Thank you for visiting Verismo Opera Theater's website! We are very excited and proud to present our 2013 season. We have assembled a very talented group of people - Board members, Production staff, Stage Directors, and of course some of the best opera singers in the Chicagoland area. Our vision and "modus operandi" could be summed up with a quick look at our name. "Verismo" translates to "realism" from the Italian word "Vero" - true. So, our philosophy is to focus on artistic truth. Opera tells a story, and the music takes us on a journey. We strive to breathe realism to the characters and the poetry and lyrics. We will bring to life the wonderful stories of opera, and we thank you for taking this trip with us!
With deepest love and respect,
Founder and Artistic Director
We at the Verismo Opera Club see ourselves as a bridge between the audience and performers. To that end, we hope to engage in a dialogue with members of the community. We want to lead a forum of discussion whereby musicians can chat with those who love music. We want to create a common space whereby we all can come together to share our passion for music. We as performers need to reach out to the public and to fill those seats by creating performances that are relevant and truthful.. Society needs to find solace and answers from art and music. People need to be inspired, need to be motivated, need to find an escape. Verismo Opera Club recognizes the need for affordable, yet artistically viable performances. It is our vision to answer this public need and be in this niche. For our part, we wish to create this public dialogue not only to generate attention to ourselves, but to hopefully increase the demand for live public performances everywhere. By talking about our own passion and reasons for performing, we hope to generate a spark for others to share. Thank you for joining Verismo Opera Club on this journey of discovery. Our common passion will be our guide as we go forth in the future.
The mission of the Verismo Opera Club is to engage our audiences by producing relevant, truthful, and
emotionally direct performances. We strive to share with our colleagues and patrons the moment of
recreation by focusing on the essence of the opera – the music and the humanity within the composer’s
score. “Verismo” not only applies to a genre of opera, but rather a philosophy of connecting with our
public the eternal truths inherent in everyday life. An opera is merely a collection of the most pivotal
moments in life written for each character. The journeys that these characters take us on should
resonate with us all as we go through our day-to-day existence. We strive to share on the stage what
we experience in our own lives – love, loss, joy, hope. We recognize that by ourselves, the music is
lifeless. Therefore we need to share with our audiences in order to create art.
Verismo Opera Theater is proud to announce the next event in our Artist Training Program Sunday November 10th, 2013- 1-4pm PianoForte Chicago - 1335 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL Masterclass with Maestro Kostis Protopapas, Maestro Pedro Yanez playing Kostis Protopapas is the Artistic Director of the Tulsa Opera in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He previously served as the company’s Associate Conductor and Chorusmaster. His conducting credits with the company include productions of Carmen, Cavalleria Rusticana/I Pagliacci, La traviata, The Barber of Seville, and many others. Protopapas has also been an Assistant Conductor for the Los Angeles Opera and has served as Assistant Conductor at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Santa Fe Opera. During the 2002 and 2003 seasons he was the Assistant Chorusmaster at Lyric Opera of Chicago, under Donald Palumbo. Protopapas has served on the music staffs of Opera Memphis and Virginia Opera; he conducted at Opera in the Ozarks every summer from 2000 to 2004 and has conducted for Da Corneto Opera in Chicago and Union Avenue Opera in St. Louis.
We at Verismo Opera Theater are very proud of our Artist Training Program. We all learned so much and we will continue to provide these events at no cost to the public. — with Pedro Yanez and Bradley Schuller at PianoForte Foundation.
Recent Masterclass events: May 14th, 2013 with internationally acclaimed baritone David Adam Moore, Maestro Pedro Yanez Playing