folklore to weave a story of gods, monsters, and an epic heist of precious gold. An unforgettable Wagnerian experience in Belmont University’s beautiful new Performing Arts Center. This performance marks the return of the phenomenal Lester Lynch as Wotan, also featuring the stunning Othalie Graham as Freia; and the talented Gwendolyn Brown as Erda in her Nashville Opera mainstage debut. Directed by John Hoomes, Music by Richard Wagner featuring the Nashville Opera Orchestra conducted by Dean Williamson, sung in German with projected English titles in Belmont University’s Fisher Center for the Performing Arts.
Tickets to all three events are available online at nashvilleopera.org or by calling 615-832-5242.
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