April 27 & 29, 2012
This very special double-bill begins with Pagliacci (The Clowns), one of opera’s most powerful stories of overwhelming jealousy and its lethal passion, which features the heartbreaking aria “Vesti la giubba.” Our special pairing will conclude with Orff’s celebration of life–Carmina Burana, featuring the award-winning New Orleans Ballet Theatre (2010 Big Easy awards for “Best Contemporary Choreography” and “Best Classical performance”) dancing to this powerfully rhythmic and passionate music. The combined choral forces of the New Orleans Opera Chorus, Loyola University Chorus, and the New Orleans Vocal Arts Chorale (NOVA) will join to make this Carmina Burana unlike any one you have ever seen!
March 2 & 4, 2012
The Biblical story of King Herod’s obsession with his wildly temperamental step-daughter unfolds before your eyes, especially when the lecherous monarch is forced to grant Salome’s special demand for payment for her performance of the famous Dance of the Seven Veils–the head of John the Baptist on a platter! More than a century after its premiere, Richard Strauss’ fantastic setting of the celebrated Oscar Wilde play still has the power to both shock and thrill audiences.
November 18 & 20, 2011
At this year’s Mardi Gras ball the colors are purple, green and blood red!
Giuseppe Verdi – composer of La Traviata and Aïda – breathes life into this tragic tale of a mistaken love triangle that turns deadly when a jealous husband misinterprets the relationship between his wife and the king! Our special New Orleans setting of this thrilling story of conspiracy and secrecy reaches its tragic conclusion at a Mardi Gras ball. Verdi’s great musical drama features rousing choruses, powerful arias, and thrilling ensembles – everything one expects from one of opera’s most brilliant composers.
Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot
October 15th, 2011
Answer three riddles to win her heart or lose your head.
Puccini’s final masterpiece, the legendary fable of the blood-thirsty princess Turandot, will be presented in a very special semi-staged gala performance. Among its glorious choruses and sumptuous musical treasures is the stunningly beautiful aria “Nessun dorma.”
Last seen locally in The Flying Dutchman and now considered “THE Turandot of our time” (Opera News) Lise Lindstrom returns to thrill audiences as she brings to life the role of the icy Chinese Princess.