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September 24, 2016 

The acclaimed Voices of Mississippi Competition returns with the purpose of identifying and recognizing outstanding vocal talent, in and from the state of Mississippi. There are two age categories: Student Artist (age 18 to 23) and Young Professional Artist (age 24 to 35). The audition format consists of performing two opera arias, or two musical theatre pieces, or one of each, in front of our prestigious judges. Competition winners will perform in the Voices of Mississippi Concert on Monday, October 10, 2016.



October 10, 2016 

You can't miss the outstanding Voices of Mississippi Competition winners perform live in concert. 




September 19, 2016 | January 16, 2017 | February 17, 2017 | March 20, 2017        

Our famous Duling Hall Cabaret Series is presented at this well known entertainment venue in Fondren on selected Monday nights throughout each season. The music for this series is chosen from the vast world of American Musical Theatre and popular music. These fun and relaxed concerts have become more and more popular with our patrons who can hear wonderful musical theatre performers up close. This season we’ll have everything from classic Cole Porter to the latest from Broadway.  Get your tickets early because seating is limited and many of these cabarets sell out in advance. 




November 15, 2016 | November 20, 2016


The Mikado; or, The Town of Titipu is a hilarious musical comedy by the great British comedic team of Gilbert and Sullivan. It premiered at the famous Savoy Theatre in London and originally ran for almost 700 performances. Since then (1885) thousands of opera and musical theatre companies all over the world have presented annual performances of this timeless classic. It has been translated into multiple languages and is one of the most frequently performed musical theatre pieces in history. The comedy remains fresh and relevant today because the exotic setting in Japan allows productions all over the world to poke fun at local politicians and institutions by disguising them as Japanese. We’ll be having some local and national political fun with our version as well!  

*This production is in English. 




April 22, 2017

From the same author that brought you Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, comes Verdi’s Rigoletto, a musical stage production based on Victor Hugo’s The King Amuses Himself.  One of Verdi’s masterpieces, the tragedy revolves around the lascivious Duke of Mantua, his hunch-backed court jester Rigoletto, and Rigoletto's beautiful daughter Gilda. In the story a curse is placed on both the Duke and Rigoletto by a courtier whose daughter had been seduced by the Duke with Rigoletto's encouragement. The curse later comes to fruition when Gilda falls in love with the Duke and is mistakenly killed by an assassin hired by her own father.




*Artists and repertory are subject to change




 November 21, 2015 7:30 pm

In celebration of 70 years of performance excellence, Mississippi Opera will present Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana (Rustic Chivalry) — the first opera ever performed by Mississippi Opera (1945). The first part of the evening will be a retrospective on Mississippi Opera’s history since 1945 emceed by Belhaven University president, Dr. Roger Parrott, who will be joined by Mr. Dick Wilson and Dr. Stephen Sachs. Our artists will present selected arias that emphasize some of the high points in the company’s history. During the second half of the evening we will present a semi‐staged concert version of Mascagni’s dramatic and powerful, “real‐life” opera, Cavalleria Rusticana (Rustic Chivalry) featuring: 

Kristin Johnson‐Gunn as Santuza, Viola Dacus as Lola, John Christopher Adams as Turridu, J.Taylor Hightower as Alfio, and Rachel Alexander as Lucia. 





Dr. Roger Parrott, President, Belhaven University,  Emcee 

Mr. Richard B. "Dick" Wilson, JR., Mississippi Opera Historian, Narrator

Dr. Stephen Sachs, Dean of Fine Arts, Narrator

The Mississippi Opera Chorus and the Belhaven University Chorus



April 23, 2016 7:30 pm

Carmen is an opera by French composer Georges Bizet. It is one of the world’s most performed operas, and the “Habanera" and the "Toreador Song” are two of the best known operatic arias ever written. The opera tells the tragic story of of Don José, a soldier who is seduced by the fiery Gypsy girl, Carmen. José abandons his hometown girlfriend and deserts from his military duties in order to go with Carmen, but eventually loses her to the famous bullfighter Escamillo. The opera ends when José kills Carmen in a jealous rage outside the bull ring in Seville.

Starring Kirstin Chávez as Carmen, Richard Troxell as Don Jose, and Michael Nansel as Escamillo




Joseph Levitt, Director

Jay Dean, Conductor

Webb Parker, Chorus Master

The MS Opera Chorus

The University of Southern MS Opera Chorus

The MS BoyChoir and MS GirlChoir

Dancers from Ballet MS 

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