Dust off your spears and horned helmets. Mobile Opera has announced a week devoted to divas and arias scheduled for a variety of venues around the Azalea City. The aim is to bring the art form into Mobilians’ everyday routines to cultivate a greater appreciation for opera.
They start with an opera cabaret featuring Megan King Jan. 4 at 3 p.m. The Willson Recital Hall on the second floor of the Larkins Music Center at 257 Dauphin St. is the location as Andy Anderson accompanies King. The mixed bill includes “holiday classics to ring in the New Year.”
The center’s courtyard is the setting for the next day’s Opera Oasis. Attendees are invited to bring lunch, a book or whatever they wish to take a break from their day’s stress amidst opera classics. There’ll be no midnight in this oasis as it runs from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
On Jan. 6, they introduce a little spontaneity to things with a string of Opera Moments designed to have singers “pop up” in various locales around town. Locations will be unveiled via social media.
Social media plays a central role throughout Jan. 7 as Opera Trivia unfolds on Facebook and Twitter from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Of course, there are prizes involved for those who opt to play.
On Jan. 8, Opera Happy Hour runs from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Firehouse Wine Bar, 216 St. Francis St. The artists of Mobile Opera will entertain while attendees sip on Operatifs and Operatinis. There will be door prizes awarded on the half-hour.
The Jan. 9 LoDa Artwalk is the perfect opportunity to meet Mobile Opera’s Young Artist singers, maybe try on some costumes, watch opera cartoons or indulge in some photo-booth fun. All are welcome for the event that runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The culmination of the week is the Madame Rose Palmai-Tenser Scholarship Competition on Jan. 10, 1 to 4 p.m. in the Willson Recital Hall of the Larkins Center. Emerging artists from around the Southeast will let it all hang out as they perform for a judges panel and attendees. The audience’s collective vote will factor into the selection process and winners will be announced on the spot.
For more information about the week’s events, go to mobileopera.org.