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Carmina Burana Returns To The Smith Center For Nevada Ballet Theatre Season Opener


Nevada Ballet Theatre will present its 2023/24 season opener with the return of Nicolo Fonte’s rendition of Carmina Burana performing at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts Nov. 3-5.


The program will open with George Balanchine’s quintessential ballet, Serenade, to introduce the talented dancers, full orchestra, and over 70 operatic voices of the Las Vegas Master Singers. This Balanchine masterpiece, set to Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, remains breathtaking in its classic elegance of form. Delicate blue tulle sweeps across a moonlit stage in perfect complement to the music in the transcendent beauty of dance.


Carmina Burana envelopes the audience in its swirling storm of love and pain, life and death, fate and will. Carmina Burana composed in 1936 by Carl Orff, is based on 24 poems from the medieval collection Carmina Burana as a cantana. This vocal composition, usually a choir, is combined with an instrumental accompaniment. It was first performed by the Oper Frankfurt on June 8, 1937, opening with "O Fortuna" which will also be included in the NBT performances.


Nicolo, as a choreographer, is known for his unique movement language as well as the highly developed fusion of ideas, dance, and design. He is a first-generation American whose parents emigrated from Argentina and studied at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York, San Francisco Ballet, School of American Ballet and also completed a Bachelor's Degree of Fine Arts at SUNY Purchase. He choreographs ballets worldwide. For more info, visit nicolofonte.com.


Las Vegas Master Singers is celebrating 30 years as a community-oriented chorus based in Las Vegas. The ensemble is the chorus-in-residence with the Las Vegas Philharmonic and a partnership with Opera Las Vegas, supplying the chorus for main stage productions. They have also collaborated with the Las Vegas Sinfonietta, the Henderson Symphony, Nevada Chamber Symphony, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the Nevada Ballet Theater. In 2024 the chorus will perform Morten Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna at Carnegie Hall. For more info, visit lvmastersingers.org.


Nevada Ballet Theatre presents its 2023/24 season opener Nicolo Fonte’s spectacular rendition of Carmina Burana at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts Nov 3-5. Tickets may be purchased by calling The Smith Center Box Office at (702) 749-2000 or visit www.nevadaballet.org. As a courtesy to our ticket holders, no children under 5 years of age are admitted to the performance.

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