December 14, 2018 Taos, New Mexico

The Harwood Museum of Art

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Taos Opera Guild presents:Corn Flakes, Cartoons & Coloratura
Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 10:00am

Taos Opera Guild presents:Corn Flakes, Cartoons & Coloratura

Arthur Bell Auditorium


Mark Tiarks presents an entertaining and educational exploration of Opera through Comics.

Many of us got our first taste of opera accompanied by cornflakes and Rice Krispies, as we sat in our pajamas and watched Saturday morning cartoons. The antics of Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd were paired with music by Wagner, Donizetti, Rossini and Bizet, to name just a few of their victims.
This one-hour session explores early examples such as Disney’s “The Opry House” and “Mickey’s Grand Opera,” as well as MGM Golden Age classics, including “The Rabbit of Seville” and “What’s Opera, Doc?” The latter is widely considered the greatest cartoon of all time. We’ll also take a peek at “Willie the Whale Who Sang at the Met,” for which Nelson Eddy supplied all the voices, soprano through bass-baritone, spoken as well as sung, and “The Homer of Seville” episode of The Simpsons.

Mark Tiarks’s professional experience includes serving for 11 years as The Santa Fe Opera’s Director of Strategic Planning and Marketing. His earlier executive positions include serving as the General Director of Chicago Opera Theatre, Producing Director of Chicago’s Court Theatre, and the Artistic Administrator and Director of Development for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. He has been an adjunct professor for Northwestern University, the St. Louis Conservatory and Schools for the Arts, and the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. Mark studied dramatic literature at Carleton College and theatre production in London on a Thomas J. Watson Foundation Fellowship.


Tickets are $25, general and $20 for museum members and all Opera Guild members, $10 for 18 and under.
Doors open at 9:30 am,seating is general

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