An opera on Sept. 1 will help celebrate the 20th anniversary of the restoration of the historic Red Cloud Opera House. (Courtesy of the National Willa Cather Center)
LINCOLN — Red Cloud native and opera singer Sarah Arneson will return to her hometown on Sept. 1 to perform a selection of classic arias and pieces referenced in the works of author Willa Cather.
The performance will mark the 20th anniversary of the restoration of the Red Cloud Opera House, a project spearheaded by the National Willa Cather Center.
Arneson, a coloratura soprano, will be accompanied by Boston-based violinist Anne Hooper Webb.
Cather, a Pulitzer Prize winning author best known for “My Antonia” and “O Pioneers,” first attended an opera at age 15, and in her writings, she mentioned operas 47 times, according to a press release from the Willa Cather center.
Tickets for the Sept. 1 performance are $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the concert. They can be purchased at the Cather center in Red Cloud or online at www.WillaCather.org/EVENTS.
In addition, on Sept. 14, author David McKay Powell will discuss his book “Cather and Opera” at Cather center’s free Virtual Author Series.
Powell wrote, “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a frontier town in possession of the basic needs of survival must be in want of an opera house.”
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