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

Young love is never easy. And it’s especially not easy when your mom is trying to take over the world.

The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte)is a fairytale to be enjoyed for the simple beauties of its story alone. But the fairytale’s rich layering that explores good vs. evil in a beautiful celebration of love conquering all offers so much more. Our production will also be framed by a beautiful galaxy of Hubble Telescope photography adding an expanded universe to this timeless tale. Bring the entire family for an experience that is certain to delight young and old!

Even if you’re not familiar with “Papapapapapageno!” you will be after seeing this opera—and you’ll be singing it too.

Generously underwritten by the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation with support for the title role of Queen of the Night from Arthur Crais and additional support from the Louise H. Moffett Family Foundation.

From the New Orleans Opera Archives
Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto byEmanuel Schikaneder
Conducted byRobert Lyall
Directed byCarroll Freeman


TaminoEric Ferring
Pamina Irini Kyriakidou
The Queen of the NightJeni Houser
SarastroPeixin Chen
PapagenoBen Edquist
MonostatosTyrone Chambers, II
PapagenaDody Nolan Piper

Creative Team

Chorus MasterCarol Rausch
Scenic DesignerSteven C. Kemp
Projection & Lighting DesignerDon Darnutzer
Production ManagerSarah McCall
CostumerJulie Winn
Wig & Makeup DesignerLinda Guillot
Technical DirectorKeith Christopher
Stage ManagerEmily Barber
1st Assistant SMAmanda Seal
2nd Assistant SMKatherine Krikorian
Assistant Lighting DesignerMandi Wood
Properties MasterJonathon Uhlman
Scenic PainterNathan Arthur
Supertitles PrompterBeth Rota

Did your parents have plans for you? Joan’s did. But she had a higher calling.

Friday, February 7, 2020 at 7:30pm

Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 2:30pm

The Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts

After experiencing visions of the Virgin Mary and instructed by a choir of angels to chart the destiny of war-torn France, a humble peasant girl, 17-year-old Joan of Arc won the confidence of the future king Charles VII  by revealing information that only a messenger from God could know. As his newly appointed leader of the French army, she lifted the siege of Orleans and fearlessly won battle after battle to defeat the English and rescue the throne of France. Her capture led to one of the most celebrated trials in history with its charges of witchcraft and heresy that resulted in her execution at the stake!

Inspired by his research, Tchaikovsky exclaimed, “What a rich subject!” 

We agree.

“The gilded bronze statue of St. Joan of Arc, has been located near the French Market since 1999…” From Blake Pontchartain, read the entire article here.
Composed byPyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Libretto by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conducted byRobert Lyall
Directed byJose Maria Condemi


Joan of ArcHilary Ginther
Charles VIICasey Candebat
Agnes SorelElana Gleason
ThibautKevin Thompson
DunoisMichael Chioldi
LionelJoshua Jeremiah
The ArchbishopRaymond Aceto
RaymondKameron Lopreore
BertrandKen Weber
A WarriorDavid Murray
LoreeFrank Convit
An Angel VoiceJulia Tuneberg

Creative Team

ConductorRobert Lyall
Stage DirectorJose Maria Condemi
Scenic DesignerSteven C. Kemp
Lighting DesignerDon Darnutzer
Chorus MasterCarol Rausch
ChoreographerGretchen Erickson
Fight DirectorMike Yahn
Production ManagerSarah McCall
CostumesA.T. Jones & Sons, Inc.
CostumerJulie Winn
Wig & Makeup DesignerLinda Guillot
Technical DirectorKeith Christopher
Stage ManagerEmily Barber
1st Asst. Stage ManagerAmanda Seal
2nd Asst. Stage ManagerKatie Krikorian
Asst. Lighting ManagerMandi Wood
Properties MistressOlivia Winter
Scenic PainterNathan Arthur
Rehearsal PianistMichael Borowitz
Supertitles PrompterBeth Rota
Supertitles provided

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

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 7:30pm

The Jefferson Performing Arts Center

This music drama is free and open to the public but you must have a ticket to enter. Call the box office at (504) 529-3000 to secure your seat.

The Falling and The Rising chronicles the journey of a soldier recovering from a roadside attack. While in a medically-induced coma, she imagines interactions with fellow service members, each sharing a particular tale that provides insights into her own situation. The dedication and resiliency she discovers with them helps her find the strength to recover, and to return home to her family.

This collaborative effort by members of The U.S. Army Field Band and the team of Zach Redler, composer, and Jerre Dye, librettist, was inspired by collective interviews with dozens of active duty Army veterans at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, and Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall.

 “I have a whole new understanding of my role as a soldier,” said Sgt. 1st Class Ben Hilgert, the co-creator and executive producer of “The Falling and The Rising.” “You can’t hear those stories and have it not change you. This project tells the Army story in a very human way. The stories contained in the opera speak truth to the service of soldiers, while at the same time highlighting the resiliency and strength demanded of them.”

“…this is the first opera produced and performed by active duty soldiers. Their connection, experience and commitment honors those who serve in defense of the nation and its ideals.” – Garnett Bruce, Artistic Advisor of the San Antonio Opera

Composed byZach Redler
Libretto byJerre Dye
Conducted byRobert Lyall
Directed byJerre Dye
Designed byChris Rynne
Accompanied by members ofthe Louisiana Philharmonic

In collaboration with the US Army Field Band and Soldiers Chorus.


SoldierSgt. 1st Class Teresa Alzadon
ToledoSgt. 1st Class Elizabeth Garcia
JumperSgt. 1st Class Benjamin Hilgert
Dr. & SoldierStaff Sgt. Ian Bowling
ColonelStaff Sgt. Will Tvrdik
DoctorMaster Sgt. Rose Ryon
DoctorSgt. 1st Class Daniel Erbe
DoctorSgt. 1st Class Michaela Shelton

Carmen is the one you have been warned about. And you still fall in love.

Friday, October 4, 2019 at 7:30pm

Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 2:30pm

Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts

Carmen is a mesmerizing gypsy loved and desired by many, but who remains true only to herself. First a soldier, then a toreador lose themselves to her hypnotic allure and bear the consequences of learning that Carmen lives life on her own terms.

“I defy everything – fire, the sword, and heaven itself!” – Carmen

Experience the drama and passion of this great music combined with powerful staging, beautiful singing and Bizet’s rich orchestration.

Come to the opera and fall in love again—at your own peril.

From the New Orleans Opera Archives, Carmen from 2014. Photo Credit: Thomas Grosscup
Composed byGeorges Bizet
Libretto byHenri Meilhac & Ludovic Halevy
Conducted byRobert Lyall
Directed byKeturah Stickann


CarmenJennifer Johnson Cano
Don JoseRafael Davila
EscamilloZachary Nelson
MicaelaSarah Jane McMahon
ZunigaIvan Griffin
El DancairoDennis Jesse
El RemendadoTyrone Chambers, II
MoralesSpencer Reichman
FrasquitaHaley Whitney
MercedesClaire Shackelton
Lilas Pastia, Inn KeeperPeter Gabb

Creative Team

Chorus MasterCarol Rausch
Scenic DesignerSteven C. Kemp*
Lighting DesignerDon Darnutzer
Production ManagerSarah McCall
CostumerJulie Winn
Wig and Makeup DesignerLinda Guillot
Technical DirectorKeith Christopher
Stage ManagerEmily Barber
1st Assistant SMAmanda Seal
2nd Assistant SMIndia Mack
Assistant LDMandi Wood
Properties MasterJonathon Uhlman
Scenic PainterNathan Arthur
Supertitles PrompterBeth Rota
Rehearsal PianistElena Lacheva


Maureen BellinaAndrea ButlerJulie Condy
Brigid HigginsAlyssa Hernandez Paula Nestico
Kathy Rehage Sophia Riggio Quinn Rulison
Rebecca Ryan Gloria Singleton Isabella Vanderhoof
Rachel Abbate Claudia Copeland Olivia Garcia
Kerry Hayes Allison Joiner Amanda McCarthy
Valencia Pleasant Maggie Probst Julianna Starr
Shirley A. Stewart Zara Zemmels William Alber
Jethro Celestin Bart Folse Alex Furtado
Alan Gandolfi Bryton Gunther Dustin Johnson
Thomas Lin Richard Montgomery Hugo Pinto
Dylan Tran Aaron Berenson Frank Convit
William Gautreaux David Hinton Bill Lopez
Rafiq Mandal David Murray Johnny Missakian
Justin Missakian Sam Ottinger Guy Tem

Children’s Chorus

Izaura AmosAsia Brown
Lucy ChisesiFinley Cressend
Drucilla DumasGerardo Enamorado
Rori GeorgeIsabelle Higgins
Wallace Jackson, IIIMuse Macchione
Lam PhanIvanna Radovic
Chloe SotoDarius Torres-Copeland
Diego Torres-CopelandIsabella Villalobos

* Scenic designs are based on original designs by Ryan McGettigan