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Today in NOLA 4.22.17


Happy Earth Day, New Orleans! Day two for both the French Film Festival and the New Orleans Poetry Festival is underway, while the 10th annual Record Store Day spins through the city.


Today in NOLA 3.31.17


This Friday, find sympathy for the devil with the New Orleans Opera. The Saenger welcomes an orchestral performance of the “Final Fantasy” theme music, while the Roamin’ Jasmine plays Bar Mon Cher. City Park will host an art show and sale en plein air in their Botanical Garden. This day in history, St. John the Baptist Parish was created (1807), and "I Wonder" by Louis Amstrong and His Orchestra entered the R&B Jukebox Chart (1945). Now, more to do tonight. 


The Joyful Cup

NOOA's La Traviata



On Friday (10.09) night, the New Orleans Opera Association opened their season with a classic. Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata delighted the crowd at the Mahalia Jackson Theater. Despite a rocky premier, these positive performances have been a trend for the work for over a century. In fact, the piece has become known as an “introductory opera.” With that in mind, NoDef offers a primer.


Requiem & A Dream

LPO Says Farewell to Mahalia Jackson with Verdi's Masterwork



On Saturday (5.23) night, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) closed out both their season and their 10 year run at the Mahalia Jackson Theater in symbolic style. The orchestra joined by a sizable choir performed Giuseppe Verdi’s masterwork “Messa da Requiem.”


The Mad Scene

NOOA's Lucia Delivers Timeless Tale



The New Orleans Opera Association wanted to build a larger audience. So, they decided to use the BBC smash Downton Abbey as inspiration for their staging of Lucia de Lammermoor this weekend. The show was not overly evident in the production, but the audience found themselves looking at a big opera with a large, talented casts and classic staging. And, gauging from the rapturous applause, this may be the best way to excite a crowd.


Today in NOLA: 7.21.14


Two legendary careers will be on display tonight as musician Nick Cave performs with the Bad Seeds at the Mahalia Jackson and the New Orleans Film Society screens the new Roger Ebert documentary Life Itself in Chalmette. Plus, Japanese comedy from the 90s and James Singleton and Mike Dillon back-to-back at Cafe Istanbul. Read on for more details tonight:


Today in NOLA: 7.19.14


Saturday is the second-to-last day of Tales of the Cocktail—drink up! Tonight, see Sweet Crude perform at One Eyed Jacks, or support the work of the St. Jude Community Center with an all-star charity concert lineup at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre. Happy 74th birthday to a New Orleans country blues original, Little Freddie King. More details tonight:


The Light in the Attic

NOOA's La Boheme, Reviewed



After a season of topical operas (a vampire, a flood, and Cinderella,) the New Orleans Opera Association returned to the roots of the form on Friday night with Giacomo Puccini’s La Boheme. One of the better known operas in the canon, Boheme has thrilled audiences since Toscanini conducted the debut in 1896. Friday night was no exception. 


LPO Takes on Leningrad Symphony, Mozart Masterwork


The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra isn't shying away from difficulty Thursday (3-20) night. From a Mozart to make you sweat to the musical confrontation of totalitarianism in Shostakovich's Leningrad Symphony present daunting tasks for the players involved. For witnessing the toil, the audience will be rewarded handsomely with musical riches.


'Cinderella', Reviewed

New Orleans Opera Finds the Right Foot with Massenet's Familiar Fairy Tale



The evening hours of Valentine’s Day struck date night for many New Orleans couples, and on Friday many of them could be found at Mahalia Jackson Theater for the New Orleans Opera Association’s opening night of Cinderella.


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