Gala Concert

These performances bring the New Orleans Opera Chorus front and center, showcasing the important role choruses play in grand opera from the 18th and 19th centuries.  Selections will include highlights from Carmen, Il trovatore, Tosca, and more, including appearances by guest soloists.  This 90-minute performance will be conducted by General Director Emeritus Robert Lyall, and… Continue reading Gala Concert

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

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