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Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre's 19th Season

Curtains Up! - Puzzlers: A Night of Opera Trivia
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Doors open at 5:00PM for light hors d'oeuvres and drinks; event begins at 5:45PM
Opus Concert Café on the Orchestra Iowa Campus
119 3rd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids

The Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre will kick off its 19th season this September with an exciting event Curtains Up!: Puzzlers – A Night of Opera Trivia. Play our fun opera trivia game, enjoy light refreshments, bond with friends and win prizes! Live singers, and a master of ceremonies will make the game extra special.

Seats are limited! Reserve your tickets now through the Opera Office by calling 319-365-7401, or emailing or Tickets, $35/person.

Cavalleria rusticana
by Pietro Mascagni and
Pagliacci by Ruggiero Leoncavallo
Friday, January 13, 2017, 7:30PM and
Sunday, January 15, 2017, 2:00PM

The Paramount Theatre
123 3rd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids

We are pleased to announce that this winter opera lovers will get to see a double bill at the Paramount Theatre, the popular pairing of Cavalleria rusticana by Pietro Mascagni & Pagliacci by Ruggiero Leoncavallo. Orchestra Iowa musicians will perform.

Stage director Candace Evans will bring to the Paramount Theatre stage these two timeless stories of love and revenge.

The Cavalleria rusticana cast will feature Iowa natives Katharine Goeldner (Santuzza), Janara Kellerman (Lucia) and Teresa Buchholz (Lola). Suzanne Vinnik will sing the role of Nedda in Pagliacci, and former Cleveland Browns football player Ta’u Pupu’a will sing both the Cavalleria rusticana (Turridu) and Pagliacci (Canio) lead roles.

Tickets on sale now at or 319-366-8203.

Pinocchio by John Davies
Cedar Rapids Public School District Outreach Performances, January 2017
Community Performances: Cedar Rapids Public Library, Saturday, January 7, 10:30AM
and at the Coralville Center for Performing Arts in Iowa City, Tuesday, January 10, 10:30a

This family-friendly operatic version of the children’s literary classic, Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, is based on scenes from operas by W.A. Mozart, G. Donizetti, J. Offenbach, and G.B. Pergolesi.

Stepping into a new and unknown world, Pinocchio is hoodwinked by Wolf and Cat and persuaded to disobey his father by skipping school in order to meet Dr. Dulcamara, a villainous puppeteer who convinces Pinocchio to perform with the miraculous mechanical doll, Olympia. Pinocchio’s journey leads him to an understanding about truth, forgiveness and family.

Winter Concert at Temple Judah
Monday, January 2, 2017
3221 Lindsay Ln SE, Cedar Rapids
This free annual event will feature singers from Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s productions of Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci. No reservations are required. Watch our website for details.

Sitzprobe Social
Monday, January 9, 2017
Opus Concert Café & The Paramount Theatre
119 3rd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids
Doors open at 6:00PM

Get a special first glimpse of our January production of Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci and hear the performers sing with the orchestra for the first time in this traditional unstaged rehearsal translated to “seated rehearsal.” Enjoy conversation and refreshments with opera friends in the Opus Café before the Sitzprobe.

Look for information on this website and our Facebook page later this fall for ticket details.

Speed Dating Tonight! by Michael Ching
A One Act Interactive Comic Opera
June 2017
Brucemore Mansion
2160 Linden Drive SE, Cedar Rapids

This interactive opera follows a room of people looking for love during a speed dating night at their local bar. Each love-seeker has his or her own story to tell and the audience gets to experience with the characters their failures and successes during their brief night of romance.

Speed Dating Tonight! tickets on sale in spring 2017 at or 319-362-7375.

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