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SEASON | 2017-2018


What was it that made Giacomo Puccini not only the most popular opera composer of his lifetime, but also (arguably) the most successful of all time?

For 40 years he had the ability to wield such orchestral power and vocal poignance that it could bring any aria, any opera to a unique and personal climax — from the heart-pounding rush of music and emotion — to a heart-stopping moment of electric silence  — then a thunderous roar of bravos and applause. That was his genius. That was his gift. What some opera lovers called The Puccini Moment.

This season, OperaDelaware has harvested a half dozen of these “moments” from Puccini masterpieces for the 2018 Festival that will fill our opera house for a grand season — and echo in your memory for a lifetime. We'll also introduce a new series at our lovely Riverfront Studios, Opera Uncorked with Swigg, that will appeal to opera aficionados and newbies alike, and present a special concert performance of Jules Massenet's Werther. So cheers to a new season — OperaDelaware is a revelation... come revel with us!


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Opera Uncorked with Swigg

Next: A Flight of Puccini | May 3 & May 4

New series at our Riverfront Studios! Enjoy operatic highlights by some of the opera world's most talented singers paired with optional wine/beer tastings provided by Swigg Real Wine, Beer & Spirits. Coming up: A Flight of Puccini (part of the 2018 Festival), on May 3 & May 4. Sold out! Get on the waiting list.

2018 Festival

April 28-May 6, 2018

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Puccini's Il Trittico with seven glorious acts in two weekends! On the main stage at The Grand: Il Tabarro & Suor Angelica; Gianni Schicchi & Buoso’s Ghost (Michael Ching's contemporary sequel to Schicchi). Plus, at the OperaDelaware Studios: Opera Uncorked with Swigg: A Flight of Puccini, a special concert performance of Act I of La Bohème, Act II of Tosca, and Act III of Madama Butterfly.


Buy early for the best seats at the best prices

More opera = more savings Join us for intimate concerts at our Riverfront Studios or for fully-staged productions at The Grand Opera House -- or both! Buy 2 or more performances and save 10%. Just enter code Puccini2 at checkout, or call our Box Office at 302-442-7807. Tickets start at $29.



Opera Uncorked with Swigg: Arias, Ambers & IPAs
Friday, October 20, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 2 pm

Werther in Concert
Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 2 pm

Opera Uncorked with Swigg: Cabernets & Cabalettas
Friday, March 16, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 2 pm

All performances listed above take place at the OperaDelaware Studios, 4 S. Poplar St., Wilmington, DE


Il Tabarro / Suor Angelica
Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 2 pm
The Grand Opera House, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington, DE

Gianni Schicchi / Buoso’s Ghost
Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 2 pm
Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 7:30 pm
The Grand Opera House, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington, DE

Opera Uncorked: A Flight of Puccini
Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Friday, May 4, 2018 at 7:30 pm
OperaDelaware Studios, 4 S. Poplar St., Wilmington, DE

BOX OFFICE 302-442-7807

Buy 2 or more performances and save 10% with code Puccini2!

This organization is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.