Wagner’s Die Walküre, Act One

OPERA IS BACK at the Mahalia Jackson Theater! New Orleans Opera and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra are partnering for this homecoming production featuring local filmmaker, Samantha Aldana. The first act of Die Walküre is a perfect selection to bring our audiences back into the Mahalia Jackson Theatre for the Performing Arts. With just three singers… Continue reading Wagner’s Die Walküre, Act One

An Homage to Josephine Baker

On April 8, 1975, Josephine Baker took the stage for the last time before a packed audience of fans and celebrities in Paris, performing a revue that extolled her own five-decade career in spectacular fashion. Just four days later she would pass away. Cipullo’s single-scene, one-act opera imagines a backstage moment with Josephine Baker before… Continue reading An Homage to Josephine Baker

New Orleans Opera Blog – July 2021

New Orleans Opera staff members tackle the Proust Questionnaire (kinda) by way of Vanity Fair with our own operatic flair: Devin Johnson, Patron Services Manager Devin is pictured here with her son in November of 2018 at the Children’s Museum for his 3rd birthday party. Describe your job in 25 words or less: Serving as… Continue reading New Orleans Opera Blog – July 2021

Robert Lyall, General Director Emeritus

In the realms of symphony and opera, Robert Lyall has pursued an active conducting career launched as a winner of the American Symphony Orchestra League’s National Conducting Competition. This achievement brought Lyall a fellowship to the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival and the tutelage of Dr. Richard Lert. Soon after, Lyall went to Amsterdam to study with celebrated Russian maestro, Kyril Kondrashin, and… Continue reading Robert Lyall, General Director Emeritus

Masterclass Monday

Alfred Walker – May 10, 2021 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm CSTSponsored by New Orleans Opera Nancy Maultsby – March 15, 2021 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm CSTSponsored by Loyola University Students Emily Acuña, soprano – seniorJulia Ernst, mezzo-soprano – freshmanSamantha Resser, mezzo-soprano – graduate studentAllison Waguespack, soprano – senior View upcoming Loyola Music Events… Continue reading Masterclass Monday

New Orleans Opera Blog – March 2021

Maestro Robert Lyall rehearsing with members of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in 2007 for our production of The Medium in partnership with Music@Madewood.

In spite of an impressive list of instrumental compositions—a symphony, a symphonic poem, two piano concerti, a violin concerto, a double-bass concerto, a Triple Concerto featuring three groups of three soloists, and a ballet, works written over a period of four decades, it is Gian Carlo Menotti’s operas that have endured. Not surprisingly, there are… Continue reading New Orleans Opera Blog – March 2021

A Night with the Black Opera Alliance

The Sylvain Society proudly presents A Night With The Black Opera Alliance Hosted by Bianca Spears, LMSW, Co-Chair of the Sylvain Society February 19th at 6:00 p.m. (CST) via Zoom RSVP sylvain@neworleansopera.org Join the Sylvain Society Friday, February 19th at 6:00 pm for a free virtual event, a Night with the Black Opera Alliance. In celebration… Continue reading A Night with the Black Opera Alliance

New Orleans Opera Diversity/Equity Statement

The New Orleans Opera Association is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination. NOOA values diversity, recognizing that our differences contribute to our strength as an arts organization serving a diverse population. We are committed to eliminating barriers to access and equity and see a diverse Board, staff, and artists as a… Continue reading New Orleans Opera Diversity/Equity Statement

New Orleans Opera Blog

I have been judging for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (MONC) for almost ten years.  It’s always a wonderful experience:  fly to the host city, meet the amazing volunteers who organize and fund-raise for the competition, listen to approximately 30 young opera singers competing for prize money, and, my favorite part, providing feedback to all of… Continue reading New Orleans Opera Blog

Bryan Hymel and Irini Kyriakidou

World renowned opera stars Bryan Hymel and Irini Kyriakidou programmed this concert of their favorite operatic arias and duets to share with audiences around the world.  Led by Maestro Robert Lyall, and featuring pianist Michael Borowitz and a string quintet from the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, this performance takes place in the uniquely beautiful Guild Home… Continue reading Bryan Hymel and Irini Kyriakidou