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

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