Floating Opera

About Floating Opera

Floating Opera Group Photo 2017

Floating Opera started in the early 1990s as a recording project with the participation of many of the best musicians in Lincoln, Nebraska, including many who have recorded for major labels. We released a self-titled cassette in 1993, which had limited distribution, but received strong reviews. That was followed by the CD Everybody's Somebody's Monster (1996), the EP It's Not Easy Listening Anymore (1999), and the full length CD's Burning Lighthouse (2003), Pony Up A Go Go (2009), and Pop Song on the Elevator Down (2017). The band currently consists of Richard Rebarber (Keyboards & Songwriting), Morgan Beach (Lead Vocals), Scott Stanfield (Acoustic Guitar & Vocals ), Alyssa Storey (Cello), Tery Daly (Bass & Vocals), Jon Korf (Electric Guitar), Thad Miller (Violin), and Douglas Allyn (Drums). Most Floating Opera songs are written by Charles Lieurance and Richard Rebarber.

There have been the over 50 musicians who have recorded and played in Floating Opera; for a list see below. The list of these musicians reads like a Who's who of the cream of Lincoln Music scene (and beyond) for the past 2 decades, including members of: Mercy Rule, The Millions, The Liars, For Against, The Black Dahlias, The Boys, The Honey Hush, Prairie Psycho, The Static Octopus, Loup River Band & Street Choir, Witch's Hat, and Tangelo.

Most of the Floating Opera songs are written by Charles Lieurance and Richard Rebarber. Charles is a writer and poet, was lead singer for the bands The Black Dahlias, and The Honey Hush. Richard writes the music for Charles Lieurance's lyrics, and produces, engineers and plays keyboards on the recordings. Richard has also arranged for other musicians, including two songs on Mercy Rule's Providence CD (Relativity Records). Richard studied composition, music theory and electronic music technology at Oberlin College, and pays the bills with his job as Professor of Mathematics at the University of Nebraska.

All musicians who have worked in Floating Opera, in alphabetical order (apologies if we missed anybody)

Angela Adams
oboe
Ron Albertson
drums
Chris Allbright
electric guitar
Lori Allison
vocals
Douglas Allyn
drums
Marty Amsler
bass
Eric Aspegren
bass
Genni Bachinski (Sanchez)
vocals
Kristen Baily
vocals
Morgan Beach
vocals
Xak Black
trumpet
David Boye
acoustic and electric bass
Christine Brown
violin, vocals
Melissa Carper
acoustic bass
Dorea Claasen
trumpet
Dan Clark
drums
Gregg Cosgrove
vocals
Tery Daly
bass, electric guitar
Harry Dingman
electric guitar, artwork, art layout
Steve Doyle
acoustic bass
Leanne Dynneson
violin
Dave Farrens
bass
Beth Fry
trumpet
Rob Hawkins
background vocals
Greg Hill
drums
Matt Holland
trombone
N.L. Junebug Klosterboer
saxophones
Justin Kohmetscher
trumpet
Jon Korf
electric guitar
Mistyn Kozisek
violin
Benjamin Kushner
acoustic and electric guitar
Gene Lessman
drums
Charles Lieurance
words
Meg Mahannah
vocals
Thad Miller
violin
Pat Noecker
bass
Heidi Ore
vocals
Kristin Pfabe
violin
Terry Pieper
bass
Richard Rebarber
keyboards, production, arranging, background vocals
Sonja Rebarber
vocals
Franklin Riggs
trumpet
Sarah Rosenau
keyboards, background vocals, trumpet
Mimi Schneider
vocals
Chris Sorensen
baritone horn
Scott Stanfield
acoustic and electric guitar, bass
Wes Stebbins
guitar
Alyssa Storey
cello
Jon Taylor
acoustic and electric guitar
Paul Tisdale
drums
Tammy VanDeBogart
vocals, harmonica, pennywhistle, flute, concertina