The new season of Opera on Tap In Our Yard resumes with a lively potpourri of opera, operetta, and musical theater titled “The French Connection“. Featuring some of the best young singers in the region, the program will include excerpts from operas given their US premieres at the city’s legendary French Opera House, music set… Continue reading Opera on Tap!
COVID-19 Updates (AUGUST 2021) The City of New Orleans has implemented new rules and regulations for entertainment venues, indoor facilities, and large social gatherings. These rules allow for full capacity at New Orleans Opera performances. We must comply with these regulations to safely return to full capacity for the first time in more than a year and a half. Vaccination and… Continue reading COVID-19 Updates
Our final summer installment where some of the New Orleans Opera staff members tackle the Proust Questionnaire (kinda) by way of Vanity Fair with our own operatic flair: Gina Klein, Director of Operations Gina is pictured here in the 2019 Saints Kickoff Run 5K. Describe your job in 25 words or less: Handling all of… Continue reading New Orleans Opera Blog – August 2021
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OPERA IS BACK at the Mahalia Jackson Theater! New Orleans Opera and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra are partnering for this homecoming production featuring local filmmaker, Samantha Aldana. The first act of Die Walküre is a perfect selection to bring our audiences back into the Mahalia Jackson Theatre for the Performing Arts. With just three singers… Continue reading Wagner’s Die Walküre, Act One
On April 8, 1975, Josephine Baker took the stage for the last time before a packed audience of fans and celebrities in Paris, performing a revue that extolled her own five-decade career in spectacular fashion. Just four days later she would pass away. Cipullo’s single-scene, one-act opera imagines a backstage moment with Josephine Baker before… Continue reading An Homage to Josephine Baker
These performances bring the New Orleans Opera Chorus front and center, showcasing the important role choruses play in grand opera from the 18th and 19th centuries. Selections will include highlights from Carmen, Il trovatore, Tosca, and more, including appearances by guest soloists. This 90-minute performance will be conducted by General Director Emeritus Robert Lyall, and… Continue reading Gala Concert
Puccini’s most famous opera returns to the New Orleans Opera stage after a hiatus of 8 years. Premiered in 1896, this opera has become one of the most beloved titles in the operatic canon, inspiring two Broadway adaptations: Jonathan Larson’s Rent and Baz Luhrmann’s 2002 Bohème on Broadway. This is a tale of two young… Continue reading Puccini’s La bohème
New Orleans Opera staff members tackle the Proust Questionnaire (kinda) by way of Vanity Fair with our own operatic flair: Devin Johnson, Patron Services Manager Devin is pictured here with her son in November of 2018 at the Children’s Museum for his 3rd birthday party. Describe your job in 25 words or less: Serving as… Continue reading New Orleans Opera Blog – July 2021
In the realms of symphony and opera, Robert Lyall has pursued an active conducting career launched as a winner of the American Symphony Orchestra League’s National Conducting Competition. This achievement brought Lyall a fellowship to the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival and the tutelage of Dr. Richard Lert. Soon after, Lyall went to Amsterdam to study with celebrated Russian maestro, Kyril Kondrashin, and… Continue reading Robert Lyall, General Director Emeritus