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This season will see the return of locally-produced grand opera as we open the season in November with Madama Butterfly in partnership with The Ohio State University. This production will be cast with up-and-coming artists from central Ohio and beyond, and include students from OSU in the chorus and comprimario roles. In March, the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players will return in the perennially popular The Pirates of Penzance featuring the Opera Columbus Chorus. Both productions will be accompanied by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. The season will conclude with Carmen in Concert at the Ohio Theatre, a fantastic new collaboration with the Columbus Symphony.

In addition to our main stage season, we will continue our successful collaboration with Shadowbox Live—following the smashing success of La Bohème in 2012-2013—with our Opera on the Edge production of The Merry Widow. Designed to introduce opera to new audiences, this new, abridged adaptation will transform Lehár’s sparkling operetta from Belle Époque Paris to modern day Columbus, and will be performed by our own stars. There will be two sets of free performances in October–November and January–February, so mark your calendar now! (No tickets are required for these performances, but reservations through Shadowbox are recommended.)

Subscribers will be invited to be the first to experience this new production of The Merry Widow at an exclusive party at Shadowbox Live’s Backstage Bistro on October 22. For $10, subscribers will enjoy the performance, hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar.

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