The Wood Operatic Advancement Grant

The Wood Operatic Advancement Grant (the “WOAG”), a branch of the New Orleans Opera Association’s Donald W. Wood Sr. Vocal Competition (the “Wood Competition”), provides financial assistance to the winners of the Wood Competition to help them in pursuit of their career in the performance area of opera while studying in college or post-graduate studies. The WOAG was the idea of Phyllis Treigle, the Vocal Music Chair at the New Orleans Center of Creative Arts and set in motion by Debby Hirsch Wood (the Founder and Director of the Wood Competition).

The Grant is open only to winners (first, second, or honorable mention) of the Donald W. Wood Sr. Vocal Competition.

The purpose to which the grant will be applied is for expenses relating to the pursuit of the Wood Competition winners’ career in opera performance whether in college or post-graduate studies.

Expenses may include (but are not limited to) travel and related expenses for auditions, coaching, out-of-town studies, performances, college/post-college expenses, meals, or any and all expenses related in pursuit of their degree or career in opera performance. 

The WOAG is solely for the purpose of promoting up-and-coming opera performers.
  • Applications will be accepted for the Fall/Winter WOAG no later than midnight, September 30.   The Fall/Winter WOAG period runs August 1 through January 31.
  • Applications will be accepted for the Spring/Summer WOAG no later than midnight, February 15. The Spring/Summer period runs February 1 through July 31.

A team (chosen by the Director of the WOAG) from the New Orleans Opera Association (the “Team”) will decide recipient(s) of The Grant. The Team will announce the recipient(s) shortly after applications are reviewed and decisions made by the Team.

Any misrepresentation on the application or abuse of stipulation during funding period is cause for disqualification without benefit of appeal.

For more information please contact:

If given this grant, you will need to submit a follow-up brief email to the Founder and Director of The Grant on how the grant empowered you to pursue your operatic vocal career. Your email will be used by the New Orleans Opera Association/Donald W. Wood Sr. Vocal Competition.

You may contact Ms. Wood at (504) 931-3608 with any questions.

Support Group Women's Guild

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 and opera advocacy. 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 Pat Williamson with questions.

Follow the Women’s Guild on Facebook to learn more.


Student Night Out

Sponsored by the Louise B. Martin Family Fund

2020-2021 Dates TBA soon!

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.

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Opéra Nouvelle

For More Information, Contact:

William Manning Mouat

Director of Education

Phone: 504.267.9535


19-20 Opera Chamber Opera Productions

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 people, NOOA must cancel our production of Charlie Parker’s Yardbird. We understand this decision is disappointing to our audiences; however, the health and safety of our guests, artists, staff members, and our entire community is our first and greatest priority. Regarding our production of The Magic Flute on May 1st and 3rd, 2020, we are monitoring the situation and will adjust and announce as necessary. The Women’s Guild Mad Hatter’s fundraiser has been postponed and the date is to be determined.

Your support of New Orleans Opera Association, through the purchase of tickets is invaluable to what we present on stage, in classrooms, and out in the community. To continue that support, we have provided the option of donating the price of your ticket to the organization. All donations are tax deductible and go a long way to ensure that we are able to present outstanding opera for years to come. Thank you for your consideration.

We will communicate directly to all ticket holders via the US mail, email, and phone to share the processes in place regarding ticket donations, exchanges or refunds. Please call the Box Office with questions at (504) 529-3000 or email:

Thank you for your continued support of Opera in America’s First City of Opera,

Robert Lyall, General and Artistic Director

Support Group Sylvain

Sylvain Society

Sylvain Society is the young professionals affiliate group of the New Orleans Opera Association. Established in 2017, our purpose is to connect the operatic arts to the Greater New Orleans community.

Join us for cultural events around the city, discounts on opera performances, and educational fundraising endeavors to support opera education.

Membership is free and open to anyone age 21-45.

Sylvain Society’s name is an ode to André Grétry’s “Sylvain” opera, the first documented opera performed in New Orleans at the Theatre de la Rue Saint Pierre on May 22, 1796.

2020-2021 Steering Committee

Amanda Credeur
Michael Roussel
Bianca Spears

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