Click here for an important announcement regarding our Spring Productions and the 20-21 Opera Season

Opera in America’s First City of Opera!

Enjoy opera in New Orleans ALL year long. Here’s how:

  • The beautiful main-stage productions at Mahalia Jackson Theater
  • The Chamber Opera “Detour” Series in smaller theaters and performing arts spaces throughout the city
  • Free and low cost interactive or community events in non-traditional venues
  • Summer camps for kids

What is the BEST way to see opera in New Orleans?

Opera Chamber ‘Detour’ Series

New American music theater highlighting the sacrifices and camaraderie of American soldiers.

Click here to get your FREE tickets Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 7:30pm The Jefferson Performing Arts Center This music ...
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New Orleans Opera Spring Performances and Events Update

March 14, 2020 Due to recent status of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Governor’s temporary ban on public events of over 250 ...
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MetroPelican Opera, the education/outreach wing of the New Orleans Opera Association, was founded in 1988 by Arthur Cosenza. He chose Metro to represent the 7-parish population base of New Orleans, and Pelican for the state bird. MetroPelican has subsequently toured throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.

Student Passes, good for 2020 Spring Season Duet Subscription Mainstage Performances at the Mahalia Jackson Theater

There will also be a Student Rush on Friday and Sunday - ALL available tickets are 1/2 off - one ticket/valid student ID. FRIDAY, Box Office at Mahalia Jackson Theater opens at 6:00 p.m., Student Rush tickets available at the far right window. SUNDAY, Box Office at Mahalia Jackson Theater ...
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Donald W. Wood, Sr Vocal Competition

Winners of the 2019 Donald W. Wood Sr. Vocal Competition: FIRST PLACE FEMALE WINNER: JULIA ERNST, Senior, Archbishop Hannan High School, Covington, Louisiana, Instructor: Dr. Maryanne Kyle FIRST PLACE MALE WINNER: SEBASTIEN SHAYS, Senior, Lusher Charter School, New Orleans, Louisiana, Instructors: Dr. Beth Rota and Dr. William Mouat SECOND PLACE ...
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Student Night Out

Sponsored by the Louise B. Martin Family Fund Carmen – Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at Mahalia Jackson Theater Joan of Arc – Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at Mahalia Jackson Theater Charlie Parker’s Yardbird – Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at The New ...
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2019 – 2020 Opéra Nouvelle Schedule

September 6, 2019---7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Carmen and Late 19th Century French Opera: Friday Nights at NOMA! October 20, 2019 ---3:00 p.m. Sculpture Gardens Mixed-Media Concert at NOMA. January 16, 2020---6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Joan of Arc, Une femme pour les âges: Ogden Museum After Hours! March 1, ...
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School Performances

We offer a variety of performances for your school or educational center and can create custom performances and programming as needed. September through May – bookings dependent on artists’ availability A CELEBRATION IN SONG Opéra Creole Artistic Director Givonna Joseph’s engaging program for grades PK through 12 is designed for ...
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School Programming

We offer a variety of educational programs for your school or learning center and create custom curriculum as needed and programs are available for booking from September through May. BUILD AN OPERA We offer students in middle and high school the opportunity to build operas from traditional or original storylines ...
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Like what you see?

You can help the New Orleans Opera Education Department reach even more people in our community.

Your contribution will support:

  • MetroPelican Opera – enrichment programs available to schools across the greater metro area
  • Opera Nouvelle and Opera On Tap – lively evenings of operatic song in informal settings (not to mention the careers of talented young and emerging artists who perform!)
  • Student Night Out – free access to live opera performances for students across the region
  • Summer Youth Festivals
  • Opera Camps
  • Concerts, performances and SO MUCH MORE!

For more information and to get involved with the Education Department contact Director of Education
William Manning Mouat, 504-267-9535


Women’s Guild of the New Orleans Opera Association

Founded in 1947, the Women’s Guild promotes and fosters understanding of opera, cooperating with New Orleans Opera through active fundraising, ...
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Opera Club

Good food, good friends and great music. Join the Opera Club and get an insider’s view of the opera company ...
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Sylvain Society

Sylvain Society is the New Orleans Opera’s Young Professionals affiliate group whose purpose is to connect the operatic arts to ...
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Options for Ticket Holders to Charlie Parker’s Yardbird

To our patrons: If you have not seen our announcement regarding the cancellation of Charlie Parker's Yardbird, please click here ...
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2020 – 2021 Season Announcement

The new realities in which we are suddenly living cause us to seek sources of hope and celebration. So here's ...
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