Announcing Our 21st Season: Of Rebels & Romance

April 12, 2018

For our 21st season, we are bringing to Eastern Iowa works that embrace the rebellious, the romantic, the trailblazing.

This fresh, fun season will be held in intimate Eastern Iowa venues and include, in January 2019, the revolutionary “play with music” THE THREEPENNY OPERA by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill at CSPS Hall; in April 2019, THE GRANT WOOD OPERAS: STROKES OF GENIUS, a commission and world premiere by Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre at Theatre Cedar Rapids; and in June 2019 the romantic operetta, THE DESERT SONG by Romburg, Hammerstein II, Harback and Mandel at Brucemore.

In January 2020 Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre returns to the Paramount Theatre with Orchestra Iowa.

Watch this website for details and a fall announcement of a season kick-off event.


by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill in collaboration with Elisabeth Hauptmann,
after John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera
English adaptation by Elisabeth Hauptmann
January 2019
CSPS Hall in Cedar Rapids

This wild and gritty “play with music” follows the story of beggars and criminals who fight for love and freedom in London society.

Tickets available fall 2018 at or 319-364-1580

by Andrew Duncan
January 2019
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 swan.

A Commission by Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre
April 2019
Theatre Cedar Rapids

The jewel of our 21st season, this world premiere is a commissioned production that will be the whole of three unique pieces by Iowa-based composers Jean-François Charles, Michael Ching and Robert Lindsey-Nassif. The works range from whimsical, to historical, to experimental as they explore through music and performance the work and life of artist and Cedar Rapids native, Grant Wood.
Tickets on sale in January 2019 at or 319-366-8591

Music by Sigmund Romberg
Book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II,
Otto Harbach and Frank Mandel
June 2019
Peggy Boyle Whitworth Amphitheater at Brucemore

In this romantic operetta set in the Moroccan desert, the dashingly mysterious French military hero, The Red Shadow hides his true identity, though it may keep him from being with the woman that he loves.

Tickets on sale May 2019 at or 319-362-7375.
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