After the Curtain Falls…

On stage at the Mahalia Jackson Theater

Join us for a Post Party celebrating the Opening Night of Carmen! October 4, 2019 after the 7:30 p.m. performance.

Get carried away by the opera then get on your feet to dance the habanera with music by Julio and Cesar!

Signature Cocktail thanks to Seven Three Distilling.

Passed hors d’oeuvres by Ralph Brennan’s Catering.

Tickets to this festive occasion are $35 per person. Tickets to the opera start at $30 and opera tickets are required to attend this special event.

The New Orleans Opera Association’s 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.

Winners of the Donald W. Wood, Sr. Vocal Competition by year.

The competition is presented by the New Orleans Opera Association, a collaborative effort with Loyola University New Orleans College of Music and Fine Arts and Preparatory Program, Tulane University, Newcomb Department of Music, and the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts in honor of Donald W. Wood, Sr.

Special thanks to Sponsors Lily and Brian Monk, and Wood Competition Director Debby Hirsch Wood and to patrons Nina and Larry Pugh, Penny and Al Baumer, and Susan and Vern Raburn.

The Wood Competition is open to all Louisiana high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

2017 Winners

FIRST PLACE FEMALE

Abigail Victoria Roques

Sophomore, Pensacola Christian School (Slidell, Louisiana), Teacher: Joy Meade

SECOND PLACE FEMALE

Olivia Belle Gray

Junior, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (New Orleans, Louisiana), Teacher: Phyllis Treigle

FIRST PLACE MALE

Rafael Jose Rovelo

Senior, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (New Orleans, Louisiana), Teacher: Phyllis Treigle

SECOND PLACE MALE

William Nicholas Dopp

Senior, Loranger High (Loranger, Louisiana), Teacher: Steven Rushing

HONORABLE MENTION FEMALE

Madeleine Eugenie Cucullu

Junior, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (New Orleans, Louisiana), Teacher: Phyllis Treigle

HONORABLE MENTION MALE

Conrad J. Alleman, II

Senior, Hahnville High School, (Boutte, Louisiana), Teacher Craig Matherne

2016 Winners

FIRST PLACE FEMALE

Victoria Elizabeth Richard, Senior, Magnet Academy for Cultural Arts, Opelousas, Louisiana

Teacher: Corliss Smith

SECOND PLACE FEMALE

Sarah-Katherine McCallum, Sophomore, Cedar Creek School, Ruston, Louisiana

Teachers: Claire Vangelisti, Cindy Hockenjos

FIRST PLACE MALE

William Nicholas Dopp, Junior, Loranger High School, Loranger, Louisiana

Teacher: Brent Goodrich Smith

SECOND PLACE MALE

Andrew David Aceves, Sophomore, St. Paul’s School, Covington, Louisiana

Teacher: Gail Adams

HONORABLE MENTION

Madeleine Eugenie Cucullu, Sophomore, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts

Teacher: Phyllis Treigle

2015 Winners

FIRST PLACE FEMALE

Emily Sheets, Senior, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts

Teacher: Phyllis Treigle

FIRST PLACE MALE

Ryan Reynolds, Senior, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts

Teacher: Phyllis Treigle

SECOND PLACE FEMALE

Imani Sarai Francis, Senior, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts

Teacher: Phyllis Treigle

SECOND PLACE MALE

Eddie Falshaw, Junior, Holy Cross/New Orleans Center for Creative Arts

Teacher: Lauren Gisclair

HONORABLE MENTION

Lindsey Reynolds, Senior, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts

Teacher: Phyllis Treigle

Attention New Orleans performing arts lovers!

Now is your chance to be a supernumerary (like a TV extra, but in OPERA!) in arguably the most famous opera ever, Carmen! The New Orleans Opera Association wants to put YOU on the Mahalia Jackson Theater’s stage as a seductive soldier, tantalizing toreador, and sanguine Sevillian. 

For costume purposes, we are looking for “super” men with a 44″chest / 38″ waist or smaller. No singing or speaking is required. Rehearsals start September 16th with performances on October 4th and 6th.  Please contact Emily Barber at emilyxbarber@gmail.com for more information. We look forward to you joining us on Carmen!

Opera excitment was in the air!

The Sylvain Society hosted a Summer Seersucker Brunch to celebrate the opening of the 2019-2020 opera season on August 11, 2019. Guest speaker, General and Artistic Director, Robert Lyall shared insights about the new season and other exciting events on the horizon.

We think this was the first of many Summer Seersucker Brunches.

Thanks to everyone that attended and thank you Sylvain Society!

Are you interested in joining the Sylvain Society? Click here!

The Sylvain Society’s Summer Seersucker Brunch

The Sylvain Society is hosting a Summer Seersucker Brunch to celebrate the opening of the 2019-2020 opera season. Guest speaker, General and Artistic Director, Robert Lyall will share insights about the new season and other exciting events on the horizon.

Grab your seersucker and join us at Ralph’s on the Park!

 (Seating is limited)