Opera on Tap!

Opera on Tap Goes Indoors for the Holidays! If you haven’t been to the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) during the past year, take advantage of the free admission for all Louisiana residents on Wednesdays (see below links for the December 2021 exhibits). Then stay after hours for a musical treat in the new… Continue reading Opera on Tap!

An Homage to Josephine Baker

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

OPERA ORIENTATION for Wagner’s Die Walküre, Act One

Sunday, November 7, 2021 NEW LOCATION: Carrollton United Methodist Church 921 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118 4:00 PM – Roundtable Discussion of the Opera 5:00 PM – Refreshments, Buffet, and Beverages themed to Die Walküre TICKETS: General Public: $35.00 (+$3.00 Fee)Guild Members: $30.00 (+$3.00 Fee) with a code To reserve you tickets call,… Continue reading OPERA ORIENTATION for Wagner’s Die Walküre, Act One

Wagner’s Die Walküre, Act One

Arrive one hour early for the pre-show lecture, Nuts and Bolts featuring Dr. Tara A. Melvin and Maestro Carlos Miguel Prieto! New Orleans Opera and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra are partnering for this homecoming production featuring local filmmaker, Samantha Aldana. We are so excited we are throwing a pre-performance party for EVERYONE. Join us an… Continue reading Wagner’s Die Walküre, Act One

Praised by Gramophone as having “the sort of instrument you could listen to all day, in any sort of repertoire”

What a night we have in store for you…

From Chicago Opera Theater’s, Carmen

“Barton—she of the withering sneer and creamy tone—ruled as an iconoclastic Carmen. If you were lucky enough to be in the audience…you won’t forget it.” – Deanna Isaacs, Chicago Reader

From Houston Grand Opera’s, La Favorite

“She is a force of nature, and if you saw her in HGO’s Ring cycle, as a strikingly potent Waltraute in Götterdämmerung  or haughty Fricka in Das Rheingold  and Die Walküre, you’ve never forgotten her. In decades to come, you can tell those less fortunate that you heard Barton at the beginning… “- D.L. Groover, Houston Press

Photo, above: Jamie Barton singing Jezibaba in The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Rusalka. Photo credit: Ken Howard

Photo, right: Jamie Barton with Greer Grimsley from The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Das Rheingold. Photo credit: Ken Howard

Jamie Barton is coming to New Orleans to help us celebrate Maestro Robert Lyall

No tribute is complete without a memorable performance to accompany the shared memories. This special tribute also serves as New Orleans Opera’s premiere fundraising event for the 2021-2022 season and is sure to be a night you won’t soon forget!

Jamie Barton made her title role debut last month in Carmen at Chicago Opera Theater, opposite Stephanie Blythe’s alter ego Blythely Oratonio as Don José. Her performance prompted this reaction from Musical America: “A seriously intense, stunningly sung Carmen, a deep exploration of sexual passion, jealousy, and human frailty.”

Join us! Share a story, enjoy a good meal, and bask in beautiful music.

City of New Orleans COVID-19 safety requirements will be followed.

A Legacy of Excellence

Reservations for the Legacy of Excellence Gala have filled. If you are interested in attending the event, please contact Joanna Sternberg, Director of Development to check for available seating (504) 529-2278 x 226. Saturday, November 6, 2021   6:00 PM | Patron Party  at the home of Rania and Hicham Khodr (Address to be provided after ticket purchase) 7:00 PM |… Continue reading A Legacy of Excellence

Gala Concert

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 La bohème

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

Dr. Tara A. Melvin Named New Director of Community Partnerships and Education

New Orleans Opera is pleased to welcome Dr. Tara A. Melvin as its new Director of Community Partnerships and Education. Dr. Melvin is a soprano, born and raised in New Orleans. She attended St. Rita School-Uptown, Cabrini High School, and the University of New Orleans, and is a former voice student of LaVergne Monette. Dr.… Continue reading Dr. Tara A. Melvin Named New Director of Community Partnerships and Education

The Lacrimosa Project

The Story Mounting Porgy and Bess without our chorus – the true heart of the Catfish Row community. Just weeks ago, the New Orleans Opera was thrilled to present a 90-minute abridged version of Porgy and Bess at the Newman Bandstand in Audubon Park as our 2020-21 season closer. This American classic by George and… Continue reading The Lacrimosa Project