“You can tell the history of Jazz in four words: Louis Armstrong. Charlie Parker.” –Miles Davis

Friday, April 3, 2020 at 7:30pm

Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 7:30pm

Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 2:00pm

The New Orleans Jazz Market

Join Charlie Parker’s final quest to write–even after death–a large-scale masterpiece as his fascinating but troubled life is revisited by the ghosts of his illustrious past: wives, celebrated colleagues, his mother, and intimate friends. All join to retell their dramatic incidents of this legendary jazz titan, hailed as the greatest saxophone virtuoso in history, as he prepares for the afterlife. Birdland, New York City’s most famous jazz club, is just one enduring monument to his enormous talent. His own credo is the best testament to this gloriously original musician whose virtuosity is credited with individually creating a whole new jazz idiom: Bebop.

“Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn.”  Charlie Parker

Joshua Stewart as Charlie Parker, Arizona Opera Production; Photo credit Tim Trumble
Composed byDaniel Schnyder
Libretto byBridgette A. Wimberly
Conducted byRobert Lyall
Directed byFenlon Lamb

Cast

Addie ParkerAngela Brown
Charlie ParkerJoshua Stewart
Chan ParkerRachel Looney
Doris ParkerTBA
Rebecca ParkerTBA
Dizzy GillespieSidney Outlaw
NicaAmy Pfrimmer

Creative Team

Chorus MasterCarol Rausch
Scenic DesignerNathan Arthur
Lighting DesignerMandi Wood
Production ManagerSarah McCall
CostumerJulie Winn
Wig & Makeup DesignerLinda Guillot
Technical DirectorKeith Christopher
Stage ManagerEmily Barber
1st Assistant SMAmanda Seal
Properties MasterJonathon Uhlman
Supertitles PrompterBeth Rota

Young love is never easy. And it’s especially not easy when your mom is trying to take over the world.


Friday, May 1, 2020 at 7:30pm

Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 2:30pm

Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts


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!

Even if you’re not familiar with “Papapapapapageno!” you will be after seeing this opera—and you’ll be singing it too.

From the New Orleans Opera Archives
Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto byEmanuel Schikaneder
Conducted byRobert Lyall
Directed byCarroll Freeman

Cast

TaminoEric Ferring
Pamina Irini Kyriakidou
The Queen of the NightJeni Houser
SarastroPeixin Chen
PapagenoBen Edquist
MonostatosTyrone Chambers, II
PapagenaDody Nolan Piper

Creative Team

Chorus MasterCarol Rausch
Scenic DesignerSteven C. Kemp
Projection & Lighting DesignerDon Darnutzer
Production ManagerSarah McCall
CostumerJulie Winn
Wig & Makeup DesignerLinda Guillot
Technical DirectorKeith Christopher
Stage ManagerEmily Barber
1st Assistant SMAmanda Seal
2nd Assistant SMKatherine Krikorian
Assistant Lighting DesignerMandi Wood
Properties MasterJonathon Uhlman
Scenic PainterNathan Arthur
Supertitles PrompterBeth Rota

Did your parents have plans for you? Joan’s did. But she had a higher calling.

Friday, February 7, 2020 at 7:30pm

Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 2:30pm

The Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts

After experiencing visions of the Virgin Mary and instructed by a choir of angels to chart the destiny of war-torn France, a humble peasant girl, 17-year-old Joan of Arc won the confidence of the future king Charles VII  by revealing information that only a messenger from God could know. As his newly appointed leader of the French army, she lifted the siege of Orleans and fearlessly won battle after battle to defeat the English and rescue the throne of France. Her capture led to one of the most celebrated trials in history with its charges of witchcraft and heresy that resulted in her execution at the stake!

Inspired by his research, Tchaikovsky exclaimed, “What a rich subject!” 

We agree.

“The gilded bronze statue of St. Joan of Arc, has been located near the French Market since 1999…” From Blake Pontchartain, read the entire article here.
Composed byPyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Libretto by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conducted byRobert Lyall
Directed byJose Maria Condemi

Cast

Joan of ArcHilary Ginther
Charles VIICasey Candebat
Agnes SorelElana Gleason
ThibautKevin Thompson
DunoisMichael Chioldi
LionelJoshua Jeremiah

Creative Team

Chorus MasterCarol Rausch
Scenic DesignerStephen C. Kemp
Lighting DesignerDon Darnutzer
Production ManagerSarah McCall
CostumerJulie Winn
Wig & Makup DesignerLinda Guillot
Technical DesignerKeith Christopher
Stage ManagerEmily Barber
1st Assistant SMAmanda Seal
2nd Assistant SMKatherine Krikorian
Assistant Lighting DesignerMandi Wood
Properties MasterJonathon Uhlman
Scenic PainterNathan Arthur
Supertitles PrompterBeth Rota

New American music theater highlighting the sacrifices and camaraderie of American soldiers.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 7:30pm

The Jefferson Performing Arts Center

This music drama is free and open to the public but you must have a ticket to enter. Call the box office at (504) 529-3000 to secure your seat.

The Falling and The Rising chronicles the journey of a soldier recovering from a roadside attack. While in a medically-induced coma, she imagines interactions with fellow service members, each sharing a particular tale that provides insights into her own situation. The dedication and resiliency she discovers with them helps her find the strength to recover, and to return home to her family.

This collaborative effort by members of The U.S. Army Field Band and the team of Zach Redler, composer, and Jerre Dye, librettist, was inspired by collective interviews with dozens of active duty Army veterans at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, and Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall.

 “I have a whole new understanding of my role as a soldier,” said Sgt. 1st Class Ben Hilgert, the co-creator and executive producer of “The Falling and The Rising.” “You can’t hear those stories and have it not change you. This project tells the Army story in a very human way. The stories contained in the opera speak truth to the service of soldiers, while at the same time highlighting the resiliency and strength demanded of them.”

“…this is the first opera produced and performed by active duty soldiers. Their connection, experience and commitment honors those who serve in defense of the nation and its ideals.” – Garnett Bruce, Artistic Advisor of the San Antonio Opera

Composed byZach Redler
Libretto byJerre Dye
Conducted byRobert Lyall
Directed byJerre Dye
Designed byChris Rynne
Accompanied by members ofthe Louisiana Philharmonic

In collaboration with the US Army Field Band and Soldiers Chorus.

Cast

SoldierSgt. 1st Class Teresa Alzadon
ToledoSgt. 1st Class Elizabeth Garcia
JumperSgt. 1st Class Benjamin Hilgert
Dr. & SoldierStaff Sgt. Ian Bowling
ColonelStaff Sgt. Will Tvrdik
DoctorMaster Sgt. Rose Ryon
DoctorSgt. 1st Class Daniel Erbe
DoctorSgt. 1st Class Michaela Shelton

Carmen is the one you have been warned about. And you still fall in love.


Friday, October 4, 2019 at 7:30pm

Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 2:30pm

Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts


Carmen is a mesmerizing gypsy loved and desired by many, but who remains true only to herself. First a soldier, then a toreador lose themselves to her hypnotic allure and bear the consequences of learning that Carmen lives life on her own terms.

“I defy everything – fire, the sword, and heaven itself!” – Carmen

Experience the drama and passion of this great music combined with powerful staging, beautiful singing and Bizet’s rich orchestration.

Come to the opera and fall in love again—at your own peril.


From the New Orleans Opera Archives, Carmen from 2014. Photo Credit: Thomas Grosscup
Composed byGeorges Bizet
Libretto byHenri Meilhac & Ludovic Halevy
Conducted byRobert Lyall
Directed byKeturah Stickann

Cast

CarmenJennifer Johnson Cano
Don JoseRafael Davila
EscamilloZachary Nelson
MicaelaSarah Jane McMahon
ZunigaIvan Griffin
El Dancairo
El RemendadoTyrone Chambers, II

Creative Team

Chorus MasterCarol Rausch
Scenic DesignerSteven C. Kemp*
Lighting DesignerDon Darnutzer
Production ManagerSarah McCall
CostumerJulie Winn
Wig and Makeup DesignerLinda Guillot
Technical DirectorKeith Christopher
Stage ManagerEmily Barber
1st Assistant SMAmanda Seal
2nd Assistant SMIndia Mack
Assistant LDMandi Wood
Properties MasterJonathon Uhlman
Scenic PainterNathan Arthur
Supertitles PrompterBeth Rota

* Scenic designs are based on original designs by Ryan McGettigan

Opera On Tap

In October 2007 the Big Easy partnered with the Big Apple to make New Orleans the first official Opera on Tap franchise. Each season, the New Orleans Opera presents the finest young local and regional singers in casual, 90-minute concerts of opera, Broadway and more.

Now in its 12th season, Opera on Tap – New Orleans is attracting people from around the world. Performances take place at The Rusty Nail, at The Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter and on the Northshore at Abita Brew Pub. Opera On Tap Performs most Wednesdays.

Opéra Nouvelle

Opéra Nouvelle concerts feature LIVE music from upcoming operas, as well as a free-flowing dialogue with the audience about the composers, the music, the history and modern adaptations!