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New Orleans Opera Postpones Season Start Until January 2021

09:00 July 30, 2020
By: McKenna Smith

As cases of COVID-19 have continued to climb throughout the state, the New Orleans Opera has made the difficult decision to postpone the start of their season.

"We must proceed with everyone's well-being and safety as the topmost priority," said both Robert Lyall, the general and artistic director, and Clare Burovac, the general director-designate, in a press release.

Instead of its previous goal of opening in the coming fall, the 2020-2021 season is now set to begin in January of 2021—barring any conflicting governmental decisions.

While the opera's previous repertory will remain the same, though slightly condensed, to accommodate the scheduling changes, all productions are now set to be performed at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts.

Here is the newly updated timetable of performances:

Beethoven's FIDELIO - Friday, January 15 and Saturday, January 16, 2021
Mozart's THE MAGIC FLUTE - Friday, March 19 and Sunday, March 21, 2021
Gershwin's PORGY & BESS - Friday, April 30 and Sunday, May 2, 2021
Puccini's MADAMA BUTTERFLY - Friday, May 21 and Sunday, May 23, 2021

For those who have already purchased a season subscription, your tickets will transfer. If you are unable to attend on the new date, call the box office at (504) 529-3000 or email at

And for those who are still hoping to attend live opera, early-bird pricing has been extended through November 1.

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