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The American Prize in Composition goes to…

Zach Redler        
The Falling and The Risin
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The American Prize is a series of new, non-profit national competitions in the performing arts providing cash awards, professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition for the best recorded performances by ensembles and individuals each year in the United States at the professional, college/university, church, community and secondary school levels. Administered by Hat City Music Theater, Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Danbury, Connecticut, The American Prize was founded in 2009 and is awarded annually.

Zach Redler is a music theater composer whose work has been performed in concert halls, opera houses and theaters around the world. Ben Brantley of the New York Times said, Zach’s “music becomes a character that both connects and divides the others.” In 2014, the American Theatre Wing awarded him the Jonathan Larson Grant. Some of his favorite theater compositions are: The Memory Show, Movin’ Up In The World, Loving Leo, Windows, A Song for Susan Smith, ADAM, and, his most recent American Prize award winning piece, The Falling and The Rising (libretto by Jerre Dye). Currently, he is working on a chamber opera commission for Houston Grand Opera (Dye), a new piece for Opera Memphis (Dye), and a piece for Opera on the James with text by young poets. He is adjunct faculty at NYU Tisch’s Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program, a part-time AP Music Theory teacher at Greenwich Academy, a private music, yoga, and meditation teacher, loves cooking plant based meals for his family, and enjoys running ultramarathons. Love to his wife Brittney and two children, Henry and Ellis.

Congratulations Zach!

New Orleans Opera Photographs of The Falling and The Rising from November 6, 2019 by Jeff Strout

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2020 – 2021 Season Announcement

The new realities in which we are suddenly living cause us to seek sources of hope and celebration.

So here’s your menu for a brilliant musical future! 

Thanks to the dedication of our Board of Directors and staff, after months of planning, we are ready to announce the 2020 – 2021 New Orleans Opera season.

Please note that the May 1 and 3, 2020 performances of Mozart’s The Magic Flute have been rescheduled to March 19 and 21, 2021 as a part of our next season.

The 2020 – 2021 New Orleans Opera Season 

Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at the Mahalia Jackson Theater on October 2 & 4, 2020

Puccini’s soaring lyricism speaks directly to your heart and fully conveys both the ecstasy of innocent love and the agony of its betrayal. In this, one of the world’s most beloved operatic masterpieces, the arranged marriage of a young Japanese geisha to an American naval officer, leads to the painful consequences of a clash of cultures with its inevitable tragic conclusion. 

Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fidelio at the Orpheum Theater on November 13 & 14, 2020. A Semi-staged concert production in partnership with The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.

Leonore, disguising herself as a young man, Fidelio, gains entrance to the state prison in an attempt to save her husband from certain death at the hands of his powerful political opponent, Don Pizarro, the Director of the State Prison. Beethoven’s triumphal opera has delighted audiences for centuries with its themes of justice, freedom, the strength of the human spirit, and the enduring power of love—which triumphs over all!

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s The Magic Flute at the Mahalia Jackson Theater on March 19 & 21, 2021

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!

George and Ira Gershwin with DuBose and Dorothy Heyward’s Porgy and Bess at the Mahalia Jackson Theater on April 30 & May 2, 2021

This American Folk Opera is brimming with the brilliance of its endearingly infectious music that has for nearly a century captivated world-wide audiences from every corner of the musical spectrum. This masterful characterization of “Catfish Row,” an example of Southern culture’s turn into the early 20th century, is beautifully represented by classics like “Summertime,” “I’ve Got Plenty of Nuttin’,” and “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” that are just a few of the musical treasures that we all love!

TO OUR CURRENT TICKET HOLDERS:

All tickets to The Magic Flute will be honored next season. If for any reason you are unable to attend, you may exchange the tickets for a different opera or make a ticket donation to receive a tax-letter valued at the full amount of your ticket.

If you hold tickets to Charlie Parker’s Yardbird and you have not filled out the ticket option form we distributed on March 14th, please fill out the form. If you are in the position to donate, please do. Your donation will help us recover expenses incurred prior to this cancellation.

With gratitude for your continued support,

Robert Lyall, General and Artistic Director

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Options for Ticket Holders to Charlie Parker’s Yardbird

To our patrons: If you have not seen our announcement regarding the cancellation of Charlie Parker’s Yardbird, please click here to read.

Below is the form we are requesting you to fill out regarding the ticket options and to help us streamline the process.

Thank you for your support of the New Orleans Opera Association!

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OPERA America Celebrates New Orleans Opera in America’s First City of Opera.

December 4, 2019, marks the 100th anniversary of a New Orleans civic loss of operatic proportions and 2020, marks the 50th anniversary of opera companies from across the nation joining to establish OPERA America, the national service organization for opera. New Orleans Opera heeded the call to recognize both anniversaries and announces two events for both opera lovers and history buffs. There will be a presentation and panel discussion on the history of opera in New Orleans and a concert featuring world-renowned opera singers that call New Orleans home. These events celebrate the last 50 years of opera in America and mark the 100 year anniversary of the burning of the French Opera House and both are free to attend.

The Events

Presentation and Discussion: Celebrating New Orleans Opera in America’s First City of Opera

Join the company at the Historic New Orleans Collection on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. for a presentation and panel discussion devoted to the colorful history of opera in New Orleans moderated by Marc A. Scorca, President/CEO, OPERA America and featuring Robert Lyall, General and Artistic Director, New Orleans Opera; Givonna Joseph, Founder and Artistic Director OperaCréole; Alfred Lemmon, Director of the William Research Center at The Historic New Orleans Collection; and Jack Belsom, New Orleans Opera Archivist and Historian.

  • Presentation and Discussion: Celebrating New Orleans Opera in America’s First City of Opera
  • Tuesday, December 3, 2019
  • The Historic New Orleans Collections, 410 Chartres St. ( Plenty of public parking is available nearby, with the closest lots located on the 500 block of Chartres Street and the 500 block of Conti Street. Other lots are available on Decatur Street by the Mississippi River. Map here.)
  • 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. – Panel Discussion first with a reception following.

Concert: Loss and Rebirth – one hundred years later

Heard from the stage of the French Opera House.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019, at 7:30 P.M. is a concert featuring Greer Grimsley, Luretta Bybee, Bryan Hymel, Irini Kyriakidou, Sarah Jane McMahon, Dennis Jesse, and Claire Shackleton – all singing music featured in the French Opera House’s 1919-1920 Season. Carol Rausch accompanies. Katie Burlison, Curator from Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses, and Robert Lyall will narrate this special evening.

  • Concert: Loss and Rebirth – one hundred years later
  • Wednesday, December 4, 2019
  • Nunemaker Auditorium at Loyola University – located on the third floor of the Monroe Science Complex directly behind the Communications/Music Complex (Campus map here)
  • 7:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.

BOTH EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC


Marking Time

On December 4, 1919, the French Opera House was destroyed by fire. Located at 517–541 Bourbon Street, the French Opera House was commissioned by opera director Charles Boudousquie and designed by James Gallier. It was built in less than a year in 1859 with workers aided by the light of bonfires in the evenings to accommodate 24 hours a day construction.

OPERA America is partnering with its sixteen founding member companies to celebrate a half-century of opera’s progress in America.

Fifty years later, New Orleans Opera was among the companies in 1970 that joined in the founding of OPERA America, the national service organization and champion for opera artists, administrators, trustees and audiences. The strides of the industry over the last fifty years result from the achievements of individual opera companies, administrators, artists and advocates in communities nationwide. This series of regional symposia, provides an opportunity for the founders of OPERA America to highlight their contributions to the vibrancy of opera.

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