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Opera Columbus Announces New Board President, Femi Adeyanju

Coming up, the company will present Maria de Buenos Aires on Feb. 24 and 26, Rigoletto March 31 and April 1, and the Cooper-Bing vocal competition April 30.

Opera Columbus Announces New Board President, Femi Adeyanju

Opera Columbus has announced Femi Adeyanju as its new board president. Adeyanju is an avid opera lover and has been an Opera Columbus board member for more than five years, previously serving as the organization's Vice President and Finance Chair.

"I am very excited to continue working with the talented Opera Columbus staff and our wonderful board members," said Adeyanju. "Opera Columbus is focused on reimagining the opera experience to create fun, creative and entertaining performances, while also introducing the next generation of opera fans to the artform through our education outreach for K-12 students, and I am truly honored to be part of an innovative organization with an exciting future ahead."

Adeyanju will serve as president through June 2025 and follows former President Bill Miller who served as president for the last 3 years.

"I am proud to pass the baton to Femi as our next board president," Miller said. "His passion for Opera Columbus' mission and dedication to helping this great organization secure its future made him the clear choice as the board's next leader."

Currently, Adeyanju is a Managing Director at Ernst & Young and has 18 years of experience providing IT audit and business consulting services to public and private clients in the consumer products and retail, life sciences and technology industries.

"Femi's diverse experience is impressive, he has already made a huge contribution to Opera Columbus as VP and Finance Chair," said Julia Noulin-Mérat, Opera Columbus' general director + CEO. "I'm excited to have him as a leadership partner as we continue the work of bringing opera to the Columbus community in meaningful and innovative ways."

Coming up, the company will present Maria de Buenos Aires on Feb. 24 and 26, Rigoletto March 31 and April 1, and the Cooper-Bing vocal competition April 30. This year's Gala will honor former board President Bill Miller on May 4th and to close the 2022-2023 season, Drinks and Drag will be on June 4th. More information about Opera Columbus and the board can be found at www.operacolumbus.org.



Photos: First look at Gallery Players INTIMATE APPAREL Photo
The time is 1905, the place the Lower East Side. Sewing beautiful lingerie gives Esther, an African American seamstress, an intimate look at the love lives of her diverse clientele, but she yearns for a romance of her own. She finds herself in an epistolary courtship with a mysterious Caribbean man, though her heart secretly belongs to the Orthodox Jewish fabric merchant with whom she can never share a touch. Written by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner and MacArthur “Genius Grant” Awardee Lynn Nottage (Sweat, Ruined), this moving portrait of love, resilience, and the triumph of the human spirit has become one of the most beloved plays of our time. By Lynn Nottage, Directed by Julie Whitney Scott Cast: Esther - Latifat Sulaimon, George - El-Ryck Kendrick, Mayme - Brooklyn Smith, Mr. Marks - Jacob Erney, Mrs. Dickson - Cathy Bean, Mrs. Van Buren - Ella Palardi, Piano Player - Kelton D Waller. Performances run Feb. 4 - 12, 2023. Gallery Players, 1125 College Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43209. Please visit https://columbusjcc.org/intimate-apparel/ to get specific showtimes and purchase tickets.

Photos: First Look At Imagine Productions 35MM: A MUSICAL EXHIBITION Photo
A picture is worth 1,000 words — what about a song? Can a picture inspire a song or fifteen? In 35mm, each photo creates a unique song, moments frozen in time; a glimmer of a life unfolding, a glimpse of something happening. A stunning new multimedia musical which explores a groundbreaking new concept in musical theatre... This intricately woven collection of stories told through song reimagines what the modern American musical can be.

Photos: First Look at Rise Up Art Alliances SWEENEY TODD. The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Photo
An infamous tale, Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to nineteenth-century London, seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett's luck sharply shifts when Todd's thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up... and the carnage has only just begun! This special School Edition has been masterfully adapted, working directly with Mr. Sondheim to retain the dark wit and grand scope of the original work, with a few lyric and key changes to facilitate high school productions. At the show's core is a challenging score of epic proportion with two tasty tour-de-force roles in Sweeney and his comic female accomplice, Mrs. Lovett. Sweeney Todd School Edition is sure to be the highlight of any theatre season. Performances are Feb. 3 - 5, 2023, at Lancaster Masonic Lodge, 224 South High Street, Lancaster, OH 43130. Purchase tickets: https://www.riseupartsalliance.org/

Photos: First Look at Melissa Kelleys HOW DO WE GET THERE FROM HERE? A MUSICAL CABARET Photo
On January 27th, Vital Shift, LLC. presented Melissa Kelley's How Do We Get There from Here at Columbus Dance Theatre. Melissa Kelley explores who we are, who we want to be, and how we get there from here through an evening of song and story. Check out photos from the evening here! For more information about the show or to book a performance at your venue, contact Melissa at melissa@vitalshift.life


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