An Evening with Bizet and Mozart

Presented by New Orleans Opera, Community Works and Dillard University

The first New Orleans Opera Summer Youth Festival and Theatre Camp made its debut in July, 2019.  Originally envisioned and planned as a one-week camp, the decision to expand the undertaking to two weeks was made in May, following a series of meetings with Community Works of Louisiana, and the resulting product was a ten-day intensive that lasted from July 15 to July 26, (with a weekend off for campers after each full week of work). 

The schedule was intense and demanding, but it was also filled with the delights of artistic discovery and joy! During the morning sessions, which lasted from 9:00 a.m. to noon, the campers built extravagant costumes from household objects, like napkins, paper plates and balloons.

They also built bird cages. The concept of these projects – originated and executed by Julie Winn, Costume Master at New Orleans Opera – was to provide dresses for Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen and bird cages for Papageno, a mythical bird-catcher in W.A. Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute. 

Both of these operas are on the list of works that New Orleans Opera will present during the course of our 2019-2020 season.

The afternoon sessions took place from 12:15 to 3:00 p.m.  They were directed by Taylor Ott, who joined the artistic team in Spring, 2019.  Afternoon sessions focused on developing the students’ acting and singing  skill-sets and creating characters for the operas Carmen and The Magic Flute.  Assisted by our music director, conductor and principal vocal coach, Chase Ludeau, the students successfully prepared a thirty minute program, with a script by Taylor Ott and a musical score translation that was revised by William Mouat in order to make it accessible to the students.  Our students ranged from 10 to 12 years in age (grades 4 to 6), and they represented numerous schools in the New Orleans community.

One of the most poignant facets of this summer festival was the collaborative aspect. Community Works Executive Director Chandler Nutik orchestrated the funding for each aspect of the project’s components, from the rental of the technical facilities at Dillard University, to the staff salaries for the New Orleans Opera teaching artists, Julie Winn, Taylor Ott and Chase Ludeau. Community Works On-Site Supervisor Todd Shaffer was also a prime-mover in guaranteeing the success of the endeavor. Todd spent every moment of his time making sure that the students were at the proper locations for the proper events and he went as far as making sure that the t-shirts that Taylor designed for the performance were distributed to each student. We are also tremendously grateful to Cortheal Clark at Dillard University Theatre, and interns Kaila Billups and Dionna Malone. Kaila and Dionna provided technical support and a lighting design, as well as classroom support for the entire project.

In short, this project was a miracle for the students and a shining example of what can be, and is possible for the community of New Orleans in terms of collaborative spirit and arts enrichment education!  Hats off to all and Bravi!

—William Mouat, New Orleans Opera Director of Education, Project Producer and Coordinator, and Artistic Supervisor

The first New Orleans Opera Summer Youth Festival and Theatre Camp made its debut in July, 2019. Act 2 – Bohemian Tavern scene, Carmen
The first New Orleans Opera Summer Youth Festival and Theatre Camp made its debut in July, 2019. Mozart composes the Act 2 Magic Flute, Queen of the Night aria.

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, opera advocacy, and custodial care of the Opera Guild Home. With over 350 members, the Women’s Guild ensures that the gift of opera remains an integral part of New Orleans culture.


Membership is open to women ages 21 and above who have an interest in supporting New Orleans Opera through fundraising, special events, and program support. Make new friends and help connect diverse community members through the joy of opera! Membership dues are $50 per year and include:

Attendance at the General Fall Meeting and Past President’s Reception

Attendance at the Eggnog Party and Holiday Boutique

Attendance at the Annual meeting and luncheon

Click here to JOIN NOW and become a member! Please email  Membership VP Brenda Reilly with questions.

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Docent tours of the Opera Guild Home are available

Mondays from 11-3pm
September 9, 2019-May 18, 2020
No Reservations Needed

The Guild Home will be closed for the summer until September 9, 2019

To book a tour of the Guild Home, please go to or call 800-233-2628

Opera Club

Good food, good friends and great music. Join the Opera Club and get an insider’s view of the opera company. The Opera Club is a social organization composed of people who love the opera and attend our performances Your membership does not directly support the New Orleans Opera, however, you do get three fabulous dinners throughout the season while rubbing elbows with the stars and might even get a chance to sing some too!

The club is known for its social events. Three times each season, we have a party to enjoy each other’s company and meet the stars of the opera about to be performed. The dinners are held at the beautiful Opera Guild home on Prytania Street and are formal affairs with a catered menu and open bar. Maestro Lyall introduces the stars and speaks about the upcoming performances. In addition to dinner and cocktails, each party includes entertainment related to the upcoming performances.

The club also has an annual holiday gathering. Admittance is separate from club dues but is very reasonable in cost. This event is also held in the Guild home, which is always beautifully decorated for the holiday season.

We would love to have you as a member! If you are interested, click here.

Opera Club Membership

The New Orleans Opera Club would like to invite you to join us in our festive celebration of Grand Opera in New Orleans. This year we will host three dinners that allow you to enjoy the voices of young opera talent, mix and mingle with stars of the season’s productions, and don your best formal or costume attire. Please mark your calendar for the 2018-2019 dinners:

Carmen on Saturday, September 28, 2019

Joan of Arc on Saturday, February 1, 2020

Magic Flute on Saturday, April 25, 2020

In addition, don’t miss our dazzling Holiday Party on Saturday, December 7, 2019.

There are multiple options for joining the festivities.

  • $840 Dual membership fee includes six individual tickets to Opera Club Dinners. You may use the tickets in any combination: two tickets for each dinner, three tickets to two dinners, or even share tickets with friends and family.
  • $420 Single membership includes three tickets to Opera Club Dinners with the same flexibility.
  • Additional tickets can be purchased by Opera Club members for $140 per ticket. If you would like to attend one or more dinners without a membership, individual non-member tickets are $165 each.

Making this work will require an RSVP policy to manage the cost of the dinners.

  1. You must RSVP no later than one week before the dinner and include the number attending;
  2. If you do not RSVP, you will not be admitted. Remember, space is limited;
  3. If you RSVP and do not show up, your ticket will be considered used.

Join us for wonderful evenings of food, friends, and fun. We thank you for your past support and look forward to seeing you at the New Orleans Opera Club events.

Regards –

Jayne S Weiss MD

President, New Orleans Opera Club

Donald W. Wood, Sr Vocal Competition

  • Saturday, October 26, 2019
  • 1:00 p.m.
  • Freda Lupin Memorial Hall at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts at 2800 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70117. 

The Wood Competition is in its fifth year as a significant young artist entry vehicle into the professional realm of singing.  Past participants have enjoyed regional, national and international celebrity as young artist professionals. The competition is a collaborative effort between the New Orleans Opera Association, the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, Tulane University, and Loyola University New Orleans.

Applications for the 5th Annual Wood Vocal Competition are now LIVE!

Click Here for an Informational Flier

Guidelines and Information for the 2019-2020 Wood Competition

Click Here for Student Application Form

All local and regional voice teachers are invited to enter their students for this contest, and the deadline is Midnight, Tuesday, September 10, 2019.  From the pool of applicants, a selection of approximately 25 high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors will be chosen by the New Orleans Opera Association to sing in the competition.  Two first-place winners (male and female) will be awarded $1,000 each; two second-place winners (male and female) will receive $500 each. Please download the informational flier and competition application to share with others.

Check-in will be at 12:30 p.m. on October 26, 2019, with the competition beginning promptly at 1:00 p.m. The Donald W. Wood, Jr. Competition is free and open to the public and should end by 5:00 p.m.


Founded in 2015, The Donald W. Wood Sr. Vocal Competition (Wood Competition) is a collaboration between the New Orleans Opera Association, Loyola University New Orleans College of Music and Fine Arts, Tulane University Department of Music, and New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. The contest is open to all Louisiana high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The Wood Competition promotes artistic excellence, provides financial support to young vocalists, and encourages young local singers in vocal music.

Created by New Orleans Opera board member, Debby Hirsch Wood in honor of her late husband Donald W. Wood Sr., the Wood family has granted funding for the competition to continue in perpetuity in his name. Donald Wood Sr. loved opera and was supportive of NOOA’s educational endeavors.

Pictured above, left to right: Dade Michael Dufrene, Olivia Belle Gray, Julian Maccrea Revell,Debby Hirsch Wood, Sarah-Katherine McCallum,  Ashton Louis Stephens,  Andrew David Aceves, Lauren A. Albano, Kieva Ja’Lisa Banks. Photo credit: Thomas Grosscup at Nunemaker Hall at Loyola University, Sunday, October 21, 2018

View the list of the competition winners by year here.

Student Night Out

Carmen – Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at Mahalia Jackson Theater

The Falling and The Rising – Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at Jefferson Performing Arts Center

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 Orleans Jazz Market

The Magic Flute – Wednesday, April 29, 7:00 p.m. at Mahalia Jackson Theater

Through the generous support of our sponsors, we are able to provide FREE tickets to our fully staged dress rehearsals to regional students! Please fill out this form to request Student Night Out tickets for your school group or community-based organization. We are able to provide one (1) free chaperone ticket for every five (5) students who are confirmed to attend.

Please note:

  • Our Preview Performances are funded in part by foundation and corporate grants, many of which stipulate certain criteria when they are awarded. One of the primary stipulations is that the funds be applied to the cost of providing students with an opera experience. Therefore, we maximize the number of students attending these performances.
  • We kindly ask you to limit the number of adults in your group to one adult per 5 children. You will note that the tickets contain a barcode so that we may monitor this information. Adults will be admitted only if they have a SPECIFIC STUDENT NIGHT OUT ticket. If your student participation is less than you anticipated, then your chaperone number should decrease, as well.

PLEASE DO NOT CALL IN YOUR ORDER. Use this form to order tickets/make changes, etc.

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 7:00 p.m. Joan of Arc, Une femme pour les âges: Ogden Museum After Hours!

March 1, 2020—7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Opera Americana and Music to Lift the Spirit: Temple Sinai!

April 7, 2020—7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Star-Blazing Queen, The Magic Flute and Hubble Telescope Images: SECOND ANNUAL Deutsches Haus Kulturabend!

April 18, 2020 — 3:00 p.m.Characters from The Magic Flute at NOMA’s Sculpture Garden

Innovative Connections in 2019-2020 include the literary figure of Carmen, along with the historical figure of Joan of Arc that allows our audiences to witness two women of power. Carmen – originally a creation by Prosper Merimée – is a freedom-loving gypsy who follows her true nature even unto death, as does the real-life Joan of Arc, who was burned at the stake for her leadership and her convictions.  The Temple Sinai concert will feature predominant American composers of opera who were (and are) influenced by jazz and musical theatre legends like Charlie Parker, whose life will be the centerpiece of our early April 2020 opera, Charlie Parker’s Yardbird. Our final offering will be a continuation of the celebration of Austrian composer Mozart and Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) with stunning visual images from the Hubble Telescope in a spectacular feast for the senses!

Guest Speakers and Artists

Join our roster of guest speakers, musicians, and singers, each with a unique perspective on the upcoming operas!

For More Information, Contact:

William Manning Mouat

Director of Education

Phone: 504.267.9535


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


Opéra Creole Artistic Director Givonna Joseph’s engaging program for grades PK through 12 is designed for piano and voice.  A solo performer will explore a kaleidoscope of African and African-American songs, storytelling, poetry, and spirituals. The program also includes selections from both the Broadway stage and opera. This program is also suitable for adult audiences.

GOALS: A Celebration in Song exposes children and adults to the rich cultural heritage and music of New Orleans and beyond.  It is typically presented as a supplement to the black history month curriculum content for elementary and secondary students.

Hansel and Gretel – Grades Pre-K – 5 & Family groups

Our delightful adaptation of this classic favorite for grades PK – 5 introduced thousands of children to opera and continues to enchant new audiences. The fully staged and costumed reenactment of the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale is a perennial favorite.

GOALS: This 50 minute piece is adapted from the Engelbert Humperdinck opera of the same title, and artists are available for a live question and answer session immediately following the performance.  The opera parallels the storyline of the original folk story, which serves an important literacy connection for the targeted grades.

Little Red Riding Hood – Grades Pre-K – 6/Family groups

This fully-staged and costumed touring opera, is designed for grades PK- 6 schoolchildren and also contains humor that parents and teachers will appreciate. The Wolf, the Woodsman, Mother and Grandmother are hilarious re-creations of the classic storybook characters. The title character is wise beyond her years and has a LOT of surprises in store for the not-so-wily wolf.

GOALS: This 44 minute piece was composed for elementary students and artists are available for a live question and answer session immediately following the performance.  The “safety first” aspect of the storyline, which emphasizes that children should not speak to strangers, is instructive and valuable – especially for younger elementary grades – yet it does not detract from the comedy and musical variety!

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.


We offer students in middle and high school the opportunity to build operas from traditional or original storylines. These are based upon original plays that are written and performed by students or other dramatic or popular literature. The sky is the limit! This program is most suitable for grades 6-12.

GOALS: Build An Opera gives students the opportunity to add musical subtext and original melodies to pre-prepared theatrical presentations.  Students acquire confidence in public speaking, as they enhance and augment their performance capabilities.


We give students in grades 3 through 5 the opportunity to add poetry-slam components and hip-hop moves to operatic and musical theater works. Hip-Hopera is a process-oriented class that combines song, story and choreography; thus sessions typically range from three to five weeks. The program includes a performance component at the end of the workshops, and the performance will be presented for peers, parents, teachers and administrators.

GOALS:  Within a contemporary and popular artistic medium, students gain social skills and performing confidence in music and dance.


Students in grades 4 through 6 are given the opportunity to prepare and perform opera and dance excerpts within specific multi-cultural situations and contexts.  Current programs include the Habanera for marimbas and voice as well as Caribbean music in modern jazz folk songs.

GOALS:  This program is based upon specialized curriculum designs in geography, social studies and histories of non-Western cultures. Musical and dance components with voices and indigenous instruments of the respective cultures comprise the culminating class exercise.


Advanced High School voice and choral students, grades 9-12 sing individual (solo) selections which are coached by our guest artists and staff.

GOALS:  Students explore the stylistic nuances and performance practices based upon pre-prepared vocal selections.  This is especially useful for students who are preparing selections for contests, collegiate auditions, recitals, opera or musical theater roles, or summer programs.


We offer musicology (music-history) master classes for high school students (grades 9-12) with a five day-seminar series.  Students gain a historical perspective to further their understanding of the opera they will attend for individual Student Night Out Performances. The cost for the five-day seminar is $250.00.

GOALS:  This program is specifically designed to create historical, cultural and musical context for Student Night Out performances. This allows the students who attend the performances to gain a comprehensive understanding of geopolitical and/or sociological events that occurred during the opera composer’s lifetime. We also explore specific musical genres and artistic trends that occurred during the time-frame of the opera.

“You can tell the history of Jazz in four words: Louis Armstrong. Charlie Parker.” –Miles Davis

Friday, April 3, 2020 at 7:30pm

Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 7:30pm

Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 2:00pm

The New Orleans Jazz Market

Join Charlie Parker’s final quest to write–even after death–a large-scale masterpiece as his fascinating but troubled life is revisited by the ghosts of his illustrious past: wives, celebrated colleagues, his mother, and intimate friends. All join to retell their dramatic incidents of this legendary jazz titan, hailed as the greatest saxophone virtuoso in history, as he prepares for the afterlife. Birdland, New York City’s most famous jazz club, is just one enduring monument to his enormous talent. His own credo is the best testament to this gloriously original musician whose virtuosity is credited with individually creating a whole new jazz idiom: Bebop.

“Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn.”  Charlie Parker

Joshua Stewart as Charlie Parker, Arizona Opera Production; Photo credit Tim Trumble
Composed byDaniel Schnyder
Libretto byBridgette A. Wimberly
Conducted byRobert Lyall
Directed byFenlon Lamb
Choreographer and Dancer Du’Bois A’Keen


Addie ParkerAngela Brown
Charlie ParkerJoshua Stewart
Chan ParkerRachel Looney
Doris ParkerTBA
Rebecca ParkerTBA
Dizzy GillespieSidney Outlaw
NicaAmy Pfrimmer

Creative Team

Scenic DesignerNathan Arthur
Lighting DesignerMandi Wood
Production ManagerSarah McCall
CostumerJulie Winn
Wig & Makeup DesignerLinda Guillot
Technical DirectorKeith Christopher
Stage ManagerEmily Barber
1st Assistant SMAmanda Seal
Properties MasterJonathon Uhlman
Supertitles PrompterBeth Rota

Sylvain Society

Sylvain Society is the New Orleans Opera’s Young Professionals affiliate group whose purpose is to connect the operatic arts to the Greater New Orleans community.

Membership is FREE for men and women ages 21-45 and includes invitations to membership mixers and business networking events though out the community. Additionally, members are eligible to join the Sylvain Season Subscription Program for 2019-2020! 

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