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 AT THE GRAND 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 lineup: 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 takes on his appeal 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.


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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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) 

Scalia/Ginsburg Trial by Jury
An American comic opera in one act by Derrick Wang
paired with Gilbert & Sullivan's beloved operetta

Sunday, April 28 (2 pm)
 Friday, May 3 (7:30 pm)

All performances at The Grand Opera House, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington, DE; Tickets start at $29.




Opera Uncorked with Swigg: Mayhem, Madness, Malbec & More
Friday, October 19 (7:30 pm)
 Sunday, October 21 (2 pm)

Artist Spotlight: Megan Marino
With pianist John Arida
Sunday, November 11 (2 pm)

Ms. Marino appears courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera. 

Opera Uncorked with Swigg: Verdi, Verismo & Vino
 Friday, February 1 (7:30 pm)
 Sunday, February 3 (2 pm)

Young Artists: Make a Scene
 Friday, March 15 (7:30 pm)
Saturday, March 16 (7:30 pm)
Sunday, March 17 (2 pm)

Additional Young Artists Program events in The Black Box TBA. 

All performances at the OperaDelaware Studios, 4 S. Poplar St., Wilmington, DE
Opera Uncorked with Swigg tickets start at $29, with optional wine tasting for $10 (must be 21 or older to purchase tasting). 

Artist Spotlight: Megan Marino: $25, general admission ($30 at the door)
Young Artists: Make a Scene: $35, 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.