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  • A History of Opera in New Orleans 

    A History of Opera in New Orleans 

    by Jack Belsom, Archivist  THE EARLY YEARS  The date of the very first staging of opera in the Crescent City cannot be firmly established and seems forever lost to music historians.  But it can safely be stated that since 1796, in the final decade of the Spanish colonial era, New Orleans has had operatic performances…

  • About New Orleans Opera

    Mission To enrich the lives of all people by producing opera of the highest artistic quality and providing educational opportunities through traditional and innovative approaches. Vision Our vision is to connect all people with the joy of opera.

  • Education


    NEW ORLEANS OPERA: SCHOOL PROGRAMS New Orleans Opera is ready to help you and your students jump into the opera season with exciting programs. More information soon! STUDENT NIGHT OUT: See live opera at the Mahalia Jackson Theater! These open dress rehearsals are free to groups of students and school chaperones that register below. Registered…

  • Volunteer with the New Orleans Opera

    Volunteer with the New Orleans Opera

    Are you looking for a fulfilling and fun way to support an organization you love? Then New Orleans Opera is looking for you! Join our Volunteer Corps and apply your unique skills and abilities in support of our productions, programs, and events. Volunteers are an integral part of our organization, and we’d love your energy and expertise…

  • Scenic Studio

    Scenic Studio

    The H. Lloyd Hawkins Scenic Studio is one of the country’s foremost rental studios of opera scenery and properties, maintaining an inventory of over 20 opera productions for both large and small venues. The 30,000 square foot building includes a design studio that has a full carpentry and metal shops, a spacious 80’x80’ paint deck,…

  • The Sylvain Society

    The Sylvain Society

    What is the Sylvain Society? The 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…

  • New Orleans Opera Women’s Guild

    New Orleans Opera Women’s Guild

    The Women’s Guild promotes and fosters an understanding of opera, cooperating with New Orleans Opera through active fundraising and opera advocacy. With over 230 members, the Women’s Guild ensures that the gift of opera remains an integral part of New Orleans culture. Credit Card Payment Pay your dues by Credit Card Check Payment Pay with…

  • The Donald W. Wood Sr. Vocal Competition and Advancement Grant

    The Donald W. Wood Sr. Vocal Competition and Advancement Grant

    The Donald W. Wood, Sr. Vocal Competition This distinctive vocal competition aims to give Louisiana high school students an entry point into classical music and guided exposure to the professional world of singing. Past participants have succeeded regionally, nationally, and internationally as young artists, regional competition winners, and main-stage operatic stars. VOCAL COMPETITION DEADLINE: December…

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