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!


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