Posted by Kimberly Powell on 04/07/2014

Tulsa Opera


 Elmer Gantry


Elmer Gantry, Tulsa Opera’s second main stage opera this season presented on Friday, February 28th at 7:30pm and Sunday, March 2nd at 2:30pm in Chapman Music Hall of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.  Directed by Kristine McIntyre, the production stars baritone Keith Phares who created the role of Elmer Gantry in the world premier in Nashville in 2007 and starred in Florentine Opera’s 2010 Grammy Award winning recording and Kirstin Chavez as Sharon Falconer,  these characters modeled after evangelists Billy Sunday and Aimee Semple McPherson, first presented in the iconic novel by Sinclair Lewis in 1926.. In this special three hour program we’ll hear the performance and enjoy fascinating insights from the composer Robert Aldridge, librettist Herschel Garfein, cast members and Tulsa Opera's Artistic Director Kostis Protopapas! 


 Performance Oklahoma presents Tulsa Opera's Elmer Gantry, Wednesday evening, and Saturday morning at 8 on Classical KUCO/KBCW and Saturday evening at 8 on KWTU Classical 88.7 Tulsa

Photos courtesy of Tulsa Opera's Shane Bevel



Robert Aldridge & Herschel Garfein

talk about creating Elmer Gantry 




Kostis Protopapas on the Opera's

virtuosic choral writing 




Keith Phares

as Elmer Gantry



Kirstin Chavez

as Sharon Falconer




Matthew DiBattista

as Eddie Fislinger 






Elizabeth Fischborn

as Lulu Baines 





Stefan Michael Barner

as Frank Shallard