Past Repertoire


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Les Enfants Terribles

The third installment of composer Philip Glass’s trilogy based on the work of Jean Cocteau, Les Enfants Terribles is the story of a brother and sister – Paul and Lise – cut off from the world and dangerously dependent on each other.


In despair the aging and regretful scholar Faust makes a deal with the devil for an ill-fated chance at youth, vitality and love. Featuring music from the opera that hasn’t been heard in over 150 years, Opera Omaha taps a new edition of Faust that reconstructs Gounod’s earliest versions of the work.


Explore sound as you swing, slide and play on Playground, an interactive sound sculpture installation, curated by Ellen Reid. On selected dates and times, take part in open recess on Playground, and then watch as the resonant art sculpture comes to life for Run, a 15-minute original composition for voice and devised playground instruments.


CINEsound explores the multi-faceted dimensions of music and sound and how they interact with the world in a digital age.

For Research Only

In this original dance exhibition, the audience will journey into the thoughts of the performers and become a part of their reality. A culmination of contemporary dance, live music and projection mapping, For Research Only skews the lines of realistic/rehearsed theatre.


A sampling of community concerts and events curated to enhance your festival experience, open your mind and spark curiosity as you explore the multi-faceted dimensions of opera.

ONE Festival 2018

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Proving Up

In the brutal years of post-Civil War Nebraska, a mother and father are pushed to the brink as their family is pulled apart by loss, isolation, and a relentless pursuit of the American Dream.


From a dark chapter of Greek Mythology, Medea is a powerful woman who bolsters the ambitions of her husband Giasone only to be betrayed and ultimately spurned.

The Dharma At Big Sur

On view for the duration of ONE Festival, this world premiere video installation harnesses John Adams' orchestral masterpiece The Dharma at Big Sur as soundtrack and aural inspiration.


In an empty room, singers, instrumentalists and audience members will gather together as one for a radically reimagined musical exploration of Handel’s Ariodante.

The Wreck

Created on-site in Omaha, The Wreck is an original and immersive production that uses the Slavic mythology of the Rusalka and mermaid folklore to examine themes of feminine experience including longing, escape, fear, rage, and the rituals of farewell and departure.


In addition to the performances of ONE, we invite you to experience even more of what the 2018 artists in residence have to offer with ONEmore: a new series of theatrical events, musical pairings, concerts, and late-night evenings full of creativity and unexpected possibility designed to give you unprecedented further access to the creative process of ONE.