Like everyone around the world, the New Orleans Opera team has been busy thinking about the future and have spent a little time exploring our favorite stories.
It is Act II and the setting is a Temple of Wisdom in a faraway land, place and time. Throughout the course of the opera, Papageno, a bird-catcher, has been trying to find a wife. Though he fails in most of the trials that Sarastro, the High Priest of the Temple of Wisdom asks him… Continue reading Pa-pa-pa! ACT II Duet from Die Zauberflöte
We want you to know that we can’t wait until we are able to see you again soon, but until then, please enjoy – along with Balcony Ballads – our first Behind the Scenes sessions with Maestro Robert Lyall.Dr. William Mouat, Education Director for the New Orleans Opera Beginning with Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, we’ll… Continue reading Behind the Scenes
Singing “Un bel di vedremo,” soprano Betsy Uschkrat portrays Cio-cio san, a Japanese woman promised to an American naval officer during the height of late 19th Century American colonialism and cultural exploitations. She sings about the beautiful reunion with her beloved Lieutenant Pinkerton, who, unbeknownst to her, has a girlfriend in every port of call.… Continue reading Un bel di vedremo
Tenor Tyler Smith is Florestan in Ludwig van Beethoven’s opera Fidelio. The second act opens with “Gott! welch’ Dunkel hier!” which translates in English to “God, what darkness here!” Florestan is in the deepest recesses of a prison for those who have supposedly committed political crimes. Though he is innocent, he has lost all hope.… Continue reading In des Lebens Frühlingstagen
A New Series from the New Orleans Opera Education Department! This new series, proves the old axiom that necessity is the mother of invention. Dr. William Mouat, Education Director created this and Behind the Scenes series, with you in mind. He refers to these videos as “teaser-trailers.” Each of the four operas the company is… Continue reading Balcony Ballads