2018-19 SEASON

We are thrilled to announce OperaDelaware’s exciting 74th season! It is one of our boldest yet, one that truly celebrates our founders’ philosophy of Opera for Everyone.

Our 2019 FESTIVAL features works that are accessible to newcomers to opera but will also thrill lifelong fans. Dealing with themes of law, redemption, and unlikely friendships in a divided world, the festival is designed to encourage discourse and the exchange of ideas in our community. On the docket: a delightful double bill of SCALIA/GINSBURG, composer Derrick Wang's comedy about the unlikely friendship between Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia, paired with TRIAL BY JURY, Gilbert & Sullivan's beloved operetta about a jilted bride who takes her fiance to court for breach of promise. We’ll also present one of the most successful contemporary operas of our time, Jake Heggie’s DEAD MAN WALKING. Based on the book by Sister Helen Prejean with a libretto by Terrence McNally, this contemporary masterpiece about a death row inmate and the nun who becomes his spiritual adviser is unlike anything we’ve presented in our history. Mark your calendars, and stay tuned for more information about lectures, talk-backs, and other ancillary events to enrich your Festival experience.

 
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We’ll round out the season with the return of our popular OPERA UNCORKED WITH SWIGG series (casual highlight concerts paired with wine tastings) and launch a new YOUNG ARTISTS PROGRAM, which will include master classes, scenes programs, and recitals throughout Wilmington. We're also thrilled to welcome back mezzo soprano MEGAN MARINO (La Cenerentola, 2017) for an intimate recital at the OperaDelaware Studios. With our 75th anniversary just around the corner in 2020, there’s no better time to invite your friends and colleagues to find out what you already know: OperaDelaware is a revelation... come revel with us!

 

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2019 FESTIVAL

All performances at The Grand, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington, DE

Dead Man Walking
Music by Jake Heggie; Libretto by Terrence McNally; Based on the book by Sister Helen Prejean

Saturday, April 27 (7:30 pm)
Saturday, May 4 (2 pm) 

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Scalia/Ginsburg Trial by Jury
An opera by Derrick Wang paired with Gilbert & Sullivan's beloved operetta

Sunday, April 28 (2 pm)
Friday, May 3 (7:30 pm)
Tickets start at $29

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CONCERTS & RECITALS

All performances at the OperaDelaware Studios, 4 S. Poplar St., Wilmington, DE

Opera Uncorked with Swigg: Verdi, Verismo & Vino

Friday, February 1 (7:30 pm)
Sunday, February 3 (2 pm)

Tickets start at $29; Optional wine tasting for $10 (must be 21 or older to purchase tasting)

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Young Artists: Make a Scene

Friday, March 15 (7:30 pm)
Saturday, March 16 (7:30 pm)
Sunday, March 17 (2 pm)
Tickets: $35, general admission

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PREVIOUS PERFORMANCES

Opera Uncorked with Swigg: Mayhem, Madness, Malbec & More

Friday, October 19 (7:30 pm)
Sunday, October 21 (2 pm)
Tickets start at $29; Optional wine tasting for $10 (must be 21 or older to purchase tasting)

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Artist Spotlight: Megan Marino
With pianist John Arida

Sunday, November 11 (2 pm)
Tickets: $25, general admission ($30 at the door)

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Ms. Marino appears courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera. 


Hansel & Gretel
Children’s opera by the Peabody Opera Theatre

Saturday, December 8, 2018 (10:30 am & 1 pm)
Tickets: $5, children (12 and under) ; $10 adults (general admission)

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 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 .

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.