Mississippi Opera’s

2019-2020 SEASON!   

Opera and musical Theatre are the most inclusive of the performing arts. Productions include artists who excel in singing/acting, writing, orchestral music, drama, comedy, costuming, dance, set design, lighting, and stage direction.
Get your tickets now for these exciting shows from “Mississippi Opera … and more!”


To Russia With Love: An Evening in St. Petersburg

mAINSTAGE SERIES

Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019  • 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. 
The Bill Waller Arts and Crafts Center:  950 Rice Rd. Ridgeland, MS 39157
Admission: TBD

Annual Opera Gala

Founded by Tsar Peter the Great in 1703, Saint Petersburgis often considered Russia's cultural capital. An Evening in Saint Petersburgwill be a night of great food and musical entertainment. You will experience great opera arias, spectacular instrumental showpieces, and ballet dancers. In Russia, since the reign of Catherine the Great, the circus has played an important role in the rich cultural traditions of that country; it is regarded as an art form on par with the ballet or the opera.The Russian circus legacy remains as one of the most prominent forms of Russian entertainment.An Evening in Saint Petersburgwill feature a musical circus of outstanding musical and aerial performances.

Featured Performers:

Marta Szlubowska, Concertmistress of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra

Tjaden Cox, soprano and aerial cirque artist

Michelle and Tyler Kemp, piano and violin

Dancers from Ballet Mississippi


Satchmo: Louis Armstrong Tribute

Cabaret Series

Monday, Sept. 9, 2019 • 7:30 p.m. 
Duling Hall: 622 Duling Ave., Jackson, MS  
Admission: TBA

As a trumpet player, composer, and singer, Louis “Satchmo”Armstrong continues to be one of the most influential worldwide figures in Jazz. His career spanned five decades, from the 1920s to the 1960s, and as many different eras in the history of jazz. Born and raised in New Orleans, he first came to prominence in the 1920s as a trumpetplayer. With his instantly recognizable rich, gravelly voice, he also became a well-known singer. His influence extended beyond jazz, and by the 1960s, he was widely regarded as an important influence on popular music as well as jazz. Satchmo was also one of the first truly popular African-American musical artists, and his reputation and musicianship allowed him access to the upper echelons of society. 

Kimble Funchess is a versatile trumpeter. He has performed with some of the nation’s greatest artists in Jazz, Gospel, Blues and R&B such as B. B. King, The O’Jays, Wilson Pickett, Charley Pride, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Fifth Dimension, Paul Overstreet, Mavis Staples, Brandy, Dorothy Moore, Lionel Hampton, David “Fathead” Newman, Bobby Rush, Nanette Workman, Pine Top Perkins, David Banner, and the Spinners. He has also recorded with The Williams Brothers, The Jackson Southernaires, and has been featured on many Blues and Gospel recordings. 


Stage Stars of Tomorrow

CABARET SERIES

Monday, Oct. 21, 2019 • 7:30 p.m. 
Duling Hall: 622 Duling Ave., Jackson, MS  
Admission: TBD

Winners of the Gala Concert - John Alexander National Vocal Competition

The Stage Stars of Tomorrow Gala Concertfeatures six of the most talented young singers in America. They are all winners of the John Alexander National Vocal Competition, named for John Alexander (1923-1990) who was an internationally known opera tenor from Meridian, Mississippi. The purpose of the competition, now in its sixth year, is to identify and recognize outstanding opera and musical theatre talent. Come enjoy these immensely talented artists singing some of your favorite selections from the worlds of opera and musical theatre.


Shattering The Glass

Power Hits of Opera & Musicals

MAINSTAGE SERIES

Saturday, November 16, 2019• 7:30 p.m. 
Belhaven University Center for the Performing Arts • 835 Riverside Dr, Jackson, MS 39202
Admission: TBD

No other art form has as many stereotypes and caricatures as opera.  We have all seen the comic portrayal of rather “full-bodied” people on stage in armor and helmets with horns screaming  at the top of their lungs. However, opera has another side, that of beautiful and dramatic arias that bring tears to your eyes no matter how many times you hear them.  Such is the stuff of opera!  Opera’s sister art form, musical theater, contains  the same breadth of emotion from tender moments of love and intimate joy to episodes of  hilarious comedy and ferocious conflict. Come join us for this evening of opera and musical theater highlights that will take you on a beautiful, funny, and wild roller coaster ride of musical emotion.

Susan Williams, soprano

Alexis Davis-Hazell, mezzo-soprano

Peter Lake, tenor

Paul Houghtaling, baritone and director

Kevin Chance, piano

And the Mississippi Opera Chorus 

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New Year’s Day: Viennese Opera Brunch

Music and Food the whole family can enjoy!

Wednesday, January 1, 2020: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Westin Hotel: 407 S Congress St, Jackson, MS 39201
Admission: $59.00 per person (Children under 12 - half price.)

Come enjoy a spectacular brunch along with world-class music. Along with your meal, you will hear classical music selections by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, and Johann Strauss, Jr. (“The  Waltz King”), as well as fun opera arias and musical theatre selections. You can look forward with great anticipation to the culinary delicacies created especially for our New Year’s Day Viennese Brunch. A mouthwatering  array of appetizers and a selection of local, and international dishes, along with delicate, sweet delights created in house await you! Tea, coffee, and non-alcoholic drinks are included. Wine, champagne, and other libations will be available for purchase.


Amahl and the Night Visitors

A Christmas Show for the Whole Family.

Sunday, December 1, 2019: 2:30 p.m.
Bellwether Church: 624 Old Canton Rd, Jackson, MS
Admission: $20 ($5 for Student K-12,
College and Active Military with current ID)

A treasured Mississippi Opera holiday performance and one of the most popular operas of all time! Celebrate with the whole family. 

Just after the birth of Christ, near Bethlehem, there lived a young crippled boy named Amahl. Each day his mother worried that he would become a beggar. One evening there was a knock at their door and when Amahl answered, he was shocked to see three Kings. The Kings told Amahl and his mother that they were on a journey to bring gifts to a very special child, and could they please stay at their home for the night. While the kings slept, the mother attempted to steal some of their gold for her son. She was stopped by the kings' page. When Amahl awakened to find the page grabbing his mother, he attacked the page. Seeing Amahl's defense of his mother and understanding the motive for the attempted theft, the kings allowed her to keep the gold. Filled with shame, the mother asked the kings to take back the gold. She also wished to send a gift to the child, but lamented that she had nothing to give. Amahl, too, had nothing to offer except his crutch. When he offered it to the kings, his leg was miraculously healed. Amahl then departed with the kings to see the Christ Child.


An Evening with Liberace: Mr. Showmanship

CABARET SERIES

Monday, January 20, 2020• 7:30 p.m. 
Duling Hall • 622 Duling Ave., Jackson, MS  
Admission: TBD

This concert is a salute to Wladziu Valentino Liberace, perhaps the best known virtuoso pianist of the twentieth century. “Liberace,” who embraced a wildly flamboyant lifestyle both on and off the stage, “didn’t just give concerts, he put on a show.” He was best known for making classical music more fun and accessible for his raving audiences. For Liberace the performance was most important, and he showed it by wearing exotic costumes and performing on rhinestone pianos with a candelabrum on top. This season, we pay tribute to Liberace through his spiritual successor, David Maiocco. Dressed in similar flashy fashion, Maiocco embodies Liberace’s flamboyant style from the second he walks on stage!


My Funny Valentine

CABARET SERIES

Monday, February 10, 2020• 7:30 p.m. 
Duling Hall • 622 Duling Ave., Jackson, MS  
Admission: TBD

Enjoy an evening of heartfelt songs that showcase the vocal and keyboard talents of Ora Reed.  Her programs always include songs that evoke memories, or embrace jazz standards that are from the American songbook. Selections such as "When I Fall in Love," Why Did I Choose You,"  and "Tenderly" will leave you breathlessly awaiting more.A native Mississippian, Ora is a graduate of Jackson State University, and has performed in Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, United Arab Emirates, and throughout the US. Jazz is her forte, but gospel and spirituals tell her story.  An inductee into the Mississippi Musicians' Hall of Fame, a four-time cancer survivor, and a member of First Baptist Church Jackson, Reed was appointed Mississippi’s Cultural Ambassador by Governor Haley Barbour, which allows her to share the diversity of southern culture wherever she travels.  

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Take Five: A Dave Brubeck Centennial Celebration

CABARET SERIES

Monday, February 10, 2020• 7:30 p.m. 
Duling Hall • 622 Duling Ave., Jackson, MS  
Admission: TBD

Centennial Celebration • Sam Bruton Quintet

Dave Brubeckhas become an American icon for the world of jazz piano and composition. Considered to be one of the foremost performers of “cool jazz,” he achieved global recognition in his field. His style ranged from refined to bombastic, reflecting both his classical training and his extraordinary improvisational skills. His compositions are known for employing unusual and complex rhythms and harmonies.  He was also a composer of orchestral, sacred, and television music. Everyone knows the most famous musical work ever recorded by his quartet, Paul Desmond’s “Take Five.” 


Roméo et Juliette

MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION

Gounod’s French Grand Opera

Saturday, April 25, 2020 • 7:30 p.m.
Thalia Mara Hall:  255 E Pascagoula St., Jackson, MS 

Admission:
Platinum Rows A - O and Loge:
$65 ($30 for Student K-12, College and Active Military with current ID)
Gold Rows P - LL: $50 ($25 for Student K-12, College and Active Military with current ID) 
Silver Balcony AA - HH : $35 ($20 for Student K-12, College and Active Military with current ID) 

In Shakespeare's tragic story, two families of Verona, the Capulets and the Montagues, are bitter enemies. Their ongoing conflict escalates when Roméo, a Montague, and Juliette, a Capulet, fall in love. The two young lovers exchange secret vows, but within hours a fight has, once again, broken out between the two families. Roméo's friend, Mercutio, is killed by Count Capulet's nephew, Tybalt. Roméo, outraged over the loss of his friend, fights Tybalt and kills him. Roméo is then sent into exile by the Duke. Forced by her father to marry Paris when she is already secretly married to Roméo, Juliette takes a potion that will make her appear to be dead. Roméo, not having received the message about the potion from Frere Laurent, thinks she is really dead and kills himself before discovering the truth. Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette is a masterpiece of French Grand Opera and is based on one of the most beautiful and tragic love stories of all time.