Opera Memphis’ Presents ’30 Days of Opera’

By Afton Wooten

Opera Memphis is once again celebrating opera in Memphis with “30 Days of Opera.”

The company will present various concerts throughout the month at locations such as the Stax Museum of American Soul, The Memphis Farmers Market, Overton Square, and Crosstown Concourse. There will also be semi-staged performances of Jake Heggie’s 30-minute monodrama, “At the Statue of Venus” and Sarah Squire’s 15-minute family center opera “The Playground King.”

Soprano Keely Futterer will star in Heggie’s one-woman show which will debut at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art on April 9, followed by performances at the Dixon Gallery & Gardens on April 10 and at the Art Museum of the University of Memphis on April 26. All performances begin at 2 PM.

“The Playground King” features tenor Sergio Mandujano, mezzo-soprano Courtney Jameson, soprano Desiree Soto, and baritone Jake Stamatis. Four free to the public performances will take place at Central Library on April 23 and Rainbow Lake Pavilion on April 24, 2022, with shows at 12 PM and again at 1 PM.

This year, Opera Memphis staff, artists, and volunteers will hand out business cards and a survey that is redeemable for $10 tickets to an upcoming performance.