New Orleans Opera

Opera Season Postponed

To our New Orleans Opera family,  

As eager as we are to see you again and enjoy live opera together, we must proceed with everyone’s well-being and safety as the topmost priority. The current climb in COVID-19 cases across the state has caused us to re-evaluate our aspiration of opening our season in the fall. We have made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020-2021 season’s start until January 2021 – a three-month delay. 

The opera’s promoted repertory for next season is still the same, although the dates have changed to accommodate a slightly compressed schedule. Please click the Read More button for dates and more information.

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Early Bird Subscriptions!

The Box Office is open and processing Early Bird Subscriptions.
Call (504) 529-3000 or email boxoffice@neworleansopera.org to secure your seats.

Two New Video Series

Balcony Ballads & Behind the Scenes

Dr. William Mouat, Education Director, created these series with you in mind.

New Orleans Opera News

Hello opera fans.

Let’s get to know each other a little better! Last month we announced that Clare Burovac joined New Orleans Opera as the General Director – Designate. Now, we’d like to…
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Opera Season Postponed

To our New Orleans Opera family,   As eager as we are to see you again and enjoy live opera together, we must proceed with everyone’s well-being and safety as…
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The Results are in!

Audience Survey results delivered. JULY 7, 2020 The New Orleans Opera and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra commissioned a survey last month from Market Dynamic Research Group. The primary objective of…
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Did you know…

…Early Bird Subscriptions offer you THE BEST seats for THE BEST price.

NEW THIS YEAR: The special Early Bird Subscription Rate is open to ALL.

Please consider a contribution to the New Orleans Opera to help us weather the current challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Your participation is vital to sustain our online outreach during this period and to bring our 2020-2021 season to fruition. We look forward to all being together to share the art of opera once it is safe to do so again.

In the meantime, our work continues and we need your support.


The 2020-2021 Season NEW DATES!

January 15 & 16, 2021
The Mahalia Jackson Theater
Beethoven’s Fidelio
A semi-staged concert in partnership with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

Leonore, disguising herself as a young man, Fidelio, gains entrance to the state prison in an attempt to save her husband from certain death at the hands of his powerful political opponent, Don Pizarro, the Director of the State Prison. Beethoven’s triumphal opera has delighted audiences for centuries with its themes of justice, freedom, the strength of the human spirit, and the enduring power of love — which triumphs over all!

March 19 & 21, 2021
The Mahalia Jackson Theater
Mozart’s The Magic Flute

The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflote) is a fairytale to be enjoyed for the simple beauties of its story alone. But the fairytale’s rich layering that explores good vs. evil in a beautiful celebration of love conquering all offers so much more. Our production will also be framed by a beautiful galaxy of Hubble Telescope photography adding an expanded universe to this timeless tale. Bring the entire family for an experience that is certain to delight young and old!

April 30 & May 2, 2021
The Mahalia Jackson Theater
The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess

This American Folk Opera is brimming with the brilliance of it endearingly infectious music that has for nearly a century captivated world-wide audiences from every corner of the musical spectrum. This masterful characterization of “Catfish Row,” an example of Southern culture’s turn into the early 20th century, is beautifully represented by classics like “Summertime,” “I’ve Got Plenty of Nuttin’,” and “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” that are just a few of its musical treasures we all love!

May 21 & 23, 2021
The Mahalia Jackson Theater
Puccini’s Madama Butterfly

Puccini’s Soaring lyricism speaks directly to your heart and fully conveys both the ecstasy of innocent love and the agony of its betrayal. In this, one of the world’s most beloved operatic masterpieces, the arranged marriage of a young Japanese geisha to an American naval officer, leads to the painful consequences of a clash of cultures with its inevitable tragic conclusion.

2020-2021 Subscription Options

The Full Series includes all four productions!

The Trio Series includes the three fully staged Main Stage productions.

The New Seating Chart for The Mahalia Jackson Theater

A few notes for you:

• In a studied effort to pack the house we made a few adjustments to the seating chart at The Mahalia Jackson Theater, there are now only 7 price levels. To our current subscribers: your seats are secured!

• The October production of Madama Butterfly is rescheduled for May. The November production of Fidelio is rescheduled for January and will be staged at the Mahalia Jackson Theater.

Early Bird Subscription Price List

The Mahalia Jackson Theater charges a facility fee of $3.90/seat that will be added to your purchase.

Opera at Home!

Behind the Scenes

We want you to know that we can’t wait until we are able to see you again soon, but until then, please enjoy – along…
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Light Shall Lift Us

From OPERA America More than 100 opera singers unite in a song of hope and solidarity for a virtual performance of LIGHT SHALL LIFT US,…
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Un bel di vedremo

Singing “Un bel di vedremo,” soprano Betsy Uschkrat portrays Cio-cio san, a Japanese woman promised to an American naval officer during the height of late…
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