Opera on Tap!

The new season of  Opera on Tap In Our Yard  resumes with a lively potpourri of opera, operetta, and musical theater titled “The French Connection“. Featuring some of the best young singers in the region, the program will include excerpts from operas given their US premieres at the city’s legendary French Opera House, music set… Continue reading Opera on Tap!

Wagner’s Die Walküre, Act One

OPERA IS BACK at the Mahalia Jackson Theater! New Orleans Opera and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra are partnering for this homecoming production featuring local filmmaker, Samantha Aldana. The first act of Die Walküre is a perfect selection to bring our audiences back into the Mahalia Jackson Theatre for the Performing Arts. With just three singers… Continue reading Wagner’s Die Walküre, Act One

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

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

New Orleans Opera Blog – July 2021

New Orleans Opera staff members tackle the Proust Questionnaire (kinda) by way of Vanity Fair with our own operatic flair: Devin Johnson, Patron Services Manager Devin is pictured here with her son in November of 2018 at the Children’s Museum for his 3rd birthday party. Describe your job in 25 words or less: Serving as… Continue reading New Orleans Opera Blog – July 2021

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

Music + Words: OPERA WORKS!

Join us for a virtual summer camp this July that shows just how fun opera can be. Students will transform classic operas using their own stories and voices with Enrichment Instructors specialized in opera and creative writing. If you are interested in signing up your young person, please reach out to theopera@neworleansopera.org. Enjoy this fun… Continue reading Music + Words: OPERA WORKS!