Speed Dating Tonight!

Fri Aug 17 at 7pmCharles H. Morris Center, 10 E Broad Street

Tickets: $32.50-40
Premium seating available

It’s hard to meet people these days. Between Facebook stalking and dating apps, it can be difficult to make a real connection, especially in a fast-paced speed dating round.

Michael Ching’s popular opera Speed Dating Tonight! introduces you to all the characters you might run into at speed dating: the exercise maniac, the hurt ex, the reclusive cat lady, and the technology addict. Tour around Savannah as these daters meet up against local backdrops.

Experience an hour of quirky, funny, and surprisingly emotional vignettes from a cast of speed daters comprised of singers from the Milnes VOICE Studio. It’s an opera like you’ve never experienced before, and you just might fall in love!

Sponsored by Arlene and Allan Ratner

Music and Words by Michael Ching
Based on a concept by Dean Anthony
Originally produced and directed by Dean Anthony at
Janiec Opera Company 2013


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Michael Ching

Michael Ching (Composer and Librettist, ALICE RYLEY) is a composer, songwriter, conductor, and former arts administrator. His most recent opera, SPEED DATING TONIGHT! was commissioned and premiered by the Janiec Opera Company of the Brevard Music Center. Since its premiere in July 2013, SPEED DATING TONIGHT! has been produced fifteen times, including professional productions at Tri-Cities Opera, Amarillo Opera, and Microscopic Opera (Pittsburgh), and universities such as UT-Austin, the University of Memphis, Ithaca College, and the University of Central Florida. His 1996 opera BUOSO’S GHOST is a sequel to GIANNI SCHICCHI. It has proved lasting, with recent performances at Texas State University and the UNC-Chapel Hill. It will be performed at University of Central Florida next season. His 2010 opera, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, opera a cappella was premiered by Opera Memphis, Playhouse on the Square, and DeltaCappella. A CD featuring the original cast was released on Albany Records in 2014. Other works include CORPS OF DISCOVERY, commissioned by the University of Missouri to commemorate the Lewis and Clark Expedition and several one act operas.


From 1993-2010, Michael was Artistic Director of Opera Memphis, where he was also General Director for much of the period. While at Opera Memphis, he participated in the seven million dollar campaign to build the Clark Opera Memphis Center, a headquarters and rehearsal studio for the company. He is currently Music Director of Nickel City Opera in Western New York, where he recently conducted their production of THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO. This fall he will conduct his new orchestral reduction of Douglas Moore’s THE BALLAD OF BABY DOE at Amarillo Opera. Other guest conducting engagements have included companies in Honolulu, Nashville, Fargo, and New Jersey. Michael has served on the artistic staffs of the opera companies of Miami, Virginia, and Chautauqua, and was trained at the Houston Opera Studio, where he studied opera composition with Carlisle Floyd. Michael attended Duke University where his composition teacher was Robert Ward.


Michael lives with family in Ames, Iowa and is happy to hear your comments about SPEED DATING TONIGHT! at MrBillow@juno.com


Vincent Connor

Vincent is currently an active stage director and is most recently known for his work with WGN’s hit television series Manhattan. He has been praised by Living at the Opera for his “…remarkable directorial touches.” and other periodicals for his productions containing “dynamic energy” as well as “nuance and balance.” He has directed for companies such as Opera North, Marble City Opera, Arizona Onstage Productions, Opera in the Ozarks, Brevard Music Festival; Janiec Opera, Opera Orlando, Vero Beach Opera, Gulfshore Opera and Gulfshore Symphony, as well as The Vienna Summer Music Festival.