Season Update from General Director, Clare Burovac

With the winter holidays upon us, New Orleans Opera is continuing to monitor the evolving guidelines for COVID-19, including its restrictions for performing arts organizations in New Orleans.

Given the ongoing uncertainty regarding the safety of large-scale gatherings, it has become clear that adjusting all of our originally planned winter and spring programming is the right decision for our staff, artists, and audience members.

We are incredibly grateful to our entire subscriber and donor community for continuing to support New Orleans Opera. Many opera companies have had to make the difficult decision to close outright for the 2020-2021 season. Because of all of you, we have been able to adapt our artistic programming for these ever-changing times.

Please note the following adjustments to our original program schedule:

Beethoven’s Fidelio, Mozart’s The Magic Flute, and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly have been cancelled.

Digital performances are on the way!

New Orleans Opera will be collaborating with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra for a concert of operatic favorites, to be presented as a streaming event in January through the LPO’s Orpheum Sessions.  All subscribers will have access to this digital concert, as well as a recital filmed at the beautiful Women’s Opera Guild Home in the Garden District, featuring internationally acclaimed tenor Bryan Hymel and soprano Irini Kryiakidou, joined by pianist Michael Borowitz, Artistic Director of Opera Louisiane.

Live performances will continue!

New Orleans Opera will present Gian Carlo Menotti’s well-loved chamber opera The Medium on March 19 and 20.  The City of New Orleans currently does not allow indoor performances, so our production will take place in an outdoor venue to be determined. Tickets will be extremely limited, due to restrictions on outdoor gatherings, but NOOA subscribers will have guaranteed access to these performances.

The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess will be performed live in concert on April 30 and May 1, venue TBD.  We’ll give you all of the greatest hits from one of America’s best loved operas, while shortening the evening and presenting it outdoors to keep you safe.

Subscribers, please know your subscription to all of these events is secure and the Box Office will be in touch with you soon.

And finally, following the sold-out success of Opera on Tap’s Guild Home concerts in October, we’re planning another Opera on Tap – In our Yard! series in April.  Details regarding dates and programming will be available on our website in early 2021.

There’s nothing we want more than to gather together as a community to enjoy the majesty and beauty of live opera, but until we can do so again, we are wishing you continued good health and happiness. 

We look forward to seeing you and thank you for being part of the New Orleans Opera family!


Clare Burovac, General Director