Opera Running Through Us


Program Postponed December 7, 2015 / New Date TBA

Opera Running Through Us

December 7, 2015, 6:30 pm

Join Hal France and his very talented young guests from the UNL and UNO opera programs who will perform while Hal France shares some common and some uncommon knowledge about the ways opera surrounds our culture.

Baritone, Jesse Wohlman and Mezzo Soprano, Patty Cramer from the UNL Opera Theater and singers from the UNO OpShop will offer popular opera arias.

Opera is music and the human voice serving stories theatrically in the most sophisticated and complete way possible. It gushes from the creativity of some of the most brilliant minds in history and pours through the extraordinary voices, bodies, minds and spirits of the most gifted singers. It emanates from imaginations directors and designers who explore our changing world. Opera flows like a river carrying humanity.

Opera's stories spring from human experience! Operatic form carry these stories through a fascinating and complex maze of psychology, characters, relationships, popular culture and diverse communities.

There are still many cultures and people on earth that have not received operatic treatment. Will we get to learn more about our magnificent diverse planet through opera?

I expect we will. In the meantime, join us for a fun and enlightening evening of opera.

Opera Running Through Us

Admission $35 

Students $5

Series of Four $120

When: Monday, December 7, 2015 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Where: The Omaha Conservatory of Music, 3504 S. 108th Street, Omaha, NE

For more information contact hal@halfrance.com





4 the Love of Music

Hal France and Friends and the Omaha Conservatory of Music present


Join host Hal France and his special guests for evenings of live performance, interviews, discussion and informative presentation



Most agree that music is among our world’s greatest gifts. Its kaleidoscope of tone, color and expression heal, identify, lift and unite us. Music lives as we experience it and shapes our memories. It evokes vistas of the mind and songs of the heart.

Host Hal France explores music and those who masterfully wield its power in a series of 4 programs. Offered in partnership with the Omaha Conservatory of Music these programs are created for music lovers of all ages and experience levels. Each program presents a theme delving into the creativity through listening and viewing of outstanding performances. Each program welcomes a special guest sharing insight and performing live.

The series begins in 2015 at the Omaha Conservatory of Music located at 3504 S. 108th Street, Omaha. In 2016 the series moves to OCM’s new home at 7023 Cass Street, Omaha.

Subscription Information

Series Subscription: $120

Individual Programs: $35/ No registration required

Student Admission: $5 per program/ No registration required

Register for Series

For more information call Hal France at 402 490 2005 or e mail hal@halfrance.com

The Programs

November 2, 2015 / The World Erupts & Music Reacts 1911 – 1920

with Soprano, Karina Brazas     Learn More

December 7, 2015 / Opera Running Through Us

with Outstanding Young Singers from the UNL and UNO Opera Programs

UNL/Jesse Wohlman, baritone/Patty Cramer, mezzo soprano

UNO/ Performers TBA  Learn More

March 14, 2016 / Classical Music Goes To The Movies

Special Guest TBA

April 11, 2016/ Variations and Virtuosity 

with violinist, Susanna Perry Gilmore, Concertmaster, Omaha Symphony

4 Love of Music Series 2015

Opera Then and Now


Course Description

Opera Then and Now surveys the history of opera from its birth with the Florentine Camerata and its first master, Claudio Monteverdi through the Baroque, Classical, Romantic  and 20th century Modern periods. It will be offered Fall Semester 2014.

OTN looks at opera as an elaborate multi-media form of storytelling. It focuses on the three main groups who from Then to Now have created opera:

  • The Creators (composers and librettists)
  • The Enactors (singers, designers, directors, conductors)
  • The Audience

Each semester OTN takes advantage of performances at Opera Omaha and the Met HD at Film Streams to provide students with the experience of great works. UNO students receive opportunities to attend events free of charge. Class time is split between historic timelines, trends and innovations and audio highlights of opera’s most significant works.

UNO Students

Adjunct Professor: Hal France
Fall Semester 2014
Course number MUS 4000-002
Call Number 22855-Special Studies in Music
Wednesdays from 6:00 – 9:00 pm in Strauss 105
August – December 2014

The class carries 3 credit hours and is open to UNO upper level undergraduate students and graduate students for credit and community participants for auditing.

Grades for UNO students will be determined as follows: Mid-term exam 25%, Final Exam 25% and Final Paper 50%.

Auditors Welcome

OTN welcomes community auditors! Those wishing to audit can send check for $200 payable to University of Nebraska at Omaha "Opera Then and Now” to:

Barbara McCormack,
Department Secretary
Department of Music
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Strauss Performing Arts Center 213
6001 Dodge St.
Omaha, NE 68182- 0245