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HOT Favorite Jay Hunter Morris in Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain

Jay Hunter Morris Cold Mountain

HOT’s Executive Director Simon Crookall witnessed the debut of Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain last night, which featured Hawaii’s honorary second son, Jay Hunter Morris (pictured with Jennifer Higdon). Simon had this to say:

It was thrilling to be at the premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain last night. Based on the best selling novel of Charles Frazier, the opera deals with the tortuous journey of Confederate soldier W P Inman, as he travels back to his beloved Ada in Cold Mountain, North Carolina.  

As the leader of the Home Guard, Teague, Hawaii favorite, Jay Hunter Morris, oozed evil from every pore, singing with his customary lyricism and power.  In the lead roles, Nathan Gunn and Isabel Leonard were outstanding.  

In her first opera, the Pullitzer prize winning composer, Jennifer Higdon, created an evocative and lush score which brought this tragic human tale into sharp focus.  The rich choruses which formed the highlight of each act were powerful and emotional.  (Jennifer won the Pullitzer prize for her Violin Concerto, which I co-commissioned for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.)

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The Flying Dutchman has returned to Honolulu!

Richard Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman takes center stage of the Blaisdell Concert Hall on Feb. 13, 15, & 17!

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Will The Dutchman be set free of a curse to wander the seas for eternity?  Will he find love? Find out for yourself and see this acclaimed The Flying Dutchman! 

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Buy your tickets online now and receive a special 25% discount on single tickets when you enter the promo code HOTINLOVE at checkout!

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This production makes its way to Honolulu, by way of the Glimmerglass Festival in New York, and stars original cast members Ryan McKinny (The Dutchman), Melody Moore (Senta), & Jay Hunter Morris (Erik)!

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You do not want to miss this epic experience!

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Buy your tickets online today!!!

(Photos by David Takagi)

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HOT Tube – Preview of The Flying Dutchman

Check out this amazing preview of HOT’s production of The Flying Dutchman starring Ryan McKinny, Melody Moore, & Jay Hunter Morris, as they are caught in a love triangle that has captivated audience for generations!

Buy your tickets now to The Flying Dutchman online and at www.HawaiiOpera.org or call the HOT Box Office at 808.596.7858!


Enjoy this second video, which takes you behind the scenes with Director Sara Widzer and Choreographer Eric Sean Fogel and their work on The Flying Dutchman!

Buy your tickets now to The Flying Dutchman online and at www.HawaiiOpera.org or call the HOT Box Office at 808.596.7858!


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Opening Night – Turandot



Susan Foster stars as Turandot in Hawaii Opera Theatre’s production of Puccini’s final masterpiece, Turandot.  The ‘Ice Princess’ sat down recently with Steven Mark from the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and this is the cover feature for the publication’s weekend highlights insert, TGIF.

You can check out the whole article online at Honolulu Pulse.

The All-Star cast includes Jay Hunter Morris debuting as Calaf and Janai Brugger revisiting her role as Liu, which she last performed by gracing the stage at the Metropolitan Opera over a year ago.

Buy your tickets to Turandot at the Neil S. Blaisdell Center Box Office for tonight’s show!  For other dates call the HOT Box Office at (808)596-7858 of visit www.hawaiiopera.org!

Turandot is here!

HOT’s packed the house for tonight’s Opera for Everyone, which marks the Final Dress Rehearsal for the Cast and Production Team of Hawaii Opera Theatre’s production of Puccini’s final masterpiece, Turandot!


Featuring an All-Star cast lead by Susan Foster as TurandotJay Hunter Morris debuting as Calaf, and the award-winning  Janai Brugger as Liu, this is one production that you do not want to miss!

Buy your tickets now – online at www.hawaiiopera.org or at (808) 596-7858! 

Hawaii Opera Theatre presents Puccini’s final masterpiece, Turandot

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:  Jason M.A. Walter | 808-596-7372 ext. 211 | j_walter@hawaiiopera.org

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Hawaii Opera Theatre presents Puccini’s final masterpiece, Turandot

Honolulu, HI – The Hawaii Opera Theatre (HOT) 2013-2014 Opera Season opens in head-chopping fashion with Puccini’s final masterpiece, Turandot. This passionate tale of a princess whose cruelty merely veils her fear of love features some of the composer’s most stirring music, including the acclaimed “Nessun dorma” (None Shall Sleep).

Returning to lead the way is the team of Conductor Christopher Larkin and Stage Director Karen Tiller.  Maestro Larkin and Tiller last worked together this past season and brought The Dialogues of the Carmelites to life.

HOT’s production will be performed by an award-winning cast including Soprano Susan Foster, whose renowned performances as the title character in productions around the world, including with San Francisco Opera & Opera Australia, have been described by Opera Today as “both the new and a new Turandot” for her delivery reveals a side of “The Ice Princess” that is “rarely revealed.”

Grammy Award winning Tenor Jay Hunter Morris, whose vaunted performance as a late-addition to Wagner’s Ring Cycle on 8 days notice made him a rising star, returns to HOT, where he last performed in La boheme (2003).  Mr. Morris will be making his debut as the courageous Calàf, who despite the odds against him, aspires to win the heart of his beloved Turandot.

Bass Harold Wilson will make his HOT debut as Timur, Calàf’s long-lost father and Soprano Janai Brugger revisits her role as Liù, one that she debuted last October with the Metropolitan Opera (MET) in New York City.

Baritone Jonathan Beyer, Tenor Jon McVeigh, and Tenor Joseph Frank will sing the roles of Ping, Pang, and Pong.  Local residents Erik D. Haines (The Mandarin) and Hilo native (The Mandarin) Kaweo Kanoho round out the cast.

Puccini died before the completion of Turandot, which was first performed in 1926 after Franco Alfano used Puccini’s own notes and outlines to complete the opera. Famously on its opening night, Maestro Arturo Toscanini did not perform Alfano’s ending. During the performance, the conductor laid down his baton right after Liù’s final scene and addressed the audience, saying, “Here the Maestro died.”

Turandot is based upon Gozzi’s dramatic fairy-tale about a barbarian prince who journeys to an unknown city. There, he is reunited with his father and a faithful servant. He also encounters a cold but beautiful woman, the Princess Turandot, and decides to undertake his greatest challenge—winning her love… Should he fail, the price is death! This story also focuses on the questions of family loyalty, faithfulness to duty, openness to emotion, and honesty with oneself.

Sung in Italian, with English language translations projected above the stage, Turandot can be enjoyed at performances in the Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall on October 11, 13, & 15.  Single tickets start at $29 and to purchase them, visit www.HawaiiOpera.org, or call the Box Office at 808-596-7858.


Diary of a Redneck Opera Zinger by Jay Hunter Morris Book Signing

Have you heard? This guy, Jay Hunter Morris, starring as Calaf in Hawaii Opera Theatre’s Turandot, published his book, Diary of a Redneck Opera Zinger, earlier this year!


This humorous collection of personal memoirs gives an intimate look into the Life
of the Grammy-winning tenor.

Jay’s own words about his journey:

“Disclaimer: Well, here’s my book! I like to think it’s equal parts auto-bio,
inspiration, and unrepentant potty humor. WARNING, if you’re sensitive and
precious, you probably won’t be amused. Turn back. But if on some rainy
afternoon you find yourself in need of a few giggles, I hope you’ll find some

HOT will be hosting a book signing with Jay Hunter Morris on Tuesday,
September 24, 2013 at The Arts at Mark’s Garage from 600p – 800p. To RSVP,
please contact Tracy Jefferson at t_jefferson@hawaiiopera.org or call (808) 596-


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Kicking Off the Opera Season in Style – Anne Namba Fashion Show

Hawaii Opera Theatre would like to welcome you to a very special event!   Join us as we jump-start the Opera Season with this annual event on September 29, 2013, hosted at the Halekulani Ballroom, from 11a – 2p.

Renowned local designer Anne Namba will present a fashion show with a collection for men and women inspired by the 2013-2014 Opera Season and Opera Ball, accessorized by Anna Meng.

After the show, be the first to preview HOT’s production of Puccini’s Turandot, directed by Karen Tiller, and conducted by Christopher Larkin.  This preview features stars Jay Hunter Morris (Calaf), Janai Brugger (Liu), and Kelly Markagraf (Ping), John McVeigh (Pang, and Joseph Frank (Pong)!

To RSVP call Tracy Jefferson at 596-7372 ext. 200, or email t_jefferson@hawaiiopera.org.