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16th Season (2013-2014)

 The Mikado by Gilbert & Sullivan—new production

Young Artist Production

June 19, 20 & 21 2014, 7:30PM at Brucemore on the Lawn

Tickets: $15 - 20, available from Brucemore: 319-362-7375 or

Due to weather the Thursday performance of THE MIKADO on the lawn has been canceled. Tickets will be honored at the performances on Friday, June 20 or Saturday, June 21 (both at 7:30pm).

Carmen Video Trailer, January 2014 Production:



Opera is….a DRAG!

Thursday September 19, 2013 at CSPS
Sponsored by Bankers Trust

We kicked off the 16th  Season with local radio personalities Dennis Green and Scott Schulte & special guest “Carmen Merengue” in a hilarious original, musical spoof of CR Opera’s 16th season!

Carmen by Bizet – new production

 Friday January 17 at 8pm & Sunday January 19 at 2pm at Paramount Theatre with Orchestra Iowa

Sponsored by CRST, Rockwell Collins, United Fire Group, Myron & Esther Wilson

Sung in French with English supertitles

Featuring Iowa-born mezzo soprano, Janara Kellerman, in the title role
Conducted by Daniel Kleinknecht; Stage direction by Bill Ferrara

Free pre-opera curtain talks 1 hour prior to performances.

Live Broadcast by Iowa Public Radio (Sunday matinee)

"CARMEN:  Assembling the Pieces to Make a Production"
A Coe College Adult Forum Featuring Carmen conductor, stage director, set & costume designers.

Thursday, January 16 at 9:00AM

Gypsy Brunch
Sunday, January 19 at 11:30am-1pm

Sponsored by The Anderson Group at Morgan Stanley

A special brunch in the Paramount Theatre’s Encore Lounge with tapas and bloody mary bar along with tunes from our Young Artists, with an onstage, up-close and personal look at the set with a Director. .

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