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NOOA's "Dead Man Walking"

On Friday (3.04) night, the New Orleans Opera Association delivered one of their most enjoyable and accessible production in years. With the prison at Angola as a setting, lyrics written in English, polished performances, a famed film as source material, and a controversial topic, Dead Man Walking filled the formula for an instant hit in NOLA.

Bat & The Ball

Die Fledermaus Explained

On Friday (11.12), the New Orleans Opera Association will stage a production of Die Fledermaus (The Bat) as part of the Faux/Real Festival of the Arts. The Johan Strauss operetta is classic opera, complete with love triangles, balls, and disguises. However, with all the twists and turns the action can be a bit much for the uninitiated. Enter NoDef’s “Idiot’s Guide to Die Fledermaus.”

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.

Today in NOLA 4.12.15

It’s a bit rainy, but French Quarter Fest continues, and lots more is happening. Louisiana’s first Indy Car race is wrapping up and Mozart’s Figaro is being staged. Late night, the Brass-A-Holics are bringing go-go to Frenchmen. On this day in 1861, Louisiana General PGT Beauregard began the Civil War with the first shots on Fort Sumner. Now, more to do this Sunday.

Today in NOLA: 4.10.15

There is almost too much to do today. French Quarter Fest really gets rolling this afternoon with new stages and events opening up. The Opera is staging Figaro and for those who feel the need for speed, Louisiana’s first Indy car race gets rolling. Plus, the Stooges are playing late night. On this day in 1864, the French Marquis de Lafayette arrived in Louisiana. Now, more to do this Friday.

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: 3.15.15

Get ready to look pretty because it’s Super Sunday. Mardi Gras Indians will be out in force. For those looking for a more subdued option, the tragic tale of Lucia is being staged by the New Orleans Opera Association. Bands are battlin’ at the Wolf. Happy Birthday to Andrew Jackson, born on this day in 1767. Now, more to do this Sunday.

Abbey Chic

Director E. Loren Meeker was presented with a challenge when the New Orleans Opera Association (NOOA) asked her to stage their production of Lucia de Lammermoor. Find a way to widen the appeal of Donizetti’s 19th Century tale of love amongst feuding Scottish clans. Meeker found her answer a few decades later in history, in the era of the BBC’s Downton Abbey.

Today in NOLA: 3.13.15

Rain or no rain, St. patrick’s Day weekend is kicking off and the schedule is packed. Parades begin tonight in the Quarter. Up the river, BUKU fest kicks off. For those who prefer opera to EDM, Lucia starts her run at the  Mahalia Jackson Theater. For locals looking for a different type of classic, Stones Fest is tonight at Tip’s. On this day in 1815, General Andrew Jackson called off martial law in New Orleans following the War of 1812. Now, more to do this Thursday. 

Rocking the Cradle: Cripple Creek Announces Free Shows & Initiative

Cripple Creek Theatre Company just announced their 2015 season. For the next eight months, the organization will be looking to the the left with a community engagement and performance series, The Civilian Theatre Project. The Civilian Theatre Project. Cripple Creek will be putting their money where their mouths are; the series will all be free.

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