After the Curtain Falls…

On stage at the Mahalia Jackson Theater

Join us for a Post Party celebrating the Opening Night of Carmen! October 4, 2019 after the 7:30 p.m. performance.

Get carried away by the opera then get on your feet to dance the habanera with music by Julio and Cesar!

Signature Cocktail thanks to Seven Three Distilling.

Passed hors d’oeuvres by Ralph Brennan’s Catering.

Tickets to this festive occasion are $35 per person. Tickets to the opera start at $30 and opera tickets are required to attend this special event.

Opera Nouvelle – French Opera Fusion

Don’t miss our first Opéra Nouvelle concert of 2019-2020!

French Opera Fusion has a little something for everyone. Local and regional performers will delight the audience with the poignant and memorable songs from Georges Bizet’s Carmen, such as the Habanera (Bohemian Song), and we will also include selections from French composers Gounod, Massenet, Thomas and Offenbach in a piquant potpourri of 19th Century French musical delights that will leave everyone in the audience humming their favorite tunes on the way out of the hall!

  • In the anteroom at NOMA at 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, September 6, 2019

Subscriber Party & Opera Orientation Roundtable – Carmen


Sunday, September 22, 2019 3:00 PM @ Opera Guild Home, 2504 Prytania St.

The importance of make up… and costumes and sets and props! Come to our Subscriber Party and meet the people that are responsible for the magic.

It’s your chance to talk all things opera with our team of experts. If you haven’t purchased your season subscription yet, you can do it at the party all while chatting with members from each of our support groups, too.

Join our performers and Maestro in a round table discussion of Bizet’s masterpiece Carmen immediately following the party. Reception to follow with a French and Spanish menu. Admission is free, but make sure you click the link below to get your ticket.

It’s free to attend with a reservation.

Click here to reserve a seat.

Opera Club Dinner – Carmen

Saturday, September 28, 2019 7:00 PM @ Opera Guild Home

The members of the Opera Club of the New Orleans Opera Association invite you to join us on Saturday, September 28 to a party to celebrate the opening of the Opera Season and to dine with the stars of Carmen.

Women’s Guild Home, 2504 Prytania Street   

Cocktails at 7:00 o’clock

Dinner at 8:00 o’clock

Cocktail Attire – Black Tie Optional

Entertainment by Casey Candebat

Cuisine by Saffron Nola

Catering Tickets $150 per person – Seating is limited

For more information, contact Jenny Chapman for reservations    (504)267-9534

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


CarmenJennifer Johnson Cano
Don JoseRafael Davila
EscamilloZachary Nelson
MicaelaSarah Jane McMahon
ZunigaIvan Griffin
El DancairoDennis Jesse
El RemendadoTyrone Chambers, II
MoralesSpencer Reichman
FrasquitaHaley Whitney
MercedesClaire Shackelton
Lilas Pastia, Inn KeeperPeter Gabb

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
Rehearsal PianistElena Lacheva


Maureen BellinaAndrea ButlerJulie Condy
Brigid HigginsAlyssa Hernandez Paula Nestico
Kathy Rehage Sophia Riggio Quinn Rulison
Rebecca Ryan Gloria Singleton Isabella Vanderhoof
Rachel Abbate Claudia Copeland Olivia Garcia
Kerry Hayes Allison Joiner Amanda McCarthy
Valencia Pleasant Maggie Probst Julianna Starr
Shirley A. Stewart Zara Zemmels William Alber
Jethro Celestin Bart Folse Alex Furtado
Alan Gandolfi Bryton Gunther Dustin Johnson
Thomas Lin Richard Montgomery Hugo Pinto
Dylan Tran Aaron Berenson Frank Convit
William Gautreaux David Hinton Bill Lopez
Rafiq Mandal David Murray Johnny Missakian
Justin Missakian Sam Ottinger Guy Tem

Children’s Chorus

Izaura AmosAsia Brown
Lucy ChisesiFinley Cressend
Drucilla DumasGerardo Enamorado
Rori GeorgeIsabelle Higgins
Wallace Jackson, IIIMuse Macchione
Lam PhanIvanna Radovic
Chloe SotoDarius Torres-Copeland
Diego Torres-CopelandIsabella Villalobos

* Scenic designs are based on original designs by Ryan McGettigan