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ONE Festival with ICE and Opera Omaha

  • Various locations, Omaha, NE (map)

ICE mounts a large-scale collaboration with Opera Omaha for three separate productions at Omaha's ONE Festival!

Music by Missy Mazzoli
Libretto by Royce Vavrek
Adapted from the short story Proving Up by Karen Russell
Co-commissioned by Washington National Opera, Opera Omaha and Miller Theater at Columbia University

Set in the brutal early years of post-Civil War Nebraska, a mother is pushed to the brink as her family is pulled apart by loss and isolation. Her son, Miles, must bear the weight of the family’s unrelenting pursuit of the American Dream. Opera Omaha’s ONE Festival Artistic Director, James Darrah, and a world-renowned ensemble together will bring Mazzoli’s innovative and haunting score to life.  After an incubation period of rehearsals in New York, ICE travels to Omaha for the premiere performances of Proving Up.  

The Kaneko
1111 Jones St, Omaha

Fri, Apr 13, 2018, 7:30 PM
Sun, Apr 15, 2018, 2:00 PM
Thu, Apr 19, 2018, 7:30 PM
Sat, Apr 21, 2018, 2:00 PM
Sun, Apr 22, 2018, 7:30 PM

In an empty room, singers, instrumentalists and audience members will gather together as one for a radically reimagined musical exploration of Handel’s Ariodante. Through improvisation and creative discovery, artists will experiment with Handel’s instrumentation and score to breathe new life into an opera that explores the vast range of human relationships and consequences of jealousy. Spanning six unique and open sessions throughout ONE Festival, Ariodante opens the door to creative process. These sessions are free and open to the public.

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
724 South 12th St, Omaha

Tues, April 10, 6:00 PM
Sat, April 14, 2:00 PM
Tues, April 17, 7:30 PM
Thurs, April 19, 11:30 AM
Fri, April 20, 5:00 PM
Sat, April 21, 6:00 PM

Created on-site in Omaha by Director Annie Saunders, The Wreck is an original and immersive production that uses the Slavic mythology of the Rusalka and mermaid folklore to examine themes of feminine experience including longing, escape, fear, rage, and the rituals of farewell and departure.

1407/1409 Jackson Street, Omaha

Sat, Apr 14, 7:30 PM
Sun, Apr 15, 7:30 PM
Wed, Apr 18, 7:30 PM
Sat, Apr 21, 10:00 PM


ICE’s 2017-18 performances and commissioning activities are made possible by the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Booth Ferris Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, A.N. and Pearl G. Barnett Family Foundation, Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, Amphion Foundation, Pacific Harmony Foundation, Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, Casement Fund, BMI Foundation, as well as public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council for the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Yamaha Artist Services New York is the exclusive piano provider for ICE.