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What about opera makes your #Heartsing?

Are you ready for more?

We are ready to bring our 78th season to the stage and can’t wait to welcome you back for our upcoming productions.

Opera is one of the most dramatic, emotional, and visually-stunning of the performing arts. Stories of love, life, and loss are brought to the stage – recounted through beautiful voices and accompanied by talented musicians. If you’ve attended a live performance with the New Orleans Opera Association, you know how powerful that experience can be. The joy of sharing it with an audience is not easily replicated.

Donate today and support the New Orleans Opera! You will not only be able to enjoy the productions you see on stage, but can also take pride in the knowledge that you are contributing to the richness of our community, supporting creative talent in our city, and ensuring that opportunities for live musical theater are available for years to come. Your participation makes everything possible!

Even though the theaters are closed “until further notice,” preparations are fully under way for the fall – vocalists are being engaged, the orchestra is receiving the musical scores, costumes are being sewn, and set are being built. However, we are pursuing every consideration as the influences of COVID-19 evolve. Just in case, we are researching alternative sites as venues for these productions – especially outdoor venues – to ensure the continued safety of our staff, artists and patrons.

Each performance is a union of many individuals who bring classical and contemporary works to life with their incredible talent. We are fortunate to have these artists locally in New Orleans and we need your support to make our 2020-2021 season the most memorable.

Please join us and donate to this special campaign today!

#Heartsing is a series that originated from correspondence between New Orleans Opera Chorus Master Carol Rausch and members of the New Orleans Opera Association’s Chorus members. We are grateful they have allowed us to share aspects of their professional and personal lives during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  

“Doing well here.”

DAVID HINTON, bass. Hailing from Orlando, FL, he attended Georgia State University where he studied under Peter Harrower. He has performed in the US and Canada, doing Musical Theater, as well as Opera. He was…
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I’m excited!

MARK-ANTHONY THOMAS, tenor, a native New Orleanian who received his B.M. in Vocal Performance from Loyola; he teaches Classical Voice and Music Theory at NOCCA, is the Music Arts Director at Vintage Church New Orleans,…
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“I miss singing my heart out…”

JUAN LUIS WILLIAMS (right), tenor, is a native of Puerto Rico, and a Pilates instructor. His sister, Yali Marie, is a professional singer, who sang the role of Baroness Pontalba in NOOA’s 2003 production. Juan has been in the…
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“…we feel so blessed!!”

JULIANA STARR, mezzo, who is one of the choristers who started with us right after Katrina, since she had moved here from Memphis (she sang with the Opera Chorus of that city’s company!) to start…
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