UofL Theatre Opera and Symphony Orchestra present Copland’s classics

 LOUISVILLE, Ky. — University of Louisville Theatre Opera presents the classic American opera “The Tender Land” by Aaron Copland April 7 and 9 at The Kentucky Center’s Bomhard Theater.

Before the opera begins, the University Symphony Orchestra will also treat attendees to a performance of Copland’s iconic orchestral suite “Appalachian Spring.” 

 “The Tender Land,” set in a Midwest farming community during the depression era, tells the story of a young woman who yearns to experience more of the world that lies beyond her family’s picket fence. When two itinerant farmhands come to town, her feelings of love and desire to leave come into conflict with her obligation to family and farm ties. The score in Copland’s first full-length opera evokes the beauty and wide-open spaces of the American heartland. 

Michael Ramach, co-director of the opera theatre program, said the piece beautifully suits the ensemble of 30 students.  

“It’s quintessentially Americana and accessible for everyone,” Ramach said.

The show is at 8 p.m. April 7 and 2 p.m. April 9. Tickets are $20, $10 for students and seniors, free for all UofL students, staff and faculty. For tickets, go to kentuckycenter.org or call 502-584-7777. Kentucky Center members call 502-566-5144.