2020-2021 Opera

Driveway Concerts!

A Very Special Thank You.

NOOA Driveway Concert Singers
The Driveway Concert Featured Singers pictured here are, from left to right: Kameron Lopreore, Spencer Reichman, and Nicole Heinen.

A Message to all current subscribers for the 20-21 Opera Season from Clare Burovac, General Director:

In this time of uncertainty, there are many things that remain unknown.  But here’s what I know for sure: without you, the New Orleans Opera would be in peril. Your quick actions to renew your opera subscription and to show your support for our efforts to sustain our beloved company during this pandemic are, simply put, inspiring.

I am so happy to announce that my first official task as the new General Director is to say a proper “Thank You” from our Board of Directors, staff and artists. My plan is to not only tell you but to show you with a brief “Driveway Concert” at your home later this fall.

These concerts will feature 3 selections by a local opera singer. The performance will happen at a time that is convenient for you between October 19 and November 6.

To help facilitate this mini concert we’ll need the following information by October 5, 2020. You can respond by phone (we’ll be calling you, but please feel free to call us if you prefer) at 504-529-3000 or you can sign up right here with the form below.

Once we have managed the replies from all current subscribers, we will send you a confirmation via your preferred method.

Thank you so much again for your support and we look forward to singing for you soon!
Opera at Home

Good News Friday from OPERA America

Good News Friday is a monthly space to talk about positive change, share good news from the field, and enjoy a chat with friends and colleagues.

In August, special guests Héctor Armienta, Shadi Ghaheri, and Nicole Paiment joined us for conversation, opera games, and a performance of “Awoke as a Butterfly” from M. Butterfly by Huang Ruo and David Henry Hwang, courtesy of The Santa Fe Opera.

The next Good News Friday is September 25, 2020 at 3:30 PM. Subscribe to OPERA America’s YouTube Channel here.

New Orleans Opera Video Series News

Meet us

Let’s get to know each other better!

Like everyone around the world, the New Orleans Opera team has been busy thinking about the future.

We appreciate your help with our ongoing audience survey! We have been arranging and rearranging performance plans, adjusting to zoom meetings, and are continuing to reach out to our community through emails, social media, and phone calls.

If you have not heard from us, know that we are still working through our list but please do reach out if you have questions or concerns! The Box Office is open Monday – Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, (504) 529-3000.

We want to connect. And we want you to get to know us too! Enjoy our new series of interviews as we work to become better acquainted.

Meet Imani Francis, a recipient of the 2019 Donald W. Wood. Sr. Advancement Grant
Meet Julia Ernst, a winner of the 2019 Wood Competition
Clare Burovac, General Director-Designate

Hello opera fans.

Let’s get to know each other a little better!

Last month we announced that Clare Burovac joined New Orleans Opera as the General Director – Designate. Now, we’d like to take this opportunity to get to know each other a little bit better.

Enjoy the video above while you learn about Clare. Then help us get to know you by participating in a new survey. It’s not a long survey – it should only take you about 3 – 5 minutes to complete. But take your time if you have more than 5 minutes worth to say! We want to hear it all.


Opera Season Postponed

To our New Orleans Opera family,  

As eager as we are to see you again and enjoy live opera together, we must proceed with everyone’s well-being and safety as the topmost priority. The current climb in COVID-19 cases across the state has caused us to re-evaluate our aspiration of opening our season in the fall. We have made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020-2021 season’s start until January 2021 – a three-month delay. 

The opera’s promoted repertory for next season is still the same, although the dates have changed to accommodate a slightly compressed schedule.

Here are the new performance dates:

Beethoven’s FIDELIO – Friday, January 15 and Saturday, January 16, 2021

Mozart’s THE MAGIC FLUTE – Friday, March 19 and Sunday, March 21, 2021

Gershwin’s PORGY & BESS – Friday, April 30, 2021 and Sunday, May 2, 2021

Puccini’s MADAMA BUTTERFLY – Friday, May 21 and Sunday, May 23, 2021  

Please know if you have already purchased a season subscription, your tickets will transfer.

If you have a conflict with the new dates, please call the Box Office at (504) 529-3000 or email We have also extended our Early-Bird pricing through November 1, 2020.

Our intention at this time is to mount each production at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts (previously FIDELIO was to be performed at the Orpheum Theater). This is, of course, contingent upon any further decisions by the Mayor and the Governor and we are constantly monitoring this situation.   

On behalf of our Board and staff, we appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through this challenging time together. We will continue to update you with any new changes as they occur.

Very best wishes,

Robert Lyall, General and Artistic Director

Clare Burovac, General Director – Designate

New Orleans Opera Video Series Opera at Home

Balcony Ballads

A New Series from the New Orleans Opera Education Department!

This new series, proves the old axiom that necessity is the mother of invention. Dr. William Mouat, Education Director created this and Behind the Scenes series, with you in mind. He refers to these videos as “teaser-trailers.” Each of the four operas the company is producing for the 20-21 season will be presented here over the year – sign up for our emails so you don’t miss them!

Un bel di vedremo

Singing “Un bel di vedremo,” soprano Betsy Uschkrat portrays Cio-cio san, a Japanese woman promised to an American naval officer during the height of late…
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In des Lebens Frühlingstagen

Tenor Tyler Smith is Florestan in Ludwig van Beethoven’s opera Fidelio. The second act opens with “Gott! welch’ Dunkel hier!” which translates in English to…
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The American Prize in Composition goes to…

Zach Redler        
The Falling and The Risin

The American Prize is a series of new, non-profit national competitions in the performing arts providing cash awards, professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition for the best recorded performances by ensembles and individuals each year in the United States at the professional, college/university, church, community and secondary school levels. Administered by Hat City Music Theater, Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Danbury, Connecticut, The American Prize was founded in 2009 and is awarded annually.

Zach Redler is a music theater composer whose work has been performed in concert halls, opera houses and theaters around the world. Ben Brantley of the New York Times said, Zach’s “music becomes a character that both connects and divides the others.” In 2014, the American Theatre Wing awarded him the Jonathan Larson Grant. Some of his favorite theater compositions are: The Memory Show, Movin’ Up In The World, Loving Leo, Windows, A Song for Susan Smith, ADAM, and, his most recent American Prize award winning piece, The Falling and The Rising (libretto by Jerre Dye). Currently, he is working on a chamber opera commission for Houston Grand Opera (Dye), a new piece for Opera Memphis (Dye), and a piece for Opera on the James with text by young poets. He is adjunct faculty at NYU Tisch’s Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program, a part-time AP Music Theory teacher at Greenwich Academy, a private music, yoga, and meditation teacher, loves cooking plant based meals for his family, and enjoys running ultramarathons. Love to his wife Brittney and two children, Henry and Ellis.

Congratulations Zach!

New Orleans Opera Photographs of The Falling and The Rising from November 6, 2019 by Jeff Strout