20th Anniversary Season
We are excited to announce our Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre 20th Anniversary Season!
September 9, 2017, Brucemore Mansion
On September 9, 2017 the Opera performs at the 10th annual outdoor
concert, Brucemorchestra X, this year presented by Orchestra Iowa in
partnership with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre. The Opera is excited to
return as part of the Brucemorchestra experience since its appearance at
the first Brucemorchestra event a decade ago.
The program features popular opera arias and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9
with choirs from Coe College, Mount Mercy University, Kirkwood Community
College, and Cedar Rapids Concert Chorale.
Featured guest soloists include mezzo-soprano
Janara Kellerman, tenor Ta’u Pupu’a, and bass Daniel Sumegi. Mr. Pupu’a will perform "Nessun dorma" from Puccini’s TURANDOT,
a preview of his performance in the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre
January 2018 production.
TURANDOT by Puccini
January 19 & 21, 2018, Paramount Theatre
A love story on the grandest scale.
Puccini’s final opera is set in the fantastical realm of Legendary
China. The cold-hearted Princess Turandot has many suitors but they
must solve three riddles correctly to win her hand - and failure leads
to death. Finally, a handsome prince solves the questions but Turandot
is still reluctant to marry him. The prince himself gives a challenge
to Turandot – if she cannot learn his name by morning, they must be
married, but if she discovers it, he will face his mortal end.
In this lavish opera, audiences will experience live one of the best known operatic tenor arias, “Nessun dorma”, performed by tenor Ta'u Pupu'a (Prince Calaf).
THE UGLY DUCKLING by Andrew Duncan
Cedar Rapids Public School District and Community Performances
Students and families will have the opportunity to enjoy this
operatic outreach production of the much-loved Hans Christian Andersen
children’s story of the ridiculed duckling that grows into a beautiful
BRIGADOON by Lerner and Loewe
June 2018, Brucemore Mansion’s Peggy Boyle Whitworth Amphitheater
This beloved classic musical tells the story of a mystical Scottish
village that only appears for one day every 100 years and a romance that
must bridge the magical mists of time.