New Orleans Opera Association celebrates 75th anniversary_lowres


The New Orleans Opera Association (NOOA) is celebrating its 75th anniversary this season, with productions including two short operas — Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci — which opened its first season in June 1943. This gala concert features an all-star roster of veterans of its productions singing songs from works by Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Rossini, Wagner and Bizet as well as American songbook classics by Gershwin and Broadway hits. The list of national and international opera stars returning to perform with NOOA includes Loyola University New Orleans alumnus Sarah Jane McMahon, who has performed around the globe and opposite legends such as Placido Domingo. Veterans of New York's Metropolitan Opera include New Orleans native Angela Mannino and Lucas Meachem, who starred in Don Giovanni for NOOA. New Orleans native and rising opera star Casey Candebat performed in Sweeney Todd and the fall 2017 production of Orpheus in the Underworld. Other visiting and local singers include Raymond Aceto, Luretta Bybee, Leslie Castay, Ivan Griffin, Paul Groves, Kathleen Halm, Daveda Karanas and Chauncey Packer. Tickets $26-$225. At 8 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, 1419 Basin St., (504) 529-3000;