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The LA'Opera is presenting The Tragedy of Carmen Friday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 20 at 2 p.m. in the Emy-Lou Biedenharn Recital Hall.

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The Louisiana Opera is having a "Valen-Gras" party Friday, February 9. The "celebration of the season" features food, dancing, and selections from the operetta The Merry Widow.

Opera Celebrates Mardi Gras Season

Feb 20, 2017

The Louisiana Opera is holding its fundraiser in true Mardi Gras style. The opera, Fledermaus, will be performed at the Ouachita Grand Plaza Ballroom on Friday, February 24th at 7:00 p.m. 

This Mardi Gras-themed event will include masks, cabarets, dinner, dessert, and surprises. The Louisiana Opera along with the University of Louisiana Monroe's Chorus, and guest singers from across the United States will be lending their voices to the production. 

Sweeney Todd Debuts at ULM

Oct 27, 2016

The Visual and Performing Arts program at the University of Louisiana at Monroe's opening night of Sweeney Todd is Thursday October 28th at 7:30 P.M.  The play will be shown Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night.

"Magic Flute" Brings Mozart's Masonic Masterpiece

May 20, 2016

For many people, the words "classical" and "Mozart" are almost synonymous. La'Opera performs one of Mozart's most beloved operas The Magic Flute on Saturday, May 21 at 7 p.m. and again on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the University of Louisiana Monroe's Biedenharn Recital Hall.

The opera, written in 1791, was one of the master composer's last completed works, and is stylistically similar to modern musical theater. Songs are interrupted with dialogue, and the audience is even addressed directly -- a practice not common in many operas. 

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The Louisiana Opera company is again hosting an intimate performance and dinner on the weekend of Valentine's Day, with Rodgers and Hammerstein's beloved musical Carousel.

The concert-style production on Friday, February 12 features excerpts from the full show, including songs "If I Loved You," the "Soliloquy," and "You'll Never Walk Alone."

Swashbuckling Laughs In VAPA's "Pirates"

Oct 27, 2015
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A misunderstanding leads to a multitude of laughs and silliness in The Pirates of Penzance​.

The University of Louisiana at Monroe's School of Visual And Performing Arts presents the Gilbert & Sullivan classic this Thursday and Friday in Brown Auditorium.

"When nurse Ruth stays with the pirates and raises Frederick as a pirate's apprentice, she believes he is to become a pirate.  However, the pirates actually say a pilot, expecting him to steer their ship," says director Mark Clark.


The charming story of Figaro in The Barber of Seville is presented by the Louisiana Opera this weekend.

The classic opera shares the tale of Figaro and his effort to help out his friend Count Almaviva, who is taken with the lovely Rosina. In his opera debut Corey McKern plays the leading role of the barber.

Ron Ulen, in the role of Don Basilio, says the classic opera is known for its comedic charm. "Little bits and pieces that follow through the story, a lot of manipulation and intrigue," said Ulen.

The Art of The Broadway Song

Mar 27, 2015

What makes a Broadway song memorable?  Why is a song placed at a particular moment in a musical?  Questions like these are explored in a new book from Dr. Mark Clark, Associate Professor of Music and Acting at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. 

"Lovin' Broadway" Brings Romance For Valentine's

Feb 10, 2015

Love and a few laughs highlight a special Valentine's program, Lovin' Broadway.  The show is presented by Louisiana Opera on Saturday in Kilbourne Hall at Grace Episcopal Church in Monroe.

Guest and locally-based artists perform memorable songs from  several Broadway productions.  Louisiana Opera Director Mark Clark says, "there's songs from 'Showboat', 'The Music Man', 'Jekyll and Hyde', just a great variety through the show."